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Surah Al-Kahf English Translation,Transliteration Tafsir [1-10]

About the surah Al-Kahf  

Al-Kahf (Arabic: الكهف, al-kahf; meaning: The Cave) is the 18th chapter (sūrah) of the Quran with 110 verses (āyāt).

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The summary/theme of the Surah Al-Kahf 

In this Surah, there are one hundred and ten verses, all of which were revealed in Mecca. The story of the Companions of the Cave (Kahf), Moses and Khidr (a.s.), Zulqarnayn, and some awakening materials about Origin and End are discussed in this holy Surah.

Lesson learned from Surah Al-Kahf 

  1. There are no discrepancies in the Qur’ān.  
  2. Make a point of saying In-shā’Allāh when speaking of doing something in the future.  
  3. Don’t let the wealth and blessings given to you by Allāh lead you to neglecting Him.  
  4. Allāh is oft forgiving and the possessor of mercy.  
  5. When planning on travelling with people, let them know of the nature of the journey so they can be well prepared.  
  6. If you realise you will not get on with a person due to differences in personality/nature, it is best to keep your distance.  
  7. If you have to do something in the presence of others who may not understand your actions, explain your reasons to them.  
  8. The worst losers are those who think they are doing good in the world, whereas in reality they aren’t.
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بِسۡمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ


ٱلۡحَمۡدُ لِلَّهِ ٱلَّذِيٓ أَنزَلَ عَلَىٰ عَبۡدِهِ ٱلۡكِتَٰبَ وَلَمۡ يَجۡعَل لَّهُۥ عِوَجَاۜ
Transliteration:( Alhamdu lillaahil lazeee anzala 'alaa 'abdihil kitaaba wa lam yaj'al lahoo 'iwajaa )

1. All praise to Allah who sent down the book upon his bondsman (1), and has not put therein any crookedness(2).

قَيِّمٗا لِّيُنذِرَ بَأۡسٗا شَدِيدٗا مِّن لَّدُنۡهُ وَيُبَشِّرَ ٱلۡمُؤۡمِنِينَ ٱلَّذِينَ يَعۡمَلُونَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَٰتِ أَنَّ لَهُمۡ أَجۡرًا حَسَنٗا
Transliteration:( Qaiyimal liyunzira ba'asan shadeedam mil ladunhu wa yubashshiral mu'mineenal lazeena ya'maloonas saalihaati anna lahum ajran hasanaa )

2. The book of justice that may warn(3) of severe punishment from Allah, and that may give the believers who do good deeds the glad-tidings that for them(4) there is a good reward.

مَّـٰكِثِينَ فِيهِ أَبَدٗا
Transliteration:( Maakiseena feehi abadaa )

3. In it they shall abide forever.(5)
Topic Discussed: Live Forever   | Paradise/Jannah   |

وَيُنذِرَ ٱلَّذِينَ قَالُواْ ٱتَّخَذَ ٱللَّهُ وَلَدٗا
Transliteration:( Wa yunziral lazeena qaalut takhazal laahu waladaa )

4. And that it may warn those who say, Allah has taken those for himself (6).
Topic Discussed: Warn   | Allah(Word)   | Allah has no child   |

مَّا لَهُم بِهِۦ مِنۡ عِلۡمٖ وَلَا لِأٓبَآئِهِمۡۚ كَبُرَتۡ كَلِمَةٗ تَخۡرُجُ مِنۡ أَفۡوَٰهِهِمۡۚ إِن يَقُولُونَ إِلَّا كَذِبٗا
Transliteration:( Maa lahum bihee min 'ilminw wa laa li aabaaa'ihim; kaburat kalimatan takhruju min afwaahihim; iny yaqooloona illaa kazibaa )

5. They have no knowledge about it nor their forefathers(7). What a monstrous word it is. That comes out (8) from their mouths. They are merely telling a lie

فَلَعَلَّكَ بَٰخِعٞ نَّفۡسَكَ عَلَىٰٓ ءَاثَٰرِهِمۡ إِن لَّمۡ يُؤۡمِنُواْ بِهَٰذَا ٱلۡحَدِيثِ أَسَفًا
Transliteration:( Fala'allaka baakhi'un nafsaka 'alaaa aasaarihim illam yu'minoo bihaazal hadeesi asafaa )

6. Perhaps you will risk your life with grief after them if they believe not in this discourse (9).

إِنَّا جَعَلۡنَا مَا عَلَى ٱلۡأَرۡضِ زِينَةٗ لَّهَا لِنَبۡلُوَهُمۡ أَيُّهُمۡ أَحۡسَنُ عَمَلٗا
Transliteration:( Innaa ja'alnaa ma 'alal ardi zeenatal lahaa linabluwahum ayyuhum ahsanu 'amalaa )

7.Undoubtedly we adorned the earth whatever is on it (10), so that we may test them as to which of them is best in works.(11).

وَإِنَّا لَجَٰعِلُونَ مَا عَلَيۡهَا صَعِيدٗا جُرُزًا
Transliteration:( Wa innaa la jaa'iloona maa 'alaihaa sa'eedan juruzaa )

8. And undoubtedly whatever is on it, we shall one day leave it as a barren field. (12).
Topic Discussed: Barren   | Destroy the earth   |

أَمۡ حَسِبۡتَ أَنَّ أَصۡحَٰبَ ٱلۡكَهۡفِ وَٱلرَّقِيمِ كَانُواْ مِنۡ ءَايَٰتِنَا عَجَبًا
Transliteration:( Am hasibta anna Ashaabal Kahfi war Raqeemi kaanoo min Aayaatinaa 'ajabaa )

9. Did you know that the men of the cave and of the forests side were of our a wonderful sign? (13).

إِذۡ أَوَى ٱلۡفِتۡيَةُ إِلَى ٱلۡكَهۡفِ فَقَالُواْ رَبَّنَآ ءَاتِنَا مِن لَّدُنكَ رَحۡمَةٗ وَهَيِّئۡ لَنَا مِنۡ أَمۡرِنَا رَشَدٗا
Transliteration:( Iz awal fityatu ilal Kahfi faqaaloo Rabbanaaa aatinaa mil ladunka rahmatanw wa haiyi' lanaa min amrinaa rashadaa )

10. When those youths took refuge (14), in the cave and said 'O our Lord, grant to us mercy from yourself and provide for us guidance in our affair.'(15).

Surah Al-Kahf English Translation and Transliteration

In Surah Al-Kahf you can read the translation of Ahmad Raza Khan who was a renowned scholar of the Islamic world and his translation book is known as Kanzul Imaan. You can read the transliteration of Surah Al-Kahf which will help you to understand how to read the Arabic text. Apart from that, we have included a Word-By-Word English Translation of the Arabic text of Surah Al-Kahf.

Surah Al-Kahf English Tafsir/Tafseer (Commentry)

In Surah Al-Kahf we have included two Tafseer (Commentary) in English. The first one is from Mufti Ahmad Yaar Khan who was a well-known scholar. In this tafsir, we have also included the most popular Tafsir Ibn-Kathir which is the most comprehensive tafsir available in the world. You can read both or any one of your choice.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are 110 verses / Ayat in Surah Al-Kahf

Surah Al-Kahf was revealed in Makkah

Surah Al-Kahf can be found in Juz or Para 15-16

There are 12 Ruku in Surah Al-Kahf

Surah number of Surah Al-Kahf is 18

The meaning of Surah Al-Kahf is The Cave

You can find English Translation, Transliteration and Tafseer/Tafsir of Surah Al-Kahf here at quran4ever.com. Here two tafseer are currently.One is Tafsir Ibn-Kathir and another one is Tafsir-e-Naeemi.

Dear bothers and sisters as a Sunni Muslim we cannot say any Translation and Tafseer was as long it conforms with the 4 school of thoughts. But here at quran4ever.com, we have included Tafsir Ibn-Kathir which is most comprehensive tafsir. Apart from that we have also included tafsir of Mufti Ahmad Yaar khan, Tafsir-e-Naeemi of Surah Al-Kahf.

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