018 - Soorah al-Kahf - (The Cave) - [Makkee]

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[018:054] And indeed We have put forth every kind of example in this Qur'ān, for mankind. But, man is ever more quarrelsome than anything.

 

[018:055] And nothing prevents men from believing, (now) when the guidance (the Qur'ān) has come to them, and from asking forgiveness of their Lord, except that the ways of the ancients be repeated with them (i.e. their destruction decreed by Allāh), or the torment be brought to them face to face.

 

[018:056] And We send not the Messengers except as givers of glad tidings and warners. But those who disbelieve, dispute with false argument in order to refute the truth thereby. And they treat My Ayāt (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.), and that with which they are warned, as a jest and mockery!

 

[018:057] And who does more wrong than he who is reminded of the Ayāt (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of his Lord, but turns away from them, forgetting what (deeds) his hands have sent forth. Truly, We have set veils over their hearts lest they should understand this (the Qur'ān), and in their ears, deafness. And if you (O Muhammad [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam]) call them to guidance, even then they will never be guided.

 

[018:058] And your Lord is Most Forgiving, Owner of Mercy. Were He to call them to account for what they have earned, then surely, He would have hastened their punishment. But they have their appointed time, beyond which they will find no escape.

 

[018:059] And these towns (population, 'Ād, Thamūd) We destroyed them when they did wrong. And We appointed a fixed time for their destruction.

 

[018:060] And (remember) when Mūsā (Moses) said to his boy-servant: "I will not give up (travelling) until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travelling."

 

[018:061] But when they reached the junction of the two seas, they forgot their fish, and it took its way through the sea as in a tunnel.

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(V.18:60) The Story of Mūsā (Moses) and Al-Khidr.

Narrated Sa'īd bin Jubair: I said to Ibn 'Abbās, "Nauf Al-Bikali claims that Mūsā (Moses), the companion of Al-Khidr was not the Mūsā (Moses) of the Children of Israel." Ibn 'Abbās said, "The enemy of Allāh (Nauf) told a lie." Narrated Ubayy bin Ka'b that he heard Allāh's Messenger [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam] saying, "Mūsā (Moses) got up to deliver a speech before the Children of Israel and he was asked, 'Who is the most learned person among the people?' Mūsā (Moses) replied, 'I (am the most learned).' Allāh admonished him for he did not ascribe knowledge to Allāh Alone. So Allāh revealed to him: 'At the junction of the two seas there is a slave of Ours who is more learned than you.' Mūsā (Moses) asked, 'O my Lord, how can I meet him?' Allāh said, 'Take a fish and put it in a basket and then proceed (set out and where you lose the fish, you will find him).' So Mūsā (Moses) (took a fish and put it in a basket and) set out, along with his boy-servant Yūsha' bin Nūn, till they reached a rock (on which) they both lay their heads and slept. The fish moved vigorously in the basket and got out of it and fell into the sea and there it took its way through the sea (straight) as in a tunnel. (V.18:61) Allāh stopped the current of water on both sides of the way created by the fish, and so that way was like a tunnel. When Mūsā (Moses) got up, his companion forgot to tell him about the fish, and so they carried on their journey during the rest of the day and the whole night. The next morning Mūsā (Moses) asked his boy-servant 'Bring us our morning meal; truly, we have suffered much fatigue in this, our journey.' (V.18:62)

Mūsā (Moses) did not get tired till he had passed the place which Allāh had ordered him to seek after. His boy-servant then said to him, 'Do you remember when we betook ourselves to the rock? I indeed forgot the fish; none but Satan made me forget to remember it. It took its course into the sea in a strange (way)!' (V.18:63)

There was a tunnel for the fish and for Mūsā (Moses) and his boy-servant there was astonishment. Mūsā (Moses) said, 'That is what we have been seeking.' So, they went back retracing their footsteps. (V.18:64) They both returned, retracing their steps till they reached the rock. Behold! There they found a man covered with a garment. Mūsā (Moses) greeted him. Al-Khidr said astonishingly, 'Is there such a greeting in your land?' Mūsā (Moses) said, 'I am Mūsā (Moses).' He said, 'Are you the Mūsā (Moses) of the Children of Israel?' Mūsā (Moses) said, 'Yes'; and added, 'I have come to you so that you may teach me something of that knowledge which you have been taught'.

Al-Khidr said, 'You will not be able to have patience with me.' (V.18:67)

'O Mūsā (Moses)! I have some of Allāh's Knowledge which He has bestowed upon me but you do not know it; and you too, have some of Allāh's Knowledge which He has bestowed upon you, but I do not know it.' Mūsā (Moses) said, 'If Allāh wills, you will find me patient, and I will not disobey you in aught.' (V.18:69).

Al-Khidr said to him. 'Then, if you follow me, ask me not about anything till I myself mention it to you.' (V.18:70). After that both of them proceeded along the seacoast, till a ship passed by and they requested the crew to let them go on board. The crew recognized Al-Khidr and allowed them to get on board free of charge. When they got on board, suddenly Mūsā (Moses) saw that Al-Khidr had pulled out one of the planks of the ship with an adze. Mūsā (Moses) said to him, 'These people gave us a free lift, yet you have scuttled their ship so as to drown its people! Verily, you have committed a thing 'Imra' (a Munkar -- evil, bad, dreadful thing).' (V.18:71)

Al-Khidr said, 'Did I not tell you, that you would not be able to have patience with me?' (V.18:72)

Mūsā (Moses) said, 'Call me not to account for what I forgot, and be not hard upon me for my affair (with you.)' (V.18:73)."

Allāh's Messenger [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam] said, "The first excuse given by Mūsā (Moses), was that he had forgotten. Then a sparrow came and sat over the edge of the ship and dipped its beak once in the sea. Al-Khidr said to Mūsā (Moses), 'My knowledge and your knowledge, compared to Allāh's Knowledge is like what this sparrow has taken out of the sea.' Then they both got out of the ship, and while they were walking on the seashore, Al-Khidr saw a boy playing with other boys. Al-Khidr got hold of the head of that boy and pulled it out with his hands and killed him. Mūsā (Moses) said, 'Have you killed an innocent person who had killed none! Verily, you have committed a thing 'Nukra' (a great Munkar -- prohibited, evil, dreadful thing)!' (V.18:74) He said, 'Did I not tell you that you can have no patience with me?' (V.18:75) (The subnarrator said, 'The second blame was stronger than the first one). Mūsā (Moses) said, 'If I ask you anything after this, keep me not in your company; you have received an excuse from me.' (V.18:76)

Then they both proceeded till when they came to the people of a town. They asked them for food but they refused to entertain them. (Then) they found there a wall about to collapse. (V.18:77) (Al-Khidr) set it up straight with his own hands. Mūsā (Moses) said, 'We came to these people, but they neither fed us nor received us as guests. If you had wished, you could surely, have exacted some recompense for it.' (Al-Khidr) said, 'This is the parting between me and you, (please read V.18:79, 80-82) that is the interpretation of those (things) over which you could not hold patience.' (V.18:78-82)."

Allāh's Messenger [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam] said, "We wished Mūsā (Moses) had more patience so that Allāh might have described to us more about their story."

[Sahih Al-Bukhari, 6/4725 (O.P.249)]

 

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