Ashab e kahf


18:18 ..whilst they were asleep, ….and wouldst certainly have been filled with terror of them.
From Bangali translation of “Kanzul Imam & Khajaynul Islam” by Imam Ahmad Raza Khan Berelvi(ra) and Hazrat Allama Naym Muradabadi (alihir rahima), I found in the note of Ayat # 18 that : Allah taila protected them (ashab-e-kahf) by such fear that nobody can reach them.Hazrat Muabiya (radi allahu anhu) at the time of war against Roman was passing through the “Kahf” (cave).Than he(ra) like to go “ashab-e-kahf”.Hazrat Ibn Abbas (ra) prevent him (ra) not to do that and recite this verse (18).After that a team enter there by the order of Hazrat Muabiya(ra).Than Allah taila flew a such kind of wind that burn everybody.

Is it possible to enter this cave now,pls advise. I saw a video they showing the cave in Jordon and people can visit and showing the bones .

Allah Hafez,


wa `alaykum salam

ولما غزا ابن عباس رضي الله تعالى عنه مع معاوية بحر الروم فانتهوا إلى الكهف عزم معاوية أن يدخل عليهم فينظر إليهم ، فقال ابن عباس رضي الله تعالى عنهما : ليس هذا لك فقد منعه الله تعالى من هو خير منك ، فقال : { لَوِ أطَّلَعْتَ عَلَيْهِمْ } الآية فأرسل إليهم جماعة فلما دخلوا الكهف أرسل الله تعالى ريحاً فأخرجتهم

And [it was related] from Mu`awiya that he sent a battle expedition towards Byzantium, and they passed by the Cave in which are the Companions of the Cave [and said,] “what if we uncovered them and looked at them?” And ibn `Abbas said to him, “It is not for you to do that. Truly Allah prevented that to one who was better than you,” [meaning to the Prophet of Allah (s) in the verse] {if thou hadst come up on to them, thou wouldst have certainly turned back from them in flight,} (Surat al-Kahf, 18:18) Then Mu`awiya said, “I will not stop until I know about them .” and he sent people to see them,and told them “go and enter the cave.” and they went and entered the cave and Allah sent a wind which burned them (ahraqathum).” [related in the Tafsir Ruh al-Bayan by Shaykh Isma`il al-Haqqi, who mentioned an alternate reading as akhrajathum, “forced them out” in lieu of ahraqathum “it burned them.”

Shaykh Hisham mentioned that meaning in his Tafsir of Surat al-Kahf:

And that’s why Mu`awiya (ra), when he asked to see them, Ibn `Abbas (ra) said “No.” Because Allah will send ru`ba, will send fear in your heart, as he said in Holy Qur’an, and then you will be completely burned out.

Taher Siddiqui

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