Prophet Noah (AS)
Noah was a great messenger of God. He laboured hard to propagate theism even though he was persecuted by many individuals. Although he lived an extended life and did much to promulgate his religion, few people accepted his faith and believed in him because they practised idolatry. Blessings in abundance were anticipated from these images which were nothing but mans handicrafts. Nevertheless, they sought protection and refuge in their idols whenever faced with hardship and adversity, begging them for release and deliverance as well as pardon. Daily activities and other life events were attributed to the idols will, and various names and titles were bestowed upon them.
In such chaos, Noah was granted a prophets mission by God, the Almighty, to go among the people and show them the true path. He was in actuality a wise man as well as a fair-spoken person with unlimited tolerance in the face of difficulties. He was also endowed with divine power that enabled him, through logical conviction, to be victorious in debates or disputes.
Noah called his people to God, but the ignorant did not accept the sacred invitation. He then learned them of Gods wrath, but they were still stubborn in rejecting the summons. He also tried to make them hopeful of Gods rich reward, but they utterly refused his words, plugging their ears with their fingers, and pretending that they did not hear. Despite these disobediences, Noah tolerated all persecution with patience and tirelessly continued preaching his sermons. Using the day and the night, he attempted to put every policy he knew into action to draw the peoples attention towards the wonders and mysteries of the universe. Addressing his speech to them, he said:
This was the way of reasoning in which Noah called the people to worship of the Single God. Gradually a few individuals accepted his creed and accepted his Prophethood. However, being vile and vicious, the chiefs of his tribe did not submit to his summons. Consequently, they began hurting Noah and ridiculing him as if he were mad.
They possessed large amounts of riches, held high ranks and positions among their people and therefore believed themselves to be superior to others. Thus they used to tell Noah:
Having augmented their obstinacy and hostility, those wicked people then said:
Their foolish words as well as their meaningless speeches had no impact upon Noah. He continued as patiently as before by answering:
In idiocy, they replied:
Noah concluded his speech with:
Due to the intensity of the Opposition and enmity against Noah and his people, they became hopeless and said:
Smiling bitterly, Noah replied:
Prophets are appointed by God with the mission of guiding people towards theism. Their tolerance is a gift of God which equips them in the face of hardship and enables them to carry out the mission to which they are assigned. They are also divinely endowed with optimism and hope that they can acquaint people with reality. There remains no room for heathens who seek excuses because they have been given the last words.
Noah was a great prophet who lived a very long life, spending most of his time among those who had gone astray. He underwent persecution of the people in hope that he might guide them towards the One God. He tried to make them believe in Him and accept His faith. But as time went on, they became more and more obstinate, drawing further from the truth day by day. Finally, Noah became desperate, giving up hope for his peoples salvation. Then he sought refuge in Gods threshold, reporting their stubbornness to him, complaining of their hostility. He begged for Gods Voice which informed him that he would not gain more disciples than the few who already believed in his creed.
Being aware of the fact that those malicious people would remain misled and stubborn against all logical proofs and reasons, Noah got tired and lost his temper. He then said:
The Lord accepted Noahs request and later commanded him to build an ark but not say anything more about the oppressors to Him. They were destined to be drowned in the midst of the roaring waves risen by a tempest sea because of their disobedience and ingratitude toward God. In a place quite far from town, Noah gathered the necessary implements for making a ship. While busy manufacturing the vessel, he did not escape the ridicule of the people. One said:
Each of them made mocking statements, injuring Noahs heart, but Noah paid no attention to what they said. Sometimes he told them:
Noah was consistent in his work, joining large and small pieces of the ship together. He then made the ship fast and it was completed.
Waiting for Gods order, Noah was inspired to prepare to load the vessel with his believers and pairs of male and female animals of various species as soon as he saw signs of Gods wrath. He was awaiting the next commandment when suddenly it started to rain. In addition to the downpour, water sprang from the earth covering the entire area, and all the high places and hills were soon hidden under the flowing floods. Rushing towards the ark, Noah took with him the men, animals and plants which God had commanded to be embarked. As soon as all were installed on board, the vessel began its voyage with Gods will.
A strong wind blew, the raging waves rolled on and on looking like moving hills. Floods and tempests were severe. The roaring waves swallowed the heathens who struggled for their lives. However, they were overwhelmed by death, being drawn into the very depths of the cold waters where their books of life ended.
Sitting somewhere on deck, Noah suddenly saw his son, Kanan, terribly entangled by the waves of the stormy ocean, struggling to rescue himself from that horrible scene. Being overcome by paternal affection, Noah shouted:
The words uttered by the kind father had no influence upon the stone-hearted son who thought that he could save himself from Gods wrath by human strength. Then, answering his father, he said:
Overcome by grief, Noah said:
A high wave rose at that moment, separating the father and the son. Noah was sad and took refuge in God, saying:
Noah was inspired by Gods revelation to adopt only the believers as his relatives, those who had previously accepted his Prophethood as well as his summoning.
Noah felt he was approaching danger for the sake of the love he had for his son. His paternal instinct and affection had concealed the truth from him while he should have thanked God for the rescue of himself and his companions along with the perdition of the heathens. Asking Gods forgiveness, he repented of the sin and the mistake he had made. He again took refuge in God, begging his pardon and protection, so that he might not be considered a sinner. A huge wave swallowed Kanan, drowning him in the very depth of those cold waters.
As soon as the lives of the oppressors had been extinguished by Gods wrath, the rain stopped and the floods were gradually absorbed by the earth. Finally, Noahs Ark anchored on Mount Arafat. He was ordered to land, attended by his companions in order to start a happy new life under the auspices of Gods blessings.