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PROPHET NOAH

Allah tells us the following in the Holy Qur'an:

We have surely sent Noah to his people, so he said: 0 people! Worship


Allah; you have no god other than Him; surely I fear for you the
chastisement of a grievous Day. The chiefs of his people said: Most surely
we see you in clear error. He said: 0 people! There is no error in me, but
I am an apostle from the Lord of the worlds. I deliver to you the messages
of my Lord, and I offer you good advice, and I know from Allah what you,
do not know. What?! Do you wonder that a reminder has come to you
from your Lord through a man from among you so that he may warn you,
and so that you may guard (yourselves against evil), and so that mercy may
be shown to you?! But they called him a liar, so We delivered him and
those with him in the ark, and We drowned those who rejected Our
communications; surely they were blind people. (Qur'an, 7:59-64)

His full name is Noah son of Lamuch son of Methulach (or Enoch,
prophet Idris) son of Yared son of Mahalalel son of Kenan son of
Anoosh son of Sheth (Seth) son of Adam, father of mankind. He was
born one hundred and twenty-six years after Adam's death according
to Jarir al-Tabari and others.' How many sons did Noah have? They
were Ham, Sam (or Shem), Japheth (Yafith), Yam (who is called by
the People of the Book Canan and must not be confused with Canaan
(Ken'an) the Arab whose descendants constituted a majority in
Palestine/ by the year 1177 B.C after the outbreak of the Ma'rab

'al-Majlisi, Bihiir al-Anwiir, Vol. 11, p. 287.


2When the Greeks invaded Palestine in 449 B.C, they gave these
Cananite Arabs who dwelt along the Mediterranean coast of Syria a
new name: "Phoenicians" which means "people who work in the
Tyrean purple," a dye extracted from trees and used then to paint
ships. Phoenicians' Arab Semitic ancestors, as we are told on p. 25 of
Vol. 1 of the sixth edition of Civilization: Past & Present (New York:
Harper Collins Publishers, 1987 [1407 AH.]), had migrated from
Arabia early in the third millenium B.C

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Dam of Yemen),' and Abir. Which of these was the one who preferred
to seek refuge on top of a mountain rather than respond to his father's
call to join them in the ark? He was, according to most accounts, Yam.
This means that Yam, or Canaan, did not leave any descendants because
he drowned. Did Noah hav= any daughters at all? No names are provided
for us by anthropologists and historians for Noah's daughters, conceding,
however, that all the four daughters-in-law of Noah, including Yam's
widow, were on board the ark.
If you trace the life-span of each of his ancestors, you will have an
idea about the time in history during which he lived. A chronology of his
ancestors is available in Volume One of Tabari's Tiirikh, The chronology
provided in the Book of Matthew (of the Old Testament) is, in our view,
quite inaccurate. For example, it suggests that Noah lived for nine
hundred and fifty years, whereas the Holy Qur'an tells us that that was
only the period during which Noah was preaching to his people. It neither
includes the years he lived before inviting his people to mend their ways
nor those he lived after the flood.
In Arabic, Noah's name means: he wails, laments, bemoans, mourns,
weeps over others. Noah wept over his people's sins for the entire period
during which he was admonishing them to renounce their evil ways,
abandon idol worship, and accept Allah as their Lord, a period of nine
hundred and fifty years as the Holy Qur'an tells us in verse 14 of Surat
al-"Ankabut:

And certainly We sent Noah to his people, so he remained among them


a thousand years save fifty years. And the deluge overtook them while
they were unjust. (Qur'an, 29:14)

lMarab came later in history to be the city capital of the Second Kingdom
of Saba' (Sheba) which lasted from 650 to 115 B.C. The First Kingdom of Sheba
ruled about one thousand years before the birth of Christ. Balqees, or Bilqis, the
Queen of Sheba, came to be the wife of prophet Solomon the Wise who,
according to scholars of the Bible, ruled from 970 - 935 B.C. Balqees was an
Arab, a descendant of Saba' son of Ka'b son of Zayd son of Himyar son of
Yashjub son of Ya'rub son of Joktan (or Jochtan, as Qahtan, one of the fathers
of the Arab nation, is called by Western scolars). Balqees is most often referred
to as "Himyari," a descendant of Himyar. A large percentage of today's
Yemenites are descendants of Himyar.

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Another meaning of his name is: one who nahha, isolated,
dissociated, or cleared himself from certain people; Noah cleared
himself and his small band of believers from the rest of his people
who disbelieved in his message. "Noah" is not his name but his
attribute; it is an adjective, not a noun. What was, then, Noah's real
name? A man from Syria once asked the Commander of the Faithful
Imam "Ali about Noah's name. The Imam told the inquirer that
Noah's name was al-Sakan, and that he was called Noah because he
wept over his people for nine hundred and fifty years. 1 Imam J a'fer
al-Sadiq was asked the same question, whereupon he said, "Noah's
(real) name was Abd al-Ghaffar; he was called Noah because he
mourned himself. "2The same Imam was asked the same question on
a different occasion, as Sa'Id ibn Janah, one of his companions,
narrated. The Imam said, "Noah's name was Abd al-Malik; he was
called Noah because he wept for five hundred years.'? On yet another
occasion, the Imam was asked the same question, and it was then that
he gave Noah's name as "Abd al-A'Ia", Why did the Imam thus give
more than one name for Noah? Shaikh al-Saduq answers this
question by saying, "Narrations with regard to Noah's name agree, not
disagree, with one another, and they all convey that his name meant:
a servant of Allah; so, he is the servant of al-Ghaffar (the oft-
Forgiving One), of al-Malik (the King), of al-A'Ia (the most High).II4
According to Wahab, al-Saduq has indicated that Noah was a
carpenter; his tanned face was thin and long, his eyes were large, his
legs were thin but his thighs were huge, and so was his body in
general. He is described by al-Saduq as having been quite tall with a
large belly, a long beard, and broad shoulders. He was very forceful
when angry or when rebuking his people. When Allah chose him to
convey His message to the people, he was eight hundred and fifty
years old. After the flood, he continued to live for seven hundred
years; hence, he lived a total of two thousand and five hundred years.

IThis is recorded on p. 435, Vol. 4, of al-Tibrisi's exegesis Mujma'


al-Bayiin fi Tafsir al-Qur'an.
2Refer to p. 21 of cflal al-Shariii',
3lbid., p. 21.
4lbid.

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"Ali ibn Ahmed quotes al-Asadi quoting Sahl quoting Abd al-Azeem
al-Hasani saying, as we are told by Shaikh al-Saduq, "I heard (Irnam)
"Ali ibn Muhammed aVAskari saying that Noah lived for two
thousand and five hundred years."
For three hundred years, during which Noah was admonishing his
people, the latter used to bring their young sons to show them Noah
and to warn them against listening to him. A father would say to his
son: "Son! If you survive me, do not obey this madman."

Where did Noah Live?


One thousand years, according to p. 122, Vol. 1, of Tabari's Tarikh,
separate the time between our father Adam and prophet Noah, a
period during which all people followed one and the same creed, and
all were on the right track of Islam by the token of the Our'anic verse
saying,

(All) people used to be a single nation; so Allah raised prophets as


bearers of glad tidings and as warners, and He revealed with them the
Book with the truth, so that it might judge between people in that in
which they differed. (Qur'an, 2:213)

Ibn 'Abbas is quoted in the same reference cited above saying,


"Between Noah and Adam, peace be upon them, there was a time
period of ten generations during which people followed the right
creed. Then they differed among themselves, so Allah sent His
prophets to them to bring them glad tidings and to warn them." He
then continued to say that this is the meaning of the verse saying,
"(All) people used to be a single nation ..." cited above. Noah's long
life-span should not surprise anybody. Abu Abdullah Imam Ja'fer al-
Sadiq is quoted by reporters of traditions and biographers as having
said, "Noah's people used to live (at least) three hundred years each."!
Noah was the first of Ulul-fAzm prophets, and the first to warn
people against a sure calamity. During his time, people were
committing many different types of immoralities the like of which had
never been seen before. These included wine drinking, distraction

lThis statement and the chain of its narrators are recorded on p. 289 of
Kamdl al-Deen wa Itmam al-Ni'ma, and it is quoted on p. 289, Vol. 11, of
Bihar al-Anwiir,

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from worshipping Allah, debauchery, and idol worship.

Noah and Idol Worship


The names of the most renown idols worshipped by Noah's people
are listed in the Holy Qur'an in verses such as these:

Noah said: Lord! Surely they have disobeyed me and followed one
whose wealth and children have increased only his loss. And they have
planned a great plan. And they say: By no mans should you leave your
gods, nor should you leave Wudd, nor Suwa, nor Yaghuth, nor Yauq,
nor Nasr. (Qur'an, 71:21-23)

In these verses, Noah complains to the Almighty against his people


who preferred to disobey him and, instead, obeyed the wealthy among
them. According to al-Qummi's Tafsir, a number of pious and popular
believers before the time of Noah died, so people grieved for them
a great deal. Assuming a human form, Eblis brought them images of
those popular and righteous individuals which they happily took to
decorate their places of public meetings with. When winter came, they
brought those images indoors. Another generation came and Eblis
came again to say to them, "These are gods which your fathers used
to worship," so they worshipped them, and a great number of them
strayed, hence Noah's supplication to the Almighty to drown them.
Idol worship, then, dates back as far as the time of Noah, a
practice which continued throughout Arabia till the advent of Islam
in the sixth century A.D. According to the author of AI-Du" al-
Manthoor, who is quoted by al-Bukhari and is referred to by al-
Tabatabai in his Tafsir al-Mizan.' Ibn "Abbas said, "The idols and
statues which. the people of Noah used to worship came to be
worshipped by the Arabs thereafter." Wudd, one of those idols, came
to be worshipped by Banu Kalb who were residing at Dawmat al-
Jandal; Suwa" became the god of Banu Huthayl; Yaghuth became the
god of Banu Murad then of Banu Ghateef who lived near Saba'
(Sheba, Yemen). Banu Hamadan came to worship Ya'ooq, while Nasr
was the god of Himyar (ancestors of Queen Balqees who married
prophet Solomon). These idols were drowned in the flood, and these
Arab tribes carved new ones modelled after them depending on their

'Refer to pp. 38-39, Vol. 20, of Tafsir al-Mizan.

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knowledge of such idols, the knowledge which was orally transmitted


from one generation to another since the time of the flood and from
those who survived it.

Noah's Ark
Scholars differ with regard to the number of those who accompanied
Noah in the ark. Ibn "Abbas says that they, including their women,
were eighty in number. Imarn al-Sadiq, Abu Abdullah Ja'fer ibn
Muhammed, is quoted in Rawdat al-Kiifi as having said, "Noah built
his ark by hand at the place where Kufa's mosque now stands. He
had to bring wood from a distance till he finished it." Then the Imam
turned to his left, pointed to Ibn al-Hakeem's house and added, "The
Euphrates used to flow there." Having said so, he turned to one of his
companions, al-Mufaddal, and said, "0 Mufaddal! It was there that
the idols of Noah's people were placed: Yaghuth, Ya'ooq, and Nasr."l
This means that Noah lived in the southern part of today's Iraq. A
testimony to this fact exists in the famous Sumerian epic of Gil-
gamesh, an ancient Babylonian version of the story of the flood
written in Akkadian, the language then used in northern Babylonia.
This epic was unearthed by Western archaeologists excavating at
Nineveh in the library of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal who ruled
from 668 to 627 B.C. Five short poems written in Sumeriarr' (the
language used in southern Babylonia) making reference to this epic
were rendered by some anthropologists to the second millennium
BvC. lames Trager, author of The People's Chronology, however,
places the Gilgamesh epic in the third, not the second, millennium.
Gilgamesh was king of Erech (Uruk), today's town of al-Warka'. In
this epic, reference is made to one man who survived the flood. His
name in Sumerian is Utnapishtim. In the Cultural Atlas of Mesopota-
mia and the Ancient Near East, we read the following:

A later tradition made Ubar-tutu the father of Ziusudra (or Ut-

lIbid., p. 39.
urbe Sumerians developed a cuneiform script alphabet of 600 simplified
signs. Earlier, they had developed a written language using thousands of
picture signs, or ideograms. The Gilgamesh legend and the new Sumerian
alphabet are both based on those ideograms.

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napishtim), the Babylonian Noah. Ut-napishtim, according to the
Epic of Gilgamesh, built a boat on the advice of the god Enki and
thus survived the deluge that had been sent by the gods to destroy
humankind.'

Two conclusions concern us from researching the Babylonian


Gilgamesh epic; they are: 1) the time of the flood must have taken
place at least shortly before the third millennium B.C, that is to say,
probably 3200 or 3500 B.C, although in the chronological table
provided in Cradle of Civilization by Samuel Noah Kramer and the
editors of Time-Life Books, the earliest settlements by farmers in
Babylon are dated 5000 B.C whereas the Gilgamesh epic is given the
approximate date of 2600 B.C; 2) Utnapishtim could be the Sumerian
equivalent of the hero of our story: prophet Noah. Babylonian
languages, according to the New Webster's Dictionary.' are Semitic'.
The Babylonians were descendants of Sam son of Noah. Cradle of
Civilizations tells us that

From the land of Akkad came the name Akkadian given to the
Semitic language that came into common use in Mesopotamia.'

What Language Did Noah Speak?


The answer to this question poses a very serious challenge to any
researcher. One is tempted to believe that Noah spoke some type of
Arabic simply because his name or, rather, characteristic, is derived
from nawh or niyiih which means in Arabic: crying or mourning. Our
father's name Adam is derived from the Arabic adeem al-ard, that is,
an earthly composite. Yet if you carefully study the traditions quoted

'Michael Roaf, Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East
(Oxford, England: Musterlin House, 1990 [1410 A.H.]), p. 84.

urhe edition consulted is the large Deluxe Encyclopedic Edition


published in 1984 (1404 AH.) by the Delar Publishing Company, Inc.

3Louis al-Ma'Iuf, the Lebanese Jesuit author of the Arabic-Arabic


dictionary Al-Munjid (published in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1973 (1393 AH.) by
Dar el-Mashriq), however, classifies them as non-Semitic.

"Samuel Noah Kramer and The Editors of Time-Life Books, Cradle of


Civilization (New York: Time, Inc.), pp. 38-39.

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in al-Majlisi's encyclopedia titled Bihiir al-Anwdr, you will come across
references to Noah speaking Syriac (eastern Aramaic). But Syriac
neither existed in the fourth nor in the third millennium before
Christ, nor was it spoken by the Babylonians; rather, it was the
language developed by their offspring the Chaldeans (or Caldeans),
also known as the neo-Babylonians. They inhabited Chaldea,'
southern Babylonia. In the fifth century B.c., they controlled all of
Babylonia, establishing the Chaldean or neo- Babylonian empire. Their
most famous king, Nebuchadnezzar, who took control in 604 B.c.,
conquered Jerusalem after having defeated the Egyptians in Syria. He
destroyed Jerusalem in 586 BiC. and carried several thousand Je}Vs
captive to Babylonia. One of the descendants of those captives was
the hero of next Chapter's story: Abraham.' It was from Chaldea that
both Arabic and Hebrew languages descended. Chaldean regions such
as Bit-Yakin (Bayt al-Yaqin) never changed their Arabic names ever
since. Merodach-baladan (as he is called in the Bible) or Marduk-
apla-iddina Il, as he was called in Chaldean, was chief of Bit-Yakin
and came to be the ruler of Babylon.' The language spoken by Noah
could not have been Syriac. Aramaic, one of the Syriac dialects, was
the language spoken by Jesus Christ, a language which still exists and
is spoken even today by a small number of Syrian Christians.

Noah's Character and Conduct


No other prophet was named as such after him, and he was named
so because of the extent of his grieving; he was the first of the
prophets who have brought the Shari'a; he was the first caller sent by

'This name is derived from settlers known as the Kaldu tribes. Ancient
Greek and Hebrew use the name Chaldea to designate Babylonia.
~is should not mislead the reader into thinking that Abraham, peace
be upon him, was a Jew. The descendants of Ya'qub, Jacob, who is also
called Israel, are called "Israelites," and these are classified by non-Muslims
as "Jews." In Islam, all prophets of God, from Adam (as) tc Muhammed (P).
including. of course, Abraham (as), are considered as Muslims. Verse 67 of
Surat Ali "Imran (Ch. 3, Family of "Imran) reads: "Abraham was neither a
Jew nor a Christian but an upright man, a Muslim, and he was not one of
the polytheists."
3Michael Roaf, Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia, p. 182.

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Allah Almighty; he was the first to warn against polytheism; he was
the first to be persecuted by his nation because of rejecting his call;
he caused all the inhabitants of the earth to perish because of his
supplication. It is said that Allah Almighty inspired him after the
flood, "1have created My creation and ordered them to obey Me, but
they opted to go against My will, so My Wrath descended upon them,
and 1 caused even those who did not disobey me to be tormented just
as those who did, and I have caused all My creation to suffer because
of the sins of the descendants of Adam. I have sworn by My Own Self
that I shall never torment anyone among My creation in this same
way [by flood], but I shall grant authority to various nations from
among My servants, then I shall reward them according to their deeds
when they are assembled to Me." Noah lived longer than any other
prophet. He is referred to as the eldest among the prophets and the
wise man among the messengers. His miracle is in his own self
because he lived very long without losing a tooth or his strength
weakening. No other messenger exerted as much effort in delivering
the message as he had. He used to call upon his people night and
day, openly and secretly, and no other prophet received from his
people as much beating, chiding, and all types of harm and rudeness
as he did. For these reasons, the Almighty has said, "And the people
of Noah before; surely they were a transgressing people" (Qur'an,
51:46). He is also considered next only to the Chosen One
Muhammed, peace and blessings be upon him and his progeny, with
regard to the covenant and the inspiration; Allah Almighty has said,
"And We took from the prophets their covenant, and from you, and
from Noah" (Qur'an, 33:7). The Almighty has also said, "Surely We
have revealed to you as We revealed to Noah and to the prophets
after him" (Qur'an, 4:163).
In as far as resurrection is concerned, Noah is the first person for
whom the earth shall open up on the Day of Judgment, only after
Muhammed, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him and his
progeny. The Almighty had given him the ark and taught him how to
make it; He protected it and its cargo and permitted him to sail over
the water, and He even called him a grateful servant of His: "... the
offspring of those whom We carried with Noah; surely he was a
grateful servant" (Qur'an, 17:3). The Almighty honoured him with
security and bliss, saying, "0 Noah! Descend with peace from Us and
blessings on you and on the people from among those with you"

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(Qur'an, 11:48).
Muhammed ibn Ka'b al-Qarzi has said, "Every believing man and
woman had entered into that peace and remained therein till the Day
of Judgment. Noah made his offspring the only survivors; therefore,
he is the first of humans and the origin of the human race." Al-Hasan
has quoted Samrah ibn J andab saying that the Messenger of Allah
has said, "Three sons were born for Noah: Sam, Ham and Yafith
(Japeth). Sam is the father of all Arabs, Persians, and Romans. Ham
is the father of all the Black people. Yafith is the father of all the
Turks, Gag and Magog."
When Noah and his offspring descended from the ark, he divided
the earth among his three sons. He gave to Sam the center of the
earth, where Jerusalem, the Nile, the Tigris and the Euphrates, Sehon
and Jehon are, which is the area between Qaysoon up to the east of
the Nile, and between the flow of the south up to the flow of the
north. To Ham he gave the area west of the Nile and the lands
between the flow of the southern wind and beyond it up to Sehon to
the flow of the west wind. To Yafithhe gave the area from Qaysoon
and beyond it up to the foothills of Saba'. This is the explanation of
the verse saying, "And We made his offspring the survivors, and We
perpetuated to him (praise) among the later generations. Peace and
salutation to Noah among the nations. Thus do We surely reward the
doers of good. Surely he was of Our believing servants" (Qur'an,
37:77-81).

Noah in the Holy Qur'an


In addition to the verses cited above, the Holy Qur'an records the
following supplications of Noah:

Lord! I seek refuge in You against asking You for that of which I have no
knowledge, and if You do not forgive me and have mercy on me, I will
surely be among the losers. (Qur'an, 11:47)

And certainly We sent Noah to his people, and he said: 0 my people!


Worship Alliih; you have no god other than Him; will you not then guard
(yourselves against evil)? And the chiefs of those who disbelieved from
among his people said: He is nothing but a mortal like yourselves who
desires to have superiority over you, and had Alliih pleased, He could
certainly have sent down angels. We have not heard of this among our
fathers of yore: he is only a madman; so bear with him for some time. He

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said: 0 Lord! Help me against their calling me a liar. So We revealed to
him, saying: Make the ark before Our eyes and (according to) Our
revelation, and when Our command is given and the valley overflows, take
into it of every kind a pair, two, and your followers, except those among
them against whom the word has already gone forth, and do not speak to
Me in respect of the unjust; surely they shall be drowned. And when you are
firmly seated, you and those with you, in the ark, say: All praise is due to
Alliih Who delivered us from the unjust people. And say: 0 Lord! Cause
me to disembark a blessed disembarking, and You are the best to cause a
disembarking. Most surely there are signs in this, and most surely We are
ever trying (men). (Qur'an, 23:23-30)

And Noah said: Lord! Do not leave upon the earth any dweller from
among the unbelievers, for if You leave them, they will surely lead Your
servants astray and will not beget any but immoral, ungrateful (offspring);
Lord! Forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house believing,
and the believing men and women, and do not increase the unjust in aught
but destruction! (Qur'an, 71:26-28)

He said: Lord! Surely my people charge me of telling a lie! Therefore judge


between me and them with a ljust) judgment, and deliver me and the
believers with me. So We delivered him and those with him in the laden
ark, then We drowned the rest afterwards. Most surely there is a sign in this,
but most of them do not believe. And most sureLyyour Lord is the Mighty,
the Merciful. (Qur'an, 26:117-122)

What is "al-Tannoor"?
Reference to al-tannoor exists in 11:40 which states: "When Our
command came and water came forth from the tannoor, We said:
Carry in it two of all things, a pair, and your own family, except those
against whom' the word has already gone forth, and those who
believe." According to most people, al-tannoor means the earth's
surface; so, the meaning would be: "and the earth gushed out from all
its parts, so much so that even the tannoor, the surface of the earth,
gushed forth with water." Ibn Atheer, on p. 95 of his book Qasas al-
Anbiyii', quotes Imam "Aliibn Abu Talib saying, "The meaning of al-
tannor is daybreak and the light-bringing dawn, that is, its aurora and
light." The verse in question will then mean: It is then that you should
carry in it two pairs of everything."
The story of Noah should teach everyone that no matter how long
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truly tragic. Those who attribute a son to Him, those who remember
Him maybe once a week or only on certain occasions, and those who
shun Him altogether..., will all sooner or later come to realize that
there is a price for being on earth, a purpose, a mission to fulfill, and
that their God did not create them then forget about them. He will
hold them responsible for each and every word they uttered, for each
and every deed they did. And His reckoning will not be easy at all...

• INVOCATION BY NOAH

These invocations are cited from the Holy Qur'an:

Lord! I seek refuge in You against asking You for that of whjch I have
no knowledge; and if You do not forgive me and have mercy on me,
I will surely be among the losers. (Qur'an, 11:47)

And certainly We sent Noah to his people, and he said: 0 my people!


Worship Allah; you have no god other than Him; will you not then
guard (yourselves against evil)? And the chiefs of those who disbelieved
from among his people said: He is nothing but a mortal like yourselves
who desires that he may have superiority over you, and had Allah
pleased, He could certainly have sent down angels. We have not heard
of this among our father of yore: he is only a madman; so bear with
him for some time. He said: 0 my Lord! Help me against their calling
me a liar. So We revealed to him, saying: Make the ark before Our eyes
and (according to) Our revelation, and when Our command is given
and the valley overflows, take into it of every kind a pair, two, and your
followers, except those among them against whom the word has gone
forth, and do not speak to Me in respect of those who are unjust; surely
they shall be drowned. And when you are firmly seated, you and those
with you, in the ark, say: All praise is due to Allah Who delivered us
from the unjust people. And say: 0 Lord! Cause me to disembark a
blessed disembarking, and You are the best to cause a disembarking.
Most surely there are signs in this, and most surely We are ever trying
(men). (Qur'an, 23:23-30)

And Noah said: Lord! Do not leave upon the earth any dweller from
among the unbelievers, for if You leave them, they will surely lead Your
servants astray and will not beget any but immoral, ungrateful

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(offspring); Lord! Forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my
house believing, and the believing men and women, and do not
increase the unjust in aught but destruction! (Qur'an, 71:26-28)

He said: Lord! Surely my people charge me of telling a lie! Therefore


judge between me and them with a (just) judgment, and deliver me and
those who are with me of the believers. So We delivered him and those
with him in the laden ark, then We drowned the rest afterwards. Most
surely there is a sign in this, but most of them do not believe. And most
surely your Lord is the Mighty, the Merciful. (Qur'an, 26:117-122)

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