Ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad(SAW) asked us to recite Surah Al-Kahf every Friday?
This Surah is one of 114 Surahs of Quran, Four stories in it, having some morals, lets 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 (AS) and Khidr (AS)
When Musa(AS) was asked-“Who’s the most knowledgeable of the people of earth?”
Musa(AS) said:Me…,but Allah revealed to him that there’s someone who Knows more than him.Musa(AS) traveled 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
Relationship between Surah Al-Kahf and the Dajjal (Anti-Christ)
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 Surah 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 1: Good companionship.
“And keep thy soul content with those who call on their Lord morning and evening, seeking His Face; and let not thine eyes pass beyond them, seeking the pomp and glitter of this Life; no obey any whose heart We have permitted to neglect the remembrance of Us, one who follows his own desires, whose case has gone beyond all bounds.” (Surat Al-Kahf, verse 28)
Survival 2: Knowing the Truth of this World
“Set forth to them the similitude of the life of this world: It is like the rain which we send down from the skies: the earth’s vegetation absorbs it, but soon it becomes dry stubble, which the winds do scatter: it is (only) Allah who prevails over all things” (Surat Al-Kahf, verse 45)
Survival 3: Humbleness
“Moses said: “Thou wilt ﬁnd me, if Allah so will, (truly) patient: nor shall I disobey thee in aught.””(Surat Al-Kahf, verse 69)
Survival 4: Sincerity
“Say: “I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your Allah is one Allah. whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.” (Surat Al- Kahf, verse 110)
Survival 5: Calling to Allah
“And recite (and teach) what has been revealed to thee of the Book of thy Lord: none can change His Words, and none wilt thou ﬁnd as a refuge other than Him.” (Surat Al-Kahf, verse 27)