Lessons from Sūrah 71 – Sūrat Nūḥ
When the time of Allāh comes, it does not delay in the slightest.
Nūḥ عليه السلام complained to Allāh after 950 years of preaching, ‘My Rabb! I have called my people towards You night and day. Each time I preached to them, they would put their fingers in their ears, cover their heads with their clothes, show stubbornness and extreme arrogance. I preached to them openly and in secret; but my preaching only increased them in distancing themselves from You.’
Istighfār (Seeking forgiveness from Allāh) has many benefits apart from the main one, which is forgiveness.
From the benefits: safety from drought, increase in wealth, offspring, and blessings in agriculture/food.