Behold, Moses said to his attendant, “I will not give up until I reach the junction of the two seas or (until) I spend years and years in travel.” But when they reached the Junction, they forgot (about) their Fish, which took its course through the sea (straight) as in a tunnel. When they had passed on (some distance), Moses said to his attendant: “Bring us our early meal; truly we have suffered much fatigue at this (stage of) our journey.” He replied: “Sawest thou (what happened) when we betook ourselves to the rock? I did indeed forget (about) the Fish: none but Satan made me forget to tell (you) about it: it took its course through the sea in a marvelous way!” Moses said: “That was what we were seeking after:” So they went back on their footsteps, following (the path they had come). So they found one of Our servants, on whom We had bestowed Mercy from Ourselves and whom We had taught knowledge from Our own Presence.
Al-Qur’an, Sura 18:60-65 (Al-Kahf [The Cave])
“Imam Mohammed points out to us that a metaphor is a symbolic picture, that holds or enshrouds something real that G-d wants us to have or that He wants to reach us with… …We’ve already said that the junction of the two seas is a state of being, where we are balanced between the spiritual and the material.”
The 7 Sleepers (Youth who believed in their Lord and who were advanced in guidance – Sura 18:13-14), represent a metaphor for what believers sometimes have to do when the religion is oppressed in their society and then what should happen after the oppressive period is over.
This is an excerpt from the continuation of Imam Shuaibe’s Jumu’ah series titled “Leading Out Of The Cave”. This excerpt is from the September 11, 2009 Jumu’ah, at MasjidulWaritheen, in Oakland California.