Do you think that the people of the Cave and the Inscription were a wonder among Our Signs?
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This is where the story of the people of the cave begins. 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 mentions that this Ayah is a rhetorical question and a negation. An example of this would be when 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 creation as a whole. It puts us in our place and it teaches us not to be arrogant about our looks, 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.
References: Extracted from Tafseer Ibn Katheer & Dr Bilal Philips’ lecture