There was only one pond in the valley. Water from the springs of mountains would accumulate in it. Sayyiduna Saalih said, ‘O people! Look, this she-camel is there by virtue of a miracle. One day, she will drink all of the water of your pond and the other day, you drink water from this pond.’ The people agreed on these terms. Then Sayyiduna Saalih delivered the following speech in front of the people of Samood:
O my people! Worship Allah; you do not have any God except Him. Indeed a clear proof has come to you from your Lord; this is Allah’s she-camel; a sign for you, so leave her free to graze on Allah’s earth, and do not touch her with evil (intention); that a painful punishment will overtake you.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)J (Part 8, Surah Al-A’raf, Ayah 73)
The people of Samood abided by those terms for a couple of days only as they could not get water for one day; as the she-camel would drink all of the water of the pond that day. Therefore, they decided to kill the she-camel.
Qadaar Bin Saalif
Among these people, there was a person who had red complexion, brown eyes, short height and was the son of an adulteress. He agreed upon killing the she-camel on the temptation of his people – Sayyiduna Saalih kept on preventing him from committing that evil act but he (Qadaar Bin Saalif) first cut the four feet of the she-camel, then he slaughtered it and started talking to Sayyiduna Saalih in an extremely insolent and offensive manner. Allah has mentioned about it in the Holy Quran:
So they cut the veins of the lower portion of the legs of the she-camel and rebelled against the command of their Lord and said, ‘O Saalih! Bring upon us (the punishment) of which you are promising, if you are a Messenger.’
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 8, Surah Al-A’raf, Ayah 77)
Due to that grave sin, Allah inflicted the people of Samood in such a way that in the beginning, piercing horrible shriek was let out followed by a heavy earthquake that shook the territory upside down and destroyed it. All the buildings wrecked completely and every individual of the people of Samood died falling upside down. The Holy Quran has described this event as:
So the earthquake seized them, therefore in the morning they remained laying upside-down (dead) in their homes.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)J (Part 8, Surah Al-A’raJ; Ayah 78)
When Sayyiduna Saalih witnessed that the whole town has destroyed and has turned into the debris of bricks and stones due to the tremors of the earthquake and all its inhabitants are dead, it grieved him a lot. He felt hate towards the people of Samood and their deserted town. turned his face away from them and migrated from that place. Whilst departing, he addressed the dead bodies as:
O my people! Indeed I did deliver my Lord’s message to you and wished you well, but you do not like the well-wishers.
[Kanz-ul-Iman (Translation of Quran)] (Part 8, Surah Al-A’raJ; Ayah 79)
The outcome of this event is that the entire town of the people of Samood destroyed and
turned into a wasteland. The people were obliterated completely such that not even a single person of their lineage exists now on the face of the earth.
The moral lesson that we
get from this event is that the people
that killed the she-camel of a Nabi were destroyed by the Divine torment in such a way that not even a single person among their lineage was left on the face of earth then how can the people that killed the holy family of their Nabi be saved from the Divine torment.
Therefore, the history proves that similar was the end of the Kufi and Syrian Yazeedis who martyred the Ahl-e-Bayt (the family members of the Holy Rasool in Karbala. During the reign of Mukhtar Bin ‘Ubayd, even earn and every child of the Y azeedis was killed. After destroying and demolishing their homes, donkey-driven ploughs were used to crush them and today, not even a single person belonging to the lineage of these Y azeedis exists.
One hundred and forty thousand Yazeedis killed
Muhaddis Haakim has reported a Hadees that Allah ent Divine revelation to the Holy Rasool that when the Jews killed Sayyiduna Zakariyya , seventy thousand Jews were killed in the expiation of his blood; and for the recompense of the killing of your grandson Imam Husayn , one hundred and forty thousand Kufis and Syrians will be killed.
The promise of Allah was fulfilled in the war led by Mukhtar Bin ‘Ubayd, seventy thousand Kufis and Syrians were killed; and then by the orders of ‘Abdullah Saffah, the founder of the Abbasside Empire, seventy thousand Kufis and Syrians were killed,
thus a total of one hundred and forty
thousand Y azeedis were killed.
(Al-Mustadrak, Kitab-ut-Tafseer, vol. 3, pp. 7,
So we must remember that every belonging of the beloveds of Allah is dear to Allah Therefore, whether it is the households of the chosen people of Allah, their wives, their companions, their acquaintances, or anything associated with these mosen people, any type of disrespect and abusive behaviour towards them can bring Divine torment. Therefore, any thing that has any sort of link with the beloved people of Allah, paying utmost respect and honour to it is compulsory and on the contrary, insolent and offensive attitude towards it brings Divine torment and utter destruction.
Land of Divine torment is accursed
It has been reported that during the journey for the holy war of Tabook,
i when Beloved Rasool Muhammad passed by the ruins of the people of Samood, he , said, ‘Beware! No one should enter this village nor should anyone drink water from the well of this village. You should pass through the tormented area very quickly whilst crying out of fear of Allah and covering your faces so that the Divine torment may not inflict you too.
(Ruh-ul-Bayan, vol. 3, pp. 194; part 8, Surah Al-A’raf, Ayah 79)