The ancient Chaldean account of the Great Deluge
Compiled By: Syed Ali Shahbaz
On December 3, 1872 AD, a translation from cuneiform tablets of the ancient Chaldean account of the Great Deluge, discovered in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) was read by George Smith before the Society of Biblical Archaeology in London, causing sensation, since this predated the Jewish account of the Great Flood by several centuries. Smith had pieced together fragments of tablets at the British Museum brought from Ninevah. This is now known as the eleventh tablet of the Gilgamesh epic.
The most reliable account of the Great Deluge or Flood that occurred in the days of Prophet Noah, is given in the holy Qur'an – God's Final Revelation to mankind. According to historical evidence, Kufa in Iraq was Noah's hometown with the exact location of his house being what is now the Grand Mosque of Kufa – the 3rd holiest site in Islam after Mecca and Medina – from where the flood waters started. The sinners drowned, while Noah and the faithful abroad the Ark, were saved.
It is interesting to note that an ancient plaque found on Mount Ararat in the Caucasus where Noah's Ark came to rest, is being kept at the Moscow Museum in Russia. Written in the now extinct Semitic language, its contents have been deciphered by scholars who say it is a supplication to the One and Only God invoking the names of five holy personages – Hmda, Eiliya, Batoula, Shabara, and Shubayra, which Islamic scholars point out are a reference to Prophet Mohammad (SAWA), Imam Ali (AS), Hazrat Fatema Zahra (SA), and Imam Hasan (AS) and Imam Husain (AS), whose names, as the chosen of God, were invoked by all Prophets since Adam, including Moses and Jesus.