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Islam: God's Message of Guidance to Humanity


By Hassan Ali El-Najjar


Table of Contents


I. Introduction: Basic Information


1. Islam: A Brief Introduction


2. Three Levels of Faith: Islam, Iman, and Ihsan 


3. The Scientific Evidence That God Exists and the Holy Qur'an Is His Message to Humanity 


4. Creation and Evolution in the Holy Qur'an


5. Humans, As God's Caliphs on Earth


6. Adam's Contest With the Angels, and Getting Out of Paradise

7. Worshippers By Choice Or Forced Slaves?  


8. The Relationship Between the Spiritual and the Physical Aspects of Islamic Teachings  


9. Mind, Self, Soul, Spirit, and Happiness from an Islamic Perspective 


10. Heart-Mind Relationship in the Holy Qur'an  


II. Islam: The Five Pillars of the Faith Structure


1. Islamic Proclamation of Faith


2. Performing Islamic Prayers


3. Giving Zakah (Charity)


4. Fasting and Ramadhan, Great Gifts from Allah to Muslims


5. Haj, Pilgrimage, the Fifth Pillar of Islam


III. Iman: Allah, His Angels, Messengers, Messages, Latter Day, and Qadar


1. Allah, As He Described Himself in the Holy Quran 


2. Angels


3. Noo'h, Noah, in the Holy Quran  


4. Ibrahim, Abraham, in the Holy Quran


5. Moussa, Moses, in the Holy Quran


6. 'Eissa, Jesus Christ, in the Holy Quran  


7. Muhammed in the Holy Quran


8. Prophet Muhammed's Night Journey and Ascent to Heavens, Al-Issra Wal Mi'raj


9. Latter Day (Day of Resurrection)


10. Qada and Qadar: God's Foreknowledge and His Decree


IV. I'hsan: Watching Allah in Speech and Deeds


1. Introduction to Islamic Law, Shari'a, Part I, Prohibition, Don't Do, and Do Commands in the Holy Quran


2. The La (No) Commands


3. The Imperative Commands 




Articles with Islamic Perspective:


Health Care Crisis in the US: An Islamic Perspective


"Terrorism" & "Islamo-Fascism" Propaganda Campaigns: An Interactive Lecture


Six Questions About Islam, Muslims and Jews


Five Islamic Issues: Predestination and choice, position toward other religions, angels, and the End of Days

Food Islamic Rules and Teachings  

Are Muslim women second-class citizens  


The French Ban on Islamic Headscarf, an Interview with


Links to Islamic Topics 2007-2010


Links to Islamic Topics 2007


Links to Islamic topics 2006


Links to Islamic topics 2005


Links to Islamic topics 2004


Links to Islamic topics, 2003  


2002 Links to Islamic topics




God's Message of Guidance to Humanity


Noo'h (Noah) in the Holy Quran,

Peace be upon him


By Hassan Ali El-Najjar


27th of Rajab, 1434, 6th of June, 2013








1434 - 1434






I seek refuge with God from the Stoned Shaytan

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful






As time passed after Adam, humans started to forget the Message of Guidance from Allah to them, about how they can live happily in this life and be rewarded in the Hereafter, until they almost forgot it completely.


They even worshipped statues of good men who died a long time before them. These were Wad, Suwa',  Yaghouth, Ya'aouq, and Nassr. Some scholars say that these were Adam's children.


 ( 71: 23).


And they said, 'Never leave your gods and never leave Wad or Suwa' or Yaghouth and Ya'ouq and Nassr (Noo'h, 71: 23).


Allah, praise to Him, sent Noo'h (Noah), peace and blessings be upon him (pbbuh), to guide them to the right path. He told them to worship Allah, instead of the helpless statues.


The poor and powerless believed and accepted the Message but the powerful ones rejected the message and ridiculed the Messenger (Noo'h), despised the believers, and even challenged him to bring God's punishment he was threatening them with, if they insisted on rejecting the Message.


During most of the 950 years Noo'h lived among them, he preached God's Message to them, but the number of the believers stayed small while the number of the disbelievers was increasing.


Allah, praise to Him, revealed to Noo'h that the believers would not increase anymore. The disbelievers continued to reject the Message and ridicule the Messenger. Then, Noo'h asked Allah to destroy the disbelievers.


Allah, praise to Him, decided to drown them in a flood of water resulting from continuous raining and overflow of underground springs.


To save Noo'h and the believers, as well as the animals they had in their territory, Allah, praise to Him, ordered Noo'h to build the ship (the Ark), which he and the believers did, with help from Allah and His Angels.


Whenever the disbelievers passed by him, they would ridicule him for building a ship in an area which was faraway from rivers, lakes, or seas.


Allah told Noo'h about a sign, when he sees it he should embark on the ship together with the believers. That was when the fireplace in his home would be overflown with water, falling from the sky and coming out from underground. This meant that people could no longer make fire, necessary for food, washing, and other usages.


When Noo'h saw the sign, he embarked on the ship together with the believers, and their animals, with help from angels. However, Noo'h's wife and one of his sons refused to embark because they were disbelievers.


Noo'h didn't know that his son was a disbeliever, that was why he asked Allah to save him but Allah, praise to Him, told Noo'h that his son was not a good person. Therefore, he was left to drown on top of a mountain that he took refuge on.


The ship floated, saving the believers and their animals while drowning the disbelievers.


Then, Allah praise to Him, ordered the sky to stop raining and the land to swallow its water, thus allowing the ship to settle on top of the Mountain Judiy, which is believed to be in northern Iraq, according to some interpreters.


The believers and their animals disembarked the ship and started their community of believers.


The story of Noo'h's people is very educational to humanity. It's about worshipping Allah, praise to Him, by being good to ourselves, to each-other, and to the environment. Otherwise, it's easy for Him to punish the disbelievers and replace them with kind-hearted believers.


In its educational purposes, it's similar to the stories of the Messengers of God Hood, Saleh, Loot, Moussa, and 'Eissa, Jesus Christ, peace be upon all of them, who were sent with God's Message to the disbelievers and aggressors of their time. But when they insisted on their arrogance and corruption, God destroyed them.



The Flood Location


Some scholars believe that the area where the Noo'h people lived was in Mosul, northern Iraq, where the  Mountain Judiy is located (Al-Massa'oudi was one these scholars). Whether the flood covered that area only or the whole Earth is an interesting issue for students of the Holy Quran.


There is evidence from verses of the Holy Quran in support of the idea that the flood was limited to the area that Noo'h, pbbuh, and his people lived in. However, some scholars believe that it covered the whole Earth. In this belief, they are following the Biblical scholars who wrote about the topic.


In their argument, they use two hints. The first is the the translation of the Arabic word  () /ardh/ to mean "Earth." The second is the mentioning of pairs of animals, which embarked on the ship, in addition to the believers.


Concerning the word  () /ardh/, it was mentioned in verses 11:44 and 71:26, part of telling the story of Noo'h, pbbuh.


All of the thirteen translators of the Holy Quran, whose translations are posted on the www.tanzil.net website, translated Verse 11:44 as "earth," instead of "land," as follows:



( 11: 44).


And it was said, "O ardh (Land or earth), swallow your water (Hood, 11: 44).



But three (Ahmed Reza Khan, Pickthall, and Shakir) of the thirteen translations of the Holy Quran, whose translations are posted on the www.tanzil.net website, translated Verse 71:26 as "land," while ten of them translated it as "earth,"  as follows:



  ( 71: 26).


And Noah said, "My Lord, do not leave upon the ardh (Land or earth) from among the disbelievers an inhabitant (Noo'h, 71: 26).


Before going to these verses, it's important to mention the fact that Allah, praise to Him, the Just and the Merciful, does not punish innocent people. If there were other human population groups, in other areas around the world, they never saw Noo'h, or heard about him. Allah, the Just and the Merciful, would not cause them to drown and suffer just because He wanted to punish the disobedient people of Noo'h, in a village in northern Iraq. Therefore, from a divine moral standpoint, the flood could not have been allowed to cover the whole Earth, thus killing all other humans, animals, and birds in other areas of the world, just to punish a small group of people.


It is true that the word  () /ardh/ may mean planet Earth, particularly when it is preceded by the definite article "Al" (the), as in () "Al-Ardh."  


However, the same Arabic word / ardh /, which is / aret or aretz / in Hebrew, means ground, land, territory, or country, in addition to (Planet) Earth, depending on the context. Thus, it cannot be translated as (Planet) "Earth" in all contexts.


For example, in the following verses, the word /ardh/ means land or a specific territory, the Egyptian Sinai Desert in Surat Al-Maeda (5: 26) and the country of Egypt in Surat Al-Qassas (28: 4).


Only five of the thirteen translators of the Holy Quran, whose translations are posted on the www.tanzil.net website, expressed this meaning of "land" (Yusuf Ali, Hilali & Khan, Sahih International, Serwar, and Shakir), the other eight translated it as "earth" in Verse 5: 26, as follows:



ۛ ۛ ۚ   ( 5: 26).  



(Allah) said, "Then indeed, it is forbidden to them for forty years (in which) they wander throughout the ardh (land or territory of Sinai). So, do not grieve over the defiantly disobedient people" (Al-Ma-ida, 5: 26).



However, ten of the thirteen translators of the Holy Quran, whose translations are posted on the www.tanzil.net website, expressed this meaning of "land" (country) while only three of them (Reza Khan, Daribalidi, and Picthall) translated it as "earth" in Verse 28: 4, as follows:



ۚ ( 28: 4). 



Indeed, Pharaoh exalted himself in the ardh (land of Egypt) and made its people into factions, oppressing a sector among them, slaughtering their (newborn) sons and keeping their females alive. Indeed, he was of the corrupters (Al-Qasas, 28: 4). 



The most decisive evidence from the Holy Quran about the flood as a specific punishment for the people of Nooh, not for the whole Earth, comes from verses 35-40 of Surat Al-Furqan (Chapter 25), which tell us that they were punished just like other disbelievers in other specific times and other specific locations.






 ۖ ﴿٣٧


ٰ ﴿٣٨


 ۖ ﴿٣٩


 ۚ  ۚ ﴿٤٠ ( 25: 35-40).



And indeed We gave Moussa (Moses) the Scripture (the Torah), and placed his brother Haroun (Aaron) with him as a helper (partner in responsibility); (35)


And We said: "Go you both to the people who have denied Our Ayat (pieces of evidences, verses,  signs)." Then We destroyed them with utter destruction. (36)


And Noo'h's (Noah) people, when they denied the Messengers, We drowned them, and We made them as a sign for mankind. And We have prepared a painful torment for the oppressors (wrong-doers). (37)


 And 'Aad, and Thamoud, and the dwellers of Al-Rass (pronounced as Ar-Rass), and many generations in between. (38)


And for each of them We put forward examples, and each (of them) We brought to utter ruin (because of their disbelief and evil deeds). (39)


And indeed they (disbelievers) passed by the town (of Loot, Lot) on which was rained the evil rain. Did they not then see it? They did! But they did not expect (believe in) resurrection. (40) (Al-Furqan, 25: 35-40).




Concerning the second hint of embarking pairs of animals on the ship, in addition to the believers, it was mentioned in verse 11:40.


( 11 : 40).


We said, "Load upon the ship of each pair (two mates of males and females) and your family (of believers) (Hood, 11: 40).


Mentioning "pairs" of animals to be carried on the ship, together with believers, could be a reference to their domesticated animals, which were necessary for their life after the flood.


The Holy Quran mentions the Middle Eastern domesticated animals and their benefits to people, in other contexts, as in Surat Al-Na'hl (16: 5-8). 




ۗ ﴿٥




ٰ ۚ ﴿٧


ۚ ﴿٨ ( 16: 5-8).


I seek refuge with God from the Stoned Shaytan

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


And the grazing livestock (domesticated animals) He has created for you; in them is warmth and (numerous) benefits, and from them you eat. (5)


And for you in them is (the enjoyment of) beauty when you bring them in (for the evening) and when you send them out (o pasture in the morning). (6)


And they carry your loads to a land you could not have reached except with difficulty to yourselves. Indeed, your Lord is Kind and Merciful. (7)


And (He created) the horses, mules, and donkeys for you to ride and (as) adornment. And He creates that which you do not know. (8) (Al-Na'hl, 16: 5-8).



The Holy Quran further, and more specifically, mentions pairs of domesticated animals, in another context, in Surat Al-Ana'am (6: 143-144).   



ۚ ... ( 6: 142).


ۖ ... ( 6: 143).


...  ( 6: 142- 144).



And of the grazing livestock are carriers (such as camels, horses, mules, and donkeys) and for meat (such as sheep and goats). Eat of what Allah has provided for you ... (142)


(These are) eight mate-pairs: Of the sheep two and of the goats two ...  (143)


And of the camels two and of the cattle two ...  (144) (Al-Ana'am, 6: 142-144).




The Story of Noo'h (Noah)


The story of the Messenger of Allah, Noo'h, and his people, as summarized above, is mainly told in Surat Al-A'araf (7: 59-64), Surat Hood (11: 25-49), and Surat Al-Mu'minoon (23: 23-29), of the Holy Quran.




ٰ ٰ ﴿٥٩




ٰ ﴿٦١




ٰ ﴿٦٣


ۚ ﴿٦٤ ( 7: 59-64).




I seek refuge with God from the Stoned Shaytan  

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


We had certainly sent Noo'h (Noah) to his people, and he said, "O my people, worship Allah; you have no deity other than Him. Indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a tremendous Day. (59)


Said the eminent among his people, "Indeed, we see you in clear error." (60)


(Noo'h) said, "O my people, there is not error in me, but I am a messenger from the Lord of the worlds." (61)

I convey to you the messages of my Lord and advise you; and I know from Allah what you do not know. (62)


Then do you wonder that there has come to you a reminder from your Lord through a man from among you, that he may warn you and that you may fear Allah so you might receive mercy." (63)


But they denied him, so We saved him and those who were with him in the ship. And We drowned those who denied Our signs. Indeed, they were a blind people. (64) (Al-A'araf, 7: 59-64).





ٰ ﴿١






ٰ ۚ ۖ ﴿٤








































ۖ ﴿٢٤








﴿٢٨﴾   ( 71: 1-28).



I seek refuge with God from the Stoned Shaytan

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


Indeed, We sent Noah to his people, [saying], "Warn your people before there comes to them a painful punishment." (1)


He said, "O my people, indeed I am to you a clear warner, (2)


[Saying], 'Worship Allah, fear Him and obey me. (3)


Allah will forgive you of your sins and delay you for a specified term. Indeed, the time [set by] Allah, when it comes, will not be delayed, if you only knew.' " (4)


He said, "My Lord, indeed I invited my people [to truth] night and day. (5)


But my invitation increased them not except in flight. (6)


And indeed, every time I invited them that You may forgive them, they put their fingers in their ears, covered themselves with their garments, persisted, and were arrogant with [great] arrogance. (7)


Then I invited them publicly. (8)


Then I announced to them and [also] confided to them secretly (9)


And said, 'Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. (10)


He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers (11)


And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers. (12)


What is [the matter] with you that you do not attribute to Allah [due] grandeur (13)


While He has created you in stages? (14)


Do you not consider how Allah has created seven heavens in layers (15)


And made the moon therein a [reflected] light and made the sun a burning lamp? (16)


And Allah has caused you to grow from the earth a [progressive] growth. (17)


Then He will return you into it and extract you [another] extraction. (18)


And Allah has made for you the earth an expanse (19)


That you may follow therein roads of passage.' " (20)


Noah said, "My Lord, indeed they have disobeyed me and followed him whose wealth and children will not increase him except in loss. (21)


And they conspired an immense conspiracy. (22)


And said, 'Never leave your gods and never leave Wadd or Suwa' or Yaghuth and Ya'uq and Nasr. (23)


And already they have misled many. And, [my Lord], do not increase the wrongdoers except in error." (24)


Because of their sins they were drowned and put into the Fire, and they found not for themselves besides Allah [any] helpers. (25)


And Noah said, "My Lord, do not leave upon the earth from among the disbelievers an inhabitant. (26)


Indeed, if You leave them, they will mislead Your servants and not beget except [every] wicked one and [confirmed] disbeliever. (27)


My Lord, forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house a believer and the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction." (28) (Noo'h, 71: 1-28).




ٰ ﴿٢٥


ۖ ﴿٢٦


ٰ ﴿٢٧


ٰ ﴿٢٨


ۖ ۚ ۚ ٰ ﴿٢٩


ۚ ﴿٣٠


ۖ ۖ ﴿٣١






ۚ ﴿٣٤


ۖ ﴿٣٥


ٰ ﴿٣٦


ۚ ﴿٣٧


ۚ ﴿٣٨




ٰ ۚ ﴿٤٠


ۚ ﴿٤١


ٰ ﴿٤٢


ٰ ۚ ۚ ﴿٤٣


ۖ ﴿٤٤


ٰ ﴿٤٥


ۖ ۖ ۖ ﴿٤٦


ۖ ﴿٤٧


ٰ ۚ ﴿٤٨


ۖ ٰ ۖ ۖ ﴿٤٩  ( 11: 25-49).




I seek refuge with God from the Stoned Shaytan

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful



And We had certainly sent Noo'h (Noah) to his people, [saying], "Indeed, I am to you a clear warner (25)


That you not worship except Allah. Indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a painful day." (26)


So the (powerful) eminent among those who disbelieved from his people said, "We do not see you but as a man like ourselves, and we do not see you followed except by those who are the lowest of us [and] at first suggestion. And we do not see in you over us any merit; rather, we think you are liars." (27)


He said, "O my people have you considered: if I should be upon clear evidence from my Lord while He has given me mercy from Himself but it has been made unapparent to you, should we force it upon you while you are averse to it? (28)


And O my people, I ask not of you for it any wealth. My reward is not but from Allah. And I am not one to drive away those who have believed. Indeed, they will meet their Lord, but I see that you are a people behaving ignorantly. (29)


And O my people, who would protect me from Allah if I drove them away? Then will you not be reminded? (30)


And I do not tell you that I have the depositories [containing the provision] of Allah or that I know the unseen, nor do I tell you that I am an angel, nor do I say of those upon whom your eyes look down that Allah will never grant them any good. Allah is most knowing of what is within their souls. Indeed, I would then be among the wrongdoers." (31)


They said, "O Noo'h (Noah), you have disputed us and been frequent in dispute of us. So bring us what you threaten us, if you should be of the truthful." (32)


He said, "Allah will only bring it to you if He wills, and you will not cause [Him] failure. (33)


And my advice will not benefit you - although I wished to advise you - If Allah should intend to put you in error. He is your Lord, and to Him you will be returned." (34)


Or do they say (about Prophet Muhammad), "He invented it"? Say, "If I have invented it, then upon me is [the consequence of] my crime; but I am innocent of what (crimes) you commit." (35)


And it was revealed to Noo'h (Noah) that, "No one will believe from your people except those who have already believed, so do not be distressed by what they have been doing. (36)


And construct the ship under Our observation and Our inspiration and do not address Me concerning those who have wronged; indeed, they are [to be] drowned." (37)


And he constructed the ship, and whenever an assembly of the powerful (eminent) of his people passed by him, they ridiculed him. He said, "If you ridicule us, then we will ridicule you just as you ridicule. (38)


And you are going to know who will get a punishment that will disgrace him [on earth] and upon whom will descend an enduring punishment [in the Hereafter]." (39)


(So it was), until when Our command came and (when) the oven overflowed, We said, "Load upon the ship of each [creature] two pairs and your family, except those about whom the word has preceded, and [include] whoever has believed." But none had believed with him, except a few. (40)


And (Noo'h) said, "Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful." (41)And it sailed with them through waves like mountains, and Noo'h (Noah) called to his son who was apart [from him], "O my son, come aboard with us and be not with the disbelievers." (42)


(But) he said, "I will take refuge on a mountain to protect me from the water." (Noo'h) said, "There is no protector today from the decree of Allah, except for whom He gives mercy." And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned. (43)


And it was said, "O earth, swallow your water, and O sky, withhold (your rain)." And the water subsided, and the matter was accomplished, and the ship came to rest on the (mountain of) Judiyy. And it was said, "Away with the wrongdoing people." (44)


And Noo'h (Noah) called to his Lord and said, "My Lord, indeed my son is of my family; and indeed, Your promise is true; and You are the most just of judges!" (45)


He said, "O Noo'h (Noah), indeed he is not of your family; indeed, he is [one whose] work was other than righteous, so ask Me not for that about which you have no knowledge. Indeed, I advise you, lest you be among the ignorant." (46)


[Noo'h] said, "My Lord, I seek refuge in You from asking that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have mercy upon me, I will be among the losers." (47)


It was said, "O Noo'h (Noah), disembark in security from Us and blessings upon you and upon nations [descending] from those with you. But (to) other nations, We will grant enjoyment; then there will touch them from Us a painful punishment." (48)


That is from the news of the unseen which We reveal to you, (O Muhammad). You did not know (about) it, neither you nor your people, before this. So be patient; indeed, the [best] outcome is for the righteous. (49) (Hood, 11: 25-49).






ٰ ٰ ۖ ﴿٢٣


ٰ ٰ ﴿٢٤﴾ ٰ ﴿٢٥




ۙ ۖ ۖ ﴿٢٧




﴿٢٩ ( 23: 23-29).


I seek refuge with God from the Stoned Shaytan


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful



And We had sent Noah to his people, and he said, "O my people, worship Allah; you have no deity other than Him; then will you not fear Him?" (23)


But the eminent among those who disbelieved from his people said, "This is not but a man like yourselves who wishes to take precedence over you; and if Allah had willed [to send a messenger], He would have sent down angels. We have not heard of this among our forefathers. (24)


He is not but a man possessed with madness, so wait concerning him for a time." (25)


[Noah] said, "My Lord, support me because they have denied me." (26)


So We inspired to him, "Construct the ship under Our observation, and Our inspiration, and when Our command comes and the oven overflows, put into the ship from each [creature] two mates and your family, except those for whom the decree [of destruction] has proceeded. And do not address Me concerning those who have wronged; indeed, they are to be drowned. (27)


And when you have boarded the ship, you and those with you, then say, 'Praise to Allah who has saved us from the wrongdoing people.' (28)


And say, 'My Lord, let me land at a blessed landing place, and You are the best to accommodate [us].' " (29) (Al-Mu'minoon, 23: 23-29).



Verses Mentioning Noo'h in the Holy Quran



ٰ ﴿٣٣


  ۗ ﴿٣٤﴾  ( 3: 33-34).


I seek refuge with God from the Stoned Shaytan


In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful


Allah chose Adam and Noo'h (Noah) and the family of Ibrahim (Abraham) and the family of 'Imran over the worlds - (33)


Descendants, some of them from others. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing. (34) (Al-'Imran, 3: 33-34).


ٰ ۚ  ( 4: 163).



We have revealed to you, (O Muhammad), as We revealed to Noo'h (Noah) and the prophets after him (Al-Nissa, 4: 163).


ۚ ۚ ۖ   ( 6: 84).



And We gave to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, We guided all (of them). And We guided Noo'h (Noah) before (Al-Ana'am, 6: 84).


   ( 7: 69).



And remember (O People of 'Aad) when He made you successors after the people of Noo'h (Noah) (Al-A'araf, 7: 69).


  ( 9: 70).



Has there not reached them the news of those before them - the people of Noo'h (Noah) and 'Aad and Thamood? (Al-Tawba, 9: 70).





ۖ ۖ ﴿٧٢﴾  ( 10: 71-72).



And recite to them the news of Noo'h (Noah), when he said to his people, "O my people, if my residence and my reminding of the signs of Allah has become burdensome upon you - then I have relied upon Allah. So resolve upon your plan and [call upon] your associates. Then let not your plan be obscure to you. Then carry it out upon me and do not give me respite. (71)


And if you turn away [from my advice] then no payment have I asked of you. My reward is only from Allah, and I have been commanded to be of the Muslims." (72) (Younus, 10: 71-72).



ۚ   ( 11: 89).



(Shu'ayb said) And O my people, let not (your) dissension from me cause you to be struck by that similar to what struck the people of Noo'h (Noah) or the people of Hood or the people of Sali'h. And the people of Lot are not from you far away (Hood, 11: 89).


ۛ    ( 14: 9).



Has there not reached you the news of those before you - the people of Noo'h (Noah) and 'Aad and Thamud and those after them? (Ibrahim, 14: 9).





ۚ ﴿٣﴾   ( 17: 2-3).



And We gave Moses the Scripture and made it a guidance for the Children of Israel that you not take other than Me as Disposer of affairs, (2)


O descendants of those We carried (in the ship) with Noo'h (Noah). Indeed, he was a grateful worshipper (3) (Al-Issra, 17: 2-3).



ٰ   ( 19: 58).



Those were the ones upon whom Allah bestowed favor from among the prophets of the descendants of Adam and of those We carried (in the ship) with Noo'h (Noah) (Maryam, 19: 58).



ٰ ﴿٧٦


ۚ ﴿٧٧﴾  ( 21: 76-77).



And (mention) Noo'h (Noah), when he called [to Allah] before [that time], so We responded to him and saved him and his family from the great flood. (76)


 And We saved him from the people who denied Our signs. Indeed, they were a people of evil, so We drowned them, all together (77(Al-Anbiya, 21: 76-77).



 ( 22: 42).



And if they do not believe you, (O Muhammad), so did the people of Noo'h (Noah), and 'Aad, and Thamood, before them (they did not believe their prophets)  (Al-Haj, 22: 42).





In its educational purposes, the story of Noo'h, pbbuh, is similar to the stories of the Messengers of God Hood, Saleh, Loot, Moussa, and 'Eissa, Jesus Christ, peace be upon all of them, who were sent with God's Message to the disbelievers and aggressors of their time. But when they insisted on their arrogance and corruption, God destroyed them.


The essence of the Message is for people to worship Allah, praise to Him, by being good to themselves, to each-other, and to the environment, instead of worshipping other people or the helpless statues, as in this case.


The poor and the powerless are usually quick in believing God's Messengers and in following their Message. However, the powerful ones are usually too arrogant to truly believe in God and His Message to humanity. Not only they reject the Message but they ridicule the Messenger and despise the believers. They even challenge God to bring them His punishment, which they get at the end, in this life and in the Hereafter, as stated in Verse 8 of Surat Al-Issra (Chapter 17) of the Holy Quran.



ٰ ۚ ۘ  ﴿ 17: 8



(Then Allah said), "It is expected, (if you repent), that your Lord will have mercy upon you. But if you return (to sin), We will return (to punishment). And We have made Hell, for the disbelievers, a contained destination" (Al-Issra, 17: 8).





* Dr. Hassan Ali El-Najjar is a native speaker of Arabic. He has a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology.