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The Cave (Al-Kahf)
110 verses, revealed in Mecca after Overwhelming (Al-Ghaasheyah) before The Bee (Al-nahl)
In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Praise be to God. He has sent the Book to His servant and has made it a flawless guide (for human beings) (1) [a divine writ] unerringly straight, meant to warn [the godless] of a severe punishment from Him, and to give unto the believers who do good works the glad tiding that theirs shall be a goodly reward (2) In which they will remain forever (3) Furthermore, [this divine writ is meant] to warn all those who assert, "God has taken unto Himself a son." (4) (A thing) whereof they have no knowledge, nor (had) their fathers, Dreadful is the word that cometh out of their mouths. They speak naught but a lie. (5) Thou wouldst only, perchance, fret thyself to death, following after them, in grief, if they believe not in this Message. (6) We have indeed placed all that is on the earth as its adornment in order that We may test them, who among them has the best deeds. (7) And verily We are going to make whatsoever is thereon a soil bare. (8) Or have you thought that the companions of the cave and the inscription were, among Our signs, a wonder? (9) When the young men took refuge in the Cave then said, “Our Lord! Give us mercy from Yourself, and arrange guidance for us in our affair.” (10) We then thumped upon their ears in the Cave for a number of years. (* Put them to sleep.) (11) and then roused them so that We might see which of the two parties could best tell the length of their stay. (12)
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