[Al-Kahf 18:9] Al-Kahf Challenge (9/20)

“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


Do you think that the people of the Cave and the Inscription
were a wonder among Our Signs?
[Al-Kahf 18:9]

This is where the story of the people of the cave begins in the Surah. If we were to hear about a group of unknown people suddenly emerging from a cave, we would be amazed by it, wouldn’t we? But Ibn Kathir rahimahullah mentioned that this Ayah is a rhetorical question and a negation. For example, someone spoke to you in a really loud voice so you responded, “Do you think I’m deaf?” which actually means “I’m not deaf!”

Hence what this Ayah means is that the story of the people of the cave is a trivial matter in comparison to Allah’s power and ability, the creation of the heavens and earth and other mighty signs – ALL of them indicate the great power of Allah. He s.w.t. is capable of doing far more amazing things than the story of the people of the Cave.

The lesson that we can learn from this is the realization that we are quite insignificant in comparison to the greatness of Allah’s creations as a whole. It puts us in our place and it teaches us not to be arrogant about our status, wealth or intellect. Allah s.w.t. says:

The creation of the heavens and the earth is indeed greater
than the creation of mankind, yet most of mankind know not.
[Ghafir 40:57]

Extracted from Tafseer Ibn Katheer & Dr Bilal Philips’ lecture

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