… and did you think that the Companions of the Cave and the Inscriptions were, among signs, a wonder?
A group of youth retreated to a cave and prayed, “Our Lord, grant us from Yourself mercy and prepare for us from our affairs a Right Guidance.” So a sleep was cast over their senses, and they remained therein protected. After some time they were awakened to see which of the two factions among them was most precise in calculating how long they had remained sleep.
They were youths who believed in their Lord, and were increased in status. And their hearts were made strong when they stood up and said, “Our Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the Earth. Never will we associate anyone with our Lord. We would be ignorant to do that! Our nation has taken up ideas other than what God has Advised. Why do they not bring for their ideas, a clear proof? And who is more untrustworthy than those who #front Truth with a lie?”
They were inspired to retreat to a cave,
“And when you have withdrawn from them and that which they worship other than God, retreat to the cave. Your Lord will spread out for you, mercy, and will prepare for you to facilitate your affairs.”
And, you would see the sun when it rose, inclining away from their cave on the right
and when it set, passing away from them on the left, while they were within, in an open space
That was from the orders of God
One whom God guides is the one guided, but one whom God leaves to wander…
never will you find for them a beneficial guide
And if you saw them, you would think they were awake, while they were asleep
And they were turned to their right and to their left, while their dog stretched forelegs at the entrance
If you had looked at them, you would have been made scared, and made to run away!
And just like that, after sufficient time had passed, they were awakened so that they might question one another.
Said one of them, “How long have have we been here for?”
They figured, “We have remained a day or part of a day, though it is God who would know exactly how long we have remained.” They decided to send one with a silver coin to the city to bring the best food available, and to remain cautious to not let anyone be aware of their situation.
They thought, they would get killed or made to follow their ways of life. And never would they succeed in following their way!
God ensured that they were known to the people, so the people may believe that the promise of God is True, and that their can be no doubt about the Hour of Judgment. The people then disputed about this affair and some said “Construct over there a structure” and those who prevailed decided to build a place of worship above that cave.
Other people who know about this story would say, there were three, the fourth of them being their dog. Yet others will say there were five, the sixth of them being their dog – guessing about what they have not seen.
Say there were seven, and the eighth of them was their dog. Say that it is my Lord who knows their exact number.
And none knows the exact numbers except a few. So do not argue about this matter except what is obvious, and do not inquire about them with just anyone!
And never say of anything, “For sure, I Will Do That Tomorrow”
Except by adding, “By God” And remember your Lord if you forget that, by praying
“Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is better than this to right way“
They Stayed In That Cave for Three Hundred and Nine Years