Secrets of Surah Kahf

Virtues of Surah Kahf

Abdullāh Ibn ‘Umar(Radiyallahu Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allāh(peace be upon him)said:‘Whoever reads Sūrah al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah (Friday), a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.” [al-Targheeb wal-Tarheeb, 1/298]

 

Imam ash-Shāfi’ī(RA) said:“It has reached us that whoever recites Sūrah al-Kahf on Fridays will be protected from the Dajjāl (Anti-Christ).”  {Al-Umm 1.239}

 

al-Hāfidh ibn Hajar al-‘Asqalānī said in Amāli:“In some reports it says ‘the day of Jumu’ah (Friday)’ and in some reports it says ‘the night of Jumu’ah (Friday)’.

They may be reconciled by saying that what is meant is the day which includes the night and vice versa.” ►{Fayd al-Qadeer, 6/199}

 

The narratives in Surah al-Kahf

The People of The Cave (Moral: Trial of Faith)

This is the story of young believing men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they decided to migrate for the sake of Allāh. Allāh rewards them with mercy in the cave and protection from the sun. They go to sleep and wake up hundreds of years later and found the entire village as believers.

 

The Owner of Two Gardens(Moral: Trial of Wealth)

This is a story of a man whom Allāh blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the man forgot to thank the One who blessed him with everything and he even dared to doubt Allāh regarding the afterlife. So his garden was destroyed – He regretted, but was too late and his regret did not benefit him.

 

Prophet Mūsā (Moses) and Khidr, the righteous servant of Allāh (Moral: Trial of Knowledge)

This is a story of Prophet Mūsā (Moses) and Khidr, the righteous servant of Allāh (May peace be upon them both); when Prophet Mūsā (Moses) was asked, “Who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of earth?” He replied, “Me”. Allāh then revealed to him that there’s someone who knows more than him. Mūsā (Moses) then traveled to Khidr and learnt how the Divine Wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.

 

Dhul-Qarnayn (Moral: Trial of Power)

The story of the Great King, Dhul Qarnayn, that was given knowledge and power; who explores the ends of the Earth, helping people and spreading all that’s good. He was able to overcome the problem of Ya’jūj-Ma’jūj (Gog and Magog) with the help of people (whom he could not understand) and builds a massive barrier by filling up the space between the two steep mountains-sides with iron and molten lead.

 

The relationship between Surah Al-Kahf & the Dajjal

The Dajjāl (Anti-Christ) will appear before the Day of Judgement with four trials:

Trial of Faith: He will ask people to worship him and not Allāh.

Trial of Wealth: He will be given powers to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth

Trial of Knowledge: He will trial people with the “knowledge” and news he gives them.

Trial of Power: He will explore and control the ends of the Earth

 

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