Ashabul Kahfi Cave, the story of 7 Young Believers

There are many opinions about where the cave of Ashabul Kahfi is located. There are at least 33 locations in the world that are claimed to be al-Kahfi caves. There have been at least 104 studies on this issue.

The most studied of these sites is the cave in amman. It is located in Abu Alanda, east of Amman.

According to literature, this historic site is known as Ar-Raqim. An archaeologist, Dr. Muhammad Wahib concluded that the cave at the historical site of Ar-Raqim is the cave where Ashab Al Kahfi hid.

It was very fortunate that we had the opportunity to live in Amman which is very rich in history, especially religious sites.

The word Ar-Raqim is also referred to in the Quran and the Tafsir member interprets Ar-Raqim as the name of a dog and some state it as a inscription stone.

Kahf Ahlil Kahf is a historical location that proves the truth of the story in the Quran which is found in Quran Surah Al-Kahfi from verse 9 to verse 26.

The verse in the Surah relates how 7 young men who believed in Allah fled to a cave and put them to sleep for 309 years of Qamariah (verse 25) so that they could not be awakened by any voice (verse 11).

The story of these 7 youths began when they confronted the unjust king of that time and acknowledged that they only believed in the Lord of the heavens and the earth.

When they woke up, one of them went out to buy food and found that the era had changed from the time they entered the cave.

This was realized when the money they used was no longer sold in that era. (Their time was resurrected). Then the young man returned to the cave until finally all died in the cave.

Ashabul Kahfi Cave Details

It turns out that the details of the cave described in the verses of Surah Al Kahfi can still be clearly seen in the current condition.

The shape of the cave around the former ruins is actually not too big and deep but quite high on the inside of the cave, while the door is as high as an adult.

Likewise, at the top of the cave there is a hole from above that can be entered by air and light in accordance with verse 17 above.

Just above the cave there is a ruin core like a former resting place. The intended place of worship is a Christian synagogue.

During the Umaiyah period, the houses of worship were turned into mosques. (verse 21).

There is a writing on the door curve on the East wall which states ‘The mosque was renewed in 117 Hijriah which refers to the time of Hisham bin Abdul Malik bin Marwan.

This proves that during the time of the Umaiyah kingdom they had already renewed the mosque which had previously become a house of worship for Christians.

A visible effect is the indication of the direction of the Qibla found on the cave, such as the head or the direction of the mosque’s Qibla in general.

Kufi khat writings were also found that hinted that the second mosque in Ashabul Kahfi was renewed during the time of Khomarumiah bin Ahmad Tholun of the Abasiah kingdom.

The second mosque that is intended is a mosque that was built opposite the Cave of Ashabul Kahfi after the first mosque was realized on top of the cave during the Umaiyah era.

In the cave there are two places in the form of tombs or graves that are placed corpses in it. On the left side of the corner is covered with glass that can be seen in there are human bones.

While on the tomb on the right there is a carving of eight stars, which according to Abdullah proves the sign of the eastern Roman empire in the 3rd century AD.

It became customary at that time, the bodies would be buried in stone marks. It was not impossible that those who had managed the corpses of the young man had buried them in their ways and customs at that time.

On the left side of the cave entrance there is a corner that displays a collection of very antique objects made of pottery, copper and silver money, lamps from various ages (Umaiyah, Abasiah, Ottoman Turkey) in the cave and its surroundings. This means that the place has been guarded by various times.

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Before leaving us, Abdullah also told us that the olive tree located on the right side of the cave entrance is a very old olive tree that is estimated to be hundreds of years old, but it is only his “son”, while the original olive tree has been swallowed up by the times.

The Story of Ashabul Kahfi

Ashabul Kahfi Cave, the story of 7 Young Believers
Ashabul Kahfi Cave, the story of 7 Young Believers

That is the true story in the world enshrined in the Holy Qur’an as a lesson for every human being.

Human logic and science will not be able to reach the event, but it is real.

If God has willed, nothing is impossible for God. So rest assured, that if we want something good and that we do it sincerely because of God, do not say impossible, God wills everything, including everything in our lives.

God knows what we don’t know, understands what we don’t understand, and gives us the best even if it may not be what we expect.

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