We sent Noah as Messenger to his people (and commanded him): "Warn your people before a painful punishment comes to them."
He said: "O my people! I am indeed a plain warner to you (and I urge you:)
"Worship God alone and keep from disobedience to Him in reverence for Him and piety, and obey me,
"So that He may forgive you your sins (which you have committed so far) and grant you respite until a term appointed by Him (instead of destroying you because of your sins). The term appointed by God, when it comes, is never deferred. If you but knew!"
(After long ages spent in conveying God’s Message, he turned to his Lord in prayer and) he said: "My Lord, I have surely called my people night and day;
"But my call has only caused them to flee more and more (from accepting the truth).
"And every time I have called them so that You may forgive them, they have thrust their fingers in their ears, and wrapped themselves up in their garments, and grown obstinate and more and more arrogant (in refusing my call).
"Then I have called them in a loud (emphatic) manner;
"Then again, I have called them in public, and I have spoken to them confidentially in private.
"I have said: ‘Ask your Lord for forgiveness, for surely He has always been All-Forgiving.
‘He will release (the rain-bearing clouds in) the sky over you, with abundance of rain;
‘And will strengthen you by increasing you in wealth and children, and make for you gardens, and make for you running waters.
‘What is the matter with you that you do not want to see majesty in God (to worship Him),
‘Seeing that He has created You in different, successive stages?
‘Do you not see how God has created the seven heavens in harmony?
‘And He has set up within them the moon as a light (reflected), and has set up the sun as a lamp.
‘And God has caused you to grow from earth like a plant (in a mode of growth particular to you).
‘Thereafter He will return you into it, and He will bring you forth from it in resurrection.
‘God has made for you the earth a wide expanse,
‘So that you may move on it along the ways through mountains and valleys.’"
Noah (turned to his Lord, and) said: "My Lord! They have disobeyed me and followed those whose wealth and children have increased them only in loss and self-ruin.
"And they have made tremendous schemes (to prevent my call and people’s acceptance of it).
"And they have said: ‘Do not ever abandon your deities; do not abandon (in particular) Wadd, nor Suwa’, nor Yaghuth, and Ya‘uq, and Nasr!’
"And they have indeed led many astray. And (O God,) increase not these wrongdoers in anything but further straying (by way of just punishment for all that they have done)."
And because of their (unforgivable) sins, they were drowned (in the Flood), and were made to enter a (punishing) Fire; and so they found none who could help them against God.
Noah also said: "My Lord! Do not leave on the earth any from among the unbelievers dwelling therein!
"If You do leave them, they will lead Your servants astray, and they will beget none but shameless and dissolute thankless unbelievers.
"My Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and everyone who joins my household as a believer, and all the believing men and believing women, and do not increase the wrongdoers in anything but ruin."