Mufti muhammad taqi usmani says in discourses on islamic way of life A unique incident in the life of hazrat nuh alayhi salam When the flood came over the people hazrat nuh and they persished because of that. Allah commanded him through a revelation that he should cast pottery untensils. So, he obeyed allah and began to mould untensils of pottery and earthenware. He was occupied in that all the time. Day or night. Many days passed in this manner, and a lot of untensils accumulated. He received a secondcommand. "Now smash down the utensils, one by one' Hazrat nuh alayhi salam pleaded before the Lord "Oh allah i have taken great pains to create them. And i had done that at your command; now you command me to break them up! Allah said, My command now is that you break them all/; So hazrat nuh broke them up but was broken hearted that he had taken great pains to create them and was asked to undo his effort. Allah said to him, "O nuh you fashioned the earthenware with your hands at my command. You became very attached to these untensils so when i commanded you to break them it was very difficult task for you to obey. So you wished to perserve them somehow because they were moulded by you and you loved them. But you did not observe me. I had created all the creation with my hands but on your suggestion I destroyed all of them My creatures! You had said "My lord leave not the disbelievers any dwellers on earth. (71:26) You said that much and i destroyed what i had created myself.'