Every Ramadan (don’t ask why specifically) I really get into The Search for Noah’s Ark. It fascinates me! There are so many discoveries and possibilities you can’t help but be hooked on the whole idea of it. So I want to share this fascination with you all.
Firstly unless you live under a rock you must have heard the story of Noah’s Ark. In both Islam and Christianity ‘Noah’ is considered one of God’s prophets. According to Islam and Christianity, Noah’s mission was to save a wicked world, plunged in depravity and sin. God charged Noah with the duty of preaching to his people to make them abandon idolatry and to worship only the One Creator and to live good and pure lives. Although he preached his people refused to mend their ways, leading to his building of the Ark and the Great Flood in which all the evil people of his time perished.
Disclaimer: This research is none of my own, just sites that I find when I’m searching for information. I am in no way saying I own any of it, this is purely fascination and I will give the appropriate credit to the sources below.
According to the Bible Noah’s Ark came to rest on Mount Ararat.
According to Islam it came to rest on Mount Judi in between Syria and Turkey.
Firstly there is a lot of debate as to whether these are in fact the same location.
Some question if the Ark rest at both location
Finally there are those who believe it rests on the Mountains of Ararat and those who believe it rests of the Mountains of Judi considering them both as separate locations.
The Mountains of Ararat are favoured by many due to its ‘popularity’ of sorts. It is a well known area. Mount Judi on the other hand is as easy to research however there is evidence to suggest it is indeed a real location. According to ArkSearch.com Mount Judi is 200 miles south of Mount Ararat and has been mistaken as Mount Ararat many times. There are many references to Cudi Dagh (the Turkish name) throughout history and interestingly enough as late as 1949 two Turkish journalists claimed to have seen the Ark on this mountain, a ship 500 feet in length!
A team of scientists researching the area of Mount Judi believe to have found a man-made ship like structure resting in the mountain. In fact the Turkish government is so convinced that this is the resting place of the Ark that they have apparently designated the site as one of special archaeological interest.
The remote site contains a buried, ship-like object, resting an altitude of 2,300 metres. At 170 metres long and 45 metres wide, it conforms almost exactly to the 300 cubit by 50 cubit boat that God told Noah to build, according to Genesis 6 in the Bible.
Salih Bayraktutan, head of geology at Turkey’s Ataturk University, estimates the age of the ‘vessel’ at more than 100,000 years. David Fasold, an American shipwreck specialist with no religious affiliation, has led the investigation. He says subsurface radar surveys of the site have produced “very good pictures.”
“The radar imagery at about 25 metres down from the stern is so clear that you can count the floorboards between the walls.”
He believes the team has found the fossilized remains of the upper deck and that the original reed substructure has disappeared.
These claims however have angered Christian Ark Hunters who firmly believe it is resting on Mount Ararat, as written in the Bible.
Now for those who believe they are in fact the same location this following extract explains this idea.
Taken from Charles Berlitz, The Lost Ship of Noah, we find the following:
Mount Judi, Spelled Cudi-Dagh in Turkish means “highest” or “the heights” in Arabic and for this reason a number of people in Eastern Turkey, including some Islamic scholars, think Al Judi refers to Ararat. But Cudi-Dagh is actually located south of Lake Van, rising to a height of 7700 feet. The local tribesmen there maintain that the Ark drifted to a high point in the Cudi mountain chain and that the remains of it are still on the top of Cudi-Dagh, the highest mountain in the area. ….
There is a mountain named Judi. There is a mountain named Ararat. They are both located within the bounds of the Biblical region of Ararat (Urartu). It is very possible that both the Bible and the Qur’an speak in unison on this issue. Could it be that both Mount Ararat and Mount Judi are the same location? As you can see, some of today’s authors use the two words and locations interchangeably regarding the location of the Ark.
In peace, I submit to you that the Qur’an location of “the heights” and the Bible location of the “mountains of Ararat” are the same location even though there are two different mountains named as such. The location that is currently studied and the highest location in the Ararat region is Mount Ararat. It is this mountain that can be identified by both holy books as the mountain that Prophet Noah’s Ark rested. As always, I humbly say, inshaa Allah (let it be according to God’s will).
As I am Muslim myself I do firmly believe that Noah’s Ark rests on the Mount Judi. Not only is it something I believe due to my religion, but I also believe it based off the evidence collected and the images you can see.
My issue is that many people when researching and writing about where Noah’s ark could be often express anger in their writing. Anger at the two different locations both with possible evidence to suggest they’re the right place. I personally do not understand this anger. I think a lot of people out there are missing the bigger picture. For believers, it is a beautiful thought to think that the Ark of our prophet could be found. Just the thought that the stories we hear growing up we can actually picture with our own eyes due to these discoveries is amazing! It is like everything we pictured in our heads has come to life. It is tangible. Yes, I understand the frustration but think about it like this, there was a point in time where no evidence had been found and we are blessed to be alive at a time where evidence is all around us waiting to be pursued.
What conspiracy theories are you interested in? Let me know if there are any you’d like me to write about.