|Question ID 415 - History
Recently I was having a discussion with one of my students and he has come up up these questions, I will really appreciate if you can help me answer them.
Throughout my life I have understood that during the time of nabi Noah the whole world was filled with water. Since this student is a science student he says that in the history of the earth there is no evidence that the earth was in water.
A new model of the early Earth suggests that until around 2.5 billion years ago oceans covered almost the whole of the planet. Just 2% to 3% of the Earth’s surface would have been dry land, compared with 28% today.
My question is as follows,
According to Islam how old is the earth?
When did the deluge of Noah happen?
Did the flooding happen in that particular region?
Or perhaps people had not inhabited the earth?
Maulans Saheb, please note this student is a good believer.
Iltimas e dua
|Answer:- We can not confirm the exact time when the earth was created.
The deluge of Noah happened after 950 years of his calling people to the
Truth, and refusal of most of them. It killed all those who rejected the
Truth which was conveyed by Noah. Obviously, the area where they used to
live was not all over the earth, but part of the earth, most likely, the
area of Iraq and surroundings areas as we read in the books. Noah did not
reach to Americas or Australia, so we can not say that the deluge covered
the whole earth, but only the area where the disbelievers used to live at,
as it was to clean the earth from their evil.