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How many Messengers did the people of Noah reject? Wasn't there only one Prophet - Noah?
Let us look at what Allah Almighty Said in the Holy Quran:
|Noble Verse(s) 25:37|
And the people of Noah,- when
they rejected the
Arabic (from right to left):
25:37 وقوم نوح لما كذبوا الرسل اغرقناهم وجعلناهم للناس اية واعتدنا للظالمين عذابا اليما
This Noble Verse could be referring to either Prophets sent from Allah Almighty before and during the days of Prophet Noah (similar to Aaron being sent with Moses), or messengers from Prophet Noah sent to the people in neighboring towns or throughout the lands, or to both (Prophets sent from Allah Almighty and messengers sent from Prophet Noah):
[020:025] (Moses) said:
"O my Lord! expand me my breast;
[020:026] "Ease my task for me;
[020:027] "And remove the impediment from my speech,|
[020:028] "So they may understand what I say:
[020:029] "And give me a Minister from my family,
[020:030] "Aaron, my brother;
In Arabic, rasool means a messenger. He may not necessarily always have to be a Messenger from Allah Almighty. He could very well be a mere messenger from any leader, and since Noah, peace be upon him, lived among his people for 950 years, then it is quite possible that he had messengers of his sent to different people and tribes to warn them about the great flood:
"We (once) sent Noah to his people, and he tarried among them a thousand years less fifty: but the Deluge overwhelmed them while they (persisted in) sin. (The Noble Quran, 29:14)"
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So as to the first part of the question, the exact number of Messengers is not known. Allah Almighty did not specify it. All Praise and Glory are due to Him Alone.
|The History that Allah
Almighty left unmentioned:
For those who wish to use this point against the Holy Quran, my response to them would be that Allah Almighty, through His Divine Will and Wisdom, decided to leave out this information. Perhaps, because Mankind existed for millions of years on earth, there are certainly far too many Prophets and Messengers to mention. Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, said that there were more than 120,000 Prophets sent by Allah Almighty to Mankind. Plus, what relevance do they really have for the overall Divine Message of Islam? Almost nil. Also, their overwhelming and lengthy history might also aid in the corruption of the Sacred Text of the Holy Quran, because there would be far too much irrelevant data to comprehend and keep, and far too many Noble Verses to memorize.
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As to the second part of the question, above, yes, there was only one named Prophet that was sent to the people of Noah, and that was Prophet Noah, peace be upon him, himself. But then again, there are also "messengers" that the Noble Verse Says that were either sent before him (from Allah Almighty perhaps to the same people as the Jews, for instance, also received many Prophets before they were finally cursed    ) or during his time by him personally sending his disciples.
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