x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Worshippers to hear story of the cave people

The Friday sermon is about a certain section of the Quran.

ABU DHABI // Muslims will be reminded in today's sermon of the value of Al Kahf (the cave) chapter in the Quran, and how memorising 10 verses from it protects one from the illusion of al-Masih ad-Dajjal (the antichrist).

Muslims were advised to read it every Friday by the Prophet Mohammed, for Allah to bestow light upon one's path during the week.

"This goes back to the benefits of this chapter and what it includes from stories and events that mix with our reality ... to inspire us with lessons and morals," the sermon says.

Al Kahf chapter includes the story of the people of the cave, a group of believers who fled their town to protect their religion. As they ran away they found a cave and decided to hide in it. God made them sleep for 309 years to protect them and to illustrate the miracle of putting life back into the dead.

Another story featured in the chapter is that of two men: one of them has a lot of blessings from Allah and fruit, and started showing them off in front of the second man, who was poor. He was reported in the Quran saying to him: "I am greater than you in wealth and mightier in [numbers of] men."

His poor friend argued with him that he may not have his wealth but God will replace it with what is more valuable, and his property might be destroyed by any cause if God wills it. And it was destroyed in the end.

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