Its amazing how many lessons one can learn from a single soorah and even more amazing is the fact that in Qur’aan, no matter how many times you read a soorah or an ayah, every single time – if you keep your mind clear and open – you will have grasped a new piece of knowledge from that same soorah/ayah! So anyway, I was reading the tafsir of soorat al-Kahf and when I came across these stories below, my heart was overcome with renewed reverence for Allaah subhanahu wa ta`ala. I mean, how fortunate are we subhan’Allaah to be Muslim and to know our Lord?!
So here goes:
It was recorded in the two Sahihs that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said:
(Sulayman bin Dawud (peace be upon them both) said: “Tonight I will go around to seventy women [according to some reports, it was ninety or one hundred women] so that each one of them will give birth to a son who will fight for the sake of Allaah.” It was said to him, [according to one report, the angel said to him] “Say: `If Allaah wills’“, but he did not say it. He went around to the women but none of them gave birth except for one who gave birth to a half-formed child.)
The Messenger of Allaah said, “By the One in Whose hand is my soul, had he said, “If Allaah wills,” he would not have broken his oath, and that would have helped him to attain what he wanted.” According to another report, “They would all have fought as horsemen in the cause of Allaah.”
In the beginning of the tafsir of this soorah, he mentions the reason why this revelation was delayed for 15 days:
Ibn `Abbas said: “The Quraysh sent An-Nadr bin Al-Harith and `Uqbah bin Abi Mu`it to the Jewish rabbis in Al-Madinah, and told them: “Ask them (the rabbis) about Muhammad, and describe him to them, and tell them what he is saying. They are the people of the first Book, and they have more knowledge of the Prophets than we do.” So they set out and when they reached Al-Madinah, they asked the Jewish rabbis about the Messenger of Allaah . They described him to them and told them some of what he had said. They said, ‘You are the people of the Tawrah and we have come to you so that you can tell us about this companion of ours.’ They (the rabbis) said, “Ask him about three things which we will tell you to ask, and if he answers them then he is a Prophet who has been sent (by Allaah); if he does not, then he is saying things that are not true, in which case how you will deal with him will be up to you. Ask him about some young men in ancient times, what was their story For theirs is a strange and wondrous tale. Ask him about a man who travelled a great deal and reached the east and the west of the earth. What was his story And ask him about the Ruh (soul or spirit) — what is it If he tells you about these things, then he is a Prophet, so follow him, but if he does not tell you, then he is a man who is making things up, so deal with him as you see fit.”
So An-Nadr and `Uqbah left and came back to the Quraysh, and said: “O people of Quraysh, we have come to you with a decisive solution which will put an end to the problem between you and Muhammad. The Jewish rabbis told us to ask him about some matters,” and they told the Quraysh what they were. Then they came to the Messenger of Allaah and said, `O Muhammad, tell us,’ and they asked him about the things they had been told to ask. The Messenger of Allaah said: “I will tell you tomorrow about what you have asked me.” But he did not say “If Allaah wills.’ So they went away, and the Messenger of Allaah stayed for fifteen days without any revelation from Allaah concerning that, and Jibril, peace be upon him, did not come to him either. The people of Makkah started to doubt him, and said, “Muhammad promised to tell us the next day, and now fifteen days have gone by and he has not told us anything in response to the questions we asked.” The Messenger of Allaah felt sad because of the delay in revelation, and was grieved by what the people of Makkah were saying about him. Then Jibril came to him from Allaah with the Surah about the companions of Al-Kahf, which also contained a rebuke for feeling sad about the idolators.
Next time there’s something you wish for, or plan for, or intend to do, don’t forget to say Insha’Allaah or your gift will either be delayed or not given at all!