Prophet Nuh (pbuh)
NAME: Abdul Ghaffar or Abdul Malek or Abdul A'laa
TITLE: Nuh (one who cries a lot - in fear of Allah), Adam E Thaani (2nd Adam)
CHILDREN: Haam, Saam, Yaafis, Kan’aan
One of the Prophets who lived a very long life was Prophet Nuh (pbuh). He was born 126 years after the death of Prophet Adam (pbuh). It is said that he may have lived for over two thousand years.
Prophet Nuh (pbuh) preached and lived amongst his people for 950 years. Every day he would have a new sermon. He preached to his people about the oneness of Allah and asked them not to worship other gods but the people just ignored him, mocked at him and even beat him up. At times Prophet Nuh (pbuh) was buried under piles of stones and Jibraeel used to come and remove the stones and tend the wounds.
Prophet Nuh (pbuh) after many years of preaching to no avail complained to Allah saying that although he called them night and day they were getting worse and would not listen putting their finger in their ears covering their faces so he could not see them nor could they hear him.
Allah stopped rain to them for many years but the people were so stubborn that they refused to believe and listen. Finally his patience was exhausted and he complained to Allah about the people. Allah in the Qur’an in Suratu Nuh, Ayaat 1, 2 & 3 says: “We sent Nuh to his people to warn them before the painful punishment came upon them. He said, "O my people, I warn you clearly that you should worship only Allah and fear Him, and follow me."
Allah asked Prophet Nuh (pbuh) to build an ark as His punishment would come in the form of a flood. In response to the command of Allah, Prophet Nuh (pbuh) planted saplings and waited for them to grow up into strong trees. Then he cut them down and began to make the ark.
When the people saw him and the believers making an ark they started laughing at him. The ark was made at a place where now stands Masjid-e-Kufa. It was 1200 yds in length, 800 yds in width and 80 yds in height. It had three stories – the first for the animals, the second for the birds and the third for the believers, Prophet Nuh (pbuh) and his family. It took 80 years to complete the construction of the ark, and during this time the people began teasing him saying that he had given up being a Prophet and become a carpenter.
When the ark was ready Allah asked Prophet Nuh (pbuh) his wife, his three sons, Haam, Saam and Yaafis, the believers and a pair of each kind of animal and bird to board the ark.
Prophet Nuh (pbuh) had another son called Kan'aan who refused to board the ark and was not a believer. When they had all boarded the ark they were asked to say a little prayer to Allah which Allah mentions in Suratul Mu’minun, Ayaat 28 and 29: “All praise is for Allah who delivered us from the unjust people. “And say – O my Rabb! Cause me to land a blessed landing, and You are the best to cause to land"
The water started pouring from the sky and gushing out of the land. There is a spot marked in Masjid-e-Kufa where the water first started gushing out. The ark started moving. Prophet Nuh (pbuh) saw his son Kanaan struggling in the water and tried once more to convince him to have faith and come into the ark. But Kanaan replied that he would go to top of a mountain and be safe there. Prophet Nuh (pbuh) warned him that there was no shelter from Allah's Curse, except in the ark. Suddenly, huge wave came and swept Kanaan off forever. Prophet Nuh (pbuh) prayed for the safety of his son. In the Qur’an in Suratu Hud, Ayaat 45 and 46, Allah says: “And Nuh cried to his Lord and said, "My Rabb! indeed my son is of my family, and indeed Your promise is true and You are the most just of the judges." He (Allah) said, "O Nuh, Indeed he is not of your family, his conduct is not righteous...
Allah told Prophet Nuh (pbuh) that Kanaan was not really his son because he did not show it by his deeds and did not deserve to be saved.
Soon there was so much water that all that could be seen was the sky and water. There was a solar eclipse. It is related that the ark was pushed by the waves until it reached Makka where it circled the Ka'ba. The whole world was submerged in water except the spot where Ka'ba stood.
Prophet Nuh (pbuh) was scared as the ark was tossed in the high waters. He recited “Laa Ilaha Illallah” 1000 times. We too can recite this when we are frightened.
On hearing the duas of Prophet Nuh (pbuh) the earth swallowed in water, the sky stopped raining and the ark came to rest on Mount Judi.
Allah in Suratu Hud, Aya 44 says: “And it was said: O earth, swallow down your water and O cloud, clear away, and the water was made to recede and the affair was decided and the ark rested on the Judi…”
In the Daily Mail of London (Monday, January 17 1994), it is reported that a team of geologists have found the remains of an ancient ship which fits the description of the ark of Prophet Nuh (pbuh) high in the mountains of the Turkish Iranian border. The Mail says: “The site is immediately below the peak of the mountain Al-Judi, which is named in the Koran as the resting place of the ark.”
Prophet Nuh (pbuh) and the others came out at Mosul and here the foundation of the city of Madinatuth Thamaanin was laid meaning the city of eight. Prophet Nuh (pbuh) lived for quite a long time after this.
When the angel of death Izrail came to him Prophet Nuh (pbuh) asked him whether there was time for him to go into the shade from the sun. Izrail said there was and Prophet Nuh (pbuh) told him that the life of the world was just like passing from the sun into the shade i.e. like entering from one door and leaving through another.
Although he lived such a long time he never constructed a house for himself. He lived in a small hut.