Surah Lahab, also known as Surah Masad is translated into the ‘Palm Fibre’. It is the 111th chapter of the Holy Quran and has 5 verses. Revealed in Makkah, this is the only surah where a person from the enemies of Islam has been called out by name.
Surah Lahab Translation
- May the hands of Abu Lahab perish, and he [himself] perish!
- Neither his wealth nor [worldly] gains will benefit him
- He will burn in a flaming Fire
- And his wife [as well] – the carrier of firewood
- Around her neck is a rope of [twisted] fiber
Surah Lahab Transliteration
Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem
- Tabbat yadaa abee Lahabinw-wa tabb
- Maa aghnaa ‘anhu maaluhoo wa ma kasab
- Sa-yaslaa naaran zhaata lahab
- Wamra-atuhoo hammaa latal-hatab
- Fee jeedihaa hablum mim-masad
Surah Lahab Benefits
- Warns us to stay away from telling tales and spreading lies
- Surah Lahab shows us that we should heed the warnings given to us by Prophet SAW and shouldn’t take them lightly
- This surah tells us to never make enemies with those who are close to Allah as it will end very badly
Hadith on Surah Lahab
It is reported on the authority of Ibn ‘Abbas (رضي الله عنه) that when this verse was revealed:
وأنذر عشيرتك الأقربين
And warn thy nearest kindred (and thy group of selected people among them) (26:214)
The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) set off till he climbed Safa’ and called loudly: Be on your guard! They said: Who is it calling aloud? They said: Muhammad. They gathered round him, and he said: O sons of so and so, O sons of so and so, O sons of ‘Abd Manaf, O sons of ‘Abd al-Muttalib, and they gathered around him. He (the Apostle) said: If I were to inform you that there were horsemen emerging out of the foot of this mountain, would you believe me? They said: We have not experienced any lie from you. He said: Well, I am a warner to you before a severe torment.
He (the narrator) said that Abu Lahab then said: Destruction to you! Is it for this you have gathered us? He (the Holy Prophet) then stood up, and this verse was revealed:
تبت يدا أبي لهب وتب
Perish the hands of Abu Lahab, and he indeed perished (111:1).
A’mash recited this to the end of the Sura.