The prophet peace and blessings upon him called the antichrist, Al Massiah Al Dajjal. It is rather a descriptive term than a name. The Dajjal is a liar and a deceiver, who will impersonate Issa Ibn Maryam. The return of Issa Ibn Maryam is one of the major signs of the end of times, and it is mentioned in the Quran. While the Dajjal will come out as the supreme test and Dajjal is not mentioned in the Quran directly. But the Dajjal signs are discussed in the Quran. The word Kafir will be written across his forehead and still hundreds of people will follow him. The Hadith has many references to the Dajjal, the signs of Dajjal and how to protect one’s self from his evil.
Rasool Allah said, Since the birth of Adam till the advent of Qayamah there is no fitnah much greater than that of Dajjal.
Islamic Eschatology, the branch of Islam that deals with the end of times, has not been developed until recently. It is now that most scholars believe we are nearing the end of times. Studies and researches have been carried out to understand and explain the signs of Akhirah. The return of Issa A.S is the biggest sign of Qayamat and so is the coming of Dajjal.
Who is Dajjal, The Antichrist:
Dajjal in Arabic means deceiver. He will come out calling himself the Christ while, in fact, he will be the antichrist. Rasool Allah said there will be many Dajjals before the real one comes out. In some narrations, he said the number will be close to thirty.
Issa Ibn Maryam Peace be upon him is a human. While the Dajjal is a Jasad, A body without a soul. But he will appear as a jew and a false Massiah and will lead the Jews of the world
Dajjal in the Quran:
The Holy Quran is a book of guidance, It teaches life lessons through narrating past incidents and stories. And by directing towards the signs of Allah the Almighty. Although there are no direct references to the Dajjal in the Holy Quran. Some scholars, especially the renowned scholar of Islamic eschatology Sheikh Imran Hossain has described some of the verses of the Quran which are indicating towards Dajjal.
For instance, the above-mentioned verse of Surah Sad refers to the dream of Hazarat Sulaiman (King Solomon) when he saw a soulless body (Jasad) on his throne. Sheikh Imran explains that this soulless body could be Dajjal. As he will rule the world from the Solomon temple that the state of Israel is trying to excavate from under the Bait-ul-Muqadas. The 3000-year-old temple of Solomon was built by the Jinn and is one of the most mysterious and grand buildings of all time.
Dajjal In the Hadith:
Fatima bint-e-Qais a female companion of the Holy Prophet narrated this hadith, she said once after the Fardh prayer the messenger of Allah said, “By Allah, I did not call you together for an exhortation or for a warning. I have called you together because Tameem al-Daari was a Christian and he came and swore allegiance and became Muslim, and told me something which agrees with what I was telling you about the Dajjaal (false messiah).
Tamim Al Dari landed On a Barren Island:
Tamim al Dari and his group found an island and took rowing boats towards it. On the Island, they found an animal who was so hairy they couldn’t tell his front from back. The animal introduced himself as Jasasa and was speaking like humans. He asked them to go to the monastery where someone is eager to meet them.
The Group Met The man in the monastery:
They were afraid of the animal thinking it was the devil. And so they rushed to the monastery. Where we found the hugest man we had ever seen. Bound strongly in chains with his hands tied to his neck. And his legs were bound from the knees to the ankles with iron shackles.
The chained man Asked Them About The World:
We said: ‘Woe to you, who are you?’ He said: ‘You will soon find out about me; tell me who you are.’ They told him they were from Arabia and their ship got lost in the sea. The chained person then asked them some questions.
That chained person said: ‘Tell me about the date-palm trees of Baysaan.’ We said: ‘What do you want to know about them?’ He said: ‘I am asking you whether these trees bear fruit.’ We said: ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘Soon they will not bear fruit.’ He said: ‘Tell me about the lake of Tabariyyah’ We said: ‘What do you want to know about it?’
He said: ‘Is there water in it?’ They said: ‘There is a great deal of water in it.’ He said: ‘Soon it will dry up.’ Then he said: ‘Tell me about the spring of Zughar (which is in the south of Syria).’ They said: ‘What do you want to know about it?’ He said: ‘Is there water in the spring and do the people grow crops with the water of the spring?’ We said to him: ‘Yes, there is plenty of water in it and the people grow crops with its water.’
He Also Questioned Them About the Prophet Mohammad Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him:
Then he said: ‘Tell me about the Prophet if the unlettered; what has he done?’ to which we said: ‘He has left Makkah and has settled in Yathrib (Madeenah).’ He said: ‘Do the Arabs fight against him?’ We said: ‘Yes.’ He said: ‘How did he deal with them?’ We told him that he had prevailed over the Arabs in his vicinity and they had shown obedience to him. He said to us: ‘Has it really happened?’ We said: ‘Yes.’
He said: ‘If it is so that, it is better for them that they show obedience to him. Now I will tell you about myself.
Dajjal Introduced Himself:
I am the Dajjaal and soon I will be given permission to emerge. So I will come out and travel in the land, and will not spare any town. But I will stay for forty nights, except Makkah and Taybah (Madeenah).
They are both forbidden to me; every time I try to enter one of them, I will be met by an angel with a sword in his hand, who will bar my way, and on every route, there will be angels guarding it.’ She said: Then the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) struck the minbar with his staff and said: “This is Taybah, this is Taybah, this is Taybah,” meaning Madeenah. “Did I not tell you this before?” The people said: Yes.
The Story Agreed to What The Prophet Has Been Telling the Companions About Dajjal:
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “I liked the story of Tameem because it agrees with what I used to tell you about him. And about Makkah and Madeenah. But he is in the Syrian Sea (Mediterranean) or the Yemeni Sea (Arabian Sea). No, rather he is in the east, he in the east, he is in the east,” and he pointed towards the east with his hand. She said: I memorized this from the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). This hadith is reported in Sahih Muslim.
The Signs of Dajjal, And How to Recognize Him:
Hadith tells us some very clear Dajjal signs. It says he will be a well-built man of ruddy complexion. His hair will be curly with locks so thick they will look like snakes. And he will be blind in the left eye. It will look like a grape and this is the most repeated of all signs. He will rule the world for forty days. In another Sahih hadith about Dajjal, it is mentioned that he will have a broad chest, a hunched back and one floating eye.
It is also reported that Rasool Allah said, he will be blind in one eye and written between his eyes will be Kaaf-Fey-Rey in separate Arabic words. In another hadith, it is mentioned that Dajjal will be sterile.
Hadith also tells us that hundreds of people will follow Dajjal, including Persians, Turks, bedouins, and women. He will deceive people by showing miracles. Another sign of Dajjal is, he will bring back the dead (his satans will impersonate the dead person and his relatives will think their family member is back to live). He will grow vegetation on fertile land, and he will be able to make rain.
The insurgency of the Dajjal will be so extreme that Rasool Allah has advised Muslims to hide in the mountains and forests.
From where will he emerge:
Hadith says he will emerge from the east, from among the Jews of Isfahan (70 thousand Jews, Masnad Ahmed HAdith number 12865). He will travel throughout the world, and enter every city except for the Holy cities of Makkah and Madina.
“The Dajjal will come to this pond in Marriqanaat – a valley in Madeenah – and most of those who go out to him will be women, until a man will come to his mother in law, his mother, his daughter, his sister and his aunt, and will tie them up strongly for fear that they will go out to him.” (Narrated by Ahmad, no. 5099)
How to protect from the fitnah of Dajjal:
Every Prophet from Hazrat Adam A.S to Prophet Mohammad Peace and blessings be upon him have warned their respective Ummah about Dajjal.
Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessing be upon him, has warned the Ummah from the affliction or trial of Dajjal a great deal. Even though the Quran does not mention Dajjal directly. And there is not a single mention of Dajjal’s name in the Quran. There are many hadith about the Dajjal signs. He has also guided us on how can we protect ourselves from Dajjal. He said, reciting the first 10 out of Surah Kehf on every Friday will protect the reciter from Dajjal.
May Allah protect us all from the Fitnah of Dajjal in the end times. And help us recognize the signs of Dajjal. Do tell us in the comments if you found this article helpful and interesting.