Soora 111


[1] (In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)


The meaning


More explanation

[The associaters met together in the House of Counsel [at Mecca] and decided to kill the Prophet salam to him but the Prophet escaped from them and they could not kill him; so Abu Lahab, one of the uncles of the Prophet, clapped his hands and said: Mohammed has escaped from us!

Therefore, this soora was revealed concerning him:]

[2] 1. Both hands of Abu-Lahab have lost [the dignity and honor of conversion to the Islam a], and he has lost [the prosperity of the Next Life.]


[3] 2. His wealth shall not avail him [to get rid of the chastisement] nor shall his [followers save him.] b


[4] 3. He shall broil at a flaming fire [in the Next Life.]


[5] 4. Together with his wife c, who carries [or urges the disbelievers to oppose the Prophet and so to be as] the firewood [of Hell.]


[6] 5. On her neck [will] be a hawser [of twisted steel. d]




1 a But he disbelieved in and opposed the Islam, so he lost.











2 b It means: Neither will his wealth nor will his companions will save him from the chastisement.






4 c Her name was Jamiela, daughter of Harb, son of Umayya; her surname was Mother of Jamiel.

The firewood implies the disbelievers whom she deceived to fight the Prophet and carried or urged them to the fighting, so as if she sent them to Hell.

This is like His saying be glorified in the Quran 72: 15, which means:

(And as for those [genies] that ascribed peers [to God], they became [the fuel instead of the] firewood for Hell.)




5 d Like that of ships, with which the angels will drag her to Hell, in the Next Life.


By God's help, the interpretation of the soora 111 of the Quran is completed;

So (praise be to God: Lord of the worlds.)


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