The Lives of the Prophets: Prophet Nuuh (‘alayhis-salaam) Part 1


Prophet Nuuh (‘alayhis salaam)

Part 1


Bukhaari: Rasuulullaah (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said, “Between Aadam and Nuuh, there were many generations, 10 of them were Muslim. Then disbelief and shirk slowly started to creep in.”


Bukhari: Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) said: “The generations after Aadam slowly started losing their religion and committing sins. But they still believed in Tawheed. The righteous men among them were few. Shaytaan came to them and told them, “When these righteous men pass away, you will have no one to remind you about Allaah and ‘Ibaadah. So when they pass, erect some statues in their memorial to remind you about ‘Ibaadah.” They did so and Shaytaan left them for a while, until they forgot the reason why they were built. He came back and said to them, “Why don’t you worship these statues?” And that is how shirk started.


Allaah talks about these 5 idols:

  1. Waddan
  2. Suwaa’an
  3. Yaghuuf
  4. Ya’ooq
  5. Nasr


Ibn ‘Abbaas (radiAllaahu ‘anhu) said that these were righteous men. The people of Nuuh started worshipping them as idols.


Nuuh (‘alayhis-salaam) was the first Rasuulullaah (Messenger of Allaah) to the people of the earth.


Ash-Shafaa’a: “When the people of the Day of Judgement will go to Nuuh, what will they tell him? You are the first Messenger of Allaah to the people of the world.


Nuuh is one of the 5 uul ul-‘Azaam. The greatest 5 Prophets of Allaah. The other four are:

  1. Muhammad (salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallam)
  2. Ibraheem (‘alayhis salaam)
  3. Muusaa (‘alayhis salaam)
  4. ‘Eesaa (‘alayhis salaam)


The message of Nuuh is mentioned in the Qur’aan:


11:25. “We sent Nuuh to His people (with a mission): “I have come to you with a Clear Warning.”



11:26. “That you worship none but Allaah. Verily I do fear for you the penalty of a grievous Day.”


The message of Tawheed, this is the message of every Prophet of Allaah.


The Prophets of Allaah don’t just send out the Message and leave, they deliver the Message and tell the people that they have to obey them. They came to be followed.


The methods of the da’wah of Nuuh:


71:5. He said: “O My Lord! I have called to My people night and Day:


He used to make da’wah to them in the night and in the day.


He appealed to them in the open announcement, in public and in private.


71:8. “So I have called to them aloud;

71:9. “Further I have spoken to them in public and secretly in private,



He said the more he gave da’wah to them, the further away they go and the worst the situation becomes.

71:6. “But all my calling added nothing but to (their) flight (from the truth).




71:7. 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.


He would give them da’wah and they would put their fingers in their ears and covered themselves and they would be arrogant and proud.


As difficult as it was, Nuuh did this for 950 years.


71:10. And said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver.




He told his people about the benefits of Istighfaar.


71:11. ‘He will send rain to you in abundance;

71:12. ‘And give you increase in wealth and children, and bestow on you Gardens and bestow on you rivers.’ “

That if they did so, their Lord would send them rain in abundance and more.

During the 950 of his da’wah, only a few people became Muslim. These people tended to be from the weak and the poor.


The leaders of society came to Nuuh and said:


11:27.So the 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.”



The followers of the Anbiya are usually the weak and the poor.


The leaders said “You have to kick out the weak people and the slaves that follow you otherwise we will not listen to you”. But Nuuh said, “I will not drive them out, they are the believers.”


And then Nuuh said,


11:31. “And I do not say to you that with me are the treasures of Allaah, “Nor that I know the Ghayb (unseen); “Nor do I say I am an angel, and I do not say of those whom your eyes look down upon that Allaah will not bestow any good on them. Allaah knows what is in their inner-selves (as regards belief, etc.). In that case, I should, indeed be one of the Dhaalimeen (wrong-doers, oppressors, etc.).”



11:32. they said: “O Nuuh (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.”

11:33. He said: “Only Allaah will bring it (the punishment) on you, if He wills, and then you will escape not.



Then Nuuh said,


71:21. Nuuh (Noah) said: “My Lord! They have disobeyed me, and followed one whose wealth and children give him no increase but only loss.



11:36.And it was revealed to Nuuh 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.

To be continued in shaa Allaah…

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