In His Name and with the Remembrance of His Last Hujjat (a.t.f.s.)
Prophet Saleh (a.s.) went into occultation from his people. After that when he returned to them a majority of them denied him as mentioned in the book of Kamaluddin in the tradition of His Eminence, Abu Abdillah Sadiq (a.s.) that he said: “Saleh (a.s.) remained in occultation from his community for a period of time: The day he disappeared from them he was of middle age, wide belly, elegant body, thick beard, fair complexioned and medium height. When he returned to his people, they did not recognize him from his face. And he found them divided into three groups: A group had denied him and they were not prepared to retract their denial. Another group was of those who had doubts about him. The third group was firm in its faith.
So he addressed the group of doubters and said: ‘I am Saleh.’ They denied and hided him and snubbed him saying: ‘May Allah become aloof from you, Salih was indeed having a different appearance.’ The Imam says: Then Saleh went to the
deniers and they paid no heed to his words and expressed a deep hatred for him. After that he went to the third group which was a group of faithful believers and told them that he was Saleh.
They said: ‘Please tell us something through which we may not have any doubt about you. We have no doubt that Allah, the Mighty and the High, Who is the Creator can change the appearance of anyone He wants. We had been informed about it and we have researched and studied the signs and portents regarding the reappearance of the Qaim. And it would be correct when he brings the news from the heavens. Saleh said: I am that same Saleh who brought the she-camel by miracle. They said: You are right. It is the same point we argued on. But tell us what its sign was?
“An alternate day was reserved for this she-camel to drink from the stream and alternate for you. We have brought faith on Allah and also believed on what ever you have brought.”
At that time Allah, the Mighty and the High said:
“Do you know that Saleh is sent by his Lord?” (Surah Araaf 7:75)
And the believers and people of faith said:
“Surely we are believers in what he has been sent with.” (Surah Araaf 7:75)
And the arrogant ones – those who doubted him – said:
“Surely we are deniers of what you believe in.” (Surah Araaf 7:76)
The narrator asked:
Was there among them a scholar and who knew Saleh? Imam replied: The Almighty Allah is more equitable that He should leave the earth without a scholar that guides the people to Allah. This community passed seven days in this manner after the reappearance and advent of Saleh as they had no recognition of a leader or Imam for themselves. But in spite of this they had something from divine religion and they had remained firm on that. Their beliefs were same. And when Saleh reappeared they gathered around him. And there is no doubt that the simile of Qaim (a.s.) is like that of Saleh.” (Kamaluddin, vol 1, pg 136)
Yes, Qaim (a.s.) would also be like Prophet Saleh (a.s.). Whatever occurred on Prophet Saleh (a.s.) would in the same way letter to letter exactly happen for him also. In spite of the fact that he would reappear while he is of advanced age he will appear in the form of a young man of less than forty years. The people would also be divided into three groups: People of firm belief, the doubters and the deniers. He would invite the deniers and they would deny him and he would eliminate them, and the people of faith would ask him for signs and he would show them and they would pledge allegiance to him.