People of the Cave (III) and Ramazan Series, Episode 3
July 18, 2014
It is splendid how the Quran teaches us some basic and complex lessons all at the same time. The third part of the Surah Kahf highlights the importance of seeking knowledge, the relationship between a teacher and student, the importance of admitting ones own fault, the efforts at self-correction and most importantly always to trust Allah and never to question the Divine Decisions.
The story begins when Allah commands Prophet Musa (AS) to seek knowledge from Propher Khidr (AS) who is seemingly greater in knowledge than Musa. Moves on the tedious journey that Prophet Musa (AS) takes to meet his teacher and the final companionship between Prophet Musa (AS) and Prophet Khidr (AS), which reveals the relationship of respect, decision making and constant impatience due to lack of knowledge on the part of Prophet Musa (AS) and constant forgiveness on the part of Prophet Khidr(AS).
When they set out on their journey Prophet Khidr(AS), warns his student (Musa) that he will not be able to manage the quest, actually highlighting that seeking spiritual knowledge is never easy. And the latter insists that he will be patient and will not question any decisions of his teacher. During the course of the journey Prophet Khidr (AS) makes a hole in a boat that they are travelling in, kills a young man and makes a wall for villagers who were actually inhospitable to the two men. After every instance Prophet Musa (AS) expressed his concern, distress and impatience on these actions and instantly apologized since he had promised Prophet Khidr ( AS) not to question his actions. On Allah’s commandments Prophet Khidr (AS) had made the hole in the boat because later it was to be taken over by force by the current ruler, the young man was killed because if he had grown up he would have been a source of torment for his parents, and the wall was made because underneath lied treasures which belonged to two orphans of the village and Allah wanted righteous distribution of their belongings.
In essence, this part of Surah Kahf tries to impress upon us that we should never question Allah’s decisions for us, in haste, for actually the current distress is a saving tool from a greater trial. Allah, the All Knower and All Merciful knows best. It also emphasizes the importance of seeking knowledge, the trials and tribulations which constantly test our patience and to readily accept what Allah bestows upon us.
Moving on, our usual hectic day to day lives, at times it becomes difficult to whip up appetizing meals at the beginning or at the end of the fast. The featured recipe for today, Bean Wrap, takes less than five minutes to prepare and even shorter time to eat. You can use practically any vegetable chilling away in your refrigerator, I used a combination of baked beans, avocadoes, crunch pine nuts, some fresh green coraiander leaves, topped with store bought mint chutney and a sprinkle of paprika. All the ingredients were wrapped up in a warm tortilla wrap and instantly devoured.