Harun Yahya

The Prophet Salih (As)



Allah sent the Prophet Salih (as) to the Thamud as a
Messenger. It is narrated in the Qur'an that he told his people to
worship Allah alone:
To the Thamud We sent their brother Salih telling them
to worship Allah, and straightaway they divided themselves
into two discordant factions. (Surat an-Naml, 45)
Like all messengers, the Prophet Salih (as) made clear to his
people that he was a faithful messenger and called them to fear
Allah:
The Thamud denied the messengers, when their brother
Salih said to them, “Will you not guard against evil? I am
a faithful Messenger to you so fear Allah and obey me.”
(Surat ash-Shu‘ara’, 141-144)
While calling his people to Allah's religion, the Prophet Salih
(as) also said that he did not ask for any recompense from them
in return.

The Prophet Salih (as) Told His People Allah's
Greatness, And Called Them To Ask For
Forgiveness


While communicating the message of religion to their people, the messengers of Allah pointed to the signs of Allah's existence and reminded people of the flawless balance and systems in the universe and the outstanding features in the living beings that Allah created.
In like manner, the Prophet Salih (as) was one of the messengers who encouraged his people to remember Allah by telling them about the signs of Creation. With a view to enabling them to
comprehend Allah's infinite knowledge, wisdom and greatness,
he reminded his people of man's creation:
To the Thamud We sent their brother Salih. He said, “My
people, worship Allah! You have no god apart from Him.
He brought you into being from the earth and made you
its inhabitants. So ask His forgiveness and then turn to
Him in repentance. My Lord is Close and Quick to
Respond.” (Surah Hud, 61)

The Prophet Salih Called His People
To Obey Him As The Messenger Of Allah


The Prophet Salih (as) instructed his people to fear Allah, Who
is the real owner of their possessions, not to make mischief in the
land and to obey him. He warned them that Allah would not let
them live in security unless they followed him:
“Are you going to be left secure amid what is here, amid
gardens and clear springs, and cultivated fields and palm
trees laden with fine fruit? Will you continue hewing
houses from the mountains and leading a wanton life?
Fear Allah and obey me. Do not do the bidding of the profligate,
those who corrupt the Earth and do not put things
right.” (Surat ash-Shu‘ara’, 146-152)
Allah charged His messengers with calling people to accept
the true religion and set things right in the land. The above
warnings of the Prophet Salih (as) serve the purpose of performing
this duty.

The Prophet Salih (as) Told His People To
Remember Allah’s Blessings And Not To
Corrupt The Earth


And to the Thamud We sent their brother Salih, who
said, “My people, worship Allah! You have no other god
than Him. A Clear Sign has come to you from your Lord.
This is the She-Camel of Allah as a Sign for you. Leave
her alone to eat on Allah’s earth and do not harm her in
any way or a painful punishment will afflict you.
Remember when He appointed you successors to the ‘Ad
and settled you in the land. You built palaces on its plains
and carved out houses from the mountains. Remember
Allah’s blessings and do not go about the Earth, corrupting
it.” (Surat al-A’raf, 73-74)

The Prophet Salih (as) Reminded His People
Of The Desperate Outcome Of Disobedience To
Allah


However, the Thamud did not obey the Prophet Salih (as)
and opposed him, saying, “Salih, we had great hopes in you
before this happened. Do you forbid us to worship what our
fathers worshipped? We have grave doubts about the faith
that you are urging us to accept.” (Surah Hud, 62) In reply, the
Prophet Salih (as) said to his people that there was no being to
help him if he disobeyed Allah:
He [Salih] said, “My people! What do you think? If I
were to possess a Clear Sign from my Lord and He bestowed
on me His grace: Who would help me against
Allah if I disobeyed Him? You would surely aggravate
my ruin.” (Surah Hud, 63)
There is certainly no power to protect those who refuse to
obey Allah, and as is made clear in the above words of the
Prophet Salih (as), one who follows the disobedient will himself
find that it is to his detriment.

The Prophet Salih (as) Advised His People
To Take Heed Of Allah’s Punishment


Since the true religion brought by the messengers conflicted
with the interests of the unbelievers, the latter declined to believe
in the messengers. They were seriously discomfited by
being reminded of Allah and the Hereafter. This has been a common
trait of almost all disbelieving nations throughout history.
The same applied to the Thamud who had no fear of Allah. They
turned away from all warnings of the Prophet Salih (as), who
then addressed to them as follows:
He [Salih] turned away from them, saying, “My people, I
conveyed my Lord’s message to you and gave you good
counsel. However, you had no love for good counsellors!”
(Surat al-A’raf, 79)
Although the Prophet Salih (as) struggled hard to lead his
people to the path of truth, they persisted in their disbelief. Allah
tried them by sending them a she-camel, commanding them not to
approach her to cause her any harm. He warned them that they
would be punished if they did not follow this command.
Disobeying the command of Allah, they hamstrung the camel and
were destroyed by a severe punishment like all the other nations
who refused to obey Allah. Some of the relevant verses of the
Qur’an are as follows:
Then when Our judgement came to pass, We rescued Salih
and those who believed along with him through Our special
mercy from the disgrace of that day. Mighty is your
Lord and All-Powerful. The Great Blast seized hold of
those who did wrong and morning found them lying flattened
in their homes. It was as if they had never lived and
prospered there at all. Yes indeed! The Thamud rejected
their Lord. Gone are the people Thamud! (Surah Hud, 66-
68)
Just as the Prophet Salih (as) did, the messengers of Allah communicated
to their people the message of religion, letting them
know that the world is a place of trial and that only those who act
on the commands of Allah will be saved from punishment. They
made it clear that Allah would certainly send down a punishment
to them if they persisted in disbelieving.
Yet these serious endeavours of the messengers yielded positive
results only in a minor group, while the majority of people
turned a deaf ear to their advice. As a result of their persistent disbelief,
however, they themselves were the ones to suffer great loss
as they received their punishment. Their punishment in the Hereafter will be even much more severe.
 

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