Misconception: Islam and The Quran teaches that the flood of
Noah was global
This version of the story can be found in The Bible [see
Genesis 6:13, 6:17, 7:19-21, 8:9, 9:16, 2 Peter 3:5-7). It
should be noted however that the Hebrew word for
land/earth/country is one word, meaning the context will
determine which is meant.
The story told in The Quran
is a little different. Firstly it states the flood only
affected the people of Noah [e.g. 25:37]. Secondly, the
Arabic word used in The Quran for the story of Noah is "ard"
which can mean ground/land/earth and the context will
determine which is meant - some examples of its usage are
shown below wherein a localised land is meant:
7:110 ...he wants to drive you out
from your land...
7:137 We let the people who were
oppressed inherit the east and the west of the land
which We have blessed...
12:9 "Kill Joseph or cast him to a land...
12:80 ...I will not leave the land
until my father permits me...
14:13 ...We will expel you from our land...
20:57 He said: "Have you come to us
to take us out of our land...
Other examples where "ard" does not mean the planet
earth [2:71, 5:31, 9:38, 21:44, 33:27].
Thus, based on the evidence
it is unlikely to refer to a global flood, or at least there
is no conclusive evidence from The Quran suggesting it was.