From Merchant to Messenger

Abu Jahl

Abu Jahl was a prominent figure in Mecca, a leader. His real name was Abū l-Hakam meaning Father of Wisdom. He was considered a wise man by the dominant tribe of Mecca, the Quraysh Ė the same tribe to which the Prophet Muhammad belonged. It was his opposition to Godís Messenger that earned him the nickname Abu Jahl, meaning Father of Ignorance.

He too will have to answer to Allah personally.

96:9 Have you considered him (Abu Jahl) who forbids,

96:10 A servant when he prays?

96:11 Have you considered whether he was well-guided?

96:12 Or commanded piety?

96:13 Have you considered whether he was lying and backtracking?

96:14 Does he not know that Allah perceives?

96:15 No; if he will not desist, We shall take him by the forelock,

96:16 A lying, erring forelock.

96:17 Let him then call his company.

96:18 We shall call the guards of Hell.

96:19 No; do not obey him. Prostrate yourself and come closer.

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75:28 And he (Abu Jahl) thinks that was the parting;

75:29 And leg is intertwined with leg;

75:30 Unto your Lord shall be the resort.

75:31 For he (Abu Jahl) did not believe nor pray;

75:32 But rather denied and turned away.

75:33 Then, he went to his own folk in a swagger.

75:34 Woe be to you and woe;

75:35 Then, woe be to you and woe!

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The killing of Abu Jahl:

Narrated 'Abdur-Rahman bin 'Auf:

While I was standing in the row on the day (of the battle) of Badr, I looked to my right and my left and saw two young Ansari boys, and I wished I had been stronger than they.

One of them called my attention saying, "O Uncle! Do you know Abu Jahl?"

I said, "Yes, What do you want from him, O my nephew?"

He said, "I have been informed that he abuses Allah's Apostle. By Him in Whose Hands my life is, if I should see him, then my body will not leave his body till either of us meet his fate."

I was astonished at that talk. Then the other boy called my attention saying the same as the other had said.

After a while I saw Abu Jahl walking amongst the people. I said (to the boys), "Look! This is the man you asked me about." So, both of them attacked him with their swords and struck him to death and returned to Allah's Apostle to inform him of that.

Allah's Apostle asked, "Which of you has killed him?"

Each of them said, "I Have killed him."

Allah's Apostle asked, "Have you cleaned your swords?"

They said, "No. "

He then looked at their swords and said, "No doubt, you both have killed him and the spoils of the deceased will be given to Muadh bin Amr bin Al-Jamuh."

The two boys were Muadh bin 'Afra and Muadh bin Amr bin Al-Jamuh.

Bukhari 53.369

The last words of Abu Jahl as he was being bludgeoned to death by the two teenagers:

Narrated Abdullah:

That he came across Abu Jahl while he was on the point of death on the day of Badr. Abu Jahl said, "You should not be proud that you have killed me nor I am ashamed of being killed by my own folk."

Bukhari 59.298