Winter break, Jordan - Cave of the Seven Sleepers - 17 Dec 2007
Cave of the Seven Sleepers. The verse Al Kahf as mentioned in the Al Quran. It is the story of seven young men during Roman times (pre-Byzantine) escaping persecution and seeking refuged in a cave. They slept in the cave and when they woke up they had no idea that they had slept for 300 years. The 'sleepers' thought they had only slept for a few hours. After their story was widely known, the 'sleepers' died.
Centuries later, during the time of Prophet Muhammad SAW, the Jews of Medina challenged him to tell the story of the 'sleepers' knowing that none of the Arabs knew about it. By the grace of Almighty Allah, the Angel Gabriel revealed the story to Prophet Muhammad through the verse, Al Kahf.