[7:73] To Thamoud we sent their brother Saaleh. He said, “O my people, worship GOD; you have no other god beside Him. Proof has been provided for you from your Lord: here is GOD’s camel, to serve as a sign for you. Let her eat from GOD’s land, and do not touch her with any harm, lest you incur a painful retribution.
[7:74] “Recall that He made you inheritors after `Aad, and established you on earth, building mansions in its valleys, and carving homes from its mountains. You shall remember GOD’s blessings, and do not roam the earth corruptingly.”

Was the camel a test and/or a miracle?
It seems to be both. Both the miracle is a miracle and a test.

Messengership: An Essential Test

[17:94] What prevented the people from believing when the guidance came to them is their saying, “Did GOD send a human being as a messenger?” [17:95] Say, “If the earth were inhabited by angels, we would have sent down to them from the sky an angel messenger.”

[54:27] We are sending the camel as a test for them. Watch them and be patient. [54:28] Inform them that the water shall be divided among them; (the camel) shall be allowed to drink on her designated day. [54:29] But they persuaded their friend to kill (the camel), and he obliged. [54:30] Consequently, how terrible was My retribution! They have been warned. 

[36:17] “Our sole mission is to deliver the message.” [36:18] They said, “We consider you bad omens. Unless you refrain, we will surely stone you, or afflict you with painful retribution.” [36:19] They said, “Your omen depends on your response, now that you have been reminded. Indeed, you are transgressing people.” 

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