Do you Know that Prophet Nuh AS did dawah for around 950 years and only around People accepted his call to Worship Allah alone? It is as if 1 person accepted every 12 years he preached.
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The full name of Prophet Nuh AS was Nuh ibn Lamk ibn Mattushalakh ibn Ukhnookh.
Allah said in Quran,
(71:1) We sent Noah to his people (and directed him): “Warn your people before a grievous chastisement comes upon them.”
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(71:2) Noah said: “My people, I have certainly been sent as a clear warner to you,
(71:3) that you serve Allah and fear Him, and follow me;
(71:4) He will forgive your sins and will grant you respite until an appointed term. Indeed when Allah’s appointed term comes, it cannot be deferred; if you only knew!
(71:5) He said: “My Lord, I called my people by night and by day,
(71:6) but the more I called, the farther they fled
(71:7) And every time I called them so that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears and wrapped up their faces with their garments and obstinately clung to their attitude, and waxed very proud
(71:8) Then I summoned them openly,
(71:9) and preached to them in public, and also addressed them in secret.
(71:10) I said to them: “Ask forgiveness from your Lord; surely He is Most Forgiving.
(71:11) He will shower you with abundant rain
(71:12) and will provide you with wealth and children, and will bestow upon you gardens and rivers.
(71:13)What is the matter with you that you are not in awe of the Majesty of Allah
(71:14) when He has created you in stages?
(71:15) Do you not see how Allah has created seven heavens, one upon the other
(71:16) and has placed the moon in them as a light, and the sun as a radiant lamp?
(71:17) And Allah has caused you to grow out of the earth so wondrously
(71:18) and He will later cause you to return to it and will then again bring you out of it
(71:19) Allah has made the earth a wide expanse for you
(71:20) so that you may tread its spacious paths
(71:21) Noah said: “My Lord, they did not pay heed to what I said, and followed those (nobles) whose possession of wealth and children has led them to an even greater loss.
(71:22) They contrived a plot of great magnitude
(71:23) They said: “Do not abandon your deities; do not abandon Wadd, nor Suwa, nor Yaghuth, nor Yauq, nor Nasr
(71:24) They have misled many. So do not enable these evildoers to increase in anything except straying (from the Right Way).
(71:25) And so they were drowned on account of their sins, and then cast into the Fire, and did not find any other than Allah, to come forth to their help.
(71:26) Noah said: “My Lord, do not leave out of these unbelievers even a single dweller on earth,
(71:27) for certainly if You should leave them (alive), they will mislead Your servants, and will beget none but sinners and utter unbelievers.
(71:28) My Lord, forgive me and my parents, and whoever enters my house as a believer, and forgive all believers, both men and women, and do not increase the wrong-doers in anything except in destruction.”
The Qur’anic narration of the stories of the Prophets makes it amply clear that the attitude of the nations to whom the Prophets were sent had always been the same as that of the Makkans towards the Message of Muhammad (peace be on him). Apart from this, the accounts of the various Prophets and their people, display the same striking resemblances. Likewise, the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be on him) vindication of his teaching in response to the Makkans is identical with similar attempts by other Prophets to vindicate their teachings.
Despite the continuous mockery and rejection, Prophet Nuh AS was persistent in calling his people to Islam for nine hundred and fifty years. But every generation that came to existence rejected Nuh as their fathers did. Each child that reached an age of understanding was clearly warned against the teachings of Prophet Nuh. Whenever the Prophet approached them they ran away from him. They found every excuse to escape from the presence of Nuh AS
Prophet Nuh AS preached with lots of Sabr. Prophet Noah (peace be upon him) did not invoke this curse out of impatience but he invoked it when, after doing full justice to the preaching of his mission for many centuries, he became totally despaired of any success with his people. Similar were the conditions under which the Prophet Moses (peace be upon him) had also cursed Pharaoh and his people, thus: Lord, destroy their wealth and harden their hearts in a manner so that they do not believe until they see the painful torment.
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