Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Was the flood of Prophet Nuh (peace be upon him) time a world event, or was it localized to his people and area?
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
There is difference of opinion among the scholars whether the Flood was general or specific to a particular area. There is no decisive text either way.
The most important point of the Flood is to realize the lessons Allah is teaching us through it: while material might, strength, and honor may seem of consequence, the reality is that it is very weak before the Power and Majesty of Allah; and that true might, strength, and honor are in strength of faith and deep piety.
Allah Most High tells us in the Qur'an
012.111 In their history verily there is a lesson for people of understanding. It is no invented story but a confirmation of what preceeded it, and a detailed explanation of everything, and a guidance and a mercy for folk who believe.
And Allah alone gives success.
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