Benefits and Virtues of Surah 71 Nuh


71. Nooh

71.1 Narrated Abu Sa`id (رضي الله عنه)

Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said, “Noah (عليه السلام) and his nation will come (on the Day of Resurrection and Allah will ask (Noah), “Did you convey (the Message)?’ He will reply, ‘Yes, O my Lord!’ Then Allah will ask Noah’s nation, ‘Did Noah convey My Message to you?’ They will reply, ‘No, no prophet came to us.’ Then Allah will ask Noah, ‘Who will stand a witness for you?’ He will reply, ‘Muhammad and his followers (will stand witness for me).’ So, I and my followers will stand as witnesses for him (that he conveyed Allah’s Message).” That is, (the interpretation) of the Statement of Allah:

﴾ وكذلك جعلناكم أمة وسطا لتكونوا شهداء على الناس ويكون الرسول عليكم شهيدا ﴿

And thus we have made you a just community that you will be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a witness over you (2:143)

Sahih al-Bukhari 3339

71.2 Ibn Kathir (رحمه الله) related about 

﴾ وقالوا لا تذرن آلهتكم ولا تذرن ودّا ولا سواعا ولا يغوث ويعوق ونسرا ﴿

And said, ‘Never leave your gods and never leave Wadd or Suwa’ or Yaghuth and Ya’uq and Nasr (71:23)

That Al-Bukhari recorded from Ibn `Abbas (رضي الله عنه) that he said, “The idols that were among the people of Nuh (عليه السلام) wound up among the Arabs afterwards. In reference to Wadd, it became the idol of the people of Kalb in the area of Dawmat Al-Jandal. Suwa` became the idol of the people of Hudhayl. Yaghuth became the idol of the people of Murad, then the people of Bani Ghutayf at Al-Juruf in the area of Saba’ worshipped it after them. Ya`uq became the idol of the people of Hamdan. Nasr became the idol of the people of Himyar for the family of Dhu Kala`. These idols were all named after righteous men from the people of Nuh. Then when these men died, Shaytan inspired his (Nuh’s) people to erect statues in honor of them at their gathering places where they used to come and sit, and to name these statues after these men (with their names). So they did this (as Shaytan suggested), but these statues were not worshiped until after those people (the ones who built them) had died and the knowledge was lost. Then, those statues were later worshiped.”

Ibn Jarir recorded from Muhammad bin Qays that he said concerning Yaghuth, Ya`uq and Nasr, “They were righteous people between the time of Adam and Nuh, and they had followers who used to adhere to their guidance. Then, when they died, their companions who used to follow them said, `If we make images of them, it will increase our desire to perform worship when we remember them.’ So they made images of them. Then, when those people died and other people came after them, Iblis approached them and said, `They (your predecessors) used to worship these statues and they were granted rain by their worship of them.’ Thus, they (the latter people) worshiped them.”

71.3 Ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه) said

“The Milky Way is one of the gates of the heavens. The rainbow is security from being destroyed by flood after the people of Nuh (عليه السلام).”

Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 765

71.4 Duas

﴾ استغفروا ربكم إنه كان غفارا ﴿

Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver (71:10)

﴾ رب لا تذر على الأرض من الكافرين ديارا ﴿

My Lord, do not leave upon the earth from among the disbelievers an inhabitant (71:26)

﴾ رب اغفر لي ولوالدي ولمن دخل بيتي مؤمنا وللمؤمنين والمؤمنات ولا تزد الظالمين إلا تبارا ﴿

My Lord, forgive me and my parents and whoever enters my house a believer and the believing men and believing women. And do not increase the wrongdoers except in destruction (71:28)

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