Allaah the Exalted related their attitude: They said: “0 Noah! You have disputed with us and much have you prolonged the dispute with us, now bring upon us what you threaten us with, if you are of the truthful.” He said: “Only Allaah will bring it (the punishment) on you, if He will, and then you will escape not. And my advice will not profit you, even if I wish to give you counsel, if Allaahs Will is to keep you astray. He is your Lord! And to Him you shall return.” Surah 7: 32-32
The battle continued; the arguments between the disbelievers and Noah became prolonged. When all the refutations of the disbelievers collapsed and they had no more to say, they began to be rude and insulted Allahs prophet: The leaders of his people said: “Verily, we see you in plain error. ” Surah 7: 60
Noah responded in the manner of the prophets: “0 my people! There is no error in me, but I am a Messenger from the Lord of the Alamin (mankind, jinn and all that exists)! I convey unto you the Messages of my Lord and give sincere advice to you. And I know from Allaah what you know not. ” Surah 7: 61-62
Noah continued appealing to his people to believe in Allaah hour after hour, day after day, year after year. He admonished his people and called them to Allaah day and night, in secret and openly. He gave them examples, explained Allaahs signs and illustrated Allaahs ability in the formation of His creatures. But whenever he called them to Allaah, they ran away from him. Whenever he urged them to ask Allaah to forgive them, they put their fingers in their ears and became too proud to listen to the truth.
Noahs Appeal to His People
Allaah the Almighty related what Noah faced: “Verily, We sent Noah to his people (saying): “Warn your people before there comes to them a painful torment.”
He said: “0 my people! Verily, I am a plain warner to you, that you should worship Allaah (Alone), be dutiful to Him, and obey me. He (Allaah) will forgive you of your sins and respite you to an appointed term. Verily, the term of Allaah when it comes, cannot be delayed, if you but knew.”
He said: “0 my Lord! Verily, I have called my people night and day (i.e. secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism), but all my calling added nothing but to (their) flight (from the truth). And verily! Every time I called unto them that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride. Then verily, I called to them openly (aloud); then verily, I proclaimed to them in public, and I have appealed to them in private, I said (to them): Ask forgiveness from your Lord; Verily, He is Oft-Forgiving; He will send rain to you in abundance; and give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you gardens and bestow on you rivers.
What is the matter with you, that you fear not Allaah (His Punishment), and you hope not for reward (from Allaah or you believe not in His Oneness). While He has created you in (different) stages (first Nutfah, then Alaqa, and then Mudgha -see Surah 23: 13-14)
See you not how Allaah has created the seven heavens one above another, and has made the moon a light therein, and made the sun a lamp? And Allaah has brought you forth from the (dust of) earth. Afterwards He will return you into it (the earth), and bring you forth (again on the Day of Resurrection) And Allah has made for you the earth wide spread (an expanse) that you may go about therein in broad roads.”
Noah said: “My Lord! They have disobeyed me, and followed one whose wealth and children give him no increase but only loss. And they have plotted a mighty plot. And they have said: ‘You shall not leave your gods, nor shall you leave Wadd, nor Suwa, nor Yaghuth, nor Yauq nor Nasr (names of the idols). And indeed they have led many astray. And (0 Allaah)! Grant no increase to the Zalimeen (polytheists, wrong-doers, and disbelievers, etc.) save error.”
Because of their sins they were drowned, then were made to enter the Fire, and they found none to help them instead of Allaah. Surah 71: 1-25
The Length of Noahs Preaching
Noah continued to call his people to believe in Allaah for nine hundred fifty years.
Allaah the Almighty said: And indeed We sent Noah to his people, and he stayed among them a thousand years less fifty years (inviting them to believe in the Oneness of Allaah (Monotheism), and discard the false gods and other deities). Surah 29: 14
It happened that every passing generation admonished the succeeding one not to believe Noah and to wage war against him. The father used to teach his child about the matter that was between himself and Noah and counsel him to reject his call when he reached adulthood. Their natural disposition rejected believing and following the truth.
Noah saw that the number of believers was not increasing, while that of the disbelievers was. He was sad for his people, but he never reached the point of despair.
Noah Prays for the Disbelievers End
There came a day when Allaah revealed to Noah that no others would believe.
Allaah inspired him not to grieve for them, at which point Noah prayed that the disbelievers be destroyed. He said: My Lord! Leave not one of the disbelievers on the earth. If you leave them, they will mislead Your slaves, and they will beget none but wicked disbelievers.” Surah 71:27
Allaah accepted Noahs prayer. The case was closed, and He passed His judgment on the disbelievers in the form of a flood. Allaah the Exalted ordered His worshiper Noah to build an ark with His knowledge and instructions, and with the help of angels. Almighty Allaah commanded: “And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration, and address Me not on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned.” Surah 11: 37
Noah Builds the Ark
Noah chose a place outside the city, far from the sea. He collected wood and tools and began to work day and night to build the ark.
The peoples mockery continued: “0 Noah! Does carpentry appeal to you more than prophethood? Why are you building an ark so far from the sea? Are you going to drag it to the water or is the wind going to carry it for you?” Noah replied: You will come to know who will be put to shame and suffer.”
Allaah the Almighty narrated: And as he was constructing the ship, whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him, they made a mockery of him. He said: “If you mock at us, so do we mock at you likewise for your mocking. And you will know who it is on whom will come a torment that will cover him with disgrace and on whom will fall a lasting torment. ” Surah 11:38-392