How long did Nabi Nuh Alaihisalam live?
How long did Nabi Nuh Alaihisalam call his people to islam? I mean how long did he live?
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem.
Alhamdulillaahi was salaatu was salaamu `alaa Rasoolillaahi wa `alaa aalihi wa sahbihi wa man waalaahu, wa ba`d:
Allaah speaks about the Da`wah of Hadhrat Nooh `Alayhis Salaam in Surah Al-`Ankaboot Aayah 14 wherein Allaah says: “And Indeed We had sent Nooh (`Alayhis Salaam) to his people so he remained amongst them for a thousand years minus fifty years (i.e. 950 years), then the flood seized them while they were wrongdoers.” [i]
Imaam Ibn Katheer Rahimahullaah reports in Tafseer Ibn Katheer that Hadhrat `Abdullaah Ibn `Abbaas Radhiallaahu `Anhu said: “Nooh (`Alayhis Salaam) was sent (as a Nabi) when he was forty years old, and he remained amongst his people (calling them to Islaam) for one thousand minus fifty years (i.e. 950 years), and he lived after the flood for sixty years, until the people increased and spread out.” [ii]
Imaam Ibn Katheer Rahimahullaah comments on this and says: “And the closest view (i.e. most correct) is that of (Hadhrat) Ibn `Abbaas (Radhiallaahu `Anhu), and Allaah knows best.” [iii]
So from that we understand Hadhrat Nooh `Alayhis Salaam lived for a total of one thousand and fifty years, forty years before Nubuwwah, nine hundred and fifty years before the flood and sixty years after the flood.
And Allaah knows best.
Ubaidullah Ibn Adam Aal-Ebrahim.
Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Rashid Ahmed Moosagie.
Monday 3rd Jumaadaa Al-Aakhir 1434 – 15th April 2013.
[i] وَلَقَدْ أَرْسَلْنَا نُوحًا إِلَى قَوْمِهِ فَلَبِثَ فِيهِمْ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ إِلَّا خَمْسِينَ عَامًا فَأَخَذَهُمُ الطُّوفَانُ وَهُمْ ظَالِمُونَ. – سورة العنكبوت آية ١٤.
[ii]عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ: بُعِثَ نُوحٌ وَهُوَ لِأَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةٍ، وَلَبِثَ فِي قَوْمِهِ أَلْفَ سَنَةٍ إِلَّا خَمْسِينَ عَامًا، وَعَاشَ بَعْدَ الطُّوفَانِ سِتِّينَ عَامًا، حَتَّى كَثُرَ النَّاسُ وَفَشَوْا.