Alhamdulillah, the author of the ‘People of the Cave’, did a wonderful job in presenting the story of the Ashab-e-Kahaf. However, there is one more angle to the story that was presented by Imam Alauddin Bakri at the annual commencement and graduation ceremony of the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin near Chicago. Before the speech, the Imam came to the the institute and observed the students who were memorising the Holy Qur’an. He observed that the students , while memorising, were changing their position and were changing by shifting from one foot to the other. When he saw this, he said, he knew the reason for the Ashabe Kahaf changing their position while sleeping. The reason was the circulation of the blood.
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