Surah Al Kahf is a renowned surah in the Holy Quran. It is a Makki surah which is based upon 110 verses. Whoever reads Surah Al Kahf Allah (SWT) will bless his home and protect him/her from poverty. When Surah Al Kahf was revealed to the Prophet (PBUH) was revealed, 70,000 angels were in attendance bringing with them light (Noor).
Why is this surah named Surah kahf?
Surah Al Kahf means the cave. This surah is based on four stories and all of the four stories revolved around a theme of persecution.
Describe the four stories of trials in surah Al kahf?
1) Trial (fitnah) of faith
The first of these four stories is the persecution for the sake of religion. This story is about several young men who were driven out of their homes because they believed in ALLAH . They found shelter in a cave and went to sleep in it for many years. So hence this surah discusses the theme of protection or shelter.
ii) Fitnah of wealth
The second is the Fitnah or the temptation of wealth. We are constantly tempted by the desire for wealth. In Surah Al Kahf ALLAH (SWT) said that
“Wealth and children are the adornments of this worldly life, but the everlasting good deeds are far better with your lord in reward and hope”. (Surah Al Kahf:46)
iii) Fitnah of knowledge
Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said that once Moses stood up and he was asked who the most learned man amongst the people was. He said “I”. Allah reprimanded him as he did not attribute absolute knowledge to him (ALLAH). So ALLAH said to him: yes, at the junction of two seas there is a slave of mine who is more learned than you.
How can I meet him? So ALLAH instructed Hazrat Musa(PBUH) as to where to find the man who was known as “AL-Khidr”-the green one. ALLAH bestows knowledge to whoever he wishes.
iv) Fitnah of power
The fourth and last story which explains ALLAH(SWT) in Surah Kahf is about Dhu al Qarnayan. He was given a vast kingdom stretching from east to west.He was a true believer of Allah and a gifted ruler. He traveled to the east from the west , helping people.
During his travels he helped many needy people,especially the ones who were persecuted by the tribe of Gog and Magog, thus dealing with the fitnah of power.Dhu al Qarnayan built a wall to keep this barbaric tribe away. Allah said that in Surah Kahf say “O prophet, shall we inform you of who will lose the most deeds? They are those whose efforts are in vain in the world.
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Benefits of recitation of Surah AL Kahf
- Security from the Fitnah of Dajjal
- Relief in the grave
- Proves beneficial to earn great blessings
- All wishes can be fulfilled
- ALLAH provides countless blessings for the reader of the surah
- ALLAH showers a light(Noor) on the reader’s face.
- Proves beneficial for the removal of sin
Importance of Surah Kahf on Friday
If a person recites Surah Kahf on Friday, that person will be blessed with light (Noor). Our holy prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) said that “whoever recites Surah Al Kahf (the cave) on Friday, ALLAH illuminates his face with light (Noor) which lasts till the next Friday”.
Hazrat Ibn-Mardwiyah Al Daiyaa (RA) said that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that :
“Whoever reads surah kahf on Friday, he is immune for 8 days from all Fitnah that will happen. When the Dijaal comes out, he will be immune to him”. On the authority of Hazrat Ayesha (R.A) the prophet(PBUH) said shall I not inform you of a surah which is so full of greatness that it reaches between the heaven and earth and it has blessings written for it of similar proportions (from the sky to earth) whoever read it on Friday that will be forgiven what occurred between that jummah and the next.
Memorization of 10 verses of surah kahf
The memorization of the first 10 verses of Surah Kahf proves beneficial in a mortal and immortal life. If we memorize the verses of Surah Kahf daily, we can avoid evils and bad spirits. Why is it necessary for Muslims to memorize Surah Kahf?
- The Holy prophet(PBUH) told us about the benefits
- We will receive rewards on doomsday
- Its memorization proves beneficial for increasing our Imaan (faith)
i) The Holy prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told us about the benefits
Our Holy Prophet explained the benefits of Surah Al Kahf in-depth. He said that “One who memorized the first ten verses of Surah Kahf will be secure against the Dajjal.” and also said that “whoever reads Surah AL Kahf on the night of jummah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the ancient house (Kabah)”
ii) We get achieve reward at Doomsday
ALLAH’s blessings are countless for Muslims. A Muslim who has memorized 10 verses of Surah AL Kahf ALLAH will be given a reward on the Day of Judgment. Those who recite Surah Kahf ALLAH (SWT) will be removed from darkness and placed in light.
iii) Its memorization proves best for increasing our Imaan (faith)
A Muslim can increase his Imaan by the memorization of Surah Kahf. The first 10 surah stresses on the need to increase one’s iman with Allah.The surah explains that they are blessings for those who believe in Allah and punishment from those who don’t. The Surah warns people not to stray away from the right path even if faced with the Dajjal.
If a person recites Surah al Kahf, that person can secure himself from the devil and his companions. This surah comprises four stories that explain different aspects. Thus if a Muslim engages himself with Surah Kahf, he will develop a strong connection with ALLAH.
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