Even though his uncle died as a disbeliever,
Even though his uncle died as a disbeliever, the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu'alayhi wa sallam, still interceded for him for his punishment to be lightened. Thus, Abu Taalib will be the least punished person in the Hellfire due to the intercession of the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam. Ibn 'Abbaas narrated that the Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, said:
"The lightest punishment in Hell will be for Abu Taalib, and he will wear two shoes [of fire] that will cause his brain to boil."
Al-’Abbaas ibn 'Abd Al-Muttalib (a Companion; the Prophet’s uncle) asked, "O Messenger of Allah, did you benefit Abu Taalib at all, for he used to care for you and become angry for your sake?" The Prophet of Allah, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam, replied: "Yes, he is only up to his ankles in the Hellfire, and if it was not for me than he would be in the deepest part of Hell."