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Salah Bukhatir Surah Al Kahf Full - Really Beautiful Quran Recitation with English Translation

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Surah Al Kahf is almost entirely devoted to a series of parables or allegories built around the theme of faith in God versus an undue attachment to the life of this world. The key-phase of the whole Surah "We have willed that all beauty on earth be a means by which We put men to a test" (18:7) is most clearly formulated in the parable of the rich man and the poor man. The story of the Men of the Cave illustrates the principle of world-abandonment for the sake of faith, and is deepened into an allegory of death, resurrection and spiritual awakening. The story of Moses shifts the theme of spiritual awakening to the plane of man's intellectual life and the search for divine knowledge through mystic insight. And, finally, the story of Dhu'l-Qarnayn, "the Two-Horned One”, takes us on a journey:

22:46 Have they, then, never journeyed about the earth, letting their hearts gain wisdom, and causing their ears to hear?

After his travels in the West and the East Dhu'l-Qarnayn reaches a place “between the two mountain barriers”. In the preceding story of Moses’ wanderings they “returned to the rock” (true faith) at the "junction between the two seas” (mystic insight) where "the fish" (divine knowledge) miraculously comes back to life and Moses learns the true nature of reality:

26:60 And so [the Egyptians] caught up with them at sunrise; (61) and as soon as the two hosts came in sight of one another, the followers of Moses exclaimed: "Behold, we shall certainly be overtaken [and defeated]!"
26:62 He replied: "Nay indeed! My Sustainer is with me, [and] He will guide me!" (63) Thereupon We inspired Moses thus: "Strike the sea with thy staff!" - whereupon it parted, and each part appeared like a mountain vast.

With only one eye open the world appears to be a sea of seemingly random events - a meaningless jumble of waves crashing into one other. When both eyes are opened the true nature of reality suddenly comes into view and this world stands side-by-side with the next life. The suffering of the poor, the innocent and the righteous, and the apparent good fortune of the wicked and corrupt can then be viewed in the full context of a life after death and the ultimate justice of a Day of Judgment close at hand. We all live in the valley of the shadow of death, and the sea is about to come crashing back down upon us.

Armed with this spiritual insight, the people are told to build a strong defensive barrier - "between the two mountain sides" - to protect themselves from the corruptions of the Gog and Magog people. “Light a fire and ply your bellows!” i.e., kindle the fire of true faith within yourselves by becoming a people of divine knowledge ("READ", 96:1), that is, by serious study of the “ingots of iron” and “molten copper” which comprise the divine writ:

3:7 He it is who has bestowed upon thee from on high this divine writ, containing messages that are clear in and by themselves - and these are the essence of the divine writ - as well as others that are allegorical.

The above passage is the key to the understanding of the Quran. The ‘ayah muhkamat’ or “essence of the divine writ” – are those verses which comprise the fundamental principles underlying the message of the Quran, in particular, its ethical and social teachings. The ‘ayah mutashabihat’ or "allegorical passages" – are those verses which are expressed in a figurative manner, with a meaning that is metaphorically implied but not directly, in so many words, stated. And it is only through study of the clearly enunciated principles that the timeless, universal truths contained within the allegorical passages can be brought to light and, therefor, correctly applied to man's ever changing social environment.

18:77 And so the two went on, till, when they came upon some village people, they asked them for food; but those [people] refused them all hospitality.
And they saw in that [village] a wall which was on the point of tumbling down, and [the sage] rebuilt it...

The Muslim world has abandoned the Quran to ruin: losing itself to sectarianism, nationalism, tribalism, ignorance, corruption and greed The Christians and Jews are also children of Abraham "orphaned" from true faith in the empty formalism of modern religion. A "hidden treasure" belonging to all believers who sincerely work to find the path back to God - while the rest of the world passes-by in wilful ignorance and mindless denial of the waves, like mountains, towering above them.

10:90 And We brought the children of Israel across the sea; and thereupon Pharaoh and his hosts pursued them with vehement insolence and tyranny, until [they were overwhelmed by the waters of the sea.

18:16 Hence, now that you have withdrawn from them and from all that they worship instead of God, take refuge in that cave: God will spread His grace over you, and will endow you - whatever your [outward] condition - with all that your souls may need!"

Surah Al Kahf Quran Recitation by Salah Bukhatir

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