Nuh went on calling his people to Allah. He tried hard to advise them, but they would not believe him. In fact, they put their fingers into their ears to avoid listening to him.
Nuh stayed with his people for nine hundred and fifty years calling them to Allah! But his people refused to believe. They rejected him. They would not stop worshipping idols. They refused to turn to Allah. How long could Nuh wait? Nine hundred and fifty years was a very long period of time!
Finally, Nuh called out to Allah,
“My Lord, indeed I invited my people [to truth] night and day. But my invitation increased them not except in flight. And indeed, every time I invited them that You may forgive them, they put their fingers in their ears, covered themselves with their garments, persisted, and were arrogant with [great] arrogance. Then I invited them publicly. Then I announced to them and [also] confided to them secretly And said, ‘Ask forgiveness of your Lord. Indeed, He is ever a Perpetual Forgiver. He will send [rain from] the sky upon you in [continuing] showers And give you increase in wealth and children and provide for you gardens and provide for you rivers. What is [the matter] with you that you do not attribute to Allah [due] grandeur”
(Quran, 71: 5-13)
Nuh Seeks Allah’s Help
One of the most amazing aspects of Prophet Nuh’s experience is that he spent nine and a half centuries teaching and guiding his people, but many of them resisted and rejected his advice. Such a long time was more than enough to reform whole nations. But they chose to persist in their ignorance. It happened that every passing generation told the succeeding one not to believe Nuh or follow him. The only thing left for Nuh was to turn to Allah for help and guidance.
After these long years, Nuh despaired of his stubborn people and so pleaded,
“My Lord, do not leave upon the earth from among the disbelievers an inhabitant. Indeed, if You leave them, they will mislead Your servants and not beget except [every] wicked one and [confirmed] disbeliever.”