Lessons from the Cave: Part 5: Verses 22-26


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Prologue    1   2   3   4

Welcome to Lessons from the Cave Part 5.  Today inshaAllah, we will see the reason why everyone says “inshaAllah” before doing something…or say it because they want you to stop asking if they will come to your event or not…. 🙂

Lesson 5 : Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave) Chapter 18: verses 22-26

(Some) say they were three, the dog being the fourth among them; (others) say they were five, the dog being the sixth,- doubtfully guessing at the unknown; (yet others) say they were seven, the dog being the eighth. Say thou: “My Lord knoweth best their number; It is but few that know their (real case).” Enter not, therefore, into controversies concerning them, except on a matter that is clear, nor consult any of them about (the affair of) the Sleepers.” (18:22)

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The Time’s Change, But Our Treasures Remain


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Sometimes videogames, movies, and TV take me by surprise with quotes or stories that allow for reflection on life.

One quote that lingers in my mind, oddly enough, is from my favorite videogame:  The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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Lessons from the Cave: Part 4: Verses 18-21


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Prologue   Part 1    Part 2    Part 3

Welcome to Lessons from the Cave: Part 4.  We had a pretty long lesson last time, but hopefully inshaAllah you are starting to reap some benefits in learning basics of how Arabic works, and starting to recognize words in your reading of Qur’an.  We’re hoping to make more advances today, but not too heavy on anything new.

We’ll also be reaching the conclusion of the main part of the story of the youth of the Cave, with some mention of them later on.

As a reminder, we wanted to learn the verb “to worship” last time and word “Master (Lord).”

Lesson 4 : Surah Al-Kahf (The Cave) Chapter 18: verses 18-21

“Thou wouldst have deemed them awake, whilst they were asleep, and We turned them on their right and on their left sides: their dog stretching forth his two fore-legs on the threshold: if thou hadst come up on to them, thou wouldst have certainly turned back from them in flight, and wouldst certainly have been filled with terror of them.” (18:18)

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The Qur’an Is Easy To Remember – Part 2


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Part 1

Allah repeats in Surah Al-Qamar, Chapter 54 verse 22:

And We have certainly made the Qur’an easy for remembrance, so is there any who will remember? (54:22)

Although the Qur’an is easy to remember, there are certain steps along the way that help average students like us memorize more efficiently.  This is especially true for one who is unable to sit with a teacher.

Here in Part 2, we want to talk about the actual procedure of sitting down and memorizing the verses.

Following a set procedure

So we have a sincere intention, we’ve asked for forgiveness and help, and we’ve got the Qur’an in our hands ready to go….but how does one actually memorize the verse in front of them?

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Do Our Bodies Ache For Syria?


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

A bacterial infection, for example, on a wound, is usually localized with pain, redness, and swelling at the site.

However, even though the bacteria may be in your foot, you’ll probably still have a fever.  A fever will make your body hurt and make your mood go sour, and probably keep you in bed for a couple days. A fever is a sign that your body recognizes something “foreign”- something that’s not supposed to be there- so it cranks up the heat in an attempt to fry that little bug giving you trouble.

The Prophet (saw) uses an amazing metaphor for how a believer feels when another believer or group of believers is going through tough times:

Nu’man b. Bashir reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: “The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 32, Number 6258)

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Lessons from the Cave Part 3: Verses 14-17


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Prologue   Part 1  Part 2

Welcome to Lessons from the Cave Part 3.  Last time, we studied an important rule of Arabic: possession.  Knowing this rule (for ease, the italics in some of the words below indicate where the rule is being used) and the few verbs we have so far, we will continue to elevate our understanding – test yourself weekly with the “CHALLENGE” phrases.

However, to get the most from this series, make sure to LISTEN to the recitation of the verses being mentioned,  preferably verse by verse.  A good site to listen in this manner is linked here.  For the beginner, change the reciter to “Abdul Baasit.”

Explanation in transliteration are for ease, however, to get the most out of this, please follow the explanation with the Arabic in the verse.

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The Burden Of The Pen


In the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

With the Name of Allah, the extremely Merciful at this very moment, and the extremely Merciful at all times.

Allah says in Surah As-Saff, Chapter 61 verse 2-3:

“O you who have believed, why do you say what you do not do?” (61:2)

“Great is hatred in the sight of Allah that you say what you do not do.” (61:3)

The pen, what has been written with it and continues to be written with it, has a fascinating legacy worthy of reflection.  Allah Himself swore by the pen in Surah Al-Qalam (Note: Click for tafsir), and that alone gives it importance.   The pen is what writes the deeds that we have done, are doing, and will do.  It records what we say, hear, and witness.  And this writing of the Angels for us will continue until we pass.

A common saying goes: “The pen is mightier than the sword.”  It is true that that the pen can stop battles, as in the Treaty of Hudaibiyah- the victory of peace at the time of the Prophet (saw).  But it is also true that the pen is what starts battles.  Through their words, writers of the past encouraged revolution by motivating the oppressed to rise against and topple oppressive regimes.

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