Virtues and Lessons from Surah Al-Kahf
"It's been a weekly routine for us to recite Surah Kahf every Friday, right? and we do it in most of the Fridays.
Now, have you ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) asked us to recite Surah Kahf every Friday?
Or is there any preference for this surah over the rest 113 surahs? What's the benefit of reciting this weekly?
Let's check it out-
First of all, in this Surah Allah gives to us 4 different, but INTERESTING stories!
Let's explore each along with the lessons we get from each of them....1."The people of the cave"
It’s the story of young men who lived in a disbelieving town, so they decide to migrate for the sake of Allah and run away. Allah rewards them with mercy in the cave and protection from the elements of nature.
The lesson of this story is the '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 it, but was too late and his regret did not benefit him.Lesson of this story: 'Trial of wealth'3. "Musa(as) and Khidr (as)"
When Musa (as)was asked “Who is the most knowledgeable of the people of Earth?” Musa (as) said that it was him as he assumed he was the only prophet on Earth at the time. But Allah revealed to him that there’s someone who knows more than him about certain things. Musa (as)traveled looking for him and learned how divine wisdom can sometimes be hidden in matters which we perceive as bad.And Lesson of this story: 'Trial of knowledge'
And now to the FINAL one, its somewhat GLOBAL,4. "Dhul-Qarnayne"
Allah mentions the story of a great king who was given knowledge and power travelling the world helping people and spreading all that’s good. He was able to overcome the problem of Yajooj-Majooj by building a massive dam with the help of people whom he could not even understand.Lesson of this story: 'Trial of power'
ALLAH says to us 4 kind of stories relating 4 kind of trials that WE ALL pass by in our day to day lives!
Now have a look through HADITHS to learn more about this surah....
In many hadiths, the messenger of Allah (pbuh) mentions that the one who reads and memorises verses of Surah Al Kahf will be protected from the trials of the Dajjal!
NOW, why this Surah?
What is the relation between SURAH KAHF and DAJJAL??
The Answer is simple...
Dajjal will appear before the day of judgement with 4 trials:
A) He will ask people to worship him and not Allah: Trial of faith!
He will be given powers to start/stop rain and tempt people with his wealth: Trial of with wealth!
C) He will tempt people with "knowledge” and news he gives them: Trial of knowledge!
D) He will control huge parts of the Earth: Trial of power!NOW JUST TAKE A MOMENT AND SAY 'SUBHANALLAH'!!!!!
Now, we see Almighty Allah speaking to us about trials, don't you want a SOLUTION for those trials? We need, and ALLAH knows our need!!! So He tells us the solution as well in this Surah...let me just point out them with their AYAH NUMBERS so that you can look for those meanings ...
(In 28th ayah)
2. Knowing the truth of this world
(In 45th ayah)
(In 69th ayah)
(In 110th ayah)
5. Calling to Allah
(In 27th ayah)
6. Remembering the Hereafter
(In 47-49th ayahs)
Insha'Allah now when you recite Surah Kahaf, you understand and appreciate its benefits!!!