Surah Al-Lahab (The Flame) (111)- 5

1        Perish the hands of the Father of Flame! Perish he!                                             
         # 6294        Abu Lahab, "Father of Flame", was the nick-name of an uncle of the holy Prophet, from his fiery hot temper and his ruddy complexion. He was one of the most inveterate enemies of early Islam. When the holy Prophet called together the Quraish and his own kith and kin to come and listen to his preaching and his warning against the sins of his people, the "Father of Flame" flared up and cursed the holy Prophet, saying "Perdition to thee!" According to the English saying, "the causeless curse will not come". His words were futile, but his power and strength were equally futile. The star of Islam rose higher and higher every day, and its persecuters dwindled in strength and power. Many of the leaders of persecution perished at Badr, and Abu Lahab himself perished a week after Badr, consumed with grief and his own fiery passions. Verse 3 was prophetic of his end in this very life, though it also refers to the Hereafter#
2        No profit to him from all his wealth and all his gains!

3        Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of blazing Flame!

4        His wife shall carry the (crackling) wood as fuel!

5        A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre round her (own) neck!

       *** Allah, the alleged creator of the universe was so angered by Abu Lahab's insolence to Muhammad that he 'revealed' a special verse condemning him for it.

       The 'Almighty' showed anger, which is actually a sign of weakness among humans. The Sustainer of the Universe showed weakness. Allah was so concerned with Muhammad's personal feelings that he addressed the matter personally.

        Furthermore, he also included the wife of Abu Lahab who was not a party to the event.

       The Most Merciful & Compassionate Allah, condemned the innocent wife to perdition just because her husband rightfully insulted and angered Muhammad.

        After all, it was Muhammad who first started the conflict by attacking, insulting, denigrating and cursing all the traditions and religious beliefs of his relatives among the Quraysh tribe. Yet, according to the Quran and Ahadith he was upset at their anger and rejection of him.

       Since according to the doctrine of Pre-Destination in the Quran, Abu Lahab had no choice but to behave the way he did, Allah's anger was neither justified nor calledwarranted.

       The structure, contents and meaning of the Sura above precludes it being 'revealed' by Allah since it reflects Muhammad's personal anger and hurt and could not possibly have been Allah's 'sentiment or thought'.     
       This story is usually used by Muhammadan theologians who believe that the Quran was created at the time of its revelation and not with Allah from before the 'beginning'.

       These theological disputes reflect the exact same ones both in subject matter and results to those undergone by  the Jews and Christians.

       The followers of Muhammad were following in the same footsteps of their predecessor religions.

        It must be pointed out that Man's Free Will, does not negate God's omniscience, it only allows Man to choose the path of Right or Wrong and hence be responsible for his/her own fate ***