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Many criticize Bible because it talks about Global floods at the time of Noah. They think it is a big mistake. Muslims believe that Noah's floods were local. They think Quran corrected that stories which exists in the Bible. However from what I understand, Noah's flood are global in Quran as it seems. It can be seen from the following verse

Quran 23:27

So We inspired him (with this message): "Construct the Ark within Our sight and under Our guidance: then when comes Our Command, and the fountains of the earth gush forth, take thou on board pairs of every species, male and female, and thy family- except those of them against whom the Word has already gone forth: And address Me not in favour of the wrong-doers; for they shall be drowned (in the Flood).

Quran 11:44

Then the word went forth: "O earth! swallow up thy water, and O sky! Withhold (thy rain)!" and the water abated, and the matter was ended. The Ark rested on Mount Judi, and the word went forth: "Away with those who do wrong!"

Noah builds the ark and collected all kinds of specie in pair, then the ark lands on a mount. Wouldnt this mean the floods were global. This link says says

Apart from those who boarded Prophet Nuh's (as) Ark, the entire tribe was drowned. The dead included the Prophet's son who thought he could escape by seeking shelter on a mountain.

So why was it not global flood. If you consider that Earth was considered flat at that time, this makes perfect sense. My other argument is one needs only about 100 ft of flood water (esp in those times) to destory a particular tribe. We are talking about Mountains here.

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Maybe a related question –  Ezati Feb 18 '13 at 17:19
@Ezati thanks for the link. –  muslim1 Feb 18 '13 at 17:56
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Many scholar of tafsir including Ibn Katheer based on few evidences in Quran suggests that the flood was global

For example in (Al-Sua'araa 119-120)

And We saved him and those with him in the laden ship, Then We drowned the rest (disbelievers) thereafter.

And in Surrat Al-Saffaat says clearly that all humankind today are from prophet Noah

And, his progeny, them We made the survivors (i.e. Shem, Ham and Japheth)

After few ayas in the same context Allah says:

Then We drowned the others (disbelievers and polytheists).

Also this agrees with prophet Noah' duaa

And Nûh (Noah) said: "My Lord! Leave not one of the disbelievers on the earth!

I do not understand what you mean by "If you consider that Earth was considered flat at that time", but anyways the earth was not flat at this time.

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Keep in mind that:

-When the Quran says all of humanity died in the flood, that Noah was only 10 generations after Adam. So human populations have not spread out far--So yes, the rest of humanity has died. And since Allah wanted to punish those local humans (the only ones that exist) there would be no reason for a local flood -Ard also means land so quranic verses don't show Global flooding -The purpose of the story was a moral lesson

Reasons why he had to gather all kinds of creatures in a boat and not leave the land:

1.) They would not be able to migrate because their society was not developed enough to survive outside of the land 2.)Allah wanted them to stay in the Mesopotamian region so the human society first develops there and progresses enough. 3.) Allah knew that the best chance Noah had for survival was an ark. 4.) It was a really big flood and it would not allow Noah or anyone to successfully leave it unless they travel a very LONG distance (which also human society was not evolved enough to suvive outside of the region, like the african jungles or the scorching deserts) 5.) Allah wanted to teach everyone a moral lesson-->no matter how risky and idiotic something seems, Allah is always right in the end and you must follow him because he knows best

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According to Harun Yahya, the flood was a local event. Please watch after 13:30.

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