The People Of The Cave (Play)

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The People of the Cave (Play).

The People of the Cave

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NARRATOR 1

(Begin with Bismillah)

 

Asalamualaikum and welcome to the 5th Grade Production of “The People of the Cave”!

 

As you may have guessed, this play is taken from Surat al- Kahf. Surat al-Kahf holds a distinct position amongst Muslims. It is a Surah which should be recited every Friday. Not only does it wash away the sins of the reciter, but it also protects him or her against the evil of the Dajjal.

 

This Surah was revealed when the Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu alaihi wassalam) was preaching to the Quraish in Makkah.

 

Our play will depict the first story in Surat al-Kahf. The first story that is mentioned in the Surah is the story of the men of the cave. They were the people who were believers and lived in a country of non-believers. When they noticed that people were threatening their lives because of their belief in one God, they left the city and went to a cave for the sake of Allah and their faith. Thus, Allah almighty bestowed sleep over them and when they woke up from their sleep, all the people of their city had become believers. This story shows that when a person puts his or her belief in Allah Almighty, He always comes to their rescue and helps them in easing their difficulty.

 

So please sit back, relax, and enjoy our production of “The People of the Cave”!

 

QURAN RECITER

Ayahs 1-9

QURAN TRANSLATOR
Ayahs 1-9

 

SCENE I

 

NARRATOR 2

On a mountain far from the city was a cave. In this cave one man found peace and tranquility. This man was a respected and high ranking official in the court of the King. He visited the cave often. While he prayed in the cave, a shepherd, tending to his herd kept an eye on the Nobleman’s horse and served the Nobleman fresh milk from his herd.

 

So begins the story of the people of the cave. The men that

believed in one God, Allah and placed their trust in him.

 

NOBLEMAN 1 (Makslamin)

On his knees praying

I believe in you, Oh Almighty Allah! I feel your presence in the serenity of this cave. I can see clearly when I am here. Oh, Almighty Allah, accept my prayers and guide me.

 

Walks out of the cave

 

Shepherd

Accept my humble offering Sire. It’s fresh from my herd.

 

Nobleman 1 (Makslamin)

May Allah reward you.

 

Shepherd

Would you be so kind as to answer a question for me, sire? You are a wise man with good standing and knowledge.

 

Nobleman 1 (Makslamin)

I will try my best, with the help of Allah, inshallah.

 

Shepherd

O Nobleman, what is it that you seek in this cave? You come often and spend a lot of time here. You seem peaceful when you return.

 

Nobleman 1 (Makslamin)

I come to contemplate. I seek peace and tranquility. I feel the presence of Almighty God, Allah. In this peaceful place I can pray and talk to the only god, Allah. 

 

Shepherd

Ah! I never believed these idols could be gods. One god you say? Tell me can you see this almighty one god?

 

Nobleman 1 (Makslamin)

No! But you can feel his presence. He is the Most Compassionate. Believe in him and you will be rewarded. I must go now.

 

Shepherd

Yes sire! I will seek the almighty one god and will hope to run into you again by this cave. Goodbye.

 

 

 

 

 

NARRATOR 2

After leaving the sanctuary of the cave and meeting the Shepherd, the Noblemen headed to the village where preparations were underway for the festivities honoring the idols in the temple.

 

Nobleman leaves and enters the city amongst a crowd of people including the guards

 

VILLAGER 1

Let’s pay our respects to the gods in this temple.

VILLAGER 2

Yes, of course!

 

VILLAGER 3

Did you see that?

 

VILLAGER 4

What? See what?

 

VILLAGER 2

Did you see Makslamin just walk past without bowing to the gods in this temple?! How could he do that!

 

VILLAGER 1

Shaking his head

Maybe wealth has made him ungrateful? Wealthy people don’t need gods, apparently!

 

VILLAGER 3

Someone should tell him to be careful! There are so many guards everywhere. One of them is bound to notice his disobedience to the King.

 

King’s Guards take note of Makslamin, but don’t arrest him

 

SCENE II

Guards 1 and 2 are hiding behind a tree, eavesdropping

NARRATOR 3

The king the villagers are referring to was a tyrant called King Dekledianoce. His people worshipped many idols and associated partners with Allah. He persecuted anyone who worshipped one God alone. He made sure his guards were everywhere, spying on all the townspeople at all times.

 

Let us see what awaits our friend, the Nobleman Makslamin, who believes in Allah.

 

Makslamin walks to a tree

 

MAKSLAMIN

O Allah, guide me and protect me from the false gods! How can I explain to these villagers these idols are false? They have no power! Here they are offering food and money to the gods. What a waste of time and resources! Amlikha and Maratonis! Thank you, friends, for meeting me. Come, let us discuss what to do about this troubling situation!

 

NOBLEMAN 2 (Amlikha)

We have to be careful when we meet, Makslamin. The king’s guards could show up at any time to arrest us for being disobedient to their gods.  We should not be heard discussing that there is only one true God, Allah.

 

NOBLEMAN 3 (Maratonis)

I agree with Amlikha. I’m so worried about this festival especially. I don’t understand what has become of our townspeople--feeding and offering gifts to these stones. We need to help guide them all to the straight path.

 

What if we were to invite a small group of the townspeople to our homes to talk to them about Allah?

 

MAKSLAMIN

But how would we do that, without getting caught? Maybe if we...

 

GUARD 1

Ah ha! We knew you were up to no good!

 

GUARD 2

You are under arrest for insisting there is only one God, Allah! We will take you straight to the King where you will have a lot of explaining to do.

 

GUARD 1

Let’s hope he forgives you all or you will be executed.

 

MAKSLAMIN

We are not afraid! We do not believe in these false gods.

 

AMLIKHA

We believe in one god! Allahu Akbar! God is Great!

 

MARATONIS

So treat us as you please, because we will never waver from our faith in Allah.

 

GUARD 2

Gesturing toward the temple

These are the only gods. Are you insane? Wait till the king hears about this! Let’s Go! Let’s Move!

 

Noblemans 1, 2, 3, and Guards 1 and 2 exit the scene

 

SCENE III

 

QURAN RECITER 2

Ayahs 13-15

 

QURAN TRANSLATOR 2

Ayahs 13-15

 

NARRATOR 3

The three nobleman are placed under arrest and immediately brought before the tyrant King Dekledianoce. Here they await their fate.

 

The King’s Court. King is seated on the throne. King’s Minister and Personal Guard are in attendance.

 

EVERYONE

Long live King Dekledianoce! Long live King Dekledianoce!

 

KING DEKLEDIANOCE

Is everything ready for the festivities?

 

KING’S MINISTER

Yes, my Lord!

 

KING DEKLEDIANOCE

I want the gods to be happy. Prepare a large feast. Have plenty of animals ready for the sacrifice. Everyone in the village should be gathered by the temple when the festivities begin.

 

KING’S MINISTER

Yes, my lord! I have personally taken care of all the arrangements. You shall not be disappointed, I assure you.

KING DEKLEDIANOCE

I want everything to be perfect! The gods should be pleased. If the gods are pleased then I will continue to prosper and rule over these lands forever and ever. Nothing will threaten my throne and the power I hold.

 

I hear there are some young men who disbelieve and refuse to honor the gods in the way they should be honored! Is this true, my loyal minister?

KING’S MINISTER

Yes, my Lord, you have heard correctly. There are three people that were arrested earlier today by the temple.  They were not taking part in any of the festivities and, furthermore, they were overheard talking about one God--Allah!

 

Everyone Gasps

 

KING

Bring them to me immediately!

 

KING’S MINISTER

Yes, my lord. Guards! Guards! Bring them to the King!!

 

Guards walk off stage and return with three nobleman (Makslamin, Amlikha, and Maratonis)

 

KING DEKLEDIANOCE

Are these the men causing such trouble? Tell me, do you refuse to bow to me and my gods? Do you disbelieve? Makslamin, is that you?

 

MAKSLAMIN

Yes, it is I, Makslamin, a Minister in this court. My friends and I believe in one god, Allah! He is the creator and the Most Powerful one. He is the one YOU should be worshipping, too!

 

AMLIKHA

We will only bow down to him, not to your false gods!

 

MARATONIS

Listen to us O King, we mean you no harm. Believe in one God and you will be saved from the hellfire, insha’Allah. 

KING DEKLEDIANOCE

Silence! Silence! Do you not know that I am powerful and can have you executed by just one command?

 

MAKSLAMIN

Yes, you can, but you cannot give life! Only the Almighty Allah can give life.

 

AMLIKHA

He is the creator of the Heaven and Earth. Now is your chance to change. Maybe if you also believed as we do in One God you will be forgiven!

 

MARATONIS

It’s never too late for someone to repent to Allah, for He is Most Forgiving and Kind.

 

KING DEKLEDIANOCE

How dare you speak to me like this!? Have you forgotten who I am?? You will pay for this disobedience! Guards, take them away and throw them in prison! A night in the gallows will certainly change their minds. I will not allow anyone to ruin the festival. Take them away!

 

As the guards are dragging the prisoners away

 

MARATONIS

May Allah have mercy on you!

 

NARRATOR 4

As they are taken away to the gallows, the court recorder inscribes the prisoner’s names on to a tablet so that they may be known to the world as offenders forever.

 

Court recorder writes the names on a large stone tablet

 

KING DEKLEDIANOCE

Let’s head to the village for the start of the festivities.

Guards, keep an eye on the prisoners!

SCENE IV

Temple at Festival Time amongst many people

 

GROUP OF PEOPLE

Long live King Dekledianoce! Long live King Dekledianoce!

 

MINISTER

Guards! Go into the crowd and listen. If anyone says anything against the gods, arrest them! Throw them in prison with the three others! These are the King’s orders!

 

GUARD 3

Sir, yessir!

 

Guards walk into the crowd and start listening

 

VILLAGER 5

This festival is so funny!

 

VIllAGER 6

Talk softly! The guards are close by!

 

VILLAGER 5

I can’t believe these are our gods. These are stones. There is only one God, Allah.

 

VILLAGER 7

Yes, it is pretty funny! We should all be worshipping the one God who is All Powerful, but we must hide our beliefs. Remember, if they find out about us we will be punished.

VILLAGER 6

Yes, we must continue to worship Allah. Allahu Akbar!

 

GUARD 4

You three are under arrest for speaking against the gods! Come with us, immediately!

 

Sir, we heard them talk about the same god as the others!

 

MINISTER

Take them and imprison them with the others. We will bring them to the King in court tomorrow.

 

Guards! Take them away!

 

NARRATOR 4

And so three more joined the ranks of the three noblemen already in prison.

 

SCENE V

Prison

NARRATOR 5

While the festivities are underway, the majority of the guards are busy protecting the king and carrying out his orders. This leaves only one guard to keep an eye on the prisoners. This particular guard was loyal to the Minister, Makslamin. 

 

MAKSLAMIN

Addressing the three new inhabitants

Do you believe in the one god, Allah?

 

VILLAGER 5

Yes, we do. The guards overheard us at the Festival and that’s why we were brought here to prison.

 

AMLIKHA

We must escape before the morning. Everyone is busy with the festivities so it will be easy to go undetected.

MAKSLAMIN

Everyone except the guard standing right outside the door.

 

VILLAGER 6

What about him? Do you know him?

 

MAKSLAMIN

Yes, he was my most loyal guard from when I used to be an important minister in this Court. Let me see if I can talk to him.

 

He walks to the entrance of the prison to speak to the guard

 

MAKSLAMIN

Guard, you’ve been loyal to me all these years. I need your help and I can help you, too!

 

GUARD 4

How would you help me? You are in prison for speaking out against the King!

 

MAKSLAMIN

All I did was speak the truth. Believe in one God, Allah, and you will be rewarded. You’ve been very kind to me all these years. You know the fate that awaits me if you don’t help us escape. I know you, you also find these idols wrong. Be brave and trust in Allah as I do.

 

Makslamin walks away to the other prisoners, leaving the guard standing alone.

 

NARRATOR 5

Having spoken to the guard and appealing to his sense of loyalty, the guard is left with two choices: to help the Minister he has known all these years escape or let him be killed. He chooses to let him and his companions go free. Once outside the prison, the former prisoners make their plans to leave the town behind.

 

As the six prisoners make their escape from the prison under the cover of darkness, they head to the edge of town. They have no idea where they are headed until the Nobleman remembers the shepherd who always watches out for him. Having nowhere to go in the darkness he decides to take shelter at the Shepherd’s home.

 

Makslamin knocks on the shepherd's door.

 

Shepherd

Coming, coming! (mumbles to himself) Who can be knocking at my door at this hour?

 

Opens the door and looks surprised.

 

Shepherd

Sire! Are you alright? Why are you here at this hour?

 

MAKSLAMIN

These are my friends! Let us in and I will explain. Come on, get in! Quick!

 

The six prisoners get inside.

 

MAKSLAMIN

We were imprisoned for our beliefs. We had to escape prison. The soldiers will be looking for us.

 

SHEPHERD

You have nothing to fear Sire. You are safe here. I am glad to be of assistance. Stay here as long as you like.

 

MAKSLAMIN

I don’t think we are safe here. The guards can find us here. They will search every town until they find us. Maybe we should  hide in the cave.

 

AMLIKHA

Cave? What Cave?Do you know of a cave?

 

MAKSLAMIN

Yes. It is where I always go to pray and find peace. Something tells me it is the place to go. Let’s move at daybreak.I can lead you there with some light.

 

Shepherd

Yes, yes. Let’s take some food with us. We will need it.

 

MAKSLAMIN

We? You are not going with us.You will be killed for being with us.

 

Shepherd

I want to go with you Sire. I believe in one god, my protector. He will protect us all; and you will need my services. Please don’t stop me.

 

 

 

Narrator 6

As the darkness made way to some light the prisoners along with the shepherd set out for the cave. The cave in which Makslamin,the Nobleman, had found peace and tranquility. They climbed the mountain with quick steps until they reached the cave.

 

They went in and settled themselves on the rocks. Some wondered if there was another exit to the cave. There was none. If they were found they had no escape. Yet a voice inside them told them they were safe here. So they prayed to their lord for his mercy and protection and rested.

 

QURAN RECITER 3

Ayahs 10 & 11

QURAN TRANSLATOR 3

Ayahs 10 & 11

 

Suddenly they began to feel very tired and sleepy. And one by one, they lay down to rest, not realizing that Allah subhana wa ta’ala will provide them with protection to sustain them for the next 300 years as they sleep in the cave, undisturbed.

 

QURAN RECITER 4

Ayah 16-18

QURAN TRANSLATOR 4

Ayah 16-18

 

SCENE VI

NARRATOR 6

As the People of the Cave slept, time passed on and decades flew by. They were now sleeping for over 300 years.

Over time many kings ruled and died. The land was now ruled by a righteous king, King Diflosees, whose subjects worshipped only Allah alone.

 

One day, the King’s Minister approached the pious King.

 

PIOUS KING’S MINISTER

O King! We have a problem! The townspeople are having a hard time believing in life after death! They are asking how can Allah bring back a body to life years and years after the person has passed on!

 

PIOUS KING

This is indeed troubling. Oh Allah, help me guide my people. Show me a way. I put my trust in you.

 

NARRATOR 6

The pious king became sad. He prayed to Allah for a miracle to convince his subjects about the truth of a life after death, and the Day of Judgment, and to keep them on the straight path.

SCENE VII

QURAN RECITER 5

Ayahs 19 & 20

 

QURAN TRANSLATOR 5

Ayahs 19 & 20

 

CAVE---The residents wake up and look around.

 

VILLAGER 5

(STRETCHING AND LOOKING AROUND) How long have we been here?

 

AMLIKHA

It must be long, because my stomach sure is growling!

 

MARATONIS

I’m not sure to be honest with you, but I’m sure it couldn’t have been more than a day.

 

VILLAGER 6

My brothers, I am starving! We will all need food. One of us will need to be brave and attempt a visit to the village market. We must eat soon.

 

MAKSLAMIN

I will go! I know the way well, so it should be an easy trip, insha’Allah.

 

SHEPHERD

Sire, let me offer these coins that I brought with me.

 

VILLAGER 7

Be very careful! No one can see you!

 

MAKSLAMIN

I will be careful! Just stay here and wait for me to return, all of you.

 

ALL (make dua)

 

O Allah, you are the best of protectors...

 

Nobleman 1 stands up and leaves the cave to the village

 

SCENE VIII

 

NARRATOR 7

The former minister leaves the cave and enters the city which he and his companions had fled from in search of food and sustenance. His companions had instructed him to only buy the purest food.

 

Market with people walking around and food stalls

 

MAKSLAMIN

As he wanders in the market he wonders aloud to himself

 

This market looks rather different! I wonder why that is? All these changes couldn’t have occurred in just the day or two that we were asleep, could it?

 

FRUIT SELLER

Asalamualaikum, friend! Welcome to my fruit stall! Would you perhaps be interested in these beautiful oranges I have for sale for a low low low low price. Insha’Allah, you will find that they are the sweetest oranges you have ever tasted!

 

MAKSLAMIN

Walaikumsalam! Yes, I would love to purchase some...wait! Did you just say “insha’Allah!”??

 

Hands the Fruit Seller his money as he is speaking

 

FRUIT SELLER

I certainly did say insha’Allah. I don’t know why that would seem strange to you. What is strange, is this money you have given me? It looks like old treasure!

 

MAKSLAMIN

Nervously begins to back away from the seller

 

Surely you're joking? This is just a silver coin. I’m only trying to buy these oranges, so if you could give me my change, I’d appreciate it and I’ll be on my way.

 

FRUIT SELLER

Begins to shout and create a commotion

 

HEY EVERYONE! This man has some coins from some old treasure! He was trying to use it as currency! We should find out where this treasure is. Stop, don’t leave!

 

GUARDS! GUARDS! Stop him! Grab him before he disappears with the treasure!

 

MAKSLAMIN

Please don’t call the guards! I’ll leave the oranges and I’ll just be on my way.

 

 

 

NARRATOR 7

But it was too late for the nobleman for the guards had arrived. He was taken to the palace to be questioned by the King. 

 

GUARD 5

Let’s go! Bring the coins and let’s go have a talk with the Noble King Deflosees.

 

MAKSLAMIN

King Deflosees? What city is this? Where am I? What happened to King Dekledianoce?

 

NARRATOR 7

And so the confused Nobleman was brought before King Deflosees where he learned what happened while he and his companions had slept in the cave.

 

KING

What is the trouble here? Who is this young man?

 

GUARD 3

This man created quite the commotion in the market. He was trying to buy oranges using these coins. The sellers were very confused as you can imagine.

 

King takes the coin and looks at it and looks at the Nobleman

 

KING DEFLOSEES

I am King Deflosees. Who are you?

 

MAKSLAMIN

My name is Makslamin. I am afraid I do not know who you are, O King. Last time I was in this palace I was standing before the tyrant King Dekledianoce.  Can you please tell me what has happened to him?

 

KING DEFLOSEES

King Dekledianoce died close to 300 years ago!

 

MAKSLAMIN

In utter disbelief

300 years ago?! Allahu Akbar! Are you telling me that we stayed in the cave for 300 years?

Falls down

 

 

NARRATOR 7

With the palace in complete disarray and confusion, the Nobleman explained to the King that he and his friends lived under the rule of King Dekledianoce. King Dekledianoce did not believe in Allah, and as a result threatened and even imprisoned the Nobleman and his friends.  They broke free, escaped and hid in a cave far away from the village. They prayed to Allah to save them.  They eventually grew tired and fell asleep in that cave. They woke up the next morning (or so they thought) and were hungry.  That’s how the Nobleman came to be in the market buying oranges.

 

MAKSLAMIN

We had no idea we were asleep for 300 years!

 

KING DEFLOSEES

My loyal minister, please call the court historian! We need to verify this man’s account. I believe he is speaking the truth and that Allah protected him and his companions all these years. However, we must verify this with the court historian.

KING’S MINISTER

Of course, my King! Guards! Bring the court historian.

 

COURT HISTORIAN

You summoned for me, King Defolsees?

 

KING DEFLOSEES

Yes, Court Historian! This man here says that he is from 300 years ago and he along with his friends hid in a cave to escape persecution from a tyrant. This is also a coin he tried to use in the market today to purchase some oranges. What can you tell us about these allegations?

 

COURT HISTORIAN

There was a King Dekledianoce who ruled these lands over 300 years ago...and this coin looks as though it may have been from that time period. I know of a situation from that time period---several young men, who worshipped Allah alone, fled from King Dekledianoce, who tried to have them renounce their faith, or be put to death. No one knows what happened to them, but their names are inscribed in a tablet from that time.

 

KING DEFLOSEES

Where can I find this tablet with the names?

 

COURT HISTORIAN

I can bring it to court.

 

Exits scene to get the tablet

 

NARRATOR 8

As the Court Historian leaves to retrieve the tablet the King continues to question the Nobleman. The rest of the court stands in stunned silence as they are trying to understand what all this can possibly mean.

 

COURT HISTORIAN

Here my lord! King Deflosees, please take a look at this tablet! You will see this man is telling the truth. He is from 300 years ago!

 

KING DEFLOSEES

Reads the tablet

 

I cannot believe it! Praise be to Allah! He has answered my prayers! I had prayed to Allah for a miracle to convince my people about the truth of a life after death, and the Day of Judgment, so as to keep them on the straight path. It seems you are the answer to my prayers! Your name is here on this tablet. You must take me to the cave to meet your companions! Don’t worry, you are all safe now. Allah is Great! This is the miracle I need to show my people.

 

Where is this cave?

 

MAKSLAMIN
I can show you. My friends are still there waiting for me to return with food. I can take you there.

 

KING DEFLOSEES

We are going to the cave! Guards, call the chariot!

 

QURAN RECITER 6

Ayah 25 & 26

QURAN TRANSLATOR 6
Ayah 25 & 26

SCENE IX

The people of the cave are sitting and waiting. One of them is pacing. They look very concerned and worried.

 

AMLIKHA

Look, he’s back! He’s back!

 

Villager 5

It’s about time! We are so hungry! What did you bring back for us?

 

MAKSLAMIN

Well, things didn’t go as planned and so I couldn’t bring back any food. But I DID bring back the King and the rest of the village!

 

Villager 6

But why would you bring back the KING??

 

KING DEFLOSEES

Asalamualaikum inhabitants of the cave! I am King Deflosees!

 

NARRATOR 8

The pious King Deflosees patiently explained to the inhabitants of the cave all that he knew about their situation.  He told them they had been under Allah’s protection for 300 years as they slept unharmed in the cave.  During those 300 years everyone in the village was now a believer, including the King. As a result they had nothing to fear now. The people of the cave were surprised and didn’t know what to make of this miracle.

Soon the entire village and neighboring villages began to gather to see the miracle of Allah. They brought gifts for the people of the cave and began to idealize them.

 

PIOUS KING

The villagers are anxious to meet with you. Come, O Pious Men. Let me take you to meeet my people.

 

The people of the cave were disturbed and confused by all this. They made dua to Allah subhana wa ta'ala to protect

Their faith and the believers. As if to answer their prayers, Allah Subhanahu wa tala, ended their lives.

 

Eventually as the inhabitants of the cave died, the villagers honored them by building a masjid at the site of the cave.

So ends the story of the people of the cave.

 

QURAN RECITER

Ayahs 21 & 22

 

QURAN TRANSLATOR
Ayahs 21 & 22

 

 

 

CONCLUSION: AYAH 27 with translation--ALL STUDENTS


Submitted: December 22, 2020

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