Friday, November 6, 2015

The Secrets of Surah Al-Kahf

Ever wondered wht Prophet Muhammad (SAW) asked us to recite Surah Al-Kahf every friday?

This Surah has four amazing stories in it, having it's own morals and conclusions.

1) The people of The Cave
Its the story of young men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they decided to migrate for the sake of Allah and run away.

-Allah rewards them with mercy in the cave and protection from the Sun.
-They woke up and found the entire village believers

2) The owner of Two Gardens
It is about a story of a man whom Allah blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the man forgot to thannk the One who blessed him with everything and he even dared to doubt Allah regarding the afterlife. So his garden was then destroyed - He regretted, but it was too late and his regrets did not benefit him at all.

3) Musa and Khidr
When Musa(AS) was asked - "Who's the most knowledge of the people on earth?". Musa(AS) answered - "Me." But Allah revealed to him that there's someone who knows more than him. Musa (AS) then traveled to the man and learned how the Divine Wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.

4) Dhul-Qarnayn
It's a story of the great King that was given knowledge, power and was going around the world, helping people and spreading all that's good. He was able to overcome the problem of Yajuj - Majuj and build a massive dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.

In the middle, Allah mentions that Iblis as the one who stirs these trial.

Let us see what's the relationship between Surah Al-Kahf and the Dajjal (Anti-Christ).
Dajjal will appear before the Day of Judgement with the 4 trials:

  • He'll ask people to worship him and not Allah - TRIAL OF FAITH
  • He'll be given power to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth - TRIAL OF WEALTH
  • He'll trial people with the knowledge and news he gives them - TRIAL OF KNOWLEDGE
  • He'll control huge parts of the Earth - TRIAL OF POWER 

How to survive these trials? The answers are in Surah Al-Kahf

Survival Kit 1 : Seek good companionship
"And keep your soul content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening..." (verse 28)

Survival Kit 2 : Knowing the Truth of this World
"It is like the rain which we send down from the skies, the earth's vegetation absords it but soon it becomes dry stubble which the winds do scatter: it is only Allah who prevails over all things" (verse 45)

Survival Kit 3 : Humbleness

Survival Kit 4 : Sincerity
"Say: 'I am but a man like yourself, (but) the inspiration has come to me that Allah is One. Whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness and in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner' " (verse 110)

Survival Kit 5 : Calling to Allah
"And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to you of the Book of Allah: none can change His words and none will find as a refuge other than Him" (verse 27)

Survival Kit 6 : Remembering the HereAfter


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