Surah al-Lahab, which was revealed at the beginning of the open invitation to the holy Prophet (S), contains the name of one of the enemies of Islam and the holy Prophet (s), at that time, Abu Lahab, for whom a strong warning is given. The content of the Surah shows that he harbored a special enmity toward the Apostle and both he and his wife committed whatever vice they could against him.
The Qur’an clearly says that they both will enter Hell from which they cannot escape. This prophecy actually happened and finally they died without having faith in Islam.
Benefits of reciting Surah al-Lahab
Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq (a.s.) advised that whenever a person recites this surah, he should curse Abu Lahab because of his mistreatment of the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.) and disrespect to him.
It is narrated that recitation of this surah is good for relieving back pains and reciting it before sleeping keeps one safe in the night.