The Cave of the Seven Sleepers, Jordan


Entrance to the cave of the seven sleepers (Amman, Jordan). There are ruins of a church above the cave and a masjid built to the left of this. The story behind the seven sleepers is in the Quran, Surah al-Kahf (the Cave). Seven men lived during the time of a tyrant king who demanded to be worshipped as god incarnate. The seven men believed in One God and so were condemned to death. They fled. Following a small dog, they found refuge in this cave. Here they slept for more than a hundred years (the dog slept at the entrance). When they awoke, one of them went to a village to buy provisions but the money he carried immediately caused interest because it was so ancient. The villagers checked the records and found the judgment still standing against the seven sleepers. Shortly after this they died.