(Remember) when the young men fled for refuge to the Cave, they said:
“Our Rabb! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself and facilitate for us our affair in the right way!”
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Allah tells us about these youths who fled from their people for the sake of their religion, abandoning their family, friends, land and wealth out of fear of trials and persecution.
To preserve our religion, it is required for us to flee (hijrah) if necessary. Unfortunately nowadays, we see many who do hijrah from the land of Islam to western lands merely for material gains. This is prohibited by the scholars. The Sunnah of the Prophets and the righteous is making hijrah for the sake of Islam, not for dunya.
Similarly, never compromise when it comes to protecting our imaan & Deen, even if it means having to change our circle of friends who want to take our Religion away. Find good company who will become protective friends until Jannah instead.
Another important lesson from this Ayah is that these youths combined 2 things:
Effort (i.e. they fled from persecution and hid in a suitable place) WITH supplication to Allah (they knew that there is no guarantee that the cave will protect them, so they turned to Allah s.w.t.)
The formula is therefore:
Effort + Trust in Allah.
This trust after making effort is called tawakkul.
References: Extracted from Tafseer Ibn Katheer and Dr Bilal Philips & Mufti Menk’s lecture