Thamud the People of Saalih
Fatwa No: 443242

Question

Who are As-haabul Hijr - Referring to Qaum Thamud, why were they given that name?As-haabul Hijr.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

As-haabul-Hijr who are mentioned in the Saying of Allah (which means): {And certainly did the companions of Thamud deny the messengers.} [Quran 15:80], are Thamud the people of Saalih  may  Allaah  exalt  his  mention; Allah has mentioned their story in more than one place in the Quran.

At-Tahreer wat-Tanweer (14:72) reads: “The people of Saalih are Thamud; they used to encamp in Al-Hijr, which is a place prohibited for some people due to some of its characteristics, or that it is derived from al-Hijaarah (stones) because they used to carve from the rocks of mountains, houses, feeling secure. These houses were built in floors and there is a great well in the center of these houses, and many other wells [around].

Al-Hijr is the one known in the valley of the villages, and it is between Madeenah and the Levant. It is known today by the name Madaa-in Salih, on the way from Khaybar to Tabuk.

Allah knows best.

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