Issue 1, Vol 9. Dhul Hijjah & Muharram 1423 H / February & March 2002
Arabic section coming soon insha-Allah
Cover Story:
Pedophilia of the Church
Local Affairs:
US-Australia Relations put Australia's security at risk

Australians shooting for Israel
Political Affairs :
Al-Aqsa Intifada: Between Jewish Losses and Arafatian Conspiracy

US War on Islam (Episode Two)
Our Youth:
Time: The Currency of Life
Ramadan Special :
What every Muslim needs to know about Ramadan
Qur'anic Guidance :
Invincible: The Amazing Case of the Believer
Surat Al-Kafiroon
Garden of the Pious:
Miscellaneous Benefits

Hateful Voice of the Daily Telegraph
  guidance of the qur'an
Surat Al-Massad
By: Nida`ul Islam
Part 1 of 2

The Qur’an is full of noticeable proofs that corroborate the authenticity Mohammed is the messenger of Allah and the Qur’an is the book of Allah sent to Mohammed through divine revelation. It proves the Prophet did not come for a worldly gain and his aim was not materialistic rotating around wealth, status and power.

Surat Al-Massad brings to our attention another prophecy of the messenger of Allah and another proof of the divinity of the Qur’an. It tells us Abu Lahab would never embrace Islam nor would his wife. Indeed, this is what happened even Abu Sufyan, Omar Bin Al-Khattab, Khaled bin Al-Waleed, Suhail Bin Amr and many of those who fought Islam, opposed it and caused severe trials on its followers surrendered to its call eventually and bowed down in humbleness to Allah in prayer and worship. Except Abu Lahab the one Allah and his messenger informed us he would die on the word of Kufr and he would taste severe punishment.

Surat Al-Massad reveals the fate of those who oppose Allah and his Prophet . It beautifully talks about the end of one of the most bitter enemies of Islam – Abu Lahab.

This Surah is the 111th Surah in the final order of the Qur’an. It was revealed in Makkah and consists of five verses. Certainly, it has a cause of revelation.

Ibn Abbas narrated to us the story behind its revelation: ‘The Prophet went out to the valley of Al-Batha and he ascended the mountain of Safa. Then he cried out, 'Yaa Sabaahah!’ ‘O people, come at once’. So, the Qurash gathered around him. Then he said, ‘If I told you that the enemy was going to attack you in the morning, or in the evening, would you all believe me?’ They replied, ‘Yes’. Then he said, ‘Verily, I am a Warner (sent) to you all before the coming of a severe torment’. Then Abu Lahab said, ‘Have you gathered us for this? May you perish’. Thus, Allah revealed the Surah: ‘Perish the two hands of Abu Lahab and perish he’.

Who is Abu Lahab?

Abu Lahab is one of the nine uncles the Prophet had. His name was Abdul ‘Uza son of Abdul Muttalib and his real Kunya was ‘Abu Utaiba’, however, he was called ‘Abu Lahab’ because of the brightness and the redness of his face. He used to often cause harm to the Prophet . He hated and scorned him and the religion he called for – Islam. We can divide the uncles of the Prophet into three groups relying on the stand they took from his preaching. The first ones who believed in him, fought with him, and helped him by all means were Al-Abbas and Hamza. The latter is better than the former because Allah made him the best of the martyrs and the Prophet nicknamed him ‘the lion of Allah and his messenger’.

The second group who helped and supported the Prophet , and yet did not believe in him and died as a disbeliever, was Abu Talib. He protected and loved the Prophet a lot yet, subhannallah, he died on the religion of Abdul Al-Mutalib meaning shirk. The Prophet asked Allah to ease up his torment and his punishment was reduced to shoes of fire put in his feet causing his brain to boil due to its extreme heat (May Allah save us from his torment).

The third group who fought him opposed the Prophet and plotted against him and died as a disbeliever was Abu Lahab.

There are many incidents in which Abu Lahab was the first person to harm the Prophet and his call to Islam. A famous one is the incident that took place in the market of Dhul-Majaz where the Prophet was walking and saying to people,

‘O people, say there is no god worthy of being worshipped except Allah and you will be successful.’

The people were gathered around him and behind him, there was a man with a bright face. He was squint (cross) eyes and had two braids in his hair. He was saying, ‘verily, he (the Prophet ) is an apostate and a liar’. This man was following the Prophet around wherever he went. This man was Abu Lahab. The first verse reads:

‘Perish the two hands of Abu Lahab and perish he!’

The first part of this verse (Perish the two hands of Abu Lahab) is a supplication against Abu Lahab. Whenever we read this verse we make Dua’ to Allah, we supplicate to him to perish Abu Lahab and to punish him with what he deserves. The interesting fact is that Allah revealed a whole Surah about him. A Surah we read in our Salat, a Surah when we read it we gain ten hassanat for each letter from its words, a Surah when we read it we learn about the biography of Abu Lahab, a Surah that causes us to get a reward for reading the biography of Abu Lahab greater than the reward we gain from reading the biography of Abu Bakr from any Seera book.

This is a clear invitation from Allah to ponder over the life of Abu Lahab and an apparent call to learn from the mistakes this man made. ‘Tabbat’ means he lost and he perished. Allah informs us Abu Lahab has lost and perished. Allah specified the perishing of his hands because they are the instruments of action and implementation of any thoughts. However, it does not mean only his hands would be perished but instead all his body and soul would perish along with his hands.

The second part of the verse (and perish he) confirms the first part of it and informs us he perished and Allah has ordained to him destruction and severe punishment.

His wealth and all he gained will not benefit or save him

Subhannallah, it is a known fact one’s wealth does benefit and save him in certain cases. For example, if he is jailed he can bribe people and break free. If he falls ill, he can visit the best doctors, go to the best hospitals and cure himself. If he loses his house or his company, he can buy another one. Thus, money does benefit one, so why did Allah the Most High did say that about Abu Lahab. Surely, Allah is aware of all what we mentioned, the reason is the wealth that does not save its possessor from the torment of the Day Of Judgment is not beneficial at all because this is the time when one is in real need for help and salvation.

Compare Othman Bin Affan and Abu Lahab. They were both rich, both noble and both from the same city Makkah yet the former one was amongst the people who were guaranteed Jannah when the latter was amongst the ones guaranteed Hellfire, because the former believed in Allah and His Prophet and spent in the cause of Allah and the latter opposed and denied.

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