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“And O my people! This she-camel of Allah is a symbol to you: leave her to feed on Allah’s (free) earth, and inflict no harm on her, or a swift penalty will seize you!”

Salih does not merely take up a negative
attitude. He puts forward the she-camel as a sign

“Give up your selfish monopoly. Make Allah’s gifts on this
free earth available to all. Give the poor their rights,
including grazing rights on common lands. Show your
penitence and your new attitude by leaving this shecamel to graze freely. She is a Symbol, and therefore
sacred to you.”
But their only reply was to defy the appeal and hamstring the camel. And so they went the way of all
sinners-to total perdition


Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 11 verse 64)Microsoft Word – 011 Hud.doc (

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