Ever wondered why Prophet Muhammad(SAW) asked us to recite Surat Al-Kahf every Friday?
Let’s ﬁnd out today inshaAllah…
This Surah has Four stories in it,having some morals,lets see them and understand what they are saying to us:
The People of Cave
The Companion of Two Gardens
Musa and Khidr
It may seem that none of these stories are related to one another, but we see that the maqsad (purpose/theme) of all these stories are one: Fitnah.
This surah explains Fitnah in different aspects of life.
Fitnah of Religion (Story of the People of the Cave)
Fitnah of Wealth (Story of the Man with Two Gardens)
Fitnah of Knowledge (Story of Musa and Khidr)
Fitnah of Power (Dhul Qarnain)
Each of these stories outline how each of these 4 things can bring us fitnah. It also outlines how the believer should approach these trials and tribulations.
Fitnah of Religion: The way to deal with this is mentioned in an ayaah after the story:
“And keep yourself patiently with those who call on their Lord morning and afternoon, seeking His Face, and let not your eyes overlook them, desiring the pomp and glitter of the life of the world; and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair (deeds) has been lost.” (Surah Kahf: 28)
Fitnah of Wealth: The way to deal with this is mentioned here:
“Wealth and children are the adornment of the life of this world. But the good righteous deeds that last, are better with your Lord for rewards and better in respect of hope.” (Surah Kahf: 46)
Fitnah of Knowledge:
Musa A.S. thought he was the most knowledgeable person on the earth and so Allah revealed to him that there is someone who knows more. After traveling with this man (Khidr), He could not be patient of the things he would do, and did not see the wisdom. The way to deal with this fitnah is to remain humble and not to let your knowledge delude you.
“If Allah will, you will find me patient, and I will not disobey you in aught.” (Surah Kahf: 64)
Fitnah of Power:
Dhul Qarnayn was given a vast kingdom stretching from the east to the west. But yet he was still sincere to Allah and did not let this power delude him, and he helped the people of the city which were fearful of Ya’juj and ma’juj. So the way to deal with the Fitnah of power is to have sincerity in your deeds to Allah, as it was mentioned in this ayaah:
“Say: ‘Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds!’” (Surah Kahf: 103-14)
Ending of the Surah:
This Surah ends with the most perfect way to deal with all types of fitnah, and that is to remember the hereafter.
“So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” (Surah Kahf: 110)
Source: Sheikh Zoubir