Many hundreds of years passed after Adam, and the earth was filled with his children. As time passed, the children of Adam forgot Allah and started to worship statues made of stones. They became bad and would lie and steal and some became mean and greedy.
Allah, the most Merciful, sent Nuh to those people to bring them back to His worship. Nuh invited the people to come back to Tawhid. He asked them to give up idol worship and all the other vices which were ruining them. He warned them about the Day of Judgment (7:59—64).
Nuh tried his best for many years to guide his people to worship Allah but they would not listen. They laughed at him, mocked him, despised him and called him crazy and a liar (26:105; 45:9).
Nuh lived for 950 years (29:14) but during this long period of time only a few people responded to his call. Even his son and wife did not believe in him.
Nah was tired and shocked to see the stone—heartedness of his people. He became so displeased with the stiffness of their opposition to the truth that he ultimately prayed to Allah, “0 Lord, leave not upon the land any one from the unbelievers.” (71:26) He cried unto his Lord saying, “I am vanquished, so give help.” (54:10) He also prayed to Allah to rescue him and his followers (26:118).
Almighty Allah accepted Nuh prayers and asked him to build an ark. Nuh started to build the ark. It was not an easy task but Prophet Nuh persevered (11:37). When the people saw Nuh building the ark they laughed at him and thought that he must have gone mad. They could not see the reason for building so huge an ark hundreds of miles away from the sea (11:38).
“What is the ark for?” they asked. Soon they were to find out. It was Allah’s plan to cleanse the whole land of unbelievers except the ones who believed and helped Nuh.
Nuh told the mockers that a flood would soon overcome them and they would have no place to take shelter. The people laughed even more. But Allah’s plans soon materialized and the disbelievers saw it happen before their own eyes.
After many days of hard work, the ark was complete and Allah asked Nuh to take a pair (one male, one female) of all animals into the ark. He and his followers boarded afterwards (11:40—41).
Suddenly the skies became dark. It began to thunder and rain. Water poured from above and gushed up from the ground. It rained and rained until the whole land was flooded. Every living thing drowned except those that were in the ark, which was floating on the water (54:11 15).
The flood water lasted five months and it destroyed all the disbelievers.
Even Nuh's own son — an unbeliever was not saved. Nah had asked permission from Allah to take his son in the ark but this was refused. He was told that an unbelieving son was no part of his family. Nuh felt remorse for asking Allah to rescue his son. He begged Allah to forgive him. Nah and his followers were safe in the ark (11:45—47).
At last, the skies began to clear and the ark halted at Mount Judi (in Turkey). Nuh and his followers disembarked (11:44). Thus Allah saved Nab and his followers (29:15).
Allah bestowed prosperity and abundance on Nuh’s children. .They spread all over the earth (11:48).
Such is the dreadful punishment meted out to the disbelievers. Allah says in the Qur’an, “We drowned those who denied our signs. Lo! they were (such,) blind folk.” (7:64) We should take a lesson from this story that disobedience to Allah leads to total destruction!