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In the long history of religion, nearly every prophet sent to his people (teaching, warning, and bearing glad tidings of the Hereafter) faced harsh human reactions to the divine guidance he was charged to bear. Seemingly integral to the office of prophethood, this opposition ultimately brought the greatest harm to those who waged it without remorse or penitence. This book is a comprehensive examination of the psychology and motives of the violent opposition directed at the final messenger of God, Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The history and analysis on these pages unfold in the context of a short sura of the Quran that exposes and condemns two of the staunchest adversaries of the Prophet, namely, Abu Lahab and his wife. The themes elicited from this sura, however, go well beyond these individuals, their issues, and their era, and highlight the undying struggle for free worship and expression, and argue for the abiding relevance of divine revelation and the importance and limits of the family. It is a rare voice that speaks of the prophets as humanity's foremost proponents of freedom of speech and religion. Yet in Father of the Flame, Dr. Ahmad Zaki Hammad makes this case convincingly. His starting point is an early sura (chapter) of the Quran (Islam's scripture), which he interprets into limpid English with scholarly exactitude. Its subject is the infamous Abu Lahab (Father of the Flame), whom the Quran preserves as the symbol of hostility to the Prophet (pbuh) and his call to worship the one true God. The Introduction's trenchant essay argues that there is special wisdom in the Quran's preservation of the legacy of Abu Lahab. His is the story of the failure of persecution to suppress divine revelation and human faith. A concise Commentary brings this argument full circle, showing the limits of family loyalty and the expansive mercy of Islam, with the Prophet's defense of the freedoms of Abu Lahab's children and onetime accomplices. An historical Overview and thorough Vocabulary Reference of the Arabic make this the most comprehensive study of this sura available.About the Author:
The author, Dr. Ahmad Zaki Hammad, is a leading scholar on the Quran and the principal sources of Islam. He received his Islamic and Arabic training at the world's foremost center of Islamic learning, al-Azhar University, Cairo, and was awarded the graduate degree of 'Alamiyya from the Faculty of Theology. He also holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from the University of Chicago. Dr. Hammad is the author of several well-received volumes on the Quran and Islamic law. They are: Lasting Prayers of the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh); The Opening to the Quran: Commentary & Vocabulary Reference of al-Fatiha; One God, the Everlasting Refuge: Commentary & Vocabulary Reference of Surat al-Ikhlas; and Father of the Flame: Commentary & Vocabulary Reference of Surat al-Masad. He has also written Islamic Law: Understanding Juristic Differences and the study and translation of al-Ghazali's quintessential work on Islamic jurisprudence, al-Mustasfa min 'Ilm al-Usul.
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