10 Benefits Of Surah Kahf

Benefits Of Reading Surah Al Kahf

Benefits Of Reading & Reciting Surah Kahf

“[All] praise is [due] to Allah, who has sent down upon His Servant the Book and has not made therein any deviance.” (Surah Al Kahf: 1)

The Quran is a book of knowledge and guidance. Every letter of this holy book is filled with Hikmah and Barakah. And Surah Al Kahf is amongst the most beneficial and virtuous Surahs of the Quran.

Surah Al Kahf (Cave) (Arabic: الكهف) is the 18th Surah of the Holy Quran. The meaning of the word the Al Kahf is The Cave. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in Mecca; hence it is a Meccan or Makki Surah. There are 110 verses in Surah Al Kahf and 1583 words in total.

What Is Surah Kahf About!

Surah Al Kahf spoke of many incidents. The cave story is the most famous and it is how the surah got its name. The story of a man of the gardens, the story of Moussa and the Blessed Khedr, and the story of Dhul-Qarnayn. The surah also has many verses with instructions for Muslims.

Lessons From Surah Al Kahf

Surah Al Kahf teaches that there is none associated with Allah SWT. He has no son and those who say such a thing for them are the warning in Surah Al Kahf. The beauty of Surah Al Kahf is that it has four stories that elevate the reader’s faith, teach him/her a valuable lesson, and guide them over righteousness.

Themes Of Surah Al Kahf

1- The People of The Cave or Ashab-e-Kahf

It is mentioned in Surah Al Kahf that there were few young men who believed in Allah, in a city full of disbelievers. Indeed, this was Allah’s test of their Imaan or faith. When those young men felt threatened by the disbelievers of that country, they chose to leave it to preserve their faith. They go to a cave and Allah bestows sleep on them for many years. When they wake up and go out of the cave, they realize that a long time has passed by and they are surrounded by the believers.

Moral:  Just like these young men, we should be firm believers in Islam even when we are surrounded by non-believers. We should have Tawakkul that our Lord will take care of us and with Him lays our strength and power.

2- The Trial of Religion

This segment of Surah Al-kahf tells an important story from ancient times. When Allah delivered the message, there were few believers who accepted it. However, the majority of people in that city were non-believers. And when believers faced their retribution, they had to seek protection in the cave. Allah SWT bestowed sleep over them for centuries and by the time they woke up, the whole city became believers.

So one should never be disheartened while being on the path of Allah and facing fitnah. Instead, one should believe in the power of the Almighty and endure patiently. This makes the believers patient and gives strength for preservation.

3- Two gardens and a Test of Wealth

There was a man who was very wealthy and was blessed with two beautiful gardens. But he was a disbeliever and even when Allah bestowed His mercy in the form of very prosperous gardens that was given to him. Yet he did not thank Allah for the blessings. In fact, he started doubting divine mercy and blessings. He became boastful about himself. As a consequence, Allah SWT took away his wealth, and at last, he came to know about the delusion in which he was living. But it was indeed late for him.

Moral: This story of Surah Al Kahf teaches us that whatever we have been given is solely by Allah SWT. And we should always be thankful for it. When Allah blesses us with the wealth we should be thankful and use it purposeful and for the betterment of the world and Islam. As this world is not our eternal abode.

4- The Trial of Knowledge

This story of Surah Al Kahf is about Prophet Musa (A.S) and Khizar (A.S). Musa (A.S) thought that he is the most knowledgeable person on the earth. And there is none who has more knowledge than him. It is when Allah SWT guided him to meet Khizar (A.S) who was more knowledgeable than Musa (A.S).

Moral: This story of Surah Al Kahf teaches us that Allah is the Knower of all things and we should never be boastful about his blessings. Our knowledge should make us humble and we should always use it for good.

5- Dhul-Qarnayn: Just Leader

Dhul-Qarnayn was a wise, mighty, and just king who maintained justice and traveled around the world to help the people who were in need. He was the king who imprisoned Gog and Magog (Yajuj and Majuj) behind a great wall and provided relief to the people from their violence.

Moral: It is Allah who blesses us with all the power. And we should utilize our blessings for a good cause. If we are capable of doing a good thing even when it looks difficult, we should trust Allah and hasten to do it because Allah SWT loves the doer of good and also helps them in accomplishing good tasks.

Virtues of Surah Kahf 

Benefits of reading surah kahf

There are many Hadith that enumerate the blessings of this surah in its entirety and regarding the first or last 10 Ayat.
1- Because Prophet (PBUH) asked us to

We should follow the action and manners of the prophet (PBUH) as he asks us to do what he (PBUH) used to do. Hence, we should consider it Sunnah (and we should also follow the ways of companions and successors, and so on for our own good). I am not aware of memorization of any specific Surah/Ayat except for this one. Since the Prophet (PBUH) is our foremost well-wisher(as mentioned in the sixth verse), we should always follow his advice.

“Whoever recites Surah Al-Kahf first and foremost he will be enlightened”. Whoever will complete recite it. There will be light between the earth and the sky for him.

2- Because you will be raised in ranks if you memorize

We attain higher and higher ranks as we increase our memorization. Recite and rise up and be increased in reward with every Ayah. Memorization is not mere learning but incorporating it all within ourselves to that level that the Quran is viewed through us. And people around us can feel and see that we have memorized the Quran or a part so deeply.

Aisha R.A narrated:

“The character of the Prophet (PBUH) was the Quran.”

3- Because memorizing teaches you the fundamentals of Islam

The three fundamentals of Islam are combined in the first ten verses by Allah SWT. Oneness of Allah is mentioned in verses four and five of this Surah,  revelation upon Prophet (PBUH) is mentioned in the first verse, and Allah tells about recompense in the second and third verses; signifying fear that does not let us procrastinate and hope to make us walk towards betterment.

4- Because memorizing increases your Imaan (faith)

Surah Al-Kahf has many stories in it that teach you so many practical lessons to implement in your daily life. But the first ten verses help you to develop a strong connection with Quran because there is no possibility of deviation in it (as mentioned in the first and second verses). We have something we can hold onto before the war of Dajjal. So if you want strength, you come to this book. Do you want to just fear Allah and not Dajjal or anyone? This book has an answer. It will increase your Imaan (faith) inshaAllah.

5- Protection from the Trial (Fitnah) of Dajjal

The Prophet (PBUH) said:

“If anyone learns by heart the first 10 verses of the Surah Al Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal.” (Sahih Muslim, Book 6, Hadith 311)

“Whoever recites the last ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf he will be safe from the temptation of Dajjal”.

“If he comes forth while I am among you I shall be the one who will dispute with him on your behalf, but if he comes forth when I am not among you, a man must dispute on his own behalf, and Allah will take my place in looking after every Muslim. Those of you who live up to his time should recite over him the opening verses of Surah Al Kahf, for they are your protection from his trial.”  (Sunan Abi Dawud 4321)

Undoubtedly, the Trial of Dajjal is one of the hardest Fitnah for our Ummah. But our beloved Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has already given us the solution to be protected from it. We should hasten to memorize the first ten verses of Surah Al Kahf.

6- Reading Surah Al Kahf brings peace and tranquility to its reciter

Narrated Al-Bara’ bin ‘Azib:

A man recited Surah Al Kahf (in his prayer) and in the house, there was a (riding) animal that got frightened and started jumping. The man finished his prayer with Taslim, but behold! A mist or a cloud hovered over him. He informed the Prophet (PBUH) of that and the Prophet (PBUH) said: “O so-and-so! Recite, for the (mist or cloud) was a sign of peace descending for the recitation of the Quran.” (Sahih al-Bukhari 3614)

SubhanAllah! Such are the blessings of Surah Al Kahf. Its recitation holds great importance. Also, Surah Al Kahf is a great source of peace and blessings.

7- Reading Surah Al Kahf on Friday will keep us enlightened

“Whoever reads Surah al Kahf upon the arrival of Jummah (Friday) will have a light that will sparkle from him starting with one Friday then onto the next.” (al-Jaami)

SubhanAllah! Just imagine the greatness of this reward. It will make the reciter stand out from the crowd and make him/her worthy of countless blessings and rewards till the next Friday. Doesn’t it motivate us to recite Surah Al Kahf every Friday to be under the light throughout our lives?

8- Reading Surah Al Kahf on Friday Night

“Whoever reads Surah Al Kahf on the night of Jummah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (Kabah).”(Al-Jaami)

“Whoever recites Surah Al-Kahf on Friday on the Day of Judgement there will be light for him in the heavens and the earth and the sins between the two Fridays will be forgiven“.

Benefits OF Surah Kahf On Friday

Benefits of surah al kahf On Friday

9- Reading Surah Al Kahf in a group to attain tranquility

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Prophet (PBUH) said:

“Whenever a group of people assembles in one of the Houses of Allah (i.e. Mosques), reciting the Book of Allah and studying it, tranquility descends upon them, Mercy covers them, angels surround them and Allah makes a mention of them among those who are with Him.” (Muslim)

10- To be companions of Prophet Isa (AS)

Just imagine Isa (A.S) asking you what he once asked his disciples (Hawaariyyoon). He says –

Who are my supporters? my companions for the sake of Allah?

Can you imagine replying with “We are supporters of Allah.” SubhanAllah!

But this requires living in the era of Dajjal. So memorize the first ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf and be a believer in the tough time of Fitnah of Dajjal.

When To Read Surah Kahf

Read and recite Surah Al-Kahf during the night or day of Jummah (Friday). The sunset of Thursday marks the night of Jummah and the end of the day of Jummah is marked at the sunset. Hence, the time period of reading starts from sunset on Thursday to sunset on the next day (Friday).

It is highly recommended to recite Surat al-Kahf on the night before Friday or to recite it on the day of Friday itself, before the time of Maghrib.

“And it is best to do so early on Friday, in order to avoid forgetting.” (Ibn Abidin)

Tips To Memorize Surah Kahf

Benefits Of Reciting Surah Al Kahf

Memorizing Surah Al Kahf is important as this Surah is filled with great blessings and rewards. It is a little longer and may require a longer time for memorization for all those who have a strict schedule. But with a strong intention, you can become proficient over time.

  • Make strong niyyah or intention to learn Surah Al Kahf
  • There are 110 verses in Surah Al Kahf. Start by memorizing the first ten verses separately as they protect us from the turmoil of Dajjal. Then, you can opt to learn 10 verses each day or 5 verses each day as per your plan and goal.
  • Set the realistic goal to memorize Surah Al Kahf. For example: If you have exams in the coming month, keep your goal short. And if you have holidays, try to learn as much as you can.
  • Revise the first ten verses every day and the whole Surah every Friday.
  • Listen to the audio and visualize the verses of Surah Al Kahf at the time of the memorization process
  • Understanding the meaning of the Surah helps in quick memorization as well as retention
  • Take the help of a Quran tutor or enroll in an online Quran memorization course

How Long Does It Take To Memorize Surah Kahf?

Indeed, recitation of the Quran is very beneficial. And memorization of Surahs gives us the power to recite the Quran anytime that we want. If one plans to learn 5 verses of Surah Al Kahf each day with 30 minutes devoted every day, it will take 22 days to memorize this Surah by heart. It takes indeed less than a month! SubhanAllah. One can also enroll in an online memorization course and take help from a Quran tutor online to memorize Surah Al Kahf efficiently and understand it in a better way.

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