OUR MESSENGERS SAY(1)
â€œI do not say to you that I possess Allahâ€™s treasures; nor do I know the Unseen; nor do I say that I am an angel; nor do I say to those who are vile in your eyes that Allah will not be bountiful to themâ€”Allah knows best what is in their hearts. If I did, I would certainly become a wrongdoer.â€(Surah Hud, 31)
It is typical of the unbelievers to expect the messengers to be wealthy, and to be able to perform miracles. However, what the messengers are superior in is piety and fear for Allah. They are superior to other people because they turn to Allah in every deed and at every instant of their lives; they are submissive to Allah, put their trust in Him and never fail in perseverance and steadfastness.
Allah may give wealth, properties, highly regarded positions, knowledge and all other worldly values to many people. These are not, however, a measure of superiority but only a means of trial.
Only those who have distanced themselves from the religion consider such worldly values as a sign of superiority in the eyes of Allah.
Has news not reached you of those who came before you, the peoples of Nuh and â€˜Ad and Thamud, and those who came after them? Allah alone knows their number. Their messengers came to them with clear signs, but they put their hands to their mouths saying, â€œWe reject your message. We have grave doubts about the faith to which you're calling us to.â€ Their messengers answered, â€œIs there any doubt about Allah, the Bringer into Being of the heavens and the Earth? He summons you to forgive you for your wrong actions and to reprieve you until your appointed time.â€ They said, â€œYou are nothing but human beings like ourselves, who want to turn us away from the goals our fathers worshipped; so bring us a clear proof.â€ Their messengers replied, â€œWe are indeed nothing but human beings like yourselves. But Allah shows favour to any of His servants He wills. It is not for us to bring you proof except by Allah's permission. So let the believers put their trust in Allah.â€ (Surah Ibrahim, 9-11)
The Prophet Nuh (as) Employed Every Possible
Way To Spread Allahâ€™s Message
Like all messengers, the Prophet Nuh (as) tried all courses to make his people believe. As well as summoning them openly to the religion, he also tried to approach them in different ways.
Despite his efforts, however, his people insisted on disbelief and insolence. The Prophet Nuh (as) has related this obstinate conduct of his people as follows:
He [Nuh] said, â€œMy Lord, I have pleaded with my people night and day, but my pleas have only added to their aversion. Indeed, every time I called on them to ask Your forgiveness, they put their fingers in their ears, wrapped themselves up in their cloaks, persisting in sin, and were overweeningly arrogant. Then I called upon them openly. Then I appealed to them in public and in private.â€ (SurahNuh, 5-9)