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Nuh A (Noah)


Allah
(God) had sent many Rusul (Messengers) to this earth for the guidance of mankind. Names of only twenty-five Rusul (Messengers) are mentioned in the Holy Qur-an.
Nuh
A (Noah) had a especial place among the Rusul (Messengers) of Allah (God).


Allah Chose Adam, Nuh (Noah), the family of Ibrahim (Abraham) and the family of ‘Imran above the ‘Alamin (mankind and jinn) (of their times).
Surah (Chapter) Al-’Imran (The Family of ‘Imran) Qur-an 3:33

Allah (God) had sent Nuh A (Noah) with His guidance before Ibrahim A (Abraham).


Verily, We have sent the revelation to you (O Muhammad S) as We sent the revelation to Nuh (Noah) and the Prophets after him; We also sent the revelation to Ibrahim (Abraham), Ismail (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Ya’qub (Jacob), and Al-Asbat [the offspring of the twelve sons of Ya’qub (Jacob)], ‘Isa (Jesus), Ayyub (Job), Yunus (Jonah), Harun (Aaron), and Sulayman (Solomon); and to Dawud (David) We gave the Zabur (Psalms).

Surah (Chapter) An- Nisa (The Woman) Qur-an 4:163

An entire Surah (Chapter) of the Holy Qur-an, its 71st chapter, has been named after him. Besides Surah (Chapter) Nuh, portions of his story are mentioned in many other places in the Holy Qur-an. Nuh A (Noah) is mentioned by name in the following Ayah (Verses) of the Holy Qur-an:

3:33, 4:163, 6:84, 7:59-69, 9:70, 10:71-73, 11:25,32,36,42,45,46,48,89, 17:3, 21:76, 23:23, 25:37, 26:105, 28:14, 37:75, 51:46, 54:9, 69:11, 71:1-28

People of Nuh A (Noah) were mostly rich who were used to the luxuries of life. Their riches had made them proud and arrogant, the two qualities detested by Allah (God). They also indulged in idol worship, the worst form of Shirk (Taking partners with Allah) that Allah (God) would never forgive.

People of Nuh A (Noah) had assigned many more gods for themselves besides worshipping the idols of Wadd, Suwa”, Yaghuth, Ya’uq and Nasr.


“And they have s
aid: ‘You shall not leave your gods: nor shall
You leave Wadd, nor Suwa”, nor Yaghuth, nor Ya’uq nor Nasr.
(these are the names of their idols).

Surah (Chapter) Nuh (Noah) Qur-an 71:23

Allah (God) decided to send Nuh A (Noah), a poor man, as His Rasul (Messenger) to warn those arrogant idol worshippers.


Indeed, We sent Nuh (Noah) to his people and he said: “O my people! Worship Allah! You have no other ilah (God) but Him. (La ilaha illallah: none has the right to be worshipped but Allah). Certainly I fear for you the torment of a Great Day!”
Surah (Chapter) Al-A’raf (The Heights) Qur-an 7:59

Nuh A (Noah) told his people that Allah (God) will forgive their previous sins if they do Tawbah (Repentance) sincerely from their sins and spend the rest of their lives according to the way that is liked by Him.

Like most Rusul (Messengers) of Allah (God), Nuh A (Noah) also struggled and suffered throughout his life for taking the Message of Allah (God) to his people. They did not listen to him and ridiculed and tortured him for preaching the Truth.

People of Nuh A (Noah) could not comprehend his special stature and they dismissed his invitations to the Path of Allah (God) for the simple reason that he was also a human being who had spent all his life with them.
His preaching attracted mostly the poor and the downtrodden to the Message of Allah
(God). This fact also became a tool for the people of Nuh A (Noah) to make fun of him and ridicule him further.


The chiefs who disbelieved among his people said: “We see you but a man like ourselves, nor do we see any follow you but the meanest among us and they (too) followed without thinking. And we do not see in you any merit above us, infact we think you are liars.”
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:27

People of Nuh A (Noah) were skeptical of his claims of Messengerhood, because they did not see any things special in him. They were convinced that either he is doing it for selfish purposes to propel himself up among them or he had gone crazy.


But the chiefs of his people who disbelieved said: “He is no more than a human being like you, he seeks to make himself superior to you. Had Allah willed, He surely could have sent down angels. Never did we hear such a thing among our fathers of old.

Surah
(Chapter) Al Mu”minun (The Believers)
Qur-an 23:24


“He is only a man in whom is madness, so wait for him a while.”
Surah (Chapter) Al Mu”minun (The Believers) Qur-an 23:25

Nuh A (Noah) did not mind those baseless accusations and insult and continued begging his people to listen to the Message of Allah (God) and mend their ways. He told them that he is inviting them to the path of Allah (God) for their own good and had no selfish motive behind it.


“O my people I ask of you no reward for it (the Message). My reward is only from Him Who created me. Will you not then understand?

Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:51

Nuh A (Noah) persisted for 950 years in inviting his people to the path of Allah (God).


And indeed We sent Nuh (Noah) to his people, and he stayed among them a thousand years less fifty years [inviting them to believe I the Oneness of Allah (Monotheism), and discard the false gods and other desires]; and the deluge overtook them while they were Zalimun (wrong-doers, polytheists, disbelievers).

Surah (Chapter) Al ‘Ankabut (The Spider) Qur-an 29:14

Nuh A (Noah) told Allah (God) that he had sincerely done his job but to no avail.


He said: “O my Lord! Verily, I have called to my people night and day (i.e. secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Monotheism),
Surah
(Chapter) Nuh (Noah) Qur-an 71:5


“But all my calling added nothing but to
(their) flight (from the truth).

Surah
(Chapter) Nuh (Noah) Qur-an 71:6


And verily, every time I called unto them that you might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride.
Surah (Chapter) Nuh (Noah) Qur-an 71:7

People of Nuh A (Noah) never took him seriously and dismissed his preaching and warnings. They even challenged him to get that torment for them that he used to mention.


They said: “O Nuh (Noah)! You have disputed with us and much have you prolonged this dispute with us, now bring upon us that you threaten us with,
if you are of the truthful.”
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:32

Nuh A (Noah) told them that he does not know about future, and only Allah (God) knows about the time and type of punishment that He will bring upon them:

He said: “Only Allah will bring it (the punishment) on you, if He wills,
and then you will escape not.
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:33

Despite of telling them about the great punishment Allah (God) will bring upon his people, Nuh A (Noah) was concerned about them. He finally told his people that he would not be able to help them anymore, because Allah (God) had revealed to him that none of his disbelieving people would now listen to him.  


And it was revealed to Nuh (Noah): “None of your people will believe except those who have believed already. So be not sad because of what they used to do.
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:36

Allah (God) commanded Nuh A (Noah) to construct a ship.


“And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Revelation, and call not upon Me on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned.”
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:37

Being an obedient servant of Allah (God), Nuh A (Noah) listened to His command and immediately began constructing his ark, the greatest ship ever built. His people poked fun at him seeing him toil for building that ship on dry land far away from any water body. They asked him that how would he take this huge ship to water.

Nuh A (Noah) patiently listened to their ridicules and continued building his ark. He told his people that they are the ones who will be finally disgraced.

And as he was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they mocked at him. He said: “If you mock at us, so do we mock at you likewise for your mocking.



“And as he was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they mocked at him. He said: "If you mock at us, so do we mock at you likewise for your mocking.
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:38

“And you will know who it is on whom will come a torment that will cover him with disgrace and on whom will fall a lasting torment.
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:39

When Nuh A (Noah) completed his ark, Allah (God) commanded him to take a male and a female from all species of animals, birds and insects; besides his believing followers.


(So it was) till when Our Command came and the oven gushed forth (water like fountains from the earth). We said: “Embark therein, of each kind two (male and female), and your family-except him against whom the Word has already gone forth- and those who believe. And none believed with him except a few.”
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:40

Son of Nuh A (Noah) was also among the unbelievers. Nuh A (Noah) knew that his son will also be punished with the unbelievers; still he pleaded with Allah (God) to save his son citing that he also belongs to his family.


And Nuh (Noah) called upon his Lord and said, “O my Lord! Verily, my son is of my family! And certainly, your promise is true, and you are the Most Just of the judges.”
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:45

Allah (God) corrected Nuh A (Noah) with a stern warning.


He said: “O Nuh (Noah)! Surely, he is not of your family; verily his work is unrighteous, so ask not of Me that of which you have no knowledge! I admonish you lest you should be one of the ignorant.”
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:46

Nuh A (Noah) apologized to Allah (God) for his mistake of asking for Him for His forgiveness of his son, a disbeliever.


Nuh (Noah) said: “O my Lord! I seek refuge with You from asking You that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have Mercy on me, I will indeed be one of the losers.”
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:47

Allah (God) brought upon the storm that He had predicted to Nuh A (Noah). Soon water reached to such level that the ark Nuh A (Noah) had built began to sail. He knew that Allah (God) is soon going to unleash his torment fully, upon his unbelieving people. He called his son, one of the unbelievers, to believe in Allah (God) and board the ark.


So it (the ship) sailed with them amidst waves like mountains, and Nuh (Noah) called out to his son, who had separated himself (apart): “O my son! Embark with us and be not with the disbelievers.”
Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:42

The son of  Nuh A (Noah) and all other disbelievers thought that they would climb up on some mountain to save themselves from water, without realizing the magnitude of the torment that was about to befall upon them as a punishment for their misdeeds. Little did he know that no one can hide from Allah (God).


(The son) replied: “I will betake myself to some mountain; it will save me from the water.” Nuh (Noah) said: “This day there is no savior from the decree of Allah except him on whom He has mercy.” And waves came between them, so he (the son) was among the drowned.

Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:43

The storm raged with unprecedented fury and soon drowned everything. Only the ark that Nuh A (Noah) had constructed was left floating with everyone on board. Then Allah (God) stopped the storm.


And it was said: “O earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain).” And the water was made to subside and the Decree (of Allah) was fulfilled (i.e. the destruction of the people of Nuh (Noah). And it (the ship) rested on (Mount) Judi, and it was said: “Away with the people who are Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers)!”

Surah (Chapter) Hud Qur-an 11:44
 

 
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