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Surah Al-Masad: Prophet & Islamophobic Uncle

Overall Theme of the Surah

This Surah was revealed to counter the attacks and the hostile campaign launched by Abu Lahab and his wife, Umm Jamil, against the Prophet (peace and blessings be on him). Allah the Almighty took it upon Himself to defend His messenger and establish the final word on his behalf.

The final word being that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was to become victorious, his mission would be accomplished, and his haters and enemies would eventually perish and be tortured in Hellfire.

So, neither the Prophet, nor those present callers for Allah, should fear anyone or be hindered by any hate or evil campaigns, even if they were denounced and challenged by their own blood relatives or fellow countrymen such as what recently took place in New Zealand and the US.

Moreover, what is expected from these advocates of the faith is to rely on their Lord, and continue their constructive efforts until Allah’s Word becomes prevalent. By looking at Abu Lahab and his wife’s fruitless, hostile campaign and their fate, Muslims should be more confident in the One Who watches over them, Allah the Almighty.


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Key Terms in the Surah

Tabbat/wa tabba: The Arabic term, tabba, stands for either ‘doomed’ or ‘perished’.

Abu Lahab: One of the Prophet’s uncles. His name was `Abdul `Uzza ibn `Abdul Muttalib. He was called Abu Lahab because of the radiant appearance of his face.

Jeediha: Her neck.

Masad: (A rope of) palm fiber.

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About Dr. Ali Al-Halawani
Dr. Ali Al-Halawani is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Translation Studies. He is an author, translator, and writer based in Canada. To date, Al-Halawani authored over 400 original articles on Islam and Muslims, most of which can be accessed on and other famous websites. He has recently started to self-publish his articles and new books, which are available on Amazon and Kindle. You can reach him at [email protected].