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Category 5 => Commentary / Tafsir of specific Quranic Verses or Quran topics with detailed discussions => Topic started by: Ruhi_Rose on February 02, 2018, 03:27:02 pm

Title: Lifespan of Prophet Noah over 950 years (V.29:14)
Post by: Ruhi_Rose on February 02, 2018, 03:27:02 pm

"And verily we sent Noah (as Our messenger) unto his folk, and he continued with them for a thousand years save fifty years;  and the flood engulfed them, for they were wrong-doers."  (29:14)  Surah Al-Ankabut.

As-salam Alaykum folks:

Modern skeptics are quick to gasp with cynical comments on Prophet Noah's mission of 950 years and his unusually lengthy life.  According to the limitations of the human mind and ability, to stretch the lifespan up to 950 years of any human being is inconceivable.  Not even the best doctor, scientist or researcher will be able to achieve even one-quarter of that length of lifespan for anything they may boast to create in their surrogate labs (despite always borrowing the seed for creation from natural sources already created by Allah).   The reason for their astonishment at this Quranic information is their hard disbelief that limits their thoughts locked within earthly rules of practical application.  As they are unable to find reasons by looking beyond their own limited abilities, they attribute the same limitations to Allah, as if the abilities of Allah is similarly restricted as the abilities of humans.  Their disbelief hinders them from recognizing the True Existence of Allah, that is, His Limitless Power of "kun-faya-kun" or "Be and it is." (     

"The Originator of the Heavens and the Earth.  When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is."  (2:117).

It's as simple as that.    Do not limit the Limitless.   To access this article directly, please visit Islam from inside. (  This very relevant piece on Kun-Faya-Kun is truly worth reading; a very important one for clarity to all believers.

Quoting Abu Alaa Maududi in regard to Verse 29:14, "The occurrence of certain events and things in a usual form and manner is no proof that the event or thing cannot happen in an unusual and extraordinary way. To break these assumptions there exists a long list of unusual events and things that have taken place in every kind of creation in every part of the universe. In particular, the person who has a clear concept of God's being AII-Powerful, cannot be involved in the misunderstanding that it is not possible for God, Who is the Creator of life and death, to grant a life of a thousand years or so to any one He pleases.  The fact is that man of his own will and wish cannot live even for a moment, but if Allah wills, He can make him live for as long as He wishes."

It should also be known that the miracles of Allah or His portents were more frequent during the era of the coming of His messengers, who went through their difficult missions to warn humankind of the Truth.  With the coming of the final messenger, Prophet Muhammed (pbuh), Allah Almighty has decided to end that chain and no more warners will appear until the Day of Judgment.  Reference - "Seal of the Prophets" Verse 33:40.  All messengers of the past have fulfilled their duties over a long period of time throughout history.  And now, the Noble Quran is protected in Lawh Mahfooz  or guarded tablet (reference Verse 85:21-22 Surah Al-Burooj) until the Day of Judgment.  This means, the guidance of Allah - in its true and original form - will always exist and be available for people to acquire, whoever wants it for the benefit of their own soul.  With the presence of the Quran - perfect,complete and original - there is no need for any more messengers to come.

Actually Verse 29:14 would imply that Prophet Noah lived longer than 950 years.  The duration of 950 years is the period of his appointment to Prophethood by the Divine Power which includes the period of the Flood and later, until the time he continued making efforts for the reformation of the wicked people of his community.  Obviously Prophet Noah (pbuh) must have been born prior to the period when he was chosen as messenger.  He never gave up even though his mission was very difficult and he suffered much persecution.  This is basically a comparison presented to the people of Medina and all Muslims of Prophet Muhammed's (pbuh) era who were also suffering bitter persecution by the authorities in Mecca.   The comparison elucidates that such persecution by the majority is no unusual thing when you call them to worship Allah only.  The specific example of Noah likely elucidates the longest period of persecution that continued for over nine centuries.  That's how stubborn the vast majority of human nature can be.

Title: Re: Lifespan of Prophet Noah over 950 years (V.29:14)
Post by: Zeynab on February 02, 2018, 03:55:09 pm

Beautiful elucidation of Verse 29:14 along with supporting Verses.  SubhanAllah.
Alhumdulilah.   A thoroughly refreshing read.

Keep up the very good work Sister Ruhi.

Title: Re: Lifespan of Prophet Noah over 950 years (V.29:14)
Post by: Ruhi_Rose on February 02, 2018, 04:14:28 pm

Many thanks, shokran dear Sis :) 

InshAllah, InshAllah .........

Title: Re: Lifespan of Prophet Noah over 950 years (V.29:14)
Post by: Heba E. Husseyn on February 03, 2018, 03:14:33 pm
Lovely piece!   Indeed, without the will of Allah even an infant cannot survive for a minute or a second.  And if Allah wills, He can grant a lifespan of 800 or 1200 years to any human or living being He wishes.  The Truth is that simple.

Also a very valid point that portents of Allah appeared more during the era of all the Prophets because portents were much more necessary during that entire stretch of time-frame.  Now, with the permanent presence of the original Quran - protected and established by Him - is itself the biggest of all portents.  Other portents aren't needed any longer. 

Title: Re: Lifespan of Prophet Noah over 950 years (V.29:14)
Post by: Zeynab on February 03, 2018, 03:17:14 pm

Exactly Sister Heba.