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  Noah in Islam (Nuh)

Afghanland.com - Allah sends Nuh a message, stating that all people should believe in him before it is too late. Nuh is told to promulgate this message to his people, which he does. He tells people that they should abandon all their false gods and worship the one true god; Allah, as he will look after them all. Nuh is ignored and rebuffed by his people. They say that he is just an ordinary man like themselves. Some call Nuh mad or possessed. Others ask Nuh why a man is sent by instead of an angel to deliver Allah's message. Some people tell him that if what he says is true then he should make it happen now to back up his claims. Nuh is even threatened with stoning if he does not desist his teaching. Nuh, however, is undaunted. He says he has asked for no reward, as Allah is his only reward. He even offers to be killed so that they may know who is righteous and who is not. Nuh eventually appeals to Allah for help as he feels he is getting nowhere with the people. Allah tells Nuh that no more people will now believe. Nuh appeals to Allah to get rid of all unbelievers, as he fears that the believers may be corrupted by them. Allah instructs Nuh to build an ark for a flood that he shall shortly be sending on the earth. Nuh builds an ark but is ridiculed by his people. He is instructed to put a male and a female of each animal species on to the ark. The believers (who are few) and his family are also allowed onto the ark (except for his wife, who is unrighteous). Nuh's son (he is not named in the Qur'an) does not get into the ark. He says that he will retreat from the flood on a mountain. The flood then comes, and all are killed, including Nuh's son. The flood eventually ends, with the ark resting on Mount Judi. Nuh appeals to Allah about his son. He is rebuffed, as Allah says that the son was unrighteous and unworthy of being saved from the flood. Everyone then exits the ark.

Qur'anic account emphasizes Noah's preaching of the monotheism of God, and the ridicule heaped on him by idolaters.

We sent Nuh to his people: He said, “O my people! worship Allah! Ye have no other god but Him. Will ye not fear (Him)?”
The chiefs of the Unbelievers among his people said: “He is no more than a man like yourselves: his wish is to assert his superiority over you: if Allah had wished (to send messengers), He could have sent down angels; never did we hear such a thing (as he says), among our ancestors of old.”
(And some said): “He is only a man possessed: wait (and have patience) with him for a time.”
(Nuh) said: “O my Lord! help me: for that they accuse me of falsehood!”
God later instructed Nuh to build the ark:

But construct an Ark under Our eyes and Our inspiration, and address Me no (further) on behalf of those who are in sin: for they are about to be overwhelmed (in the Flood). (Surah Hud: 37) (Surat al-Mumenoon: 23-26)

The Qur'anic account contains a detail not included in the Biblical account, a reference to another son who chose not to enter the ark:

So the Ark floated with them on the waves (towering) like mountains, and Nuh called out to his son, who had separated himself (from the rest): “O my son! embark with us, and be not with the unbelievers!” The son replied: “I will betake myself to some mountain: it will save me from the water.” Nuh said: “This day nothing can save, from the command of Allah, any but those on whom He hath mercy!” And the waves came between them, and the son was among those overwhelmed in the Flood. (Surah Hud: 42-43)

Some Muslims assert that the flood during Noah's time was a local event, They infer this from several Qur'anic verses, and their understanding that a global flood would be impossible. Other Muslims, however, hold that the flood was indeed global.


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