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Article 3



Excerpt from the late Dr. Hussain Shamsi's book " The Prophets of Islam " 

        Hazrat Nuh (Noah) was bom to Lamak in the tenth generation of Adam. He was a grand son of ldris. He preached oneness of Allah but the people turned to  idolatry. They laughed at Nuh and ridiculed his preaching. They tortured him  and his family. Their hearts had hardened and they had shut their ears to his  words. Yet he remained patient and continued preaching. When he got tired  about the obstinacy and hostility of his people towards him, his family and  towards his teachings, he complained to Allah about them. Allah told Nuh that they  had transgressed His limits and would meet His punishment which would serve as  a lesson for generations to come. He told Nuh that he would send an enormous  flood that will engulf and destroy all nonbelievers and their dwellings along  with their false gods. 

The Deluge ......
Allah instructed Nuh to build a large boat and bring on board all believers  and a pair of each species of animals before He unleashed His floods. Nuh  carried out the instructions of Allah, and started building an enormous ark. 
Since there were no sea or gulf but only a meager river, people laughed at him for  constructing a boat of such large dimensions. Upon completion of his task,  Nuh invited people to come on board, but they ridiculed him. The family of the  prophet, three of his four sons and a handful of true believers along with a  pair of each species of animals boarded the ark. 

No sooner Nuh entered the ark, thunderous rain started to pour from the  heavens and springs burst from the bottom of the Earth. As the waters rose higher  and higher, people climbed up the tallest trees and headed towards high  grounds. The waters began to engulf these refuges too. Some people repented and  wanted to board the ark, but alas it was too late. The ark had been sealed to  protect against the down-pour and the turbulence of the roaring waters. The  floods spread far and wide, covering the entire terrain, destroyed all except those  who had believed in the prophet, and heeding his warning, had boarded with  him. 

It is said that the flooding lasted one hundred and fifty days. When the  waters receded, the ark came to rest over Mount Ararat. The occupants of the ark  came out and thanked the Lord for their miraculous survival. They then spread  out to inhabit the Earth again with the blessings of their Lord. 

Nuh is known as Noah in Torah. He lived for nine hundred and fifty years and  left a large progeny after him. His eldest surviving son Yaffath (Japheth)  went north west towards Europe and settled there. His descendents are known as  the Japhetic race. His middle son Sam (Shem) remained with his father in the  Middle East. His descendents are known as the Semetic race. The youngest son  Ham went south west and settled in northern Africa. His descendents are called  the Hemetic race. 

References: al Qur'an: Ale Imran, Anam, Aaraf, Yunus, Hud, Ibrahim, Bani  Israel, Anmbiya@,Momenoon, Furqan, Shu'ra', Ankaboot, Zatiyat, Najam, Qamar,  Hadeed, Tahreem, Haqah and Nuh.




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