Four Points from Surat al-Kahf

QaiserMirza

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Four Points from Surat al-Kahf


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► Verse 13: {We narrate unto you their story with truth. Truly, they were young men who believed in their Lord , and We increased them in guidance.**

Here and in the verse before it, Allah begins telling the story of a group of men who decided to believe in Him and worship Him alone, and then escaped to a cave on the outskirts of their city to save themselves
from the persecution and wrongdoing of their disbelieving folk. Ibn Kathir commented on their age:

Allah mentioned that they were young men, i.e. youths. And they are more accepting of the truth and better guided than the older men who had mired and drowned in a lifestyle of falsehood. This is why most of those who answered the call of Allah and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه و سلم) were youths. As for the older men of Quraysh, most of them remained upon their old way of life, and none became Muslim except a few. Likewise, its pointed out here that the inhabitants of this cave were a group of youths.


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► Verse 18: {And you would have thought them awake while they were asleep. And We turned them on their right and on their left sides, with their dog stretching forth his two forelegs at the entrance**

As these young men slept inside the cave for a miraculous length of time, their dog was stretched out at its entrance. With all the heavy subjects addressed in the Quran, why would Allah dedicate this verse and others to mentioning this dog?

Their dog got a share of their blessing. So, he was granted the same sleep that they were granted in these circumstances. And this is the benefit in accompanying righteous people, as this is why this dog was mentioned and given such status.



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► Verses 80-81: {And as for the boy, his parents were believers, and we feared lest he should oppress them by rebellion and disbelief. So, we intended that their Lord should exchange him for them for one better in righteousness and closer to mercy."**

Here, al-Khidr is explaining to Prophet Musa why he killed a boy, and this is because he would have grown up to be full of kufr and rebellion against Allah and his parents. Ibn Kathir said:

Qatadah said that this boys father was happy when he was born and was sad when he died, and he would have devastated his parents had he lived on. So, one should be content with what Allah has Ordained for him, because for Allah to Ordain what the believer dislikes is better than Him Ordaining what he likes. And it is authentically reported in a hadith that Allah does not Ordain anything for the believer except that it is better for him.

and Ibn Jurayj said that when al-Khidr killed him, his mother was pregnant with a Muslim boy.




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► Verse 109: {If the sea were ink for writing the Words of my Lord, surely, the sea would be exhausted before the Words of my Lord would be finished, even if we brought another sea like it.**

Ibn Kathir made a beautiful comment on this verse:

If the water of all the oceans and seas were ink for a pen to write the Words of Allah and His judgments and signs that all point to Himand all of the trees were made into pens for this, the pens would break, the water of the oceans would be used up, and the Words of Allah would remain and would not disappear. This is because nobody can appreciate His Ability or praise Him as He deserves except when He praises Himself.

Our Lord is as He Says He is, and is even better than He Says He is. The comparison of the pleasures of this world from its beginning to its end to the pleasures of the Hereafter is like that of a mustard seed compared to the entire Earth.

['Tafsir al-Qur'an al-'Adhim'; 3/101, 104, 133, and 145]



 

MileStone

MPA (400+ posts)
JZK for bringing up the topic of Surah Kahf on the blessed day of Jumm'ah.

These men found safe haven in this cave after escaping from the kufr, and tried to save their lives from the tyrant christian king. Does this indicate that the muslims who are living in the non-muslims lands should try to build communities where it would be easier to keep their Imaan. I understand that no one is forcing nowadays to commit kufr as compared to what happened to Ashab-e-Kahf, but in the world of shamelessness and kufr, would it be better, if muslims try to build communities where all muslim lives speically around mosque, rather than living where there are not many practicing muslims are living around.

We should know, that our children will follow what they will see as normal. If they see shamelessness, kufr most of the time, in school, on tv, on internet, their non-muslim friends, society etc... for them it will be a norm, where as if we try to live in communities where mostly are practising muslims, then they will see shamefulness, coming to masjid etc.. as normal.

In muslim society, lot of time society teaches lot of Islam to children. Children see people going to mosque on the call of Adhan etc.. but in non-muslim society, we will have to teach all that our selves to our children.

Regarding this, the best example I have seen in USA is in Dallas. There are big communities around the masjid where almost 100% people living are muslim.

The other little extreme argument regarding the above ayah could be that, if muslims should even be living on non-muslim lands. If they are, should they migrate back to muslim countries. But even we know the environment in non-muslims countries as well. Sometime I feel that it is easier to follow Islam in US as compared to some of our so called muslim countries.

And Allah knows Best.
 
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QaiserMirza

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
غیر مسلم معاشرے میں مسلمانوں کا مساجد کے قریب رہنے کے فواید ضرور ہیں
جیسے اوپر بیان کیا گیا ہے
پھر مسلمانوں کو جماعت کی شکل میں رہنے کے لیے کہا گیا ہے
ہمارا دین نہ صرف ہمارے لیے دنیا اور آخرت میں نجات کا ذریعہ ہے بلکہ یہ ہم سب پر فرض بھی ہے کہ اس دین کو دوسروں تک بھی پہنچائے
غیر مسلم معاشرے میں یہ موقع ہے کہ ہم الله اور اس کے رسول کے پیغام کو غیر مسلم تک پہنچائیں
اگر ہم یہ کام نہیں کرتے تو آخرت میں الله کے سامنے ضرور جواب دہ ہونگے

 

Mughal1

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
is main shak nahin keh deen ko samjhna aur samajh kar us par amal karna and us ko doosrun tak pohnchaana intihayee aham hai magar sawaal yeh peda hota hai kia ham log deen ko sahee tor par samajhne ke liye munaasib iqdamaat karte hen aur phir us ko waisi samajh ke mutaabiq aage pohnchaate hen yaa suni sunaayee baatun ko deen banaa liya hai aur usi ka parchaar kar ke khud bhi zaleel ho rehe hen aur doosrun ko bhi usi zilat aur ruswayee ki taraf khainchane ki nakaam koshishen kar rehe hen?
 

QaiserMirza

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
is main shak nahin keh deen ko samjhna aur samajh kar us par amal karna and us ko doosrun tak pohnchaana intihayee aham hai magar sawaal yeh peda hota hai kia ham log deen ko sahee tor par samajhne ke liye munaasib iqdamaat karte hen aur phir us ko waisi samajh ke mutaabiq aage pohnchaate hen yaa suni sunaayee baatun ko deen banaa liya hai aur usi ka parchaar kar ke khud bhi zaleel ho rehe hen aur doosrun ko bhi usi zilat aur ruswayee ki taraf khainchane ki nakaam koshishen kar rehe hen?
تو کیا اس وجہ سے دین کو سمجھنے اور آگے لوگوں تک پہنچنے کی کوشش نہ کی جائے
میں آپ کی بات مکمل طور پر سمجھ نہیں سکا ، برائے مہربانی مزید تفصیل سے اپنی بات بیان کریں