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To the Thamud People (We sent) Salih, one of their own brethren. He said: “O my people! Worship Allah: ye have no other god but Him. It is He Who hath produced you from the earth and settled you therein: then ask forgiveness of Him, and turn to Him (in repentance): for my Lord is (always) near, ready to answer.”

7:73 – Islamic Web Library

The story of Salih and the Thamud people has
been told from another point of view in 7:73-79. The
difference in the point of view there and here is the same
as in the story of Hud: see n. 1545 to 11:50.

Note how the story now is the same, and yet new points
and details are brought out to illustrate each new
Note, also, how the besetting sin of the ‘Ad-pride and
obstinacy -is distinguished from the besetting sin of the
Thamud- the oppression of the poor, as illustrated by the
test case and symbol of the She-camel: see n. 1044 to
All sin is in a sense pride and rebellion; yet sins take
particular hues in different circumstances, and these
colours are brought out as in a most artistically painted
picture-with the greatest economy of words and the
most piercing analysis of motives.


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 11 verse 61)Microsoft Word – 011 Hud.doc (

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