Surah Kahf #reflection1
Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as,“so take (your) abode in the cave…” (Quran,18: 16).
Caves are usually dark and creepy. However, the word “abode” indicates that that very cave was a peaceful shelter for the youth.
The word “abode”, in its peaceful meaning, is mentioned in the Noble Qur’an only three times.
The first is about our Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) when Allah (SWT) says what can be translated as,“Did He not find you an orphan, so He gave (you) an abode.” (Quran, 93: 6).The second is about Yusuf (AS) (Joseph) when he met his parents after a long time of separation,“he gave an abode to his two parents…” (Quran, 12: 99).The third time is in the story of young men.
The cave was small but filled with peace and mercy. So was the cave of Mount Hira’, the Cave of Thawr.
“The cave” was chosen to be the name of the surah because it symbolizes choice. Every one of us will get into a situation where he or she must choose between faith in Allah and this worldly life.