Are You Like the Son of Prophet Nuh (pbuh)
Do you know the story of Noah? I’m sure you do. He warned his people to believe and obey Allah or they would be punished with a great flood. Most of them disbelieved, and they were destroyed in the flood.
This is a famous story and it’s common between all three monotheistic faiths i.e. Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. However, only Islam talks about the fate of one of Noah’s son. This son did not obey his father and died as a disbeliever. The story of Noah’s son is explained in the Quran in detail in Chapter 11.
Until when Our command came and the oven overflowed, We said, “Load upon the ship of each [creature] two mates and your family, except those about whom the word has preceded, and [include] whoever has believed.”
But none had believed with him, except a few. And (Noah) said, “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”
And it sailed with them through waves like mountains, and Noah called to his son who was apart, “O my son, come aboard with us and be not with the disbelievers.” He said, “I will take refuge on a mountain to protect me from the water.”
(Noah) said, “There is no protector today from the decree of Allah , except for whom He gives mercy.” And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned. Chapter 11, verses 11-43.
There are several lessons you can get from these few verses and from the story of Noah in general. But before I go into depth about the lessons, let’s look a little deeper at the story itself.
The Story Of Noah (pbuh)
You know most of this already so I’ll just summarize the important points.
- Noah was sent to his people as a Prophet of Allah. He warned them to worship Allah alone and stop worshipping idols.
- He preached to them for 950 years. During that time, very few people actually believed in Noah. Some commentators say only about 80 people believed.
- Allah instructed Noah to build an ark (a big boat). Then he was instructed to gather a pair of very species of animal, and take them aboard along with those who believed with him.
- After the ark was complete, Allah sent tremendous rains and commanded the earth to release its waters. This resulted in a flood that wiped out civilization. Only Noah and those aboard the ark were saved.
Now let’s look at the decisions this poor boy made and see what we can learn from it.
Ignoring Good Islamic Advice and Making Bad Decisions
As you see from the verses above, Noah was calling to his son to get on the ark. He cried out to his son “Come aboard with us!” and advised him “Be not with the disbelievers!” But his son did not listen.
Instead of going for the certain safety of the ark, he basically told his father: “You don’t know what you’re talking about, Pops. I don’t need to get on your silly little boat. I’ll get on that big, gigantic mountain over there.”
Do you see his mistake? Noah’s son started swimming for that mountain. But before he could make it, the waves from the flood overcame him and he was drowned. It was bad enough Noah’s son was a disbeliever and worshiped idols along with the rest of his people.
But he didn’t even have to good sense to obey his father’s advice. He could have easily just got on the boat with his father and be saved. But he swam for the mountain and got caught by the waves. And the most ironic thing is that the mountain wasn’t going to save him anyway.
Even if he had been lucky enough to make it to the mountain, eventually the water would have risen high enough and drowned him anyway.
Are You Going For the Mountain and Ignoring the Boat?
How many times have you had the choice between two options? How many times did your parents or teachers or friends tell you to choose one option but you went with another one instead? And how many times have you regretted that decision?
So often we disregard the better, safer, more Islamic choice. So we go away from the “boat” with is RIGHT THERE NEXT TO US and instead choose some far-fetched “mountain” that we have to swim far away to get to.
To make things worse, we usually get swallowed by the waves before we even get a chance to reach the “mountain.” And do you know what the most ironic thing is? Even if we had made the mountain, IT WOULDN’T HAVE HELPED US ANYWAY. There’s another lesson I’d like to throw in there.
Often when we see bad kids or misguided young people, we tend to think it’s has something to do with their parents. This story goes to show that your faith is not entirely dependent on your parents. Noah (pbuh) was a prophet of Allah!
And both his SON and his WIFE went astray. If he couldn’t guarantee belief for his family, there’s no reason to believe we can. Try to do the best you can with your children and spouses. You can only teach them and guide them but so much. After that, the rest is up to Allah.
Get On the Boat
I’m sure if you think about some poor decision you made in your past, you would realize that there was an easier and more reasonable option. And you certainly regretted making that decision to go for the more difficult, nearly impossible option.
There’s a silver lining to every cloud, and here’s yours: YOU ARE STILL HERE. You may have been swallowed by waves because you made the wrong decision, but they didn’t drown you. You can still go forward with the wisdom that the next time the floods come, you’ll be getting on that boat.
This is the Mercy of Allah. You’ve learned your lesson, you’ve taken the good with the bad, and you’re wiser, stronger, and more mature because of it. Hopefully, you’ve also gotten closer to Allah as well.
So don’t sit around bemoaning your past bad decisions. Learn not to go for that far off mountain that’s not gonna save you anyway. And go for that old man with his hand outstretched, beckoning you to get on the boat.