Prophet Noah's vessel, which is called Noah's Ark in English, was found in the Ararat mountains in Turkey according to many other news sources.
Boat 3,000 feet long by 1,200 feet wide!"
NOAH'S ARC FOUND !
Is Noah's Ark a fact or a fiction? Are there credible evidences to substantiate the biblical claims that Noah's ark is a historic reality and not a myth? Here is the TRUTH!
The researchers who found the vessel say they are 99.9% sure it is Prophet Noah's Ark. Using carbon dating they found that the vessel is 4800 years old.
For over 100 years man searched over the glaciers of mount Ararat searching for St Jacobs Arc.
Many fraudulently brought back pieces of wood proclaiming they had found it, others took photos which mysteriously disappeared.
Many fraudulently brought back pieces of wood proclaiming they had found it, others took photos which mysteriously disappeared.
In 1958 it was accidentally photographed from the air by a Turkish pilot working on a government map making programs. This object could not be a naturally formed object. An expedition was organized to investigate this.
Ron Wyatt in 1977, an amateur archaeologist inspected the site with a medal detector. Man made alloys from soil samples were detected indicating it was a man made object.
The neighboring village close to the site next to Kazan found ancient anchor stones. This village is 6000 feet above our current sea level and 2000 miles from nearest ocean. These Anchor stones weighed up to 20,000 pounds each and bear carvings of early Christian symbols.
In June 1985 David Fasold returned with other scientists. Three types of metal detectors were used to obtain 1000s of readings from what appeared to be the remains iron fittings. Molecular frequency generator discriminator found longitudinal patterns beans of structure in geometric patterns.David returned the following year with ground penetrating ground unit. It is used to identify subsurface formations. The findings supported the claim of beans and formations under the surface.
Although it is common to portray Noah’s arc as a rectangular boat shaped object, the formation that lays in the mountain of Ararat appears to have been shaped like the Egyptian boats that sailed the Nile. These tapered boats are much more stable so its believed the arc may have looked like this.
It is believed a moon pool was used to serve many useful function; as a break, rain water could have been diverted through this moon pool, the rising/falling of waves in the pool would have
functioned as a ventilating system and it also can be used to relieve stress of the ship when riding high waves.
Mr Griffin’s final conclusion on the matter is:
There is no way to know with 100% certainty if it is in fact the Arc build by Noah in the biblical stories.
What we can conclude is that:
What we can conclude is that:
- It is a man made object
- It was designed as a boat
- It incorporates principals of higher mathematics and sophisticated knowledge of hydrodynamics
- It is proper dimension and volume for the arc of Noah
- It is in the proper geographical location
- It is accompanied by anchor stones at an appropriate size
- It is in an area that for 1000′s of years was visited by religious pilgrims
- It is surrounded by mountains and villages that carry names from antiquity related to the arcs landing
- It is consistent with other flood legends from Sumer, the Torah and the Old Testamen
Life of Prophet Nuh (a.s)
The Quran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, teach us that Prophet Noah was a beacon of hope among the descendants of Adam in an era where sin and lawlessness had overtaken the people.
Mankind had been one community believing in the Oneness of God, but confusion and deviation had crept in. Noah was a calm, patient man who called his people to return to the worship of the One True God. He was an exceptional speaker, enjoining those around him to leave the worship of idols, and to hear his warning of a terrible punishment for those who venerated idols and statues.
“And indeed We sent Noah to his people and he said O my people! Worship God! You have no other god but Him.” (Quran 23:23)
Noah narrated stories about the mysteries of life and the wonders of the universe. He described how the day, which gives sunlight and activity, followed the night that gives coolness and rest. He spoke of God, the Divine Creator Who owned heaven and earth, and he pointed out the wideness and beauty of the earth. Noah explained that the creation of the world was for the well being of mankind; but that man also had an obligation to understand this and direct his worship to God, not false deities. When Noah began to speak of the punishment that awaited idolaters, his people became resentful and angry.
How Idolatry Began
Prophet Muhammad informed us that there were ten generations between Prophets Adam and Noah. We know that this was a very large period of time, as Noah himself lived over a century, and people before lived even longer.
In those years, between Adam and Noah there were generations of people that remembered the laws taught by Adam and worshiped God correctly. The years passed and the people forgot; at times, the righteous men amongst them reminded the people of their obligations to God. As time continued to move on, the righteous men began to die, and Satan came whispering to the people who had looked up to them, putting thoughts into their minds in his sly, cunning way.
Satan inspired the good people to make statues of the righteous men. In this way, Satan said, they would remember the righteous people and thus remember to worship God. The good people built statues in their meeting places and their homes, and Satan left them alone until everyone had forgotten the reason the statues existed. Many years later, the devious Satan appeared amongst the people again, this time suggesting that they worship the idols directly.
An authentic narration of Prophet Muhammad sums up the beginning of idolatry in the following way. Ibn Abbass, a close companion of the Prophet Muhammad said:
“The names (of the idols) formerly belonged to some pious men of the people of Noah, and when they died Satan inspired their people to prepare and place idols at the places where they used to sit, and to call those idols by their names. The people did so, but the idols were not worshiped till those people (who initiated them) had died and the origin of the idols had become obscure, whereupon people began worshiping them.” (Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
The word Prophet (Nabi in Arabic) is derived from the word Naba, meaning news. Revelation is given by God and, in turn, the Prophet spreads the news amongst his people. A Messenger, on the other hand, is sent with a specific mission, usually to convey a new ordainment from God. Every Messenger is a Prophet, but every Prophet is not a Messenger. Since this was mankind’s first deviation from the correct worship of God as taught by Prophet Adam, God, in his infinite Kindness and Mercy, fulfilled His promise to Adam to send messengers as guidance for mankind. God sent Noah, the first of His Messengers.Abu Hurairah narrated that the Prophet Muhammad said:
“On the day of Judgement, the people will come to Noah and say ‘Oh Noah, you are the first of the Messengers sent to earth, and God called you a thankful slave.’”(Saheeh Al-Bukhari)
Worshiping anything other than God has grave consequences, the least of which is a lack of freedom; for Satan enslaves man, destroys his mind and renders him unable to distinguish between right and wrong. When Noah warned his people of the torment that awaited them if they did not give up their idolatry, his warning fell mostly on deaf ears. Noah explained Satan’s deceit, but his people turned away and refused to listen. Noah warned them day and night; he announced his message in public and he spoke quietly to people privately; yet all, but a few, denied his words. Noah cried out to God.
“He said: ‘O my Lord! Verily, I have called my people night and day (secretly and openly to accept the doctrine of Islamic Monotheism), but all my calling added nothing but to their flight from the truth. Verily! Every time I called unto them that You might forgive them, they thrust their fingers into their ears, covered themselves up with their garments, and persisted (in their refusal), and magnified themselves in pride.” (Quran 71:5-7)
Those who responded to Noah’s call were the weakest and poorest of his people; the leaders and those with power responded arrogantly and rejected the call. They said:
“Verily we see you in plain error” (Quran 7:60)
Noah continued to appeal to his people, day after day and year after year. For 950 years he endured__their__taunts__and__mockery.
Noah continued to appeal to his people and they became divided into two groups. His words spoke to the heart of the weak, poor, and oppressed, but the wealthy influential people distrusted those words and could think only of the possible erosion of their power and status. A war of words began between Noah and the disbelievers. They accused Noah of being nothing but any other human, of being nothing special. Noah agreed with this observation and said that, indeed, he was only a human being, but one who brought a clear warning. And God, the Almighty told us:
“Indeed We sent Noah to his people (he said): ‘I have come to you as a plain Warner that you worship none but God, surely, I fear for you the torment of a painful Day.’ The chiefs of the disbelievers among his people said: ‘We see you but a man like ourselves, nor do we see any follow you but the meanest among us and they too followed you without thinking. And we do not see in you any merit above us in fact we think you are liars.’” (Quran 11:25-27)
Noah explained to his rebellious people that they would receive benefits by turning to God and begging His forgiveness. He (God) would bestow rain on them, as well as children and wealth, He would grant them bounteous gardens and flowing rivers. However, the disbelievers rebuffed his words; they felt secure in their arrogance and pride.
The Conflict Intensified
Those against Noah and his call began to bargain with him. They told him, that these two diverse groups, the meek and poor and the rich and powerful, could not exist together in the same faith. Although continuously taunted and bullied by the disbelievers, Noah reacted in a kind gentle manner. He explained that he would never turn away the humble and weak believers who had heeded his call. These people, he would inform them, were the guests of God. Noah appealed to his people. He tried to reason with them and make them see the reality of their situation. Without personal gain and with a humble but heavy heart Noah refuted their arguments.
“O my people! I ask of you no wealth for it; my reward is from none but God. I am not going to drive away those who have believed. Surely, they are going to meet their Lord, but I see that you are a people that are ignorant. O my people! Who will help me against God if I drove them away? Will you not then give a thought? And I do not say to you that the Treasures of God are (only) with me or that I know the unseen, nor do I say I am an angel; and I do not say that God will not bestow any good on those whom your eyes look down upon. God knows what is in their inner selves (in regard to Belief). In that case, I would indeed be among the unjust.” (Quran 11:29-31)
The disagreements continued until the disbelievers had run out of arguments. They mocked Noah and the believers, but Noah continued to deliver his message. Finally, he could bear no more and turned to God with heartfelt supplication. Noah did not run out of patience; he remained a patient, kind and gentle man. But he had come to realise that the disbelievers would do nothing but spread corruption and disbelief throughout the land. They would mislead and corrupt the believers and deliver a legacy of disbelief to their children. Noah prayed to God. He said:
“My Lord! Leave not one of the disbelievers on the earth. If you leave them, they will mislead Your slaves and they will beget none but wicked disbelievers.” (Quran 71:27)
So God accepted Noah’s prayer.
God instructed Noah to build the ark and passed judgement on the disbelievers in the form of a flood.
“And construct the ship under Our Eyes and with Our Inspiration and address Me not on behalf of those who did wrong; they are surely to be drowned.” (Quran11:37)
Noah chose a place outside the city and far away from the sea to build his ark. The disbelievers mocked and laughed, making comments about the ship’s location, far from any water source. The disbelievers had no comprehension of the power and magnificence of God, so they could not understand why Noah would build a ship, on the top of a hill, far away from the ocean. They called him crazy and laughed out loud. The ship began to take shape and when it was finished, Noah patiently waited for the command from God.
“Until when Our Command came and the lowlands gushed forth, overflowing, We said: ‘Load it with two of each kind of animal (male and female), and embark your family, except against whom the Word has already gone forth, and those who believe.’ And none believed him except a few.”
When the water started to gush from the earth and fall from the sky, God instructed Noah to enter the ark with his family and the believers. God also commanded Noah to take a pair (male and female) of every animal, bird and insect with him. The disbelievers watched him incredulously, asking what he intended to do with all the animals.
Noah’s wife did not join him, for she had never believed in the message that Noah had been preaching; nor did his oldest son, who preferred to flee to a high mountain. The scholars of Islam hold different opinions about the number of people on the ark, but the highest estimate is 80. As the believers and animals entered the ark, the water gushed from every crack in the earth, and the rain fell from the sky in quantities never seen before. Hour after hour the water levels rose, and the_seas_and_rivers_invaded_the_land.
The believers entered the ark in the name of God, just as Muslims today begin everything they do, in the name of God.
“Embark therein; in the Name of God will be its course and its anchorage. Surely, my Lord is Oft Forgiving, most Merciful. So it sailed with them amidst waves like mountains...” (Quran 11:41)
Noah had built the ark according to God’s instructions, from planks and nails, and it kept the believers safe from the deluge of rain and from the water gushing out of the earth. Then the earth’s interior moved in unusual ways, and the bottom of the oceans rose in sudden bursts causing waves to flood the earth. These waves, as big as mountains, submerged everything; they lifted up the ark, making it appear as fragile as a matchbox tossed in the ocean. This construction, made of wood, became a ship of safety and security, for its passengers had true belief and trust in God.
From his secure place on the ark, Noah could see one of his sons overwhelmed by the water. Noah cried out to his son, imploring him to come aboard the ark and to leave the non-believers to their fate. The son, however, was thinking in terms of this world, and not with heartfelt trust in God. He replied that he would take himself to a mountain, never imagining that waves could swallow a mountain. Noah pleaded with his son saying “nothing can save you on this day except the mercy of God”. The son refused, and he drowned.
“And Noah called out to his son, who had separated himself (apart), ‘O my son! Embark with us and be not with the disbelievers.’ The son replied, ‘I will betake myself to a mountain; it will save me from the water.’ Noah said: ‘This day there is no saviour from the Decree of God except him on whom He has mercy.’ And a wave came in between them so he (the son) was among the drowned.” (Quran 11:42-43)
The Flood Ends
“‘O Earth! Swallow up your water, and O sky! Withhold (your rain).’ The water was diminished (made to subside) and the Decree (of God) was fulfilled (the destruction of the people of Noah). And it (the ship) rested on Mount Judi, and it was said: ‘Away with the people who are wrongdoing.’” (Quran 11:44)
Unlike Christian and Jewish traditions Islam, does not mention Noah sending a bird (neither a dove nor raven) to search for dry land. Rather, at God’s command, the rain stopped and the water ceased to gush from all the cracks in the earth. Calm returned and the sun began to shine. The flood had cleansed the earth of idolatry and disbelievers. Not a single person who had disbelieved in God remained on the earth. The earth swallowed up the water and the ark rested upon Mt. Judi (what is believed to be in present day Turkey).
Noah was a Prophet and leader of men, but he was also a father. He turned to God with sadness and cried,
“O my Lord! Verily my son is of my family! And certainly your promise is true and you are the Most Just of the judges.” (Quran 11:45)
Noah remembered that God had promised to save his family. Noah did not doubt the word or promises of God, but he wanted to understand. Thus God taught Noah a lesson.
As human beings we use words to mean certain things, but God can often give them new, more comprehensive meanings. For instance, the word prayer originally meant making supplication to God, but Islam came and gave it new meaning – it became the ritual prayer preformed five times a day. When we use the word family, we think of blood ties and relationships, and Noah was imploring God that his son was of his family. God told Noah that his son was definitely not part of his family because he was unrighteous. True family are the righteous believers in God.
“He said: ‘Oh Noah! Surely, he is not of your family; verily, his work is unrighteous, so ask not of Me that of which you have no knowledge! I admonish you, lest you be one of the ignorants.’” (Quran 11:46)
Noah understood. He said;
“O my Lord! I seek refuge with You from asking from You that of which I have no knowledge. And unless You forgive me and have Mercy on me, I would indeed be one of the losers.” (Quran 11:47)
Noah released the animals, the birds and the insects and they scattered over the earth. Noah and his family (the believers) disembarked, whereupon Noah touched his head to the ground in prostration. At this point the Quran and the narrations of Prophet Muhammad leave the story of Noah. We do not know how his affairs with his people continued, nor do we know what happened to his family. All we can ascertain is that on his death bed Noah drew his sons close to him and called on them to worship One God: The Creator and Sustianer of the Universe.
Prophet Muhammad said:
“When the death of the Messenger of God, Noah, approached, he admonished his sons: ‘Indeed I would give you far reaching advice, commanding you to do two things, and warning you against doing two things as well. I charge you to believe that there is no god but God and that if the seven heavens and the seven earths were put on one side of a scale and the words “there is no god but God” were put on the other, the latter would outweigh the former. I warn you against associating partners with God and against pride.” (Sahih al Bukhari)
Most of Noah's people rejected his message, but the message survives in the hearts and minds of Muslims to this day. The comforting words, and the hopes of salvation Noah conveyed to his sons while on his death bed, remain part of a Muslim's belief and confirm his attitude towards God. For the Prophet Muhammad, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, also told us that God undertakes a covenant with the believers: If we do not worship other gods beside God, then He will not refuse us heaven.
THE BIBLICAL NOAH AND THE GREAT FLOOD
9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God.
- 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
- 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God's sight and was full of violence.
- 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways.
- 13 So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
- 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress 16 wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
- 15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be (300 cubits) 450 feet long, (50 cubits) 75 feet wide and (30 cubits) 45 feet high. 17 The Hebrew cubit is variable, about 18" long.
- 16 Make a roof for it and finish  the Ark to within (one cubit) 18 inches of the top. Put a door in the side of the Ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
- 17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish.
- 18 But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the Ark-you and your sons and your wife and your sons' wives with you.
- 19 You are to bring into the Ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.
- 20 Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.
- 21 You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them."
- 22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him.
1 The LORD then said to Noah, "Go into the Ark, you and your whole family, because I have found you righteous in this generation.
- 2 Take with you seven 18 of every kind of clean animal, a male and its mate, and two of every kind of unclean animal, a male and its mate,
- 3 and also seven of every kind of bird, male and female, to keep their various kinds alive throughout the earth.
- 4 Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made."
- 5 And Noah did all that the LORD commanded him.
- 6 Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.
- 7 And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives entered the Ark to escape the waters of the flood.
- 8 Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground,
- 9 male and female, came to Noah and entered the Ark, as God had commanded Noah.
- 10 And after the seven days the floodwaters came on the earth.
- 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month-on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.
- 12 And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.
- 13 On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the Ark.
- 14 They had with them every wild animal according to its kind, all livestock according to their kinds, every creature that moves along the ground according to its kind and every bird according to its kind, everything with wings.
- 15 Pairs of all creatures that have the breath of life in them came to Noah and entered the Ark.
- 16 The animals going in were male and female of every living thing, as God had commanded Noah. Then the LORD shut him in.
- 17 For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the Ark high above the earth.
- 18 The waters rose and increased greatly on the earth, and the Ark floated on the surface of the water.
- 19 They rose greatly on the earth, and all the high mountains under the entire heavens were covered.
- 20 The waters rose and covered the mountains to a depth of more than (15 cubits) twenty feet. 19, 20
- 21 Every living thing that moved on the earth perished-birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.
- 22 Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died.
- 23 Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; men and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the Ark.
- 24 The waters flooded the earth for a hundred and fifty days.
· 1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the Ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
· 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.
· 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down,
· 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.
· 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
· 6 After forty days Noah opened the window he had made in the Ark
· 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.
· 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.
· 9 But the dove could find no place to set its feet because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the Ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the Ark.
· 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the Ark.
· 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.
· 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
· 13 By the first day of the first month of Noah's six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the Ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.
· 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
· 15 Then God said to Noah,
· 16 "Come out of the Ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.
· 17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you-the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground-so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number upon it."
· 18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives.
· 19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds-everything that moves on the earth-came out of the Ark, one kind after another.
· 20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.
· 21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though 21 every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.
· 22 "As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."