Torment by Abû Lahab’s wife

When Abû Lahab’s wife, Ummu Jamîl, heard that a sûra had descended about them, she started searching for Rasûlullah. When she learned that he was at the Kâ’ba, she took a big stone and went there. Hadrat Abû Bakr was being honored with the council of our Prophet at that moment. When he saw Ummu Jamîl, holding a stone, he said, “O Rasûlullah! Ummu Jamîl is coming. She is a very bad woman. I am afraid she will harm you. Please leave here so that you will not be tormented.” Our Master Rasûlullah said, “She cannot see me.” Ummu Jamîl stood in front of Hadrat Abû Bakr and said base things. “O Abû Bakr! Tell me now where that friend of yours is! I heard that he criticized and spoke ill of me and my husband. If he is a poet, my husband and I also are poets. Now, I too criticize him. We disobey him, we do not accept his prophethood and we do not like his religion. I swear that if I saw him, I would strike this stone on his head. When Hadrat Abû Bakr said, “My Master is not a poet and he has not criticized you,” Ummu Jamîl left the place. Hadrat Abû Bakr turned towards our Master, the Prophet and asked, “O Rasûlullah! Did she not see you?” He replied, “She did not see me. Allahu ta’âlâ turned her eyes into a state which could not see me.”
Ummu Ghulthum, one of the blessed daughters of our Master, the Prophet was engaged with Abû Lahab’s son ’Utayba and Hadrat Ruqayya, another daughter of our Master, the Prophet, was engaged with Utba, the other son of Abû Lahab. But they had not been married yet. After the Tabbat sûra was revealed, Abû Lahab who deserved Hell, his wife and the notables of Quraysh offered to Utba and ’Utayba that, “By engaging with his daughters, you have eased his burden. Divorce his daughters so that he will be in trouble. Let us take any girl that you wish from Quraysh.” They accepted this offer and said, “All right, we have divorced them.” The blackguard called ’Utayba, by going beyond the limit, went to our Prophet (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam) and insulted him by saying, “O Muhammad! I don’t approve of you and your religion. And I divorced your daughter. Neither you nor I like each other any more! Neither you nor I visit each other!” Then he attacked our beloved Prophet and held his collar. He tore his shirt and affronted him. After these events, our beloved Prophet supplicated, “O my Rabb! Set one of Your wild beasts on him!” When unfortunate ’Utayba went and related these events to his father, Abû Lahab said, “I am afraid of Muhammad’s malediction on my son.”
A few days later, Abû Lahab sent his son ’Utayba to Damascus for commerce. The caravan had stopped at the place called Zarka. A lion started walking around. When ’Utayba saw this, he said, “Alas! I swear that Muhammad’s (’alaihi’s-salâm) malediction has been accepted! This lion will eat me! Anyway, he is my killer, even if he is in Mecca!” Soon after, the lion was out of sight. After that, the lion came again at night. He smelled all the people in the caravan. He approached ’Utayba, jumped on him, tore his abdomen, held his head and killed him by severly biting him. While ’Utayba was dying, he said, “Did I not tell you Muhammad is the most truth saying of people, did I?” Abû Lahab who heard that his son was tore apart by a lion, wept saying, “Did I not tell you I was afraid of malediction by Muhammad on my son?”
Our beloved Prophet (sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam), was calling people to endless bliss and inviting them to salvation from burning in Hell, by inviting them to believe in the existence and unity of Allahu ta’âlâ. But the polytheists were continuing idolatry by saying, “This is the religion of our fathers.” Our Master, the Prophet invited them to live in dignity, to be honorable, to refrain from baseness and to attain high grades. However, they insisted on their persistence. Abû Lahab was the head of those who insulted and tormented him. He continuously followed Rasûlullah and tried to persuade people not listen to him and tried to arouse doubts in their minds. Whenever our Master Rasûlullah spoke in public, saying, “O People! Say Lâ ilâha illallah, so that you may obtain salvation!” he would follow Rasûlullah and say, “O people! This person who spoke to you is my nephew! Beware of believing his words. Keep away from him!”
One day, Muhammad (’alaihis-salâm) was performing a ritual prayer in the Kâ’ba. A group of seven notables of the Quraysh polytheists came and sat near Rasûlullah. Abû Jahl, Shayba bin Rabîa, Utba bin Rabîa, Uqba bin Abî Mu’ayt were among them. The remnants and rumen of a camel, which was butchered the previous day, were scattered around. The scoundrel Abû Jahl, turned towards his friends and made an ugly suggestion by saying, “Which of you will take that camel rumen and put it between the two shoulders of Muhammad when he makes sajda (prostration in ritual prayer)?” Uqba bin Abî Mu’ayt, who was the cruelest, the most brutal, the most ruthless, the most unfortunate of them, immediately stood up, by saying, “I will.” He put the rumens with its contents on the blessed shoulders of our Prophet, while he was in sajda. The polytheists, who watched this, broke out in a burst of laughter. Our Master, the Prophet prolonged his sajda and did not raise his head. At that moment, Abdullah bin Mas’ûd from the Ashâb-i kirâm saw this scene. He narrated this event as follows, “When I saw Rasûlullah under such a circumstance, I became furious. But I did not have my people or my tribe with me to protect me from the polytheists. I was alone and weak. At that moment I was not even able to talk. I was standing and watching Rasûlullah in deep sorrow. I wish I had had the power or a guard for protecting myself from the polytheists, so that I could have taken the rumens which were put on the blessed shoulders of Rasûl ’alaihis-salâm and throw them away. As I was waiting so, Rasûlullah’s daughter Hadrat Fatîma had been informed. Those days, Fatîma was a child. Then she came by running and threw away what was on her father’s shoulder. She maledicted and said stern words to those who did this to her father. Our Master Rasûlullah completed his ritual prayer, as if nothing happened and then he said three times, ‘O my Allah! I leave that group of the Quraysh to you (for punishment)! O my Allah! I leave Abû Jahl Amr bin Hishâm to you! O my Allah! I leave Uqba bin Rabîa to you! O my Allah! I leave Shayba bin Rabîa to you! O my Allah! I leave Uqba bin Mu’ayt to you! O my Allah! I leave Umayya bin Halaf to you! O my Allah! I leave Walîd bin Utba to you! O my Allah! I leave Umâra bin Walîd to you!’ The polytheists, who heard this malediction, stopped laughing. They began to fear. Because they believed that the invocations said in the Baytullah would be accepted. Our Master, the Prophet told Abû Jahl, ‘I swear by Allah that you will either give up this or Allahu ta’âlâ will make a catastrophe befall you.’ I swear by Allahu ta’âlâ that, in the Holy War of Badr, I saw each of these people, whose names were mentioned by Rasûlullah, were killed and they filled the crevices of Badr, as corpses stinking from heat.”


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