Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gives a mesmerizing lecture on how to make oneself ready to withstand challenges that come to the fore in our daily lives in the light of Islam.
In Surah Al Kahf, ‘People of the “Cave” refers to the youth. These young men who hid in the cave were incessantly trying to protect their newfound identity of having embraced Islam and being a blessed Muslim. Their departure from the city was to protect their faith and the deep desire to live a life based on the belief of the Oneness of Allah SWT. They chose to sacrifice the luxuries of this life and the safeguarding of their beliefs. Their migration away from their families and society was a last resort to protect their faith.
In present times in America, we are not subject to the extreme circumstances faced by these youth. As Muslims in America, we have a constitutional right to practice our faith and live as Muslims. This comes with a price sometimes. We may have to make some sacrifices of time & wealth, but we are in no way in the same shoes as the youth mentioned above.
This story poses a very important reminder and lesson to impart to everyone who in the midst of all the luxuries and comforts of this world, should still be focused on finding the truth, promoting it and being ready to sacrifice many comforts of this life to promote, protect and practice their faith.