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It has been suggested that Petra in Jordan is the very Thamud to which the Prophet Salih was sent.
Assuming that Petra and Thamud are one in the same; let us examine recent findings from National Geographic – Petra:Ancient City of Petra Built to Align With the Sun:
These wealthy spice traders worshiped the sun, among other deities, and may have given importance to the equinoxes, solstices, and other astronomical events that are determined by how the sun moves across the sky.
Now keeping all of this in mind, let us go to Surah Shams(91) which in English means Sun: