During this blessed month of Shahru Ramadan, we will meditate upon various Surahs of the Quran Majid, so that we can become closer to our holy book, during its month of revelation.

In our previous meditation, we mentioned why Surah Al-Massad was revealed and how Allah (SWT) told Abu Lahab (LA) to perish.

We also mentioned that in previous Surahs that we meditated on (Surah An-Nas, Surah Al-Falaq and Surah Al-Ikhlas), Allah (SWT) begins these Surahs with ‘Qul’, where Allah (SWT) is telling Rasulullah (SAW) to tell us.

This leads us to the very simple question. Why did Allah (SWT) speak directly to Abu Lahab (LA) in this Surah, instead of starting it with ‘Qul’ so that Rasulullah (SAW) was saying this to Abu Lahab (LA)?

The answer is very simple, Rasulullah (SAW) is of the highest aqhlaq and manners. How could he possibly insult someone?

Amirul Mumineen (AS) said in his will that Rasulullah (SAW) would talk about the importance of neighbors so much that everyone thought he would tell us to leave everything to them. Rasulullah (SAW) demonstrated his aqhlaq and manners to his neighbors, especially.

Rasulullah (SAW) had a neighbor who, for seven years, would throw rubbish outside of Muhammad’s home. Every day, Rasulullah (SAW) would clean this away and then go to the Masjid. Never did he ever complain about that person nor mentioned a word in retaliation to the neighbor.

In fact, when that person was close to death, Rasulullah (SAW) went to visit that neighbor and asked if he could help them.

This is the aqhlaq and the manners of Rasulullah (SAW) and in Surah Al-Massad, Allah (SWT) does not begin this Surah with Qul in order to maintain the manners of Rasulullah (SAW).

Indeed, how can Rasulullah (SAW), who is so merciful with his neighbor, curse his uncle, his aunt or his cousins?

When we apply this lesson to our own lives, we see that the majority of the problems we have are within the family, compared to with others. How many times have we seen nephews and nieces insult their uncles and aunts? How many times have we seen children insult their parents?

One of the key morals we can learn from Surah Al-Massad is how important family unity is. Surah Al-Massad was revealed because Allah (SWT) had told Rasulullah (SAW) to protect his family from Allah’s (SWT) wrath and, instead, Abu Lahab (LA) then went on to anger Allah (SWT) by trying to hurt Rasulullah (SAW).

How many times in our lives are we angering Allah (SWT) by angering our families? How many times are we showing the aqhlaq and manners that Rasulullah (SAW) taught us with those who are closest to us?

May Allah (SWT) give us all the understanding to perfect our manners so that we can follow the example of Rasulullah (SAW) and avoid the path of Abu Lahab (LA). Aamin.

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