[26:141] Thamûd disbelieved the messengers. [26:142] Their brother Sãleh said to them, “Would you not be righteous? [26:143] “I am an honest messenger to you. [26:144] “You shall reverence GOD, and obey me. [26:145] “I do not ask you for any wage; my wage comes only from the Lord of the universe. [26:146] “Do you suppose you will be left forever, secure in this state? [26:147] “You enjoy gardens and springs. [26:148] “And crops and date palms with delicious fruits. [26:149] “You carve out of the mountains luxurious mansions. [26:150] “You shall reverence GOD, and obey me. [26:151] “Do not obey the transgressors. [26:152] “Who commit evil, not good works.” [26:153] They said, “You are bewitched. [26:154] “You are no more than a human like us. Produce a miracle, if you are truthful.” [26:155] He said, “Here is a camel that will drink only on a day that is assigned to her; a day that is different from your specified days of drinking. [26:156] “Do not touch her with any harm, lest you incur retribution on an awesome day.” [26:157] They slaughtered her, and thus incurred sorrow. [26:158] The retribution overwhelmed them. This should be a lesson, but most people are not believers. [26:159] Most assuredly, your Lord is the Almighty, Most Merciful.
Sãleh: One and the Same Message
[11:61] To Thamûd we sent their brother Sãleh. He said, “O my people, worship GOD; you have no other god beside Him. He initiated you from the earth, then settled you in it. You shall seek His forgiveness, then repent to Him. My Lord is always near, responsive.” [11:62] They said, “O Sãleh, you used to be popular among us before this. Are you enjoining us from worshiping what our parents are worshiping? We are full of doubt concerning everything you have told us.”
The Disbelievers Always Losers
[11:63] He said, “O my people, what if I have solid proof from my Lord, and mercy from Him? Who would support me against GOD, if I disobeyed Him? You can only augment my loss. [11:64] “O my people, this is GOD’s camel to serve as a proof for you. You shall let her eat from GOD’s earth, and do not touch her with any harm, lest you incur an immediate retribution.” [11:65] They slaughtered her. He then said, “You have only three days to live. This is a prophecy that is inevitable.”
What is the significance of the camel as a miracle to the people of Saleh?
[2:106] When we abrogate any miracle, or cause it to be forgotten, we produce a better miracle, or at least an equal one. Do you not recognize the fact that GOD is Omnipotent?
This is How Camels Can Eat Spikey Cacti
The people of Saleh hate the truth and this led them to slaughter God’s camel.
[23:70] Have they decided that he is crazy? Indeed, he has brought the truth to them, but most of them hate the truth.
[43:78] “We have given you the truth, but most of you hate the truth.”