1- The Story of Nuh and His Conversation with His People
2- The Response of Nuh
3- The People’s Request of Nuh to bring the Torment and His Response to Them
.And indeed We sent Nuh to his people (and he said): I have come to you as a plain warner
“That you worship none but Allah, surely, I fear for you the torment of a painful Day.”
The ayaat that describe Nuh ‘alayhissalam’s du’aa contains a lot of words that relay his desperate attempts at convincing his people, despite having lived with them for over 900 years! He relentlessly tried to gain their trust and convinced them that there is no personal interest in question. He repeatedly reminds them that he is a plain warner, a sincere advisor…
The chiefs of the disbelievers among his people said: “We see you but a man like ourselves, nor do we see any follow you but the meanest among us and they (too) followed you without thinking. And we do not see in you any merit above us, in fact we think you are liars.”
Why was it that the poorest people followed him and they were all looked down upon? Why did the chiefs consider this a shame and why did they belittle him and his followers?
The poorest among his people had nothing to lose- they were not attached to their status or their wealth; pride and arrogance did not prevent them from accepting the truth. They were looked down upon and the chiefs said that if what he called to was really desirable and worthy then the first people to follow him would be the rich! But that was a wrong conception that they harbored because the Messengers were sent to call to Tawheed and accept anybody who accepted it- the truth is not to be rejected because of those who follow it- it is correct in itself regardless of the fact that those who follow it are of low status or nobility! In fact, those who follow the truth are nobility regardless of their low status!
He said: “O my people! Tell me, if I have a clear proof from my Lord, and a Mercy has come to me from Him, but that (Mercy) has been obscured from your sight. Shall we compel you to accept it when you have a strong hatred for it?
“And O my people! I ask of you no wealth for it, my reward is from none but Allah. I am not going to drive away those who have believed. Surely, they are going to meet their Lord, but I see that you are a people that are ignorant.”
He tells them, “I am not asking for any payment in return for my sincere advice to you, rather, my reward is with Allah.” Also, they asked him to drive away and hurt those who believed because they were of low status, but this was ignorance and poor judgement from them.
“And O my people! Who will help me against Allah, if I drove them away? Will you not then give a thought?
An important lesson for those who call to the path of guidance: there is no scope for you to feel superior over a slave of Allah regardless of his social or economic status; you will be held accountable for the ill-treatment. A look or word of scorn can go a long way in ruining any efforts you made to rectify their faith.
-The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)