Ashaab-e-Kahf

November 21,2016

November 21,2016 - Published 185 days ago

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Ashaab-e-Kahf

The Ashab-e-Kahf were the honest people amongst the noble and respectable people of the city of Ufsoos. In their era, there was a very cruel king namely Daqiyanoos. He forced the people to worship the creation [rather than the Creator, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ ] and would kill anyone who did not agree to it. Ashab-e-Kahf escaped the king’s oppression in order to protect their faith and took refuge in a cave on a nearby mountain, and fell asleep over there. They remained there [sleeping] in the same state for more than 300 years. When the king searched and came to know that they were inside the cave, he ordered to seal the cave with a strong wall so that they would die (due to hunger and thirst) in it and the cave would become their grave. It was their punishment.

(Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 5, pp. 541)


Ashab-e-Kahf had a great Madani mind-set for protecting their faith. These people sacrificed everything in order to protect themselves from Fitnahs [i.e. evils] and to protect their faith. They preferred to take refuge in a cave, rather than worshipping anyone other than Allah. It is also deduced that an extremely effective source of protecting faith in the era of Fitnahs [i.e. evils] is to get separated from the people.

After some time, the king Daqiyanoos died and kingships kept changing until a very kind-hearted and just person, named ‘Baydroos’ became the king. He ruled the country for sixty eight years gloriously. During his reign, conflicts and riots broke out and some people denied believing in the Resurrection and the Day of Judgement. The king confined himself to a home, alone, and implored earnestly in the court of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ with tearful eyes: ‘O Allah (عَزَّوَجَلَّ) reveal such a sign that people start believing in the Resurrection and in the Day of Judgement.’ In the same era, a shepherd selected the same cave (in which Ashab-e-Kahf were present) to provide his goats with shelter. With the help of a few people, he then demolished the wall. As the wall fell, the people who demolished the wall recoiled in utter horror and ran away. By the command of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ Ashaab-e-Kahf رَضِىَ الـلّٰـهُ تَـعَـالٰی عَـنْـهُم happily woke up from sleep. They were fresh, happy and lively, exchanged Salam and then stood for Salah.

(Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 5, pp. 542)


The person who migrates for the protection of his religion and faith, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ protects him with His Ghayb [i.e. unseen] which astonishes even the intellectuals. As Ashab-e-Kahf also turned away from the people for the sake of protecting Islam and they took refuge in the cave, Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ protected them in it by causing the fear of cave in the people’s hearts that’s why no one could get to Ashab-e-Kahf.

The first thing Ashab-e-Kahf did after they had woken up was to say Salam to each other and then they offered Salah. From this act it has been deduced that Salam and Salah are very old acts of worship. اَلْـحَمْـدُ لـِلّٰـه عَزَّوَجَلَّ they have special importance and excellence in Islam. But alas! Now a beautiful Sunnah of Salam is also dying out and unfortunately Masajid are also getting empty of Salah-offering people.

Having offered Salah, Ashab-e-Kahf said to [one of their companions] Yamleekha: ‘Go to the market and bring some food. Also, find out secretly what king Daqiyanoos intends to do with us?’ So, Yamleekha went to the market. While entering the city, he was astonished to see the signs of Islam and different type of people over there. He couldn’t understand the matter. Till yesterday, no one could openly state about his Islamic faith whereas today, Islamic signs are clearly visible. After some time, he رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ went to a bakery to purchase food and gave the baker a coin used in the times of Daqiyanoos. This coin had been replaced centuries ago and there was no one alive who could recognize it. The shopkeepers assumed that perhaps these people have discovered some old treasure. Therefore, the shopkeepers handed him over to the ruler. The ruler was a pious person. He asked him where the treasure is. Yamleekha said, ‘There is no treasure. This is our money.’ The king said,

‘What you are saying is totally unbelievable because the year mentioned on this coin is more than three hundred years ago and you are still young. We are old but we didn’t see this coin ever.’

Yamleekha رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ said: ‘If you answer my questions truly, the matter will be resolved. Tell me, how is the king Daqiyanoos?’ The ruler replied, ‘Today, there isn’t any king with this name in the world. However, hundreds of years ago, there was a dishonest king with this name.’ Yamleekha رَضِىَ اللهُ تَعَالٰی عَـنْهُ stated, ‘It was yesterday when, due to his fear, we fled to protect our lives. My companions are in a cave that is in the nearby mountain. You people come with me. I will make you meet them.’ Therefore, the ruler and chiefs of the city reached near the cave in large numbers. The companions in the cave were waiting for Yamleekha. Seeing the delay in his return, they presumed that Yamleekha might have been arrested. When they heard the noise of people coming at the entrance of the cave, they thought that perhaps the army of Daqiyanoos had arrived to arrest them. Therefore, these people became occupied with the Hamd of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ.

In the meantime, the people of the city reached and Yamleekha related the whole story to the remaining personages of the cave. These personages understood that they had been sleeping for such a long time (for more than 300 hundred years) and that they had been awakened so that they could become the evidence and sign of resurrection for the people.

When the ruler reached the corner of the cave, he saw a copper box. The box was opened, and a wooden board was found containing the names of Ashab-e-Kahf and their dog.

(Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 5, pp. 542)


In addition to these names, the wooden board which was taken out from the box of Ashab-e-Kahf also contained this information that:

This group of people took refuge in this cave for protecting their religion, having the fear of [being forced to convert by] Daqiyanoos. When Daqiyanoos was informed about this, he ordered to erect a wall outside the cave so that they could be confined to the cave.

‘We have mentioned this fact so that whenever the cave is opened, people become aware of their state’. Having read the board, everyone was astonished and started praising Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ as Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ has revealed the sign that makes a person hold the belief of the Resurrection. The ruler of the city informed the king Baydroos about this incident. Along with the chiefs and the honourable people of the city, the king also went to the cave and fell into Sajdah for thanking Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ as He had answered his Du’a. Ashab-e-Kahf embraced the king and said:

We entrust you with Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ
‘وَالسَّلَامُ عَلَیْکَ وَرَحْمَۃُ اللّٰہِ وَبَرَکَا تُہُ’ May Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ protect you and your country and protect [you and your country] from the evil of Jinns and humans!

The king was still standing when these people went back to the place where they had been sleeping. They again fell asleep and Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ made them die. The king preserved their bodies in a wooden box of a tree. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ infused such a dignity into the hearts of the people about Ashab-e-Kahf that no one has the courage to go at that place. Afterwards, the king Baydroos ordered to construct a Masjid at the entrance of the cave. He fixed an annual celebration day, and asked the people to visit it on that day like an Eid day.

(Siraat-ul-Jinaan, part 15, Al-Kahf, Taht-al-Ayah 9, 5-10/241, 5/543)


محفوظ سدا رکھنا شہا! بے ادبوں سے
اور مجھ سے بھی سرزد نہ کبھی بے ادبی ہو


Ashab-e-Kahf were the people who were filled with the Madani passion for protecting faith. By virtue of the blessing of Ashab-e-Kahf, a large number of people stayed safe from going astray. The blessed body of Ashab-e-Kahf survived intact even after sleeping for a long time which was their open saintly miracle. Ashab-e-Kahf were the people who would offer Salah and promote Salam. Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ protected Ashab-e-Kahf through a specific fear in the vicinity of the cave. Having attained the privilege of its Nisbat and love for the saints of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and having shown respect to them, the dog of Ashab-e-Kahf has become blessed in the court of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and has been gifted with Paradise.

For the sake of Ashab-e-Kahf, may Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bless us with the respect of pious saints and their true love and devotion!

اٰمِيۡن بِجَاهِ النَّبِيِّ الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِه وَسَلَّم

صَلُّوۡا عَلَى الۡحَبِيۡب       صَلَّى اللّٰهُ تَعَالٰى عَلٰى مُحَمَّد

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Kashif khan

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Ahmed Ali

For the sake of Ashab-e-Kahf, may Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ bless us with the respect of pious saints and their true love and devotion! Aameen !

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