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Winter break, Jordan - Cave of the Seven Sleepers - 17 Dec 2007

Al Kahf (The Cave)
The cave
Entrance to the cave - note the Byzantine architecture
Dwellings at the cave settlement
Byzantine period tombs at the cave settlement
Similar cave in the Al Kahf settlement
Mosque on the hill of Al Kahf
Al Kahf - note the Byzantine church on top
The original floor where the 'sleepers' slept
Original fire place in the cave
Aideit in the tomb of sleepers - note the tomb design
Tomb of sleepers
Tomb of sleepers - note the Quranic verse Al Kahf inscribed
Tomb of sleepers
Tomb of sleepers
Tomb of sleepers
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.

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