Have sincerity and Allah will ease the way

Surah Kahf is a famous surah for many reasons, mainly because the Prophet ﷺ recommended reciting it every Thursday night or on Friday as whoever recites it, their week is enlightened. He (peace be upon him) said:

Whoever recites Surat al-Kahf on Friday will have a light between this Friday and the next.

In another narration, he (peace be upon him) said:

Whoever reads Surat al-Kahf as it was revealed, there will be a light for him on the Day of Resurrection. (Nasa’i, Bayhaqi, and Hakim)

The main lesson from this surah is about the people of the cave (kahf). This cave is most likely in Jordan. They were youngsters who believe in the Lord. Their names are not mentioned but their features are.

We relate to you their story in truth. They were youths who believed in their Lord, and We increased them in guidance. A l-Kahf:13

Being young and being guided is very rare and special. Usually many of us in youth, lack wisdom, experience and direction. They blow in the wind like a feather and follow the crowd. However these youngsters were searching for the truth, were convinced of the truth and tried their best to convey it to others. They preached the oneness of Allah, but for this they were threatened. In fact their lives were endangered. This is why they left their people and isolated themselves in the cave.

Those who are closed minded cannot tolerate different opinions and view others as their enemy.  They were even ready to kill them.

What is important about this story is that they were sincere about their faith. And for this reason they have been immortalised in the Quran.

Do not underestimate the power of sincerity. No matter how many obstacles you have around you or how many bricks you have to carry, have sincerity and Allah will ease the way.

It will not be a smooth ride but He will help you and support you and you will see the changes around you – as this story took 309 years for the situation to change, but they were able to witness it. Their faith remained intact and Allah honoured them and told us this story so we could learn from them.

We pray that Allah enables us to be like these youngsters who were sincere and truthful. Ameen

Shaykh Haytham Tamim

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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.