And similarly, We caused them to be found that they [who found them] would know that the promise of Allah is truth and that of the Hour there is no doubt. [That was] when they disputed among themselves about their affair and [then] said, |Construct over them a structure. Their Lord is most knowing about them.| Said those who prevailed in the matter, |We will surely take [for ourselves] over them a masjid.
They will say there were three, the fourth of them being their dog; and they will say there were five, the sixth of them being their dog - guessing at the unseen; and they will say there were seven, and the eighth of them was their dog. Say, [O Muúammad], |My Lord is most knowing of 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] from anyone.
And never say of anything, |Indeed, I will do that tomorrow,|
Except [when adding], |If Allah wills.| And remember your Lord when you forget [it] and say, |Perhaps my Lord will guide me to what is nearer than this to right conduct.
And they remained in their cave for three hundred years and exceeded by nine.
Say, | Allah is most knowing of how long they remained. He has [knowledge of] the unseen [aspects] of the heavens and the earth. How Seeing is He and how Hearing! They have not besides Him any protector, and He shares not His legislation with anyone.
And recite, [O Muúammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book of your Lord. There is no changer of His words, and never will you find in other than Him a refuge.