Qur’an.. Chapter Lahab (The palm fiber : flame)

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The translation of surah Lahab where Allah cursed Abu Lahab in the life of this world because of his evil deeds, he was amongst the wretched ones as he was blatant enemy of Islam :

“Perish the hands of the Father of Flame! Perish he!.. No profit to him from all his wealth, and all his gains! Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of blazing Flame! His wife shall carry the (crackling) wood ―as fuel!― A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre round her (own) neck!” (Tabbat /lahab..1-5)

This is the only place in the Quran where a person from among the enemies of Islam has been condemned by name, He is Abu Lahab who was the uncle of prophet Muhammad pbuh. Allah gave warning in it so we can get insights from it. Though the verses of Lahab were not revealed while Abu Lahab was on his dead bed, on the contrary Allah informed about his end seven years earlier when he was alive. He died in a very miserable condition. Even his wealth and children could not help him in any way. He developed the contagious disease of smallpox. He died a week later in 02 AH. His family left his decaying body in his home for two or three nights until neighbors rebuked his sons. “It is disgraceful. You should be ashamed of leaving your father to rot in his house.” They hired slaves to remove his body. It was washed from a distance, then pushed with poles into a pit outside Makkah and stones were thrown over it. It happened cent percent true as per Surah lahab described.

There were many leading personalities like his brother (amir) Hamza RA and (amirul-momineen) Umar bin Khattab RA embraced Islam, but he never did, many companions who didn’t accept Islam that time but Quran didn’t mention any of them name except Abu Lahab his death that happened exactly the same manner which Quran prophesied about him. In the Surah there is a terrific message and warning who malign Islam with their evil mind set then Allah gives them glad tiding for the eternal punishment of Hell fire. Abu Lahab is dead, but the devil people like Abu Lahab would appear in every era and time with different forms and name.. they persistently would follow his path and enemity towards Islam. Allah has ultimately given warning and indignation to them. Quran gave the future information about Abu Lahab which is the proof that the Qur’an is the book from Allah who knows the worlds of unseen (ghayb).

May Allah save us from the torment of Hell fire.



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