Lessons from Surah-al- Kahf

As-salamu-alaikum! This is the second Friday of the holy month. Come Friday and as routine has it, comes the recitation of Surah Al-Kahf. On the first Friday of Ramadan I posted the stories incorporated in the jummah’ surah, and today’s post is about the lessons to be learnt from this surah. And this entire post I owe to Mufti Ismail Menk. As it is from his lecture that I have myself learnt the lessons the surah teaches us. MashAllah he is such a inspirational orator. Coming back to the surah kahf my earlier post was about the stories mentioned in the surah and so on a parallel level to these stories are the hidden trials of the dajjal (Antichrist).

And as Mufti Ismail Menk says, it is not just the recitation of the Quranic verses that is important but we also have understand them, put into practice in our own lives and finally convey it to others. One nice hadith about the Surah Al-Kahf is as follows.

Abu Ad-Darda(R.A) narrated that the messenger of Allah(pbuh) said ” Whoever memorises the first ten verses of Surat Al-Kahf, he will be saved from the trails
of 
Ad-Dajjal”.
                                                               (Sahih Muslim)


cave, rocks, underground, light
Dajjal shall appear near to the day of judgement. And he shall test the believers(al-muminin’) in four different ways.

TRIAL OF RELIGION:
 During the time of dajjal there shall be famine and drought throughout the world. And he, the dajjal is going to lure the believers into proclaiming him to be God in return for which he shall provide them with food and water. How strong our Emaan is, lies in this test of dajjal. He tests our faith and conviction in Allah(swt). And it is at that time, you shall need to prove your love for your creator.  Hence the Almighty proclaims in the holy Quran.
                            “Hold fast to the rope of Allah, do not be divided”.
                                                                                                          Surah Al- Imran 3:103

TRIAL OF WEALTH:
As there shall be drought and famine at the time, dajjal shall be in control of the bounties of nature (sources of water). He shall pronounce to the people that he shall direct water to their barren fields if they believe in him to be God. He shall tempt the believers with his wealth, and those whoever shall remember that this world is but a temporary affair shall turn a blind eye to the riches of dajjal.

TRIAL OF KNOWLEDGE:
Dajjal shall test the believers with their knowledge, wherein he shall spread false and untrue news. During the time of dajjal the scholars shall lose their status. Ignorant people shall be considered to be knowledgeable. Hence one should learn to distinguish between the pure and fallacious sources, of knowledge and news, about fellow believers in particular, lest people be carried away with the falsity dajjal spreads.

TRIAL OF POWER:
 Dajjal shall control huge portions of the planet. He shall be the one in power and shall tempt the people with his authority. He shall enchant them with offering some power in return for their worship of him. Those who worship him shall feel the taste of power in this world.  Remembering the hereafter, and the blessings Allah bestowed on us shall help the believers overcome this test. All power on earth belongs to Allah(swt), therein lies the wisdom.

These are the four tests of dajjal that the believers shall face before the day of judgement. One can over come them with firm faith and belief in Allah(swt), and remembrance of the day of judgement (yaum-ul-qiyamah), when we shall be questioned about our deeds in this world. Might be dajjal has not arrived, but for surely these trials strike a chord with us. Because somewhere out there it seems like a deja vu’ as dajjal is indeed testing us in many ways in our day-to-day life. So are we getting tempted by him???. Just remember, the forbidden fruit is always the sweetest, alas! its rots very very soon.

The Prophet(pbuh) has said:
“From the time of the creation of Adam(a.s)
until the hour arrives, there will never be
a greater trial than that of
the dajjal.

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