by Asim Rauf
Abu Lahab, one of the most prominent leaders in the Quraysh tribe of Banu Hashim. He was the uncle of Prophet Muhammed , the brother of the father of the Prophet . When news spread of the birth of the Prophet , he freed a slave. Therefore, his relationship with the Prophet was strong even before Prophethood.
Dark ages and the time of ignorance was to prescribe as he became one of the biggest and deadliest enemies of Islam. His turmoil, his torture, his torment increased day by day at the uprising of Islam. Even his wife had the same attitude towards the Holy Prophet as he did as she was extremely hostile towards the Prophet .
Once the Prophet asked about her health. She was ill. So the Messenger decided to pay her a visit. She abused the Prophet in the worst of manners. The Messenger remained silent as he was sent as a mercy for the whole universe. Such brutality and barbaric actions increased to such an extent, that they threw thorns in the path of the Holy Prophet .
Once the Apostle of Allah climbed up a mountain and stated to the people of Quraysh, “If I was to warn you of an army behind the mountain that came to attack you, would you believe me?” They replied, “Yes, We find you the most truthful amongst us.” Then the Apostle of Allah informed them of the people of Quraysh.
“Punishment of Allah will soon be afflicted upon you. The wrath of Allah will descend upon you if you do not submit to him.” From the crowd, Abu Lahab spoke and exclaimed, “Damn you! You called us for this? May you be destroyed!” Due to this, he pelted stones at the blessed face of the Holy Prophet which caused the Prophet great pain. Blood was flowing down the face of our beloved Prophet .
Then Almighty Allah, the Most Merciful, the Most Kind revealed the following verse about Abu Lahab, the father of flames:
“Perish the hands of Abu Lahab (the father of flames). Perish He! His wealth and his children will not benefit him! He will be burnt in a Fire of blazing flames! His wife shall carry the (crackling) wood as fuel. A twisted rope of Palm-leaf round her (own) neck!”
So this was to be the outcome of the most inveterate enemies of Islam, a barbaric wife who tied bundles of thorns with ropes of twisted palm-leaf fibre and straw on dark nights on the paths which the Apostle expected to take.
Abu Lahab perished at Badr, consumed with grief of his own fiery passions.
This was Abu Lahab! THE FATHER OF FLAMES.