Voluntary Deeds

( How can I learn Surah al-Kahf? / How do you read Surah Kahf on Friday? / Learn first 10 verses of Surah Kahf / How do I memorize Surah al Kahf? )

Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever reads Surah Al-Kahf on the day of Jumu’ah, a light will shine for him from beneath his feet to the clouds of the sky, which will shine for him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will be forgiven (his sins) between the two Fridays.”

Friday, being a holiday, was always a busy day. With all the piled up home chores of the week, I wasn’t able to make time for any other task on that day. It was clearly the day when all attention would turn towards completing these chores. As a working mother, I found it difficult to perform any voluntary worship during Friday. As a result, I found reading ‘Surah Al Kahf’ a difficult task. There were days when I was able to read it and then, there were those when I wasn’t able to do so. Due to the struggle, I was getting discouraged from pushing myself into reciting it, one Friday to the next.

Eventually, one Friday, when I was reading it, I decided to repeat it along with the help of a ‘Qari’. I played a recorded video of the chapter on my phone and read the chapter along with it. I managed to finish the entire chapter in 30 minutes. This seemed very easy and efficient. This was the first time I was able to finish the entire chapter in such a short time, along with applying all the ‘tajweed’ and ‘tarteel’ rules.

From then on I started reading the chapter in this manner. I was able to finish it sooner and that made it possible to recite it every Friday. As I continued, I realised that my sense of concentration had increased. When I read it in this manner for the first time, I wasn’t able to keep pace with the recitation of the reciter. As time passed, I was able to read it along with the ‘Qari’. This helped in increasing my concentration and I started getting acquainted with the meaning of the chapter whenever time permitted. My interest grew and I was able to connect the recitation with the incidents discussed in the chapter.

About few months since this happened, there came a day when I wasn’t able to sit with my Quran and perform this routine act. As I was out of any better options, I decided to merely play the recitation and listen to it as against being able to read it. Surprisingly, due to regular recitation I was able to recite it without the help of a Quran open infront of me. I was able to repeat the entire recitation while simply listening to it. I was amazed at how Allah (swt) eased the entire process for me. All it took was a little effort from my side to try and figure out how this form of worship would fit into my already busy schedule.  

“One who memorized the first ten verses of Surah Al Kahf will be secure against the Dajjal.” (Sahih Muslim)

Without any extra efforts, I had memorised the first ten verses of the chapter as well. What I realised from this experience was that things can be difficult. We have prior commitments and putting in more efforts for new ones might seem difficult. But, if one believes that it is important to do something (voluntary) just to please Allah (swt), and is ready to take a little effort towards it, Allah (swt) eases his / her path. He creates so much ease that a person might laugh at the first though of difficulty that passed his / her mind when they had decided to take it up.

The idea is to start with whatever resource and time a person has. If one cannot complete the entire chapter at once, then they can start by reading atleast half of it for the first few Fridays. Then keep adding to it as time passes. The point is to take the first step and hope that Allah will ease things on the way.

‘Indeed, those who believe and do good will have the Gardens of Paradiseas an accommodation, where they will be forever, never desiring anywhere else.’ (Surah Al Kahf, Verse 107-108)