This is just a habit of antiquated people.
We are not going to be damned."
Then they accused him of lies; so We annihilated them. Verily there is a sign in this, but most of them do not believe.
Yet surely your Lord is mighty and merciful.
The Thamud accused the messengers of lies.
When their brother Saleh said to them: "Will you not take heed?"
I have been sent as a trusted messenger to you.
So fear God and follow me.
I do not ask any recompense of you for this. My reward is due from none but the Lord of all the worlds.
(Do you think) you will be left secure here
In these gardens and these springs,
The fields of corn and date-palm trees with soft and tender spathes,
And dwellings hewed out of mountains ingeniously?
So be mindful of God and listen to me.
Do not follow those who are extravagant,
Who corrupt the land and do not reform it."
They said: "Surely you are deluded.
You are nothing but a man like us. Bring us a token if you speak the truth."
(Saleh) said: "Here is a she-camel. She has a right of drinking water, and you have a right of drinking it on appointed turns.
Do not treat her unkindly or the punishment of a grievous day will fall on you."
But they hamstrung her; and on the morrow were repentant,
For they were seized by the torment. Verily there was a sign in this, but most of them did not believe.
Yet verily your Lord is mighty and merciful.