Salih

Posted on 07/06/2012 by marina

SALIH. صالح
A prophet mentioned in the Qur’an (Surah vii. 71). who was sent to the tribes of ‘Ad and Samud. Al-Baizawi say he was the son of ‘Ubaid, the sun of Asaf, the soni of Masih the son of ~ ‘Ubaid, the son of Hazir, the son of Samud. Bochant thinks he must be the Pileg of Genesis xi 16. D’Herbelot,makes him the Salah of Genesis xi.
The following is the account of him in the Qur’an with the commentator’s remarks in In italics (see Lane’s Selections 2nd ed by Mr. Stanley Lane Poole):—
And We sent unto the tribe of Thamud their brother Salih. He said, O my people worship God. Ye have no other deity but Him. A miraculous proof of my veracityshall come unto you from your Lord, this camel of God being a sign unto you [He had caused her at her demand to cohns forth from the heart of a rock]. Therefore let her feed, in God’s earth and do herein no harm lest a painful punishment seize you vicregent in the earth. after [the tribe off] given you a habitation in the earth ye make yourselves, on its plains, pavilions therein ye dyed in summer, and cut the mountains into houses wherein ye dwell in winter. Remember then the benefits of God, and do not evil in the earth acting corruptly – The chiefs who were elated with pride among his people, said unto those who were esteemed weak, namely, to those who had believed among them. Do ye know that Salih hath been sent unto this? And they hamstrung the she-camel (Kuddr [the son of Salih] ,doing so by their order and slaying her with the sword) and they impiously transgressed the command of their Lord, and said, O Salih, bring upon us that punishment with which that treatment us for killing her, if thou be [one] of the apostles. And the violent convulsion (a year earthquake and a cry from heaven) assailed them, and In the morning they were in their dwellings prostrate and dead. So he turned away from them, and said, O my people I have brought unto you the message of my Lord and given you faithful counsel but ye loved not faithful conssellors.” Surah vii 71- 77)

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam