As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 36-49. These verses continue the story of Prophet Noah when he was commanded to build the Ark and gather on board the believers and a pair from each species. Lastly, there is a dialogue between Prophet Noah, his son and God.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
And it was revealed to Noah (Nüh): “None of your people will believe now, other than those who have already believed. So do not grieve at their evil deeds. Build an ark under Our supervision in accordance with Our revelation, and beware not to plead with Me on behalf of those who are wrongdoers: for they are all to be drowned in the flood.” So he started to build the ark; and whenever the chiefs of his people passed by him they laughed at him. He said: “Laugh at us now if you will, soon the time is going to come when we too will laugh at you as you are laughing at us. Soon you will come to know who will be seized by a humiliating scourge, and who is afflicted with everlasting punishment.” 11:[36-39]
Finally when Our Command came and the water from Al-Tannür (a particular oven marked as a starting point to warn Noah in order to get him ready to board the ark) gushed forth! We said to Noah: “Take into the Ark a pair from every species, your family – except those against whom the Word has already gone forth – and the believers and those who believed with him were only a few.” Thus he said: “Embark in it, in the name of Allah in whose hands is its sailing and its stopping; surely my Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.” 11:[40-41]
As the ark floated with them on board over the mountainous waves and Noah called out to his son, who stood apart: “O my son! Embark with us and be not with the unbelievers!” He replied: “I will take refuge on some mountain, which will save me from the flood.” Noah said: “None shall be secure today from the judgement of Allah, except the one on whom He has mercy!” And thereupon a wave came between them and he (Noah’s son) became among one of those who drowned. Finally, Allah said: “O earth! Swallow up your water,” and “O sky! Cease your rain.” The floodwater abated and the judgment was carried out. The ark rested on Mount Al-Jüdi and it was said: “Gone are the wrongdoing people!” Noah called out to his Lord saying: “O my Lord! My son is of my family, and surely Your promise is true and You are the most just of all Judges!” Allah replied: “O Noah! In fact he is not of your family; for he is not of righteous conduct. So do not ask Me anything of which you have no knowledge! I admonish you, lest you become one of the ignorant!”  Noah said: “My Lord! I seek refuge in You for asking You that of which I have no knowledge; and unless You forgive me and have mercy on me, I shall surely be lost!” It was said: “O Noah! Disembark (from the ark) with Our peace and blessings on you and on the peoples who are with you. As for other people, We shall grant them the provisions of life for some time, and if they do not behave righteously, then they shall have a painful punishment from Us.” O Muhammad, these are some of the facts from the unseen history which We have now revealed to you: neither you nor your people knew about it before. So have patience; surely the end is for the righteous. 11:[42-49]
This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.
Thank you and be well.