Be among the successful ones and pass your life’s tests

Be among the successful ones and pass your life's tests

Surah Kahf was revealed in Makkah.

The reason behind the revelation was that Quraysh wanted to refute the message, so they sent two of their leaders to the Jewish tribe in Madina to ask about the truth of the Prophet’s message (peace be upon him). Was he a real prophet or not? They told Quraysh to ask him three questions and these would show whether he was authentic or not.

They asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) about the people of the cave, and about Dhul Qarnain, a leader who has been given the power to go around the world. The third question was about the ruh (soul), which was answered in Surah Isra.

Despite providing divine answers to their questions, the Quraysh did not believe.

Surah Kahf has five stories which are interlinked by their theme. They are all stories about being tested.

1-The people of the cave were tested in their faith.

2-The owner of the two gardens who was tested in his wealth, and is punished for his hubris and ingratitude.

3-The third story is briefly about the test of obedience Adam and Iblis.

4-And then the fourth story is of Musa and Khidr and the test of knowledge, humility and Sabr.

5-Finally it is the story of Dhul Qarnain who shows brilliance and justice in the test of his power and authority.

We ask Allah to enable us to pass any of these tests and be among the successful who are obedient to Allah Almighty.


Shaykh Haytham Tamim


Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.