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Some traditions show that Umm Jamil, wife of Abu Lahab, who was an aunt of the Holy Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم and whose house adjoined his, said to him: “It appears your satan has forsaken you.” `Aufi and Ibn Jarir have related, on the authority of Ibn `Abbas, that when Gabriel did not visit him for several days, the Holy Prophet became anxious and distressed, and the pagans began to say that his Lord had become angry with him and had forsaken him.
Revelations to the Holy Prophet صلي الله عليه وسلم had remained suspended for some period of time. Different traditions have mentioned different durations of this period. Ibn Juraij has mentioned it to be 12 days, Kalbi 15 days, Ibn ‘Abbas 25 days, and Suddi and Muqatil have stated that it extended to 40 days.