The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is quoted on pride; 'The one who possesses half of mustard seed of Kibr in his heart shall not be granted admission to Jannah; and the one who possesses half of a mustard seed of Im shall not enter the (Eternal) Fire.' History is replete with the examples of personalities infested with the ills of arrogance and it also provides for us valuable lessons from the stories of Iblis (Satan), Nimrod, Pharaoh and the likes of Abu Jahl
. They all came to a devastating end simply because they considered themselves as worthy of all praise and took pride in their power, pelf and position.
Seventy of the bravest Quraish were slain and forty-five taken prisoners, and their commander, Abu Jahl
and Hanzala IbnAbu Sofyan, were amongst the slain.
'Now we have metalled roads, world class buses, but people sitting inside them are Abu Jahl
The splitting of the moon Imaam Al-Bukhari and Imaam Muslim, may Allah have mercy upon them both, narrated that Abu Jahl
, Al-Waleed ibn Al-Mugheerah, Al-'Aas ibn Waa'il and a large number of the polytheists from the Quraysh went to the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam, and said: "O Muhammad!
After the two left Thawr cave, Abu Jahl
came in searching for them and slapped Asma so hard that blood oozed from her ears.
The Makkah army had among its leaders some of the most experienced warriors of Arabia including Abu Jahl
, the inveterate foe and persecutor of Islam.
Men recalled that the Prophet was exposed to psychological and physical violence by Abu Jahl
during his years in Mecca.
"Several atheists, Jews and Communists in the past had, and in the present have, beards, and even Abu Jahl
[a polytheist pagan leader] had a beard that was longer than that of Prophet Mohammad (PBuH)," she reportedly said.
Like the story of Mafrogh Ibn Omar (Jafarian, 1/243), Abu Jahl
and Abu Sufyan, Akhnas Bin Sharigh (Ibn Hisham, 1/337), Atabeh Bin Rabi'ah (ie, 1/314) and so on.
The persecution continued with Abu Jahl
among others also joining in.
First was the Ruler, Abu Jahl
; the second was the capitalist power of Quraish and third was religious leader, Abi Lahab.