Reflections from Surah Hud: Ayah 41-48


1- The riding upon the Ship and Its sailing through the huge Waves              

2- The Story of the drowning of Nuh’s Disbelieving Son      

3- The End of the Flood     

4- A Return to the Story of the Son of Nuh and mentioning what transpired between Nuh and Allah concern          

5- The Command to descend from the Ship with Peace and Blessings

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 41

 And he said: “Embark therein, in the Name of Allah will be its moving course and its resting anchorage. Surely, my Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Once the rain was falling and the whole world started flooding around them, Nuh ‘alayhissalam started the journey with the name of Allah. They were the sole ark floating in the middle of a storm like no other, but they were under the protection of Allah in contrast to those who were drowned and punished.

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 42

So it (the ship) sailed with them amidst the waves like mountains, and Nuh called out to his son, who had separated himself (apart), “O my son! Embark with us and be not with the disbelievers.”

The ark is being guided through waves like mountains, and Nuh ‘alayhissalam looked out and saw his son who had been with the disbelievers… he now calls out to him, trying to save him… 

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 43

The son replied: “I will betake myself to a mountain, it will save me from the water.” Nuh said: “This day there is no saviour from the Decree of Allah except him on whom He has mercy.” And a wave came in between them, so he (the son) was among the drowned.

This verse always makes my heart break for Nuh ‘alayhissalam. The son says almost confidently that he will climb the top of the mountain and the water will not reach him. But Nuh ‘alayhissalam gives him the final warning… that there is no savior from the punishment of Allah that day except whom Allah had mercy upon… and just as the conversation was continuing, a wave broke in and the son was drowned. The water was coming from the earth and from the skies, it was pouuuuring down with powerful intensity and this ensured the destruction of these people… (Surah Al Qamar has a powerful description of this flood.) 

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 44

And it was said: “O earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain).” And the water was diminished (made to subside) and the Decree (of Allah) was fulfilled (i.e. the destruction of the people of Nuh. And it (the ship) rested on Mount Judi, and it was said: “Away with the people who wrongdoers!”

Allah then instructed the earth to swallow the water it had spit out and the sky was commanded to hold back the rain. The destruction had been completed and the will of Allah was fulfilled. The ark of Nuh ‘alayhissalam had been guided to a safe resting place on the Mount Judi and not a single disbeliever was spared.

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 45And Nuh called upon his Lord and said, “O my Lord! Verily, my son is of my family! And certainly, Your Promise is true, and You are the Most Just of the judges.”

Nuh ‘alayhissalam was still aching for his son, he beseeched to Allah and did not question His decree, but could not understand why his son was punished.

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 46

He said: “O Nuh! Surely, he is not of your family; verily, his work is unrighteous, so ask not of Me that of which you have no knowledge! I admonish you, lest you be one of the ignorants.”

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 47

Nuh  said: “O my Lord! I seek refuge with You from asking You that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have Mercy on me, I would indeed be one of the losers.”

Allah tells him that his son had done deeds that made him a disbeliever deserving of punishment. The bond of faith is much stronger than the bond of blood. Allah disowned that son from Nuh ‘alayhissalam’s family… and told him not to defend someone who had done wrong, even if he was his biological son! 

Quran, Surah Hud, Ayat 48

It was said: “O Nuh! Come down (from the ship) with peace from Us and blessings on you and on the people who are with you (and on some of their off spring), but (there will be other) people to whom We shall grant their pleasures (for a time), but in the end a painful torment will reach them from Us.”

Allah told Nuh ‘alayhissalam to disembark from the ark and bestowed His Mercy on them. Then He informs him of the future offspring of these people, from whom there will be people who will disbelieve and will be punished. Allah also informs us in the Quran that the common forefather between all humanity after Adam ‘alayhissalam is Nuh ‘alayhissalam whose progeny continued after the flood had destroyed everybody. 

-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)


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