[Al-Kahf 18:110] Al-Kahf Challenge (20/20)

“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 catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

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Say (O Muhammad ﷺ): “I am only a man like you.
It has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God) is One Ilah (Allah).
So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Rabb,
let him work righteousness
and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Rabb.”
[Al-Kahf 18:110]

In this ayah, Rasulallah ﷺ was commanded by Allah s.w.t. to declare his humanity to the people – and this is a very important information. Even today, there are many sects that overpraise and elevate Rasulallah ﷺ above his humanity. In a sahih hadith, it was reported that Rasulallah ﷺ said:

“Do not praise me excessively like the Christians praised Jesus, the son of Mary.
I am but a servant, so call me Allah’s servant and Messenger.”

[Sahih Bukhari]

It is very common, yet very far astray, for someone to say that it is okay to make du’a to Rasulallah ﷺ after his death. This is an example of overpraising him ﷺ and overstepping the boundaries that have been set by Allah s.w.t. This is truly shirk.

Rasulallah ﷺ said:
Supplication (du’a) is itself the worship (‘ibadah).
(He then recited:) “And your Rabb said: Call on Me, I will answer you (Ghafir 40:60).”
[Sunan Abi Dawud | Graded Sahih]

This is why it is beautiful, that after mentioning this, Allah s.w.t. highlights Tawheed in this ayah:

“So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Rabb,
let him work righteousness

and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Rabb.”

Allah s.w.t. says whoever wishes to meet his Rabb with a true, genuine hope, they must fulfill two basic criteria:

(1) Righteous deeds – Deeds done according to the ways of Rasulallah ﷺ and are done sincerely for Allah, and
(2) Tawheed – Having correct belief.

Notice that these 2 criteria have been mentioned many times in the previous Ayat in Surah Al-Kahf alone, highlighting their importance. It is also important for us to safeguard our deeds from minor shirk, for Rasulallah ﷺ said:

“Verily, what I fear most for you is the minor shirk.”
And he elaborated, “It is showing off (Ar-Riya’).
Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection, when the people are rewarded or punished for their deeds: Go to the one for whom you were showing off in the world and see if you will find any reward with him.”
[Musnad Ahmad]

May Allah s.w.t. safeguard us from any element of shirk, and help us preserve our Iman until the Day we are brought to him.

Alhamdulillah, this is the end of the Al-Kahf Challenge. Praise be to Allah, the Rabb of all that exists. If you would like to read the previous Al-Kahf Challenge posts in chronological order, please click the links below. Jazakumullah khayran.

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

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

[Al-Kahf 18:109] Al-Kahf Challenge (19/20)

“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 catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read 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 19 | Pg 20  | Pg 21

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Say: “If the sea were ink for [writing] the words of my Rabb,
the sea would be exhausted before the words of my Rabb were exhausted,
even if We brought the like of it as a supplement.”
[Al-Kahf 18:109]

This Ayah addresses the power and might of Allah’s Words. If the entire ocean was the ink for a pen to write down the words, wisdom, and signs of Allah, the sea would run dry long before all could be written down.

How many decades and how many generations of Muslims have taken upon themselves to study the Qur’an? Yet none of us can say that we have fully finished studying it. None of us can say that we have truly and extensively understood the meaning of the Qur’an.

This is because no one can comprehend the greatness of Allah, or praise Him as He deserves to be praised. The blessings of this world, in comparison to the blessings of the Hereafter, are like a tiny mustard seed compared to the entire world.

Indeed Ar-Rabi’ ibn Anas said, “The parable of the knowledge of all of mankind, in comparison to the knowledge of Allah, is that of a drop of water in comparison to all of the oceans.”

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

[Al-Kahf 18:108] Al-Kahf Challenge (18/20)

“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 catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read 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 19 | Pg 20  | Pg 21
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“Wherein they shall dwell (forever).
No desire will they have for removal therefrom.”

[Al-Kahf 18:108]

In the previous post, we learnt that the believers who have the correct belief and who did righteous deeds will be granted Gardens of Al-Firdaus. This ayah continues to explain that their eternal abode is the Gardens of Al-Firdaus.

My teacher once asked: “Are men created to live forever?”
To which we replied, of course not!
He said: “Wrong! Allah s.w.t. has indeed created us to live forever. It’s just that we have to move on to our next stage of life – the Akhirah.” Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:

“When the people of Paradise have entered Paradise
and the people of the Fire have entered the Fire,
death will be brought and will be placed between the Fire and Paradise,
and then it will be slaughtered, and a call will be made:
O people of Paradise, no more death! O people of the Fire, no more death!
So the people of Paradise will have happiness added to their previous happiness,
and the people of the Fire will have sorrow added to their previous sorrow.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

Everytime I try to ponder the concept of living forever, I just couldn’t grasp it. The thought of continue to live, and live, and live on, forever and ever in Jannah, is too overwhelming to be fully understood by this limited mind. What is more terrifying is the fact that the same will be faced by the people of Fire – who will continue to live on and on, forever and ever in the Hellfire, drinking and eating filth, to be inflicted punishment upon punishments – day in and out – for eternity.

Can you imagine that condition?
Can you bear that thought?
Subhanallah, may Allah save us from the terrors of Jahannam.

Let us continue with the ayah:

“No desire will they have for removal therefrom (from Jannah).”

Ibn Kathir wrote that the believers will never choose or want anything else. This ayah explains how much they love and desire it! We might think that a person who stays in one place forever would get bored and tired of it. This is true in this dunya. What happens to our beautiful homes? They’re only perfect for a few months and after a while, we start wishing that the designs, colors, interior, neighbourhood, landscapes were different. We can even stay in a beautiful 5-star hotel for several years, but eventually we will want to move on, try something new, eat something new, make new changes. But in this ayah, Allah s.w.t. tells us that despite the eternal stay in Jannah, the believers will never, ever want to choose, nor want to change, nor want to move from where they are.

This is because Jannah is absolutely perfect in all senses, beyond our comprehension. We all know that there are many different levels of Jannah, where people of greater piety will have higher levels than others. But the point of this ayah is that each and every person will feel that no one else has anything more than him! He will feel no one else has anything better than what he has! He will feel that he has THE BEST THERE IS in Jannah!

Subhanallah – such is the perfection of Jannah! And such is the Rahmat of Allah s.w.t. towards the slaves whom He loves. May Allah grant us all Jannatul Firdaus!

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

[Al-Kahf 18:107] Al-Kahf Challenge (17/20)

“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 catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read 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
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Verily! Those who believe and do righteous deeds
shall have the Gardens of Al-Firdaus (the Paradise)
for their entertainment [nuzul].
[Al-Kahf 18:107]

After describing the true losers in this life, Allah s.w.t. then describes the characteristics of those who will truly be successful. This ayah teaches us the two conditions that must be fulfilled in order to be in the successful group:

Correct Belief
and Righteous Deeds. 

These two are the total opposite of the characteristics of the losers, because the losers are those who not only do not have correct belief, but also all of their works are in vain and not accepted.

What is Righteous Deeds?

We need to really understand that for a deed to be accepted by Allah s.w.t. must be (1) done only for the His sake and (2) in accordance to the Shari’ah i.e. as the teachings of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. This is what it meant by Righteous Deeds.

1. Must be done only for Allah’s Sake i.e. Sincerity – The intention of any deed that we do must be only to seek the pleasure of Allah, and not for any other purpose even if it might seem good in our eyes. For example, a person attends a knowledge circle with his friend because he knows it will make his friend happy. Attending a beneficial class and pleasing a friend do seem like good deeds. However, if these were his sole intentions, then he will not be rewarded.

One of the things that is so important, yet always forgotten by us, is to tie each of our good action with the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah.
So if we are going to a knowledge circle – make the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah, for He has commanded us to seek knowledge.
If we are pleasing a friend – make the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah, for He has commanded us to behave well with others.
If we are cooking, cleaning, doing “mundane” chores in the house – make the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah, for He has commanded us to treat our parents with ihsan, and that He loves cleanliness.
Even if we’re eating or sleeping – make the intention to seek the pleasure of Allah, to revitalize our bodies so that we may continue to worship Him in the best manner.

Every single, minute good deed that we do – tie them with the intention to please our Rabb.

2. According to the Shari’ah i.e. the Sunnah – Religious innovations (bid’ah) will not be accepted by Allah s.w.t. for they do not follow the Sunnah. This is why Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam has warned us:

“He who innovates something in this matter of ours (i.e. Islam) that is not of it,
will have it rejected (by Allah).”
[Bukhari & Muslim]

Therefore, any deed that lacks sincerity and are not done according to the Sunnah, is not considered as a righteous deed. May Allah s.w.t. enable and facilitate us to constantly do righteous deeds for His sake.

What has been prepared for those who believe and do righteous deeds?

So what has been prepared for such believers? It is the Gardens of Al-Firdaus al-a’laa! Qatadah said that Al-Firdaus is a hill in Paradise, at its center, and the best of it!

One might feel how can I attain Jannatul Firdaus? Isn’t that only for the Messengers and Prophets? What did our beloved Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam taught us? He sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:

“When you ask Allah (for something),
ask for Al-Firdaus which is the best and highest part of Paradise.”
[Bukhari]

Always aim high! Remember that our goal is not just about getting in Jannah – It’s about getting in and at the HIGHEST place!

May Allah s.w.t. make us one of the inheritors of Jannatul Firdaus, Allahumma ameen!

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

[Al-Kahf 18:106] Al-Kahf Challenge (16/20)

“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 catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read 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
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“That shall be their recompense, Hell;
because they disbelieved and took My Ayat
and My Messengers by way of jest and mockery.”

[Al-Kahf 18:106]

In the previous ayat, we have discussed two characteristics of those who Allah s.w.t. say will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter. Those characteristics are:

(1) They lost or wasted their deeds, and
(2) They deny the Ayat of Allah s.w.t, His messengers, and the Hereafter.

In this Ayah, Allah s.w.t. tell us the ultimate consequence for these worst losers – they will be thrown into Jahannam. These people do not only disbelieve, but they ridicule the clear signs of Allah and His Messengers in the worst possible way. Allah s.w.t. promises that their abode will be Jahannam.

Even though Allah s.w.t. is referring to the disbelievers in this ayah, notice the warning:

“…they took My Ayat and My Messengers by way of jest and mockery.”

This warning is super important to us Muslims. We should not mock the commandments and prohibitions of Allah s.w.t., nor should we make fun of the Sunnah of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. Even though we know it’s totally haram from doing so, but we might just fall into this sin unknowingly. How many of us do or say the following:

❌ “Hudud is so outdated in this time of ours. We need to be progressive!”
❌ “I know alcoholic drinks are haram, but my business is just about selling them, I don’t drink! So what’s the fuss!”
❌ “Bro, cut off the beard, it doesn’t look good on you.”
❌ “Sis, why don’t you take off your hijab once in a while. You look like a terrorist.”

These are some examples of belittling and making fun of the Ayat of Allah s.w.t. and His Messenger sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam. So beware o Muslims, lest we mock the Deen unknowingly, due to our ignorance and arrogance. Be aware the gravity of our words.

Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam said:
“A slave (of Allah) may utter a word which pleases Allah without giving it much importance,
and because of that Allah will raise him to degrees (of reward);

a slave (of Allah) may utter a word which displeases Allah without thinking of its gravity,
and because of that he will be thrown into the Hell-Fire.”
[Sahih Bukhari]

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

[Al-Kahf 18:105] Al-Kahf Challenge (15/20)

“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 catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read 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
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“They are those who deny the Ayat (proofs, evidences, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Rabb and the Meeting with Him (in the Hereafter). So their works [a’mal] are in vain, and on the Day of Resurrection, We shall assign not weight for them.”
[Al-Kahf 18:105]

In the last ayah, we discussed about one of the characteristics of those who will be the greatest losers in the Hereafter: They lost or wasted their deeds.

In this Ayah, Allah s.w.t. gives us another characteristic:

The greatest losers deny the signs of their Rabb,
and they deny the truth of His Messengers,
and they deny the Hereafter.

Just like how the previous characteristic corresponds with the attribute mentioned in Surah Al-Asr (i.e. the people who are in loss are those whom have lost their righteous deeds), these denials also correspond with the two attributes mentioned in Surah Al-Asr:

(1) They do not have the correct belief (إِلَّا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ) and
(2) They do not believe in the Truth (وَتَوَاصَوۡاْ بِٱلۡحَقِّ )

Their denial of Allah’s Signs and the Day of Judgment constitute false belief, and are in fact untruthful, because Allah s.w.t. has clearly shown to us His Signs. If only these people reflect deeply!

Because of their denial, all of their [a’mal] / works are in vain. The word [a’mal] is typically used for good deeds, so these people may had done acts of goodness when they were alive – they may had started a charity project, they may had come out with an invention that has helped millions around the world, or they may even had worshiped their God to the best of their capability – however for these people, Allah s.w.t. says their deeds will have absolutely no worth whatsoever.  Why? Because they don’t believe in Allah, and they refuse to accept the Truth. Allah s.w.t. says:

And We shall turn to whatever deeds they did,
and We shall make such deeds as scattered floating particles of dust.
[Al-Furqan 25:23]

We ask Allah s.w.t. to keep us steadfast on this Deen, and we ask Allah s.w.t. to soften the hearts of those who have yet to believe.

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.

[Al-Kahf 18:104] Al-Kahf Challenge (14/20)

“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 catch up on the previous posts of this series, click here📌

To read 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 14 | Pg 15 | Pg 16 | Pg 17 | Pg 18 Pg 19Pg 20  | Pg 21

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The previous ayah asks:
“Shall We tell you the greatest losers in respect of (their) deeds?” [Al-Kahf 18:103]
And this ayah is the answer to that:

“Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life while they thought that they were acquiring good by their deeds!”
[Al-Kahf 18:104]

The greatest losers in respect of their deeds are those who think are on the correct path but all of their efforts only went to waste! Meaning, their deeds will have absolutely no value because they were not done in accordance with the prescribed way that is acceptable to Allah – they do not follow the Qur’an and the authentic Sunnah of Rasulallah s.a.w. The worst part is that they thought they were on the right path!

This is the case for a lot of people:

Example #1: Don’t we see how some non-believers are so pious and firm on their faith, and so confident that they are on the truth? They put so much effort to work on their spirituality, sometimes to the extent of abandoning the human fitrah like getting married, thinking that God is pleased with their actions. We ask Allah to open their hearts and guide them on the straight path, and we ask Allah to keep us steadfast.

Example #2: On the other hand, haven’t we seen how some men and women work so hard and tireless for their dunya, but forgot their akhirah? These people struggle day and night, thinking that they are acquiring good for themselves and their families.

Be careful o Muslims, for we are not safe from falling into this same delusion ourselves.

Example #3: We are Muslims, alhamdulillah, but we might do many acts of bid’ah (i.e. acts of worship that do not follow the Qur’an and authentic Sunnah). We think: I’m just doing a good deed, what’s so harmful about it? Rasulallah s.a.w. said:

“Whomsoever Allah guides, none can lead him astray,
and whomsoever Allah sends astray, none can guide.
The truest of word is the Book of Allah
and best of guidance is the guidance of Muhammad.
The worst of things are those that are newly invented;
every newly-invented thing is an innovation (bid’ah)
and every innovation (bid’ah) is going astray,
and every going astray is in the Fire.
[Sunan an-Nasa’i]

Example #4: No matter how pious we think we are right now, we might end up bankrupt on the Day of Judgment because of our own ugly character and behaviour towards others. Rasulallah s.a.w said:

“The real bankrupt of my Ummah is one who comes on the Day of Resurrection with
prayer, fasting, and charity,
but he cursed others,
slandered others,
unlawfully consumed the wealth of others,
shed the blood of others
and beat others;
so his good deeds would be credited to the account of those (who suffered at his hand).
If his good deeds run out before the score is settled, their sins would be added to his account and he would be thrown in the (Hell) Fire”.
[Sahih Muslim]

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, be forewarned, this is one of the characteristics of those who will be the greatest losers: their efforts were wasted. And as mentioned in the previous post, this also corresponds with one of the conditions stated in Surah Al-Asr: the people who are in loss are those whom have lost their righteous deeds.

May Allah s.w.t. protect us from becoming one of the greatest losers on the Day of Judgment.

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For the article written in collaboration with The Ideal Muslimah & mp3 of the Ayah, please click here.