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Surah Al-Kahf Part 3 of 4
The Story of Musa and Al-Khidr -A Trail of Knowledge
Allah had ordered Musa (AS) to go along with Al-Khidr on a journey in search of valuable knowledge that He had bestowed on Al-Khidr. From this story Musa (AS) learned that Allah bestows his knowledge on whoever he wishes and thus, a person should never feel that he is the most knowledgeable of all. Hence Al-Khidr said
“And as for the wall, it belonged to two orphan boys in the town; and there was under it a treasure belonging to them; and their father was a righteous man, and your Lord intended that they should attain their age of full strength and take out their treasure as a mercy from your Lord. And I did them not of my own accord. That is the interpretation of those (things) over which you could not hold patience.” [Chapter 18 Verse 82]
Therefore, Al-Khidr agreed to go with Musa (AS), on the condition that he should not ask any questions during their journey. From Al-Khidr’s part, he made a hole in their boat, testing Musa (AS) firmness to their approved agreement. This brought him to the first violation of his promise to remain patient until they reached their destination. The next question followed when Al-Khidr killed a seemingly innocent boy that they came across. In the third event, they entered a town and requested food but they were rejected. In spite of the refusal, they repaired a wall which was on the verge of collapse. Inquisitive, Musa (AS) enquired the non-acceptance against payment of the chore. Al-Khidr then said that concluded their journey and provided a detailed explanation of his actions.
He made a repairable hole in the boat with the objective to protect the poor boat owners from the tyrant king who seized all useful boats. As such, the boy would have been a source of rebellion and disbelief to his parents who were believers, thus, Allah intended to replace him with one who is better in righteousness and mercy. In addition, the interpretation relating to the reparation of the wall refers to the fact that it was Allah’s wish to safeguard the whereabouts of the treasure’s secrecy that was owned by two orphans and which was buried by their father. They could then claim it once they grew up.
It is crystal clear that Al-Khidr was not performing these actions according to his own wills; he was being guided by Allah’s orders. This story depicts one of the greatest lessons mankind can derive from the four stories of Surah Al-Kahf, showing that Allah’s wisdom is infinite and human intellect is too limited to understand the wisdom of God’s decree. We must always place our trust in Allah’s plan, for He is The Just.
Surah Al-Kahf Part 4 out of 4
The Story of the Dhul Qarnain (A Righteous King) - A Trial of Power
This is the story of Dhul Qarnain, a righteous and just king who traveled the land. The Qur’an mentions three of his journeys. On his last journey, he reached a place between two mountains where he met a tribe of people. They asked him to build a wall between them and the people of Gog and Magog “Ya’juj and Ma’juj” who were doing mischief in the land. Dhul Qarnain agreed to erect a barrier. After he built the wall, he clearly stated:
(Dhul-Qarnain) said: “This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the Promise of my Lord comes, He shall level it down to the ground. And the Promise of my Lord is ever true.” [Chapter 18 Verse 98]
Allah had showered Dhul Qarnain with the power and resources to accomplish monumental achievements. On one particular expedition, he found a group of people whom Allah ordered him to either punish or treat gently. He punished those who committed sins and was gentle to those who did righteous works. His next journey followed by the people whom Allah had provided no shelter. Then he continued until he met some weak people at a place between two mountains. These people were barely to communicate with him but they were able to request him to build a barrier of protection against Gog and Magog in exchange for payment.
Therefore, Dhul Qarnayn’s fair treatment of the first group of people, punishing only the wrongdoers, and being kind to the others should be relatable to all rulers and people in positions of power while exercising justice without any discrimination. Moreover, our strength are required to assist and not exploit the weak. Indeed, the leaders’ role should reflect the characteristics of Dhul Qarnain in taking the lead from the front in times of crisis to tackle major issues and challenges.
As a whole, Surah Al-Kahf is one of the renowned Surahs of the Quran. As a matter of fact, there are special rewards and benefits that come from its recitation as well as an understanding of its content can also be used to help a Muslim understand valuable notions to shape one’s life towards the path of righteousness.
In a narration from Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h), it is stated that whoever reads Surah Al-Kahf on Friday, Allah will bestow upon him light until the next Friday.
May Allah help us make Surah Al-Kahf a regular reading and listening habit of our Friday routines.
(Have a blessed Friday)