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The Cave of the Seven Sleepers (Kahf Al-Raqim)

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ImageAbout 2000 years ago some believers in God were being persecuted and they sought refuge in a cave. They went to sleep in the cave. They slept for about 300 years (309 lunar years). When they woke up they had no idea they had slept for centuries and thought they had only slept a few hours. When they sent one of them to buy food, the coins he used to try to buy food were long out of circulation and drew the attention of the town's people. The sleepers died soon after their story became well known.


The story is a reminder from Allah that despite facing sufferings one should persevere. Allah has wonderful ways in which he saves those who follow His guidance.


The cave where the sleepers sought refuge from persecution is located about a half hour away from Amman. The cave is well hidden and inside the small carving in the rocks are the tombs of the seven sleepers. Tourists are allowed to climb into this hole. Their bones have been collected and deposited in one tomb and a glass peephole has been carved in this tomb to provide a view of the bones. A small glass display case has also been placed in the cave, with some of the artifacts that were discovered with the sleepers.

While the exact number of people who were sleeping in the cave is not known, the sign leading to the cave says it is the Cave of the Seven Sleepers.

Address: Near Al-Raqim village, 10 km east of Amman. 

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