(Remember) when the young men fled for refuge
(from their disbelieving folk) to the Cave,
they said: "Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself,
and facilitate for us our affair in the right way!"
And let him behave with care and courtesy,
and let him not inform any one about you.
"For if they should come upon you,
they would stone you or force you to return to their cult,
and in that case ye would never attain prosperity."
[Some] say they were three,
the dog being the fourth among them;
[others] say they were five, the dog being the sixth,-
doubtfully guessing at the unknown;
[yet others] say they were seven, the dog being the eighth.
Say thou: "My Lord knoweth best their number;
It is but few that know their [real case]."
only a small number, not a village!
May Allah guide you!