Surah Kahf – things you need to know about Surah Al Kahf

Surah Al kahf

Surah Kahf, about the timing and history of the revelation, it is an earlier “Meccan surah,” meaning it was revealed in Mecca, rather than in Medina later. It appears from the Surah theme that it was revealed at the beginning of the third stage when migration to Habash had not yet taken place amid persecutions and opposition. That’s why the tale of “Ashab-i-Kahf” (the Sleepers of the Cave) was connected to comfort and encouragement of the oppressed Muslims and to show them how the righteous saved their Faith in the past. Our aim at is to spread positive information so that our fellow Muslim brothers could learn.

Themes of Surah Kahf

Each chapter of the Qur’an has a theme; a core topic which it addresses. The chapter’s chapters, stories, and main points of discussion will all then define the theme. It is for this reason that Allah describes only certain parts of a Prophet’s story in one sūrah and other sections in another sūrah of the same story.
The Muslims endured numerous trials and difficulties during Islam’s early years. Those trials would change over time and evolve as the situation of the Muslims progressed. It is therefore as if Allah had opened this chapter in the early part of the Prophethood, so that the Muslims would be aware of the challenges they face and, more importantly, how to resolve them.

  1. Trial of Faith –  People of the Cave/ Ashabu Al-Kahf (Verses 9 – 26)

    2. Trial of Wealth – The story of the rich and the poor (Verses 32 – 44)

    3. Trial of Knowledge – Moses and Al-Khidr (Verses 60–82)

    4. Trial of Power – Dhul-Qar-nayn with Yajuj Majuj (Verses 83–98) 

Blessings of Surah Kahf

A man was reciting Surah al-Kahf and his horse was tied with two ropes beside him. A cloud came down and spread over that man, and it kept on coming closer and closer to him till his horse started jumping (as if afraid of something). When it was morning, the man came to the Prophet and told him of that experience. The
Prophet said, ‘That was Al-sakinah (tranquility), which descended because of (the recitation of) the Qur’an.’

A further blessing from Surah al-Kahf is that it defends from Dajjal’s fitnah. As stated in Abu al-Darda’s hadith, the Prophet said: ‘He who memorizes Surah al-Kahf’s first ten verses will be safe from the Dajjal trial. In another narration, it is the last ten verses of Surah al-Kahf.’

It is the first blessing about Surah al-Kahf mentioned in it hadith. The second blessing mentioned in this particular hadith is that anyone reciting the surah Kahf on Friday would have light from Makkah shining from them. It is also mentioned that anyone reciting Surah al-Kahf on a Friday will have all their minor sins forgiven before the next Friday. The virtues of reciting the surah are thus evident.

Ways to learn Surah Kahf

If you wish you learn Surah Kahf, we suggest the following sources:

Surah Kahf PDF :
Surah Kahf is widely available in downloadable PDF form. You can get it from several sources or simply recite it online.

Surah Kafh with Urdu translation/Surah Kahf with Arabic translation:
Another great source of learning the meaning of Surah Kahf is reading its translation, depending upon your ease, you could download it in English, Urdu or Arabic.

Surah Kahf Transliteration:
Transliteration is the process of transferring a word from the alphabet of one language to another. Unlike a translation, which tells you the meaning of a word that’s written in another language, a transliteration only gives you an idea of how the word is pronounced, by putting it in a familiar alphabet. To make reading easier, try the transliteration of Surah Kahf.

Surah Kahf Tafseer
A Quranic tafsir attempts to provide elucidation, explanation, interpretation, context or commentary for clear understanding and conviction of God’s will. To get an in-depth understanding of the Surah, it is best to spend time reflecting on the Tafseer.

Reasons to learn Surat-Kahf

We were commanded by the prophet (saws) to do what he did himself. Therefore find it as a sunnah as well (not just a prophet’s way (saw) but so many followers, successors, etc.
“If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of the Surah al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal.”
Most of us think of memorization as an extra activity, but the following hadith clarifies how empty your soul is in your heart when you have nothing of the Quran. He who doesn’t memorize every aspect of the Qur’an is like the house in ruins. At-Tirmidhi] You can ask, why memorize in the twenty-first century when we have the Quran preserved by Allah and millions of copies and apps for it?

 Since taking one verse to heart means knowing it by heart. Memorization provides us with knowledge of a qualitatively and physiologically different variety— you take the verse inside you and you know it at a deeper level than if you had simply read it off a screen. What you have in your heart in spontaneous circumstances it is easier to remember it.
Recite and rise, and be increased with every Ayah in reward. Tirmidhi] Memorizing doesn’t just mean saving it in your heart but also consuming it deep inside. So much so that you could see the Quran on you. People could tell, just by looking at you, that you have memorized the Quran or a part of it.


Allah integrates three fundamental principles of Islam in Surah Kahf: the Love of Allah (as mentioned in verses four and five), the Revelation on the Prophet (saws) (as described in the first verse) and the Reward (as mentioned in verses two and three) – thus bringing two emotions together; fear (not to let us procrastinate) and hope (always aspire for better).

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