20. The reason due to which Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic Drowned the world, all of it during the time period of Noah (as)

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حدثنا احمد بن زياد بن جعفر الهمداني رضى الله عنه قال: حدثنا علي ابن ابراهيم بن هاشم، عن أبيه، عن عبد السلام بن صالح الهروي، عن الرضا عليه السلام قال: قلت له لاى علة اغرق الله عز وجل الدنيا كلها في زمن نوح " ع " وفيهم الاطفال ومن لا ذنب له؟ فقال: «ما كان فيهم الأطفال، لأن الله عز و جل أعقم أصلاب قوم نوح و أرحام نسائهم أربعين عاما، فانقطع نسلهم، فاغرقوا و لا طفل فيهم، ما كان الله عز و جل ليهلك بعذابه من لا ذنب له. و أما الباقون من قوم نوح (عليه السلام) فاغرقوا لتكذيبهم نبي الله نوحا (عليه السلام)، و سائرهم اغرقوا برضاهم تكذيب المكذبين، و من غاب عن أمر فرضي به كان كمن شاهده و أتاه».


1. Ahmad Bin Ziyad Bin Ja’far Al Hamdany narrated to us, from Ali Bin Ibrahim Bin Hashim, from his father, from Abdul Salam Bin Salih Al Harwy, (The narrator) says, ‘I said to Al-Reza (asws), ‘What was the reason for Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic to Drown all of the world during the era of Noah (as), and among them were children and ones who had no sin upon them?’ So the Imam (asws) said: ‘There were no children among them, because Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic Sterilised the backbones of the people of Noah (as) and the wombs of their women for forty years. So their offspring were cut off. They drowned and there were no children among them. Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic did not Destroy by His (azwj) Punishment, the one who did not have a sin upon him. And as for the remainder of them, from the people of Noah (as), Allah (azwj) Drowned them due to their belying the Prophet (as) of Allah (azwj) - Noah (as), and the rest of them drowned due to their being pleased with the belying of the beliers. And the one who was absent from a matter and was happy with it, is like the one who was present and came to it (participated in it)’.