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Questions such as why human beings were created, and why certain events occur as opposed to others, and why someone had to die and not another, can not be answered by the human mind in and of itself. A simple reason is the fact that human beings are not even able to uncover the mysteries of their own brain! The human mind is only able to identify existing rules, which Allah has put in nature, and use them to come up with new connections. That is why Allah,

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‘Surat Al-Kahf’ or the Cave Chapter, located almost in the middle of the Quran, has been frequently mentioned in Hadith by Prophet Mohammad PBUH. He has recommended it for a weekly recitation. Why? As mentioned in the Hadith “He who reads Surat Al-Kahf on Fridays is granted light between the 2 Fridays” But what is meant by light in this Hadith?

This miraculous chapter summarizes the major 4 seditions human beings encounter in their everyday life: sedition of religion, sedition of money, sedition of science and sedition of authority. Each is conceptualized in a story followed by the reward of overcoming the sedition. These 4 stories are renowned Quranic Stories.

The first narrates a story of a group of religious youth living in an infidel city ruled by a tyrant king. An encounter happened between this group and their people; a fact which threatened their life and living. Their options were limited: either bend to the wind by going with the stream, or escape with their religion to save their life and faith. They went for the second choice and headed to a cave where they fell asleep for around 309 years. During these years, they were guarded by Allah SWT; waking up, their city status has totally changed to a religious city. Allah SWT has made of them an example to humanity.

The second story is one we see everyday, talks about a man who has been granted wealth and he totally forgot the fact that Allah SWT is the reason for it. So, he acted arrogantly with his surroundings. The conclusion was losing all his wealth. Right after this story comes a significant verse which says ‘AND PROPOUND unto them the parable of the life of this world: [it is] like the water which We send down from the skies, and which is absorbed by the plants of the earth: but [in time] they turn into dry stubble which the winds blow freely about. And it is God [alone] who determines all things.’ [18:45]

The third story is a reminder of an advice which has always been given by Imam Al Shaarawy, May Allah have Mercy on Him. He always said, ‘whenever you find yourself facing trouble and you cannot really understand why this happening to you, remember this story.’ The idea here is that you cannot judge the action except in light of understanding the reason behind it or knowing its doer intention. Life is full of tests; so patience is key. Patience requires that you either see the full picture, which only Allah SWT is capable of or to link the tests to their doers. If this test is coming from Allah SWT, who created you, loves you and for sure wants the best for you, then you will believe it is for good, and eventually be patient. This may lead you to even love those tests because you know they are for your own good.

The last story is about an example of a powerful knowledgeable king who went around the world spreading good and helping people. He encouraged people to do their job in life and utilize their skills in overcoming their problems ‘and so he chose the right means [in whatever he did].’[18:85] His reward was enabling him to build the dam that blocked the way for Gog and Magog by utilizing the energy of a group of ignorant people.

In the last part of the chapter comes a couple of verses which warn of losing focus of the cause of living ‘Shall we tell you who are the greatest losers in whatever they may do? [It is] they whose labour has gone astray in [the pursuit of no more than] this world's life, and who none the less think that they are doing good works: it is they who have chosen to deny their Sustainer's messages and the truth; that they are deseined to meet Him." Hence, all their [good] deeds come to nought, and no weight shall We assign to them on Resurrection Day.’[18:103-105]

‘Surat Al-Kahf’ is full of lights. The lights are coming in the form of alarms of seditions. The insights in this chapter grow more urgent with the temptations we face in our everyday life. The stories reflect on incidents we see frequently. Hence, reading this chapter thoroughly at least once weekly to always have the lessons in the stories engraved in our minds and hearts.