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Khalid Saifullah
03-12-2016, 01:04 PM
By a Sister in Islam

Baking my signature chocolate chip cookies one morning, my daughter asked me a simple question: “Mommy? Why do you have to read “Sûrat A l-Kahf” every Friday?

“I don’t have to, honey. I choose to, for many reasons. One of them is because our Prophet (PBUH) said reading the chapter of ‘The Cave” protects Muslims from the evils of the Anti-Christ when he appears, which is the most difficult trial humans will ever have to face.”

“But the whole chapter says absolutely nothing about the Anti-Christ! I don’t get it! Where’s the connection?” she asked.

“If I give you all the answers, then how will you ever learn? Figure it out!”

Yeah, that’s what I usually say when I’m stuck.

I suddenly realized I had no idea why we read Sûrat Al-Kahf on Fridays, why the Prophet (PBUH) said it illuminates our whole week, and how that would prevent us from the world’s worst tribulations. So after nights of hiding from my daughter to do my research, I finally uncovered some secrets of the four stories related in this beautiful chapter of the Quran. Here is what I found.

1. The Secret of Faith

The first divine account is about a handful of teenage boys, committed to monotheism and insightful beyond their age, who leave their families and lives behind to take refuge in a deserted cave. Armed with nothing but their faith in Allah, they escape corrupted religion, only to wake up 309 years later to an entire city of believers. Their faith had been tested and they passed with flying colors, didn’t they?

Make no mistake about it, this story is a reminder that our faith will be tested too. Even with Islam being the fastest growing religion in the world, Muslims today are shunned and degraded like they’re second class citizens. Our faith is put to the test every time we step outside our comfort zone.

How many times have you been detained at an airport with the blatant insinuation of being a terrorist? I, for one, was spit on at Disney Land, just because I wear the veil. And while the trials can be minimal or extreme, Allah gives us the guidelines to passing this specific test—right after telling this story of the “Sleepers.” The verses explain that the secret to preserving your faith is patience and surrounding yourself with believers. Good company is the main key to safeguarding our faith.

2. The Secret of Wealth

The next story speaks of the rich man who bragged about his possessions to his less fortunate friend. The man’s wealth made him feel self-sufficient and self-assured, forgetting that it can all disappear in the blink of an eye. The truth is nothing in this world lasts forever, and remembering this is our key to surviving the weighty test of wealth.

Our times are all about who drives the latest model car, who bought the limited-edition designer bag that WASN’T on sale. Seriously, what difference does this all make? We will all be buried underground completely alone!

God gives us the answer to this test, again right after the account of the two men and the garden. The secret to not letting fortune blind you, is to strive to do more good deeds and to help others.

3. The Secret of Knowledge

During his journey with Al-Khidhr, Prophet Moses learns the greatest lesson of all: Divine wisdom can sometimes be buried within what we might perceive as wrong
or bad. So we must pay attention to looking discerningly below the surface. Just like one can lose his faith and be blinded by wealth, one can surely be consumed with the ’I-know-best’ syndrome, and that alone is a difficult test.

How do we overcome this kind of conceit and the limits of our own knowledge and experience? Allah gives the solution within the narrative, telling us how this blessed prophet himself, the Messenger of God, was humbled, and humble enough, to follow orders, and in the end, learned the divine wisdom and goodness behind each seemingly wrongful encounter.

Humility before Allah has always been, and always will be, the golden path to knowledge and success.

4. The Secret of Power

Last comes the story of a great king who was given immense power. He traveled the world with the sole purpose of helping people and spreading the word of Allah. The secret to sustaining supremacy is using it for good, and remaining aware of the fact that you can’t do it alone.

The king was able to restrain ‘Gog and Magog’ only with the help of people whom he could hardly even understand. It is unity of purpose that enables us to stand up against enemies, which is, sadly, not the state of affairs with Muslims today.

The subsequent verses tell the secret to maintaining our powers against the Anti-Christ: Sincerity in all our actions and remembering that on Judgment Day, we will have no authority against the purposes of Allah, the most powerful of all.

If these secrets serve us readers as a weekly reminder and source of light, then the dots are connected to form the ultimate shield. For the Anti-Christ (Al–Dajjâl) will arrive with exactly those four enticing allures.

1. Our faith will be tested when the Anti-Christ asks people to worship him instead of Allah.
2. We will be tempted by hiswealth when we see the earth’s treasures following him like a swarm of bees.
3. His seeming knowledge will overwhelm people when they see him bringing back the dead.
4. And his apparent power to command the sky with rain and control most parts of the earth will blind people to his toxic mission.

That’s the thing about the Holy Qur’an: It’s never random or irrelevant. The more you read it, asking for understanding, the more you uncover its secrets. And with its overwhelming beauty and serenity, I can’t help but seek refuge with Allah in ‘The Cave”—that safe embrace where Allah unlocks the doors to His Mercy.

Say [O Prophet]: I am only a human being like you. It is revealed to me that, indeed, your God is only One God. So whoever has hope for the Meeting of his Lord [in the Hereafter], let him do righteous deeds and not associate—in the worship of his Lord—anyone.(Sûrat Al-Kahf, 18:110)


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01-19-2018, 09:00 PM
Thank you you Brother, Insh'Allah this has inspired me to pray this powerful surah from now on.

03-23-2018, 11:54 PM
this has inspired me too. thank yu

03-24-2018, 07:11 AM
The main thing is that we don't understand holy Quran therefore can't understand what does Quran actually says to us to do. We have to learn Quran so that we can understand it correctly. There are also a number of resources to learn Quran online which is very easy.


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03-24-2018, 04:39 PM
thannk you

09-07-2018, 06:01 AM
The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) taught a particular du’a to be read at the end of the Salah after finishing at-tashahud:
اَللَّهُمَّ اِنِّي اَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ جَهَنَّمَ وَمِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ وَمِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيْحِ الدَّجَّالِ
“Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min ‘adhaab jahannam wa min ‘adhaab al-qabri wa min fitnat il-mahyaa wa’l-mamaat wa min sharri fitnat al-maseeh al-dajjaal”
“O Allah I seek refuge in you from the punishment of hell, the torment of the grave, trial of living and dying, and from the evil trial of the Antichrist”[1]
According to the Sahabah who narrated this particular du’a, the Prophet (ﷺ) used to teach this dua the way he (ﷺ) used to teach a chapter from the Qur'an. This indicates that great stress was placed on it to the extent that among the tabi’een (students of the Sahabah) was a tabi’ee by the name Thawus, who, on one occasion asked his son whether he had made this supplication at the end of his prayer. When the son told him that he hadn’t, Thawus instructed him to repeat his prayer. This du’a is probably not known to most people. We must understand the importance of this du’a, learn and use it in our daily prayers.
[1] [Narrated by Muslim, no. 924]

The Prophet ﷺ commanded us to recite the opening verses of Surat Al Kahf against the Dajjal. According to some reports, the final verses of this surah was mentioned. This means reciting the first ten verses or the last ten.
Al-Nawwaas ibn Sam’aan, in which it says: “Whoever among you sees him (the Dajjal), let him recite against him the opening verses of Surat al-Kahf.”
[Muslim 5228]
The Prophet ﷺ said: “Whoever memorizes ten aayaat from the beginning of Surat al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjal” – i.e., from his fitnah. Muslim said: “Shu’bah said, ‘from the end of al-Kahf.’ Hammaam said, ‘from the beginning of al-Kahf.’” Al-Nawawi said: “The reason for this is because at the beginning of (this surah), mention is made of wonders and signs, and whoever ponders them will not be deceived by the fitnah of the Dajjal. And at the end of this surah, Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Do then those who disbelieve think that they can take My slaves as awliyaa’ (lords etc.) besides Me?’ [al-Kahf 18:102].”
(Sharh Saheeh Muslim, 6/93)



09-07-2018, 12:36 PM
@Nuri From the evil of the trial

09-21-2018, 05:06 AM

This is a very excellent dua to add to your daily duas; In Shaa Allah.

It is one of the Supplications Prophet (Peace be upon him) used to supplicate in Sujood

«O Allaah! Place light in my heart; [and light in my tongue;] and place light in my hearing; and place light in my seeing; and place light from below me; and place light from above me, and light on my right, and light on my left; and place light ahead of me; and place light behind me; [and place light in my self;] and make the light greater for me»[125] [125] Muslim, Abu `Awaanah and Ibn Abee Shaybah (12/106/2, 112/1).

Source : The Adhkaar of Sujood – The Prophet’s Prayer Described – from the beginning to the end as though you see it – by Shaykh Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee


09-30-2018, 03:31 PM
Ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked us to recite Surah Al-Kahf every Friday
This surah has four stories in it, let’s explore what lessons can be learned from them:............


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