In the 18th chapter of the Qur’an titled ‘The Cave/al Kahf’ there is a very interesting story about the People of the Cave. What can you tell me about the dog in this story?
The Yamani a.s. was asked:
‘What is the meaning significance of the dog of the Companions of the Cave? And if it was just an ordinary dog, then why is it mentioned more than once in this story and sometimes in the plural form? (question 140)
The Yamani replied:
“Some say that there were three, the fourth of them being their dog and others say there were five, the sixth of them being their dog ~guessing about what is unknown. And others would say there were seven, and that the eighth of them was their dog. Say, O Mohammad, ‘My Lord knows best their number. None knows them except a few. So do not argue about them except with an obvious argument and do not inquire about them among the speculators’.” Qur’an 18:22
In the Name of Allah, the Abundantly Merciful, the Extremely Merciful
All praise be to Allah, Lord of the worlds and may Allah send His Peace and Blessings on Mohammad and the Progeny of Mohammad, the Imams and the Mahdis.
There was an ordinary dog with the Companions of the Cave. However the important matter is not this dog but it is the one that was compelling this dog and controlling it.
This was being done by a jinn and his name is ‘Qatmeer’. The jinn have this ability with animals such as cats and dogs and they can control them. And this jinn wanted to draw their attention through this dog toward his presence, and his ability to help them after believing in their Call.
And Qatmeer is among the jinn who have the ability to cast terror int the hearts and shake the hearts of even the brave. Allah the exalted said:
‘…and while their dog lay stretching his forelegs at the entrance, if you looked at them, you would certainly have turned back from them and fled and been filled by them with terror.’ Qur’an 18:18 ~ The Cave
And the one who filled the hearts of whoever came near them with terror was this jinn named ‘Qatmeer’ who was guarding them.
And Qatmeer is one of the Supporters of the Qa’em.
And there is an excellent translation of a book written by an Iranian, Muhammad Saeed Bahmanpour, that tells the story of the People of the Cave.
It is entitled “The Idols will Fall” and is a really good read. English readers can get all the details of this carefully documented book that they may not be able to get elsewhere.