Even though Abu Jahl had witnessed and been given, first hand, many signs he still persisted in his egotistical obsession. He now bragged before the Koraysh that he would stamp on the back of the Prophet’s neck the next time he saw him praying.
When the Prophet (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) arrived at the Ka’bah to pray the Koraysh drew Abu Jahl’s attention to the opportunity. However, as before when Abu Jahl approached the Prophet (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) with his evil intent, he ran away in fright, trying to protect himself with his hands. His fellow tribesmen asked what had happened whereupon he admitted, “As I came near to him, I looked down and saw a ditch full of fire and I almost fell into it. I saw a terrifying sight and heard enough fluttering of wings that would fill the earth!” Later, when Abu Jahl’s words were reported to him the Prophet (salla Allahu alihi wa sallam) told his Companions that the fluttering of wings where those of the angels and that if he had come any nearer to him they would have torn him limb by limb. Soon after the following verse was sent down,
“Indeed, surely the human is very insolent.” Koran 96:6