You never know who you meet who will inspire you

As we stood in line to ride our next roller coaster, Ahmad and I didn’t realize that someone was listening in on our conversation.  We stood there talking about a lot of different things on that hot summer day trying to pass the time of the long wait.  I don’t even remember what we were talking about, but it was enough to have the person in front of us in line turn around and ask, “Are you guys Muslim?”  Just his pronunciation of the word “Muslim” made my hair stand up.  His dirty tank top ripped up jeans, scruffy face, and long, shaggy hair made us wonder what kind of ignorant statement might come next.

“Yes, we are,” we responded.

He then continued, “I used to play in a rock band.  We used to jam in my buddy’s basement.  And I remember a couple years ago, I was going through some really tough times in my life.  That’s when I noticed that my buddy had a Quran on his shelf.  So I walked over and picked it up.  I opened it up to any random page, and I put my finger on any random verse.”

What happened next blew us both away.  This scruffy looking wannabe rockstar then proceeded to quote a verse from the Quran in English, with no mistakes as if he sat and memorized it.  Or at the very least, it penetrated his heart for him to know it word for word after all these years.  Allah’s words had clearly had an impact on him. We both recognized the verses from Surat al-Kahf.

“Say, ‘Shall We tell you about the greatest losers in respect to their deeds? Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life and who believe nevertheless that they are doing good.’” (Surah Kahf: Ayah 103-104)

He continued, “And that verse just hit me!  I thought, man, what am I doing with my life?  What am I really doing?”  He then continued his story, “Then some time passed, and I went about my life.  And about a year later, I started going through some really tough times again.  So I went back to my buddy’s house and grabbed the Quran off his shelf again.  I opened it to any random page and put my finger down on any random verse,” he said as he gestured opening a book and pointing to it.  “Same exact verse man!!  Same exact verse!”  He then looked up towards the sky and pointed his finger up and said, “I hear ya man.  I hear ya.”  Ahmad and I started laughing at his unexpected story.

We spoke to him for a little bit longer and before we knew it, it was time to get on the ride.  After we said our goodbyes, never to see this man again, Ahmad and I were amused with the whole situation and this man’s story.  We joked about how crazy we thought our whole conversation was.

It wasn’t until later when I thought about our conversation that I felt that there was a lesson to be learned from the rockstar that Allah sent us that hot summer day.  I had to ask myself when was the last time I turned to the Quran when I was going through tough times – taking the opportunity to hear what Allah has to say to me?  I thought to myself, don’t I have as much right to the Quran as he does?  It reminded me of a couple I heard once before:

قُلْ هَلْ نُنَبِّئُكُم بِالْأَخْسَرِينَ أَعْمَالًا -الَّذِينَ ضَلَّ سَعْيُهُمْ فِي الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا وَهُمْ يَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُمْ يُحْسِنُونَ صُنْعًا – 

(Al-Quran -Surah Al-Kahf 18 : Ayah 103-104)

“Say, ‘Shall We tell you about the greatest losers in respect to their deeds?  Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life and who believe nevertheless that they are doing good.”

Original Source: Muslim Matters




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Surah Al Kahf 1- 74

The Prophet (sallAllahu alayhi wasallam) said:

“Whoever reads Soorat al-Kahf on the night of Jumu’ah, will have a light that will stretch between him and the Ancient House (the Ka’bah).” (Narrated by al-Daarimi, 3407. classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 6471) 

Surah Al-Kahf was revealed during the last stages of the Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ mission in Makkah, before the migration to Madinah. After over a decade of oppression, the Muslims organized themselves to leave Makkah and start a new life there.

  • [18:6] Worry, be concerned not only for yourself and family but for the whole ummah and their guidance like Muhammad (sallAllahu alayhi wassallam.
  • [18:13] Allah guides the youth who are strong in belief and stand up for the truth – ask Him to guide the youth you know to firm emaan and steadfastness. 

Lesson from the أصحاب الكهف : If a person does not compromise on affairs of the Deen and seeks the help of Allah in difficulty while doing Tawakkal…Allah helps and opens the right ways for him. Allah’s help is not for the one, who claims he is self sufficient and is arrogant in depending on Allah. We have to learn from Ibrahim (A.S). Sometimes it so happens that when we seek the help of Allah and trust Him….there is no real change in the conditions except that our eeman goes up and our relationship with Allah gets better on account of the worship (dua+tawakkal+hope)

  • [18:23] Always say inshaa’Allah when you intend to do something in the near future. And teach children the beauty of this dhikr – how many of us use inshaa’Allah as a way of saying ‘no’ to our children and thereby destroy the beauty of this concept?
  • [18:28] Be inspired by those who make an effort to please Allah, be in their company and don’t get distracted by those who chase this world! 
    RasoolAllah ﷺ was ordered to be in the company of righteous people then what about us?
  • [18:32] Learn to be thankful for all blessings. 
  • [18:34] Never compare yourself with others, boasting about what you have and others don’t. And if you see others doing this, advise them gently to be grateful to Allah instead.
  • [18:39] When Allah blessed a man with a beautiful garden, instead of being thankful that man was arrogant and proud so a huge disaster hit his garden and destroyed it. Always seek Allah’s protection by saying ماشاء الله لا قوة إلا بالله 
  • [18:49] Know that every single deed, big or small, is recorded in your Book of Deeds. Teach children this concept from young.
  • [18:60] If you are a student of knowledge, then know that seeking knowldge has no end. There will also be someone more knowledgeable than you. But complete knowledge of everything lies only with Allah.
  • [18:66-82] The journey of Musa(allai’hisalam) with Khizar ended, as Musa (allai’hisalam) didn’t hold himself with patience on inquiring about orphan’s murder and hole in the boat. It shows patience is the key to acquire knowledge.


English Compilation by: Sr. Mariam Anwer (Quest for the Paradise)