Nuh (Alayhis Salaam) stayed with his people for nine hundred and fifty years, calling them to Allah, but his people would not believe. They would not stop worshipping idols. They refused to return to Allah. How long could Nuh (Alayhis Salaam) wait? How long could he watch the earth and it’s people get ruined? How long could he put up with people worshipping stones? How could he watch them eat from the almighty Allah’s provision and worship something else?
Why did Nuh (Alayhis Salaam) not get angry? He was more patient than anyone else could have been? Nine hundred and fifty years: Glory be to Allah! Then Allah revealed to Nuh (Alayhis Salaam),” None of your people will believe except those who already believed.”(11:36).
When Nuh called his people again, they said, “Nuh! You have disputed with us and you have disputed often with us, so bring us what you promised us if you are speaking the truth.” (11:32).
Nuh (Alayhis Salaam) became extremely angry for Allah and despaired of those people. He then said,”O Allah, do not leave even one of the disbelievers on the earth!”
Allah answered Nuh’s prayer and he decided what fate of the disbelievers would be. All of them would drown in a great flood. Allah wanted to save Nuh and the believers. He commanded Nuh (Alayhis Salaam) to build a great ship, and Nuh (Alayhis Salaam) begun straightaway with no hesitation. The disbelievers from his people saw him working busily and they mocked:” What is this, Nuh? Since when did you become a carpenter? Didn’t we tell you not to sit with the carpenters and ironsmiths and now you have really become a carpenter!”
“Where is the ship going, Nuh? Everything about you is unbelievable! Is it going to sail in the sand or climb up the mountains? The sea is a long way from here.Will the Jinn carry it for you or will the oxygen pull it? Nuh (Alayhis Salaam) heard all that, however he was patient. He had heard worse things and had still been patient. But he sometimes would say to them,” If you mock us we will mock you as you mock.”