The People of Thamud: Thamud were an ancient tribe known for their strength and skill in carving homes out of mountains. They were prosperous but became arrogant and turned away from the path of God.
Prophet Saleh's Mission: Allah sent Prophet Saleh, a man from among them, to guide them back to the right path. He urged them to worship Allah alone and abandon their idolatry and injustice.
"And to Thamud [We sent] their brother Saleh. He said, 'O my people, worship Allah; you have no deity other than Him...'" (Quran 11:61)
The She-Camel Sign: The people of Thamud asked for a sign to prove Saleh's prophethood. In response, a miraculous she-camel appeared from the rocks as a sign from Allah. Saleh warned them not to harm the camel and to let it drink from their water.
"And O my people, this is the she-camel of Allah - a sign for you. So leave her to graze in Allah's earth and do not touch her with harm..." (Quran 7:73)
Thamud's Disobedience and Punishment: Despite the clear sign, the Thamud people, led by their arrogant leaders, hamstrung the she-camel, defying Saleh's warning. As a result, they were given three days to repent before the punishment of Allah came upon them.
"But they hamstrung her, so he said, 'Enjoy yourselves in your homes for three days. That is a promise not to be denied.'" (Quran 11:65)
Destruction of Thamud: When they failed to heed the warning, a devastating earthquake and thunderous sound from the sky obliterated them, leaving their once-great civilization in ruins.
"So the earthquake seized them, and they lay (dead), prostrate in their homes." (Quran 7:78)
The story of Thamud in the Quran serves as a warning against arrogance, disobedience, and the denial of divine signs. It highlights the importance of heeding the messages of the prophets and the consequences of turning away from God's path.
The interesting part is that the ruins of the city of Thamud is still present.
Quran even gives more details about them that still matches the current ruins.
"And you carve houses out of the mountains with great skill." (Quran 26:149
"And Thamûd who carved ˹their homes into˺ the rocks in the ˹Stone˺ Valley;" (Quran 89:9)
Here are some of the current remains of the City of Thamud. You may also find more media on Youtube and Google by conducting a research
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