[Al-Kahf 18:7] Al-Kahf Challenge (7/20)

“If anyone learns by heart the first 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf,
he will be protected from the Dajjal.”  [Sahih Muslim]
Al-Kahf Challenge is to make the memorization & understanding of the first 10 & the last 10 Ayat of Surah Al-Kahf easy, insya Allah.

To read the series in chronological order, please click the links below:
Pg 1 | Pg 2 | Pg 3 | Pg 4 | Pg 5 | Pg 6 | Pg 7 | Pg 8 | Pg 9 | Pg 10
Pg 11Pg 12Pg 13 | Pg 14Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 Pg 19Pg 20  | Pg 21


Verily! We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it,
in order that We may test them (mankind)
as to which of them are best in deeds.
[Al-Kahf 18:7]

Allah s.w.t. has made this earth, adorned with beauty, as a temporary home. And He s.w.t. has made it a place of trial, not a place of permanent settlement. Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam has reminded us to be in this world like a traveler or a stranger. There are many ahadith encouraging us not to be attached to this world because our real focus should be on the Hereafter.

There is another very important point to highlight here. Note that in this Ayah, Allah s.w.t. mentions “the best deeds” not “the most deeds”. The crucial factor of any deed is its quality / sincerity / ihsan and adherence to the Sunnah of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam – not quantity. For example, making one dhikr with concentration, reflection and humility is definitely better than making hundreds of dhikr absent-mindedly.

We need to become a Muhsin in every good deed that we do.
Quality over Quantity!

Extracted from Tafseer Ibn Katheer & Dr Bilal Philips’ lecture

For the full article, word analysis and mp3 of the Ayah: