Prophet Saleh (pbuh)
FATHER: Abud bin Asif bin Nasikh bin Abud bin Hadir bin
Thamood bin A'amir bin Saam bin Nuh
Prophet Saleh (pbuh) was sent to the people of Thamood. The tribe of Thamood were well to do people who lived in the valley of Hijr between Medina and Syria. They used to carve their homes of huge rocks in the mountains. The tribe of Thamood is also known as the second Aad. Allah had favoured them with wealth and bounties but they forgot him and worshipped idols.
Prophet Saleh (pbuh) preached to the people for a long time urging them to abandon their idols and to worship Allah. They used to annually worship a piece of the mountain offering sacrifices to it.
They called Prophet Saleh (pbuh) to bring a sign from Allah to them if he was one of the truthful ones. Allah sent as a sign to them a she-camel and it was commanded by Allah that the she-camel would drink all the water of the spring one day and the people of Thamood would drink from it one day.
Never had the people seen such a camel that drank all the water of the spring on alternate days but still would not abandon their idols. Prophet Saleh (pbuh) had also warned them that if they harmed the she camel they would be punished by Allah.
Their pride and stubbornness however caused them to kill the she camel.
They then came to Prophet Saleh (pbuh) and said "O Saleh, bring us what you threatened us with if you are of the messengers” 7:77.
He asked them to repent (do tawba) within three days but they only mocked him.
On the 4th day there was a thunder bolt from the sky and earthquake killing the people of Thamood. Prophet Saleh (pbuh) and his few followers escaped.
Prophet Saleh (pbuh) was greatly moved to see the dead bodies of his tribe and he returned and addressed the dead saying "O my people, indeed I did deliver to you the message of my Lord and did warn you but you did not heed the warners" Qur'an 7:79.