Benefits of Reading Surah Al-Kahf

March 11, 2016

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We are highly recommended to read surah Al-Kahf every Friday (I mean, between Maghrib of Thursday to Maghrib of Friday).

It was mentioned in Sunan ad Darimi:

“One who reads Surah Al-Kahf will be protected from the trials of Dajjal”

After watching this video, I learnt that reading does not mean just to recite but involve these few steps to really appreciate what we reading - which are to read it, to understand it, to really know what it is all about, to believe in it and to have firm conviction.

First of all, we need to know who/what is Dajjal. From my knowledge, he will claim himself as God and threatening our faith to Allah. One who believed in Allah (may we included in this people) will know Dajjal by the 'kaaf', 'faa', 'raa' on his forehead. 

So, how Al-Kahf can protect us at the end of day from trials of Dajjal?

What is the connection?

Let me share with you what I learnt / knowledge I read about this surah. Basically, Allah mentioned 4 stories in Al-Kahf in which we can read and diagnose the values Allah wants us to think and apply. All stories are about what Dajjal will influence us with. 

1. STORY OF ASHABUL KAHFI      - with trial of faith / religion

As I mentioned earlier, Dajjal with the claim of himself as God and threaten us to believe in him. 

What we can learn from this story to prepare ourselves against Dajjal is; by being a good person to others and be in a group of good people. Good friends / family members will always say our wrong doings and help us along the straight path without getting immersed with the 'beauty of the world'. We can remind each other that our ultimate goal is to be in Jannah, and living in this world is only a step to it. 

Life is a challenge, live in it with the remembrance of Allah in everything we do. 

  • "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." - Quran 18;28

     - with trial of wealth

Life in this world can be exciting with popularity, the wealth, the followers and people we love. 

This story was about two men with their gardens, and one of them was granted with more wealth and mightier in followers. He entered his garden with a confidence that the garden will not perished - ever. 

But, actually Allah wants us to realize the truth of living. We do not own anything, everything is from Him. Even our bodies have expired date (which means we will die sooner or later), so, realize that everything in this world is temporary and life after world is more important. 

Be grateful with what we are given and believe that we will return to God one day. 

  • "Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope." 
    - Quran 18;46

3. STORY OF PROPHET MUSA (AS) & KHIDIR (AS)     - with trial of knowledge

Never assume we know everything, and also we must never satisfied with the knowledge that we have. 

Nowadays, as we are introduced to high technology stuffs, there are so many ways to gain information and learn something. To many things can be read / watch - in which we need to filter before we store it or spread to others.

There are many things to be practiced when seeking for knowledge; be humble, be patient,  be consistent. And as also reminder to myself - not to get tired to learn something every seconds of life.

  • "And how can you have patience for what you do not encompass in knowledge?"[Moses] said, "You will find me, if Allah wills, patient, and I will not disobey you in [any] order." He said, "Then if you follow me, do not ask me about anything until I make to you about it mention." " 
    - Quran 18;46

4. STORY OF ZUL QARNAIN     - with trial of power

People live with power that need to be consistently taken care of. With power that we have, we need to serve the community and use it to help others. All powers come from Him; leadership skills, strength, talents, intelligence. 

This can be seen in this story where Zul Qarnain helped to build a barrier between people and Gog and Magog. He used his ability (strength) to make barrier with iron. Still, he mentioned at the end that Allah is the one who can protect it.

  • [Dhul-Qarnayn] said, "This is a mercy from my Lord; but when the promise of my Lord comes, He will make it level, and ever is the promise of my Lord true." - Quran 18;98

We need to remember that Allah is far more powerful than us. He can do whatever He want. He only says to it, “Be”, and it is.

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