Ahl Al Kahf

Ahl Al Kahf

The Al Kahf is a Muslim religious site which is mentioned in the Holy Quran. Although people of the Muslim faith may not appreciate the significance, it is still a stunning part of human history in the form of a cave. It is situated next to a Mosque which means that religious pilgrims find it extremely fundamental.
Situated not far from the city, it is worth seeing because it's an important site to Jordanian Muslims and mostly because it highlights the early relationship between Islam and Christianity. The site itself is quite unique and impressive as it is perched on top of a slight hill. In the mornings the light shines into the caves and you can see the tunnels.

The cave has been very well preserved where the Islamic tale of the Seven Sleepers sheltering in this specific cave. They were God fearing men who were pursued by their enemy and found this cave where they slept for 309 years. There are also various ruins along the area of the cave, including a well, which is still a place of worship to many. The cave itself houses the graves of seven people with inscriptions on each grave.

This is one of those rare sites that aren't commercialized and one doesn’t need a tour guide to learn about the Al Kahf site. A person will always be awaiting visitors and he will be able to give a short historical lesson in both Arabic and English. The opening hours of the site varies. With persuasion, it will be opened to visitors if it is closed upon arrival.

The Al Kahf site isn’t one that is incorporated in traditional tours of Jordan, but due to its proximity and time spent there, you can easily work it in between leaving the hotel and arriving at the airport for your return flight home. No entrance fees are charged, but a tip to the local who guards the entrance and occasionally shares his knowledge of the place will be appreciated.