Lessons from Surah al-Kahf by Dr. Yasir Qadhi
Through four beautiful narratives (the People of the Cave; the Man with Two Gardens; Musa and Khidr; and Dhu al-Qarnayn), this Surah not only summarizes the whole religion of Islam, but also teaches a number of important lessons.
Beginning with the role and function of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW), it goes on to highlight the need for Muslims to show genuine concern for humanity at large.
The importance of genuine knowledge, and the necessity to take it only from qualified teachers who have taqwa, is also highlighted - showing that the highest form of knowledge is that which is acquired through God - consciousness and utter submission to the Will of Allah (SWT).
The Surah also indicates that believers must always strive against their egos and attribute nothing of the blessings and bounties they possess to their egos or knowhow. One must always remember that Allah is the master of the whole universe and everything that happens in it is under his control, no matter how good, bad or difficult it might appear.
The Qur’an is full of parables. Each one, when its meaning is unpacked and understood, offers wisdom and guidance. Surah Kahf, chapter 18 from the Qur’an, is particularly thought provoking, and Muslims are advised to read it at least once a week.
But why? And what can we gain from it?
In this book Yasir Qadhi leads us through Surah Kahf, unfolding the lines, stories and symbols that have inspired people for over a thousand years: the people of the cave, Prophet Musa’s momentous encounter with Khidr, the two men and their gardens, and Gog and Magog.
And surely We have explained matters in people in the Qur’an in diverse ways, using all manners of parables. (Qur’an 18:54)
Through Yasir Qadhi’s unmistakeable voice, modern Muslims may glimpse some of the Qur’an’s profound meaning.
Say: “If the sea were to become ink to record the Words of my Lord, indeed the sea would all be used up before the Words of my Lord are exhausted…” (Qur’an 18:109)