Allah, in His infinite wisdom, insight, and mercy, chose some people over others. He picks some chapters over others, just as He picked the Prophet (peace be upon him) over other Prophets. Chapter Al-Fatiha, for example, is the finest of all chapters and should be recited numerous times every day in our prayers. The best chapter of the Quran is Ayat al-Kursi, and so forth. Similarly, Surah Kahf is a chapter. Every Friday, the Messenger (peace come unto him) advised us to memorize the Surah. He also advised us to remember the first 10 lines of the Surah Kahf as they will protect us from the Dajjal, the Antichrist, who will bring the worst of calamities to mankind.
Every single word in the Quran is a masterpiece, and a thorough understanding of the text reveals that each letter is a precious diamond that cannot be found in nature or in any other book. Muslims find awe in the fact that each verse of the Quran includes its own unique gathering of content.
Both the social benefits and the substantive significance of several Surahs of the Holy Qur’an have made them famous. Since it is a Surah that teaches Muslims many lessons, Surah Kahf has a specific role among Muslims in this respect. Each of the surah’s four storylines emphasizes one of four core values that every Muslim should uphold.
key lessons from Surah Kahf
The following are some of the most significant lessons from Surah Kahf:
- Possessing a Humble Attitude
- The desire to learn
- Allah bestows authority as a precious gift.
- Enduring Hardships
Lesson 1: The residents of the cave
The story of the people who lived in the caves is the very first story that is told in the Surah Kahf. They were the believers who came from a nation that was otherwise mostly irreligious. They leave the city and seek shelter in a cave for the love of the Lord and their religion. This is because they believe that their lives are in danger as a direct consequence of the beliefs that they have. As a result of this, Allah bestowed upon them the gift of slumber. And when they awakened, the whole population of their town converted to Islam. Because of this, the story indicates that once a person lays their confidence in Allah. He immediately comes to their rescue and supports them in facing the difficulties that they are facing.
The lesson to be learned from this experience is that Allah will challenge a person’s faith at every turn. When the Almighty Allah puts the faith of religion to the test, and when that person or people stay solid in their faith, then Allah aids them in ways that are beyond our ability to understand. In addition, the lesson in surah Kahf that may be learned from the narrative is that a Believer should always put themselves in the company of good and moral people. The fact that the guys who lived in the cave were all good people was one of the factors that contributed to Allah the Highest extending his favor and providing assistance to them. As a result of this, the Quran instructs Muslims to be strong in their religious practices and to surround themselves with honorable people:
“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.”
Lesson 2 in Surah Kahf: “The Men of the Two Gardens”
In the second story of the Surah Kahf, a guy who had two greenhouses and was very rich in every respect is mentioned. But his success led him astray. And he started to question his faith; then Allah Almighty deprived him of all worldly deceit and advantages. And he saw the impermanence of the material world, but it was too late.
This story has two benefits for a Muslim reader. Your first takeaway should be that Allah tests you with your wealth. That’s why the people He blesses are being put through a rigorous test of their gratitude to Allah. Second, a Muslim must realize that all of this world’s assets are temporary and that while they are in one’s possession, he or she should give thanks to Allah and spend on those who do not have these luxuries. The dimensioning is described accurately by Allah Almighty in the Quran:
“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.”
Lesson 3 in Surah Kahf: Hazrat Musa and Khidr
In Surah Kahf, we have the third observation of the story of Prophet Musa (AS) and Hazrat Khizar (AS). Hazrat Musa (AS) thought he was the most intelligent person in the universe, but God Almighty sent him back to meet Hazrat Khizar. Who proved to be more knowledgeable than Musa throughout the tale (AS).
The lesson to be learned from this is that wisdom is not something to flaunt; rather, expertise should inspire modesty. And one should always remember that there is always someone more clever. And has a higher comprehension of the matter than oneself.
18:73 – [Musa] said, “Do not blame me for what I forgot and do not cover me in my matter with difficulty.”
18:60 And [mention] when Musa said to his servant, “I will not cease [traveling] until I reach the junction of the two seas or continue for a long period.”