Ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) asked us to recite Surat Al-Kahf every Friday?
Let’s ﬁnd out today in sha Allah…
This Surah has Four moral stories in it, Let’s see them and understand what they are saying to us:
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.
MORAL: TRIAL OF FAITH.
2) The Owner Of Two Gardens
A story of a man whom Allah blessed with two beautiful gardens, but the man forgot to thank the One who blessed him with everything and he even dared to doubt Allah regarding the afterlife. So His garden was destroyed – He regretted ,but was too late and his regret did not beneﬁt him.
MORAL: TRIAL OF WEALTH.
3) Musa and Khidr
When Musa was asked – “Who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of earth?” Musa said: Me…,but Allah revealed to him that there’s someone who Knows more than him. Musa travelled to the man and learnt how the Divine Wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.
MORAL: TRIAL OF KNOWLEDGE.
Its a story of the great King that was given knowledge and power and was going around the world, helping people and spreading all that’s good. He was able to overcome the problem of Yajooj-Majooj and build a massive dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.
MORAL: TRIAL OF POWER.
In the middle Allah mentions Iblees as the one who stirs these trials:
Behold! We said to the angels “Bow down to Adam”: they bowed down except Iblis. He was one of the Jinns, and he broke the Command of his Lord. Will ye then take him and his progeny as protectors rather than Me? And they are enemies to you! Evil would be the exchange for the wrongdoers!
Now let us see what’s the relationship between Surat Al-Kahf and the Dajjal (Anti-Christ)?
Dajjal will appear before Day of Judgement with the 4 trials:
***He’ll ask people to worship him and not Allah:
Trial of Faith.
***He’ll be given powers to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth:
Trial of with his 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 Surat Al-Kahf:
Survival Kit 1: Good companionship
And keep yourself patient [by being] with those who call upon their Lord in the morning and the evening, seeking His countenance. And let not your eyes pass beyond them, desiring adornments of the worldly life, and do not obey one whose heart We have made heedless of Our remembrance and who follows his desire and whose affair is ever [in] neglect (Surat Al-Kahf, 28)
Survival Kit 2: Knowing the Truth of this World
And present to them the example of the life of this world, [its being] like rain which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it and [then] it becomes dry remnants, scattered by the winds. And Allah is ever, over all things, Perfect in Ability. (Surat Al-Kahf, 45)
Survival Kit 3: Humbleness
[Moses] said, “You will find me, if Allah wills, patient, and I will not disobey you in [any] order.”(Surat Al-Kahf, 69)
Survival Kit 4: Sincerity
Say, “I am only a man like you, to whom has been revealed that your god is one God. So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone.” (Surat Al-Kahf, 110)
Survival Kit 5: Calling to Allah
And recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord. There is no changer of His words, and never will you find in other than Him a refuge. (Surat Al-Kahf, 27)
Survival Kit 6: Remembering the Hereafter
And [warn of] the Day when We will remove the mountains and you will see the earth prominent, and We will gather them and not leave behind from them anyone.
And they will be presented before your Lord in rows, [and He will say], “You have certainly come to Us just as We created you the first time. But you claimed that We would never make for you an appointment.”
And the record [of deeds] will be placed [open], and you will see the criminals fearful of that within it, and they will say, “Oh, woe to us! What is this book that leaves nothing small or great except that it has enumerated it?” And they will find what they did present [before them]. And your Lord does injustice to no one. (Surat Al-Kahf, 47-49)