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“Cave of the 7 sleepers from Surah Kahf” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ahl Al Kahf

Ahl Al Kahf
Ahl al-Kahf Street | Abu Alanda, Amman, Jordan
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Ranked #7 of 25 Attractions in Amman
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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“Cave of the 7 sleepers from Surah Kahf”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

It was amazing to visit this place, I heard that many Islamic scholars such as Mufti Taqi Usmani have the opinion that this is the real site of the 7 sleepers as opposed to the site in Turkey, so our group had to visit to see for ourselves. The mosque close to the site is also very beautiful - small and simple but very well maintained and a nice place to stop for prayers if you are Muslim.

Visited June 2012
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Takes you 2000 years back. it was the place 7 sleeprs slept for more than 300 years.

Visited May 2012
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“The Cave of the Seven Sleepers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2012

Al-Kahf, or Cave of the Seven Sleepers is just a short drive from Amman in the direction of Dead Sea. It's a smallish, 'off the beaten path' kind of attraction that requires no more than an hour to visit. The area is a bit rough, so walking shoes are recommended and it's well worth a few photographs for your memories.

The site, located in the village of Rajib, about 10 km east of Amman is open daily 8 am to 5 pm and admission is free. Taxi fare from inside Amman shouldn't be more than 5 JOD.

Below is my review of the site from my blog:

"Traveling from Amman to Dead Sea one will pass near Kahf al-Raqim. The story of this place was well known to the Jews before Prophet Mohammad, but not to Mohammad who lived in Medina many hundreds of kilometers away. In Holy Qur’an, Surah al-Kahf 18 (the cave), the story is told how the Jews challenged him to tell them the story of the sleepers. They knew that none of the Arabs knew of it. By issuing this challenge it was hoped to prove that Mohammad was not, indeed, a Prophet. So, the Jews told the nonbelievers to ask Mohammad “who are the young men who disappeared and how many were they?” The Prophet hadn’t the faintest idea what they were talking about and told them he would give them the answer tomorrow, so he could await the answer from Jabril (Gabriel). However, Jabril gave him the full story, not only the number. You will soon hear why. The Prophet gave the unbelievers the story, and it was exactly the story known by the Jews. He told them that the young men slept for 309 years, which is what the Jews knew. He did not, however, give an exact answer to many there were. He told them that some people would tell they were 3 and 1 dog, others would tell they were 5 and 1 dog and still others told they were 7 and 1 dog. The Jews were completely astonished when they knew the Prophet had given all the suspected numbers of the sleepers. The mention of this particular story in Holy Qur’an along with the events surrounding it is used to confirm that Qur’an was revealed by God and contains only His words because it contained information Mohammad could not possibly have known. Holy Qur’an states the sleepers spent three hundred years inside the cave. The young men sought refuge in the cave from an oppressive system that disallowed expression of their views. They were not allowed to tell the truth and call to Allah’s religion. Because of that, they fled their society. When they went into the cave they prayed to Allah saying, “Our Lord, give us mercy directly from You and open the way for us to right guidance in our situation.” (Qur’an, Surah al-Kahf: 9-10) “So We sealed their ears with sleep in the cave for a number of years. Then we woke them up again so that We might see which of the two groups would better calculate the time they had stayed there. (Qur’an, Surah al-Kahf: 11-12) Qur’an also says that the number of the sleepers will be known only to God and a handful of people. It has never been mentioned that there were seven sleepers. “They will say: ‘There were three of them, their dog being the fourth.’ They will say ‘there were five of them, their dog being the sixth’, guessing at the Unseen. And they will say ‘There were seven of them, their dog being the eighth.’ So do not enter into any argument concerning them, except in relation to what is clearly known. And do not seek the opinion of any of them regarding them.” (Qur’an, Surah al-Kahf: 22) During the time they slept there the calendar of their people was changed from solar to lunar. As a result of the calendar change the number of years they spent in the cave increased to 309 years (lunar). When the sleepers awakened they believed they had slept for only a few hours. One of them was sent to buy food. The coins he used to buy food were no longer in circulation and it drew the attention of the people. After the story was known throughout the town, the sleepers died. A dog was mentioned by Qur’an; “thou wouldst have deemed them awake, whilst they were asleep, and We turned them on their right and on their left sides: their dog stretching forth his two fore-legs on the threshold: if thou hadst come up on to them, thou wouldst have certainly turned back from them in flight, and wouldst certainly have been filled with terror of them.” (Qur’an, Surah al-Kahf: 18) Still standing at the cave are Roman and Byzantine ruins as well as a mosque that is exactly as described in Qur'an."

Visited September 2011
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