The story of Noah’s Ark is foundational to both Western and Muslim traditions. The Prophet Noah (peace be upon him) preached for almost a thousand years, but when people did not heed his message, he prayed for their destruction. Noah (peace be upon him) was commanded to build an ark to preserve what was necessary for a new start. In light of the current state of humanity, and our many gross transgressions, which include floods caused by the melting of polar ice caps, perhaps it is time we take this story to heart and reflect on its meanings so we may glean from its wisdom and guidance for our present condition. Today, our scientists seem to be playing the role of prophets, issuing clarion calls to prevent imminent global catastrophes. And yet, like the people of Noah (peace be upon him) before us, we ignore these dire warnings. This talk will look at the Prophet Noah (peace be upon him), his trials, his patience, and his triumph over adversity. It will also focus on what we can do to be part of the solution and not part of the problem, and how we can build spiritual arks of meaning to save us from the flood of heedlessness engulfing humanity.
Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan discusses passages from Surah Nouh and Surah Jummah. People of Nouh (as) didn’t believe even after 950 years of dawah. Compare this as compared to Jinns who were merely passing by when they heard the words of the Qur’an that they became Muslim just by hearing a few ayaat.
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