In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Assalamu Alaikum (Peace be upon you) dear brothers and sisters,
I, Aslam Ahemad, your dedicated Islamic content creator and mentor, welcome you to our “Hadith of Dajjal” series. In this series, we explore Hadiths that shed light on the concept and dangers of Dajjal (the Antichrist) in Islamic eschatology. Understanding the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) regarding Dajjal is essential for safeguarding our faith and preparing ourselves for the trials of the end times.
Hadith of Dajjal
Hadith 1: حَدَّثَنَا وَكِيعٌ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنِي عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ بُرَيْدَةَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنْ جَدِّهِ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ” لاَ يُؤْمِنُ أَحَدُكُمْ حَتَّى يُحِبَّ لأَخِيهِ مَا يُحِبُّ لِنَفْسِهِ ”
Translation: Narrated by An-Nawwas bin Sam’an (may Allah be pleased with him): Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) mentioned Dajjal one morning, and he sometimes described him as insignificant and sometimes described him as so dangerous that we thought he was in the cluster of the date-palm trees.
When we went to him (the Prophet) in the evening and he read (the signs of fear) on our faces, he said, “What is the matter with you?” We said, “O Allah’s Messenger! You mentioned Dajjal this morning, and you sometimes described him as insignificant, and sometimes you described him as so dangerous that we thought he was present in some (near) part of the date-palm trees.”
On that, Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “I verily frightened you with Dajjal, but there is no danger of him now. He has come out, but he will not be allowed to enter Medina. He will be in some of the salty barren areas (outside Medina), and on that day, the best man or one of the best men will come up to him and say, ‘I testify that you are the same Dajjal whose description was given to us by Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him).’ Dajjal will say to the people,
‘If I kill this man and bring him back to life again, will you doubt my claim?’ They will say, ‘No.’ Then Dajjal will kill that man and bring him back to life. That man will say, ‘Now I know your reality better than before.’ Dajjal will say, ‘I want to kill him, but I cannot.'”
Reference: Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Hadith 7015
Hadith 2: عَنْ أَبِي الْجَدَّاءِ، عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْخُدْرِيِّ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ” أَلاَ أُخْبِرُكُمْ بِخَيْرِكُمْ مِنْ تَدْبِيرٍ وَتُزَكِّيكُمْ أَفْضَلَكُمْ زَكَاةً ” .
Translation: Narrated by Ubadah bin As-Samit (may Allah be pleased with him): The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “I have told you so much about Dajjal (Antichrist) that I am afraid you may not understand. The Antichrist is short, hen-toed, woolly-haired, one-eyed, an eye-sightless, and neither protruding nor deep-seated. If you are confused about him, know that your Lord is not one-eyed.”
Reference: Sunan Abi Dawood, Book 38, Hadith 4310
Hadith 3: حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو بَكْرِ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ، حَدَّثَنَا يُونُسُ، حَدَّثَنِي إِبْرَاهِيمُ بْنُ سَعْدٍ، عَنِ ابْنِ شِهَابٍ، قَالَ أَخْبَرَنِي عُرْوَةُ بْنُ الزُّبَيْرِ، أَنَّهُ بَالَ بِهِبَةِ بْنِ الْمُنْذِرِ بْنِ زُرَارَةَ، وَهُوَ أَخُو خَدِيجَةَ أُمِّ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ، فَلَمْ يُلْقِ نَظْرَةً إِلَّا قَالَ أَمِنَا بِاللَّهِ وَصَدَقْنَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فِيمَا جَاءَ بِهِ
Translation: Narrated by Ibn Umar (may Allah be pleased with him): Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Dajjal will come, and he will be forbidden to enter the mountain passes of Medina. He will encamp in one of the salty barren areas neighboring Medina, and then he will attack Medina, but Allah will enable the angels to protect Medina from him.”
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 88, Hadith 246
Hadith 4: حَدَّثَنَا عُمَرُ بْنُ هَاشِمٍ، حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يُوسُفَ، حَدَّثَنَا الْقَعْقَاعُ بْنُ حُكَيْمٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ بْنَ جُرَيْجٍ، يُحَدِّثُ عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ” يُؤْتَى بِالْقُرْآنِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ، وَرَجُلٌ يُؤْتَى بِالصَّلاَةِ، فَيُؤْمَرُ أَنْ يُقَابِلَ بَيْنَ يَدَيِ الْقُرْآنِ، ثُمَّ يُنَادِى مُنَادٍ : اقْرَءُوا وَارْقَوْا ”
Translation: Narrated by Fatimah bint Qais (may Allah be pleased with her): The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There will be two migrations (after the conquest of Mecca). People of Ash-Sham will migrate to Ash-Sham, and the people of Iraq will migrate to Iraq. The people of Ash-Sham will face the Antichrist (Dajjal) and the people of Iraq will take Juhfa as their home. They will be safe from Dajjal.”
Reference: Sahih Muslim, Book 54, Hadith 17
Hadith 5: حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ مُحَمَّدٍ، حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيلُ بْنُ أَبِي مُوسَى، عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مُهَاوِيَهِ بْنِ قُرَظٍ، عَنْ جَدِّهِ، عَنْ جَابِرِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ، قَالَ بَيْنَمَا رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يُصَلِّي فِي بَيْتِ امْرَأَةٍ مِنْ الْأَنْصَارِ، إِذْ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ مِنَ الْأَنْصَارِ، فَقَالَ : مَا رَأَيْتَ مِثْلَ الْيَوْمِ قَطُّ قَالَ : وَمَا لَكَ قَالَ : فَرِيحٌ ، فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم : أَفَإِنَّكَ لاَ تَمِلُّ . قَالَ : بَلَى
Translation: Narrated by Anas bin Malik (may Allah be pleased with him): Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Dajjal will come and encamp at a place close to Medina and then Medina will shake thrice whereupon every hypocrite and doubter will go out (of Medina) to join him.”
Reference: Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 88, Hadith 244
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Explanation and Commentary
The “Hadith of Dajjal” series explores Hadiths that provide detailed descriptions of Dajjal, his characteristics, and his eventual appearance. Dajjal is a prominent figure in Islamic eschatology, and understanding these Hadiths is crucial for recognizing his deception and staying steadfast in faith during his arrival.
Hadith 1 describes the nature of Dajjal and how he will deceive people during his appearance. It also emphasizes that Dajjal will not be allowed to enter Medina, and a believer will confront and recognize him.
Hadith 2 offers a physical description of Dajjal to help distinguish him from other beings. The Prophet (peace be upon him) reassures the believers that Allah is not one-eyed, unlike the deceptive Dajjal.
Hadith 3 assures that Allah will protect Medina from Dajjal’s attack by enabling the angels to guard the city.
Hadith 4 mentions that during the time of Dajjal’s appearance, there will be migrations, and the people of Iraq will find safety in Juhfa, away from Dajjal’s influence.
Hadith 5 foretells the impact of Dajjal’s arrival on the people of Medina, with hypocrites and doubters leaving the city to join him.
Lessons to Learn
From the Hadith of Dajjal, we draw the following lessons:
- The significance of recognizing the deception of Dajjal and his false claims.
- The assurance that Allah will protect Medina from Dajjal’s harm.
- The importance of understanding the physical characteristics of Dajjal to avoid confusion.
- The need for steadfastness in faith during the trials of the end times.
Application in Daily Life
Applying the teachings of this Hadith in daily life involves:
- Increasing knowledge about Dajjal and his characteristics through the study of authentic Hadiths and Islamic eschatology.
- Seeking refuge in Allah and seeking His protection from the trials and deceptions of Dajjal during times of fitnah (tribulations).
Reflect on the significance of recognizing Dajjal’s deception and the importance of seeking Allah’s protection from his trials. Contemplate the teachings of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and the signs of the end times.
- Hadith 1: Sahih Muslim, Book 41, Hadith 7015
- Hadith 2: Sunan Abi Dawood, Book 38, Hadith 4310
- Hadith 3: Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 88, Hadith 246
- Hadith 4: Sahih Muslim, Book 54, Hadith 17
- Hadith 5: Sahih al-Bukhari, Book 88, Hadith 244
Hadith of Dajjal FAQ
Q1: How can I protect myself from the deception of Dajjal?
To protect yourself from the deception of Dajjal, increase your knowledge about his characteristics and the signs of his appearance. Seek refuge in Allah and regularly seek His protection through supplications and prayers for safety from tribulations.
Q2: Is Dajjal a human or supernatural being?
Dajjal is a supernatural being and is considered a false messiah who will deceive people with his miraculous abilities and false claims.
Q3: Will Dajjal have followers and supporters?
Yes, Dajjal will have followers and supporters who will be deceived by his false claims and apparent miracles.
As we delve into the “Hadith of Dajjal,” let us seek knowledge and protection from the trials and deceptions of the end times. May Allah guide us to recognize the truth and remain steadfast in faith during challenging times.
Stay tuned for more enlightening Hadiths in our “Hadith of Dajjal” series. May Allah bless you all.
Aslam Ahmad is a seasoned Islamic scholar renowned for his profound expertise in Hadith studies and the spiritual dimensions of prayers. With a lifetime devoted to learning and contemplation, he offers invaluable insights into the teachings of Islam. His ability to harmonize traditional wisdom with contemporary challenges has made him a guiding light for modern Muslims.