“The likeness of those who choose other patrons than Allah is as the likeness of the spider when she taketh unto herself a house, and lo! the frailest of all houses is the spider’s house, if they but knew.” (Quran 29:41)
1. From the physical point of view
A spider’s web is the weakest of all houses. It is composed of a group of intricate fine silk threads, mostly with large gaps in-between. However, the spider’s silk is one of the strongest substances available on earth, as it can withstand a tension force up to 42000 kg/cm2 which gives it strong stretching abilities. This feature enables it to trap prey insects without being ruptured. Hence, this explains why Allah (SWT) said in his noble book “… the frailest (weakest) of houses” instead of “the flimsiest threads”. The spider’s home remains to be the weakest and frailest of all homes despite its strong threads.1
2. From the spiritual point of view
A spider’s house is the most fragile of all houses. It is deprived of notions of love and mercy; the basis for any happy family.
Male & female: In some species, the female spider kills the male immediately after the fertilization process. The female devours the male’s body, since the former is larger and fiercer than the latter.