Ghana: Prophet Salih of ancient Thamud tribe – Attempt by enemies to kill him (II)


Let me end the discussion of the extinct tribe of Thamud by concluding it with how God miraculously saved Prophet Salih, upon whom be peace, who was sent to wean them from their wanderings.

The reasons why the stories of the Prophet are included in the Quranic narrative include: first and foremost to serve as moral lessons to mankind, and to future generations, like the body of the Pharaoh, who persecuted the Israelites. It has been kept up to date and can be seen by visitors to the Cairo Museum in Egypt. Second, as an encouragement to Muhammad to persist in his resolve to reform the Arabs. Third, as a demonstration that the Prophet was not just for the Arabs but for all of humanity. And as long as the world continues to exist, there will always be warners and prophets. In present times, the true prophet of God sent to reform mankind is in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, India. He claimed to accomplish the second coming of Christ, just as John the Baptist claimed to have accomplished the second coming of Elijah. For Muslims, he is the guided and expected Imam Al-Mahdi Issah Ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Mary). In the past, several articles have been written to me about him in the press. The current age in which he appeared has great parallels with the age of the prophet Noah, upon whom be peace, about six thousand years ago. Noah and his few followers were persecuted, while attempts were even made on Noah’s life. Indeed, there is great justification in recounting the lives of prophets in modern times both to enable us to be inspired, to learn lessons, and to avoid walking in the path of our predecessors. Yet just as Noah’s people, blinded by their material achievements, paid no heed, so mankind paid no heed. I have chosen the Prophet Salih for this purpose for the fact that it is a continuation of previous articles, but more importantly for the fact that Judaism and Christianity today do not know him.

Continuing from the previous articles, the Thamud, after killing the mighty sign of Allah, the camel, became bold and challenged him to bring down the divine retribution he had always threatened them with if they killed this sacred animal . In response to their taunts and mockery, he replied, “Have fun” in your rooms for three days. It is a promise that will not be denied,” (Quran) Which means that the promised punishment would come to Thamud in three days. Even though the prophets of God are always denied, yet there is something about it that opponents always fear. Namely that being truthful and honest adversaries are always afraid of the prophecies they issue, even though they may publicly bluff them. So from this prophecy, the Thamud realized that they had only achieved a temporary victory by eliminating the troublesome camel according to them. There was the main obstacle to overcome if they really wanted to be absolutely victorious, and that was the Prophet Salih himself. The nine men who killed the camel then took a solemn oath to that effect. Quoting the historians Ibn Ishaq we read: Salihafter first killed the camel and Salih warned them of the punishment. For the fact that they said among themselves : “Come, let us kill Salih c ar if he is a liar in his claims, we would have hastened his death before us. If true, we would have joined him to his dead camel.” (Araais Almajalis). By hastening his death before them, they could avoid the punishment promised them in three days, for the fact that if he there was no Salih, so no retribution, they thought.In their plot, the nine men took a solemn oath to kill Salih for the fact that Salih, the prophet chosen by God, was a royal of the house king of Thamud, just like the Holy Prophet who was a royal from the royal house of Arabia. And just like Christ being from the royal house of Israel, King David. If the attempt should fail, it could have political repercussions negative on the whole of Thamud. For this very reason, they took a solemn oath not to fail and to assassinate him in the night in order to hide their identity. Having succeeded in killing the sacred camel, if so in a few days Salih himself was to be killed, who do you think the people would suspect to be? be behind the murder? Of course the notorious nine men. To eliminate this evidence of being the only possible suspect, they adopted the following additional strategy. Namely, that they publicly rode their camels as if they were going to a neighboring country on trade missions. Somewhere on their way outside Hijr, their capital, they were hiding in a cave. They would then sneak under cover of darkness to kill Salih. After that, they returned in the same night to their hiding place and continued their journey. When Salih’s funeral was over and his heir was named, they would then return from their trip, go to the heir’s house and offer an apology as well as crocodile tears that they weren’t in town when he left. been assassinated; therefore they knew nothing of the murderers. This high level and infallible plot was beautifully captured in the following Quranic verse: “They said: Swear to each other by Allah that we will attack and kill him and his family in the night, then we say to his heir “We did not witness the destruction of his family, and most certainly we are truthful. And they planned a plan, and we also planned a plan, but they did not perceive it” (Quran 27:50). Having traveled out of their capital and waiting to execute the final stage of their plot, God and his angels intervened. the tales of the story say the cave caved in and shattered on them. Others also said that they were crushed to death by the angel of God dropping heavy stones on them when they reached Salih’s residence. The sad ending to their plot is also captured. in the Quranic verse: “Then see how evil was the end of their plan! Verily, We have completely destroyed them and their people all together and there are their houses empty and in ruins because of their misdeeds (Quran 27:52-53). “We completely destroyed them” is a reference to the nine plotters who perished in their attempts to kill Salih. Similarly, “and their people” refers to the punishment that befalls Thamud in general.

When the murder of the nine plotters became known, the Thamuds blamed Salih and his followers. Salih’s tribe came to his defense and took up arms, he then escaped to a Thamud chief for protection. Sunday night, he and his followers fled to Palestine. Early on Sunday morning, the punishment took them all away, according to the Holy Prophet, except one Thamud called Abu Rigaal, who was spared from death for being in the sacred territory (Haram). When he left, death caught up with him instantly. Here are some of the parallels between Salih and Muhammad: First, both came from the Royal Houses of Thamud and Quraish respectively. Second, Salih was very righteous and popular among his people, as was Muhammad among the Quraish. The number of plotters who attempted to kill Salih was nine, while the number of plotters who attempted to kill Muhammad was also nine. Due to lack of space, let me end here by repeating the names of the nine plotters here as well. They are: Da’maa, Daiim, Harmaa, Harim, Daab, Rayab, Sawaab, Muda, Oudar Bin Salif. (Ibn Kathir, vol 3 p369). Please see the attached figure depicting the Thamud engraving of the camel and her young. It was recently discovered in Jabal Al-Huwaar in Saudi Arabia.

References: Tarikh Tabari; Al-Hamil Fil Tarikh, Ibn Athir; Badaaiul Zuhrar, Muhammad Bin Ahmed; Arais Almajalis, Thalabi; Al-Bidaaya Wa Nihaayat, Ibn Kathir.


God miraculously destroyed Salih’s enemies by foiling their plot and killing his enemies.


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