Lessons from Holy Qur'an

A token of God was a she-camel

Lesson # 873 from the Noble Quran

A token of God was a she-camel

Surah ‘A’-RAAF (The Heights) – Chapter – 7)

Stage – 2, Verse –73 of 206, Section – 10 of 24 (Part – 8)

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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

And to (the tribe of) Thamud (We sent) their brother Salih. He said: O my people! Serve Allah, ye have no other God save Him. A wonder from your Lord hath come unto you. Lo! This is the she-camel of Allah, a token unto you; so let her feed in Allah’s earth, and touch her not with hurt lest painful torment seize you.         Wa  ‘ilaa  Samuuda  ‘akhaahum  Saalihaa.  Qaala  yaa-qawmi’-budUllaaha  maa  lakum-min  ‘ilaahin  gay-ruH.  Qad  jaaa-‘at-kum-  Bayyi-natum-mir-Rabbikum.  Haazihii  Naaqa-tUllaahi  lakum  ‘Aayatan-  fazaruuhaa  ta’-kul  fiii  ‘arzIllaahi  wa  laa  tamas-suuhaa  bi-suuu-‘in-  fa-ya’-khuzakum  ‘azaabun  ‘aliim.                        


Samuuda – it is name of a nation, which lived in that central area between Yemen and Hejaz, name of which is Hajar. After the destruction of the tribe ‘Aad, prosperity was acquired by this nation. These people were of strong stature, tall and healthy also like the people of ‘Aad. And those entire evils had been spread into them too, which exist in the proud of power.


Saaliha – He (Salih) (peace be upon Him) was a good-natured individual of the same nation (Thamud). Allah Almighty chose Him as His Messenger and appointed Him to admonish the people of Thamud.


Naaqa-tUllaahi – (she-camel of Allah), Prophet Salih (peace be upon Him) caused to understand His nation that it is not good to pride on wealth, community, stature or equipage. He (peace be upon Him) said to them: Allah Almighty has forbidden you from insolence, idol-worship and keeping on fulfilling the personal desires like animals. And He has determined rules for your dwelling in the world like human beings. His (peace be upon Him) people mocked after hearing His words and said: If a she-camel will come out from interior portion of this mount in front of us, and immediately after coming out a baby-camel is born from it of the same height, then we can listen to you. Prophet Salih (peace be upon Him) prayed for it in the Court of Allah Almighty and the she-camel came out from the mountain, and before them she delivered a baby camel, which was like herself. Prophet Salih (peace be upon Him) named it Naaqa-tUllaahi.


It is commanded by God Almighty: We sent a Man { Salih (peace be upon Him)} towards the nation of Thamud, Who was from their relationship, to admonish them. He (peace be upon Him) caused to know them that they should worship Allah. Save Him there is none worthy of worship for anyone. He (peace be upon Him) said: the token, which you wished, Allah Almighty has sent. Now there should be no reason of any doubt to you in My Sayings. That token is this she-camel, which has come out from the mountain with the Omnipotence of Allah Almighty before you. Let her feed in the land freely. Behold! Touch her not with hurt. Allah Almighty has entrusted her to you. Your safety is in her safety. If you afflicted her, it would not be well for you. You would be punished very severely.  


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif)

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