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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The story of Dajjal (or anti-Christ)

How did the story of Masih ad-Dajjal come about in Islam? It's NOT from the Glorious Quran. In fact, the jurists officially acknowledge that the Quran makes NO references of Dajjal, yet they adhere to it blindly. Why? Because it's a Hadith myth and for the "ahl-Sunnah" the Hadith takes precedence over the Noble Quran .. a blasphemous approach but unfortunately true. Before discussing how the guesswork of Dajjal became a part of Islam, let's take a look at what the theory of Dajjal means in Islam.

The story of Dajjal as accepted by Muslims:
You will find an array of humbug on Dajjal in one of the most popular Hadith sites, Muttaqun. What's most infuriating is the audacity of the storytellers to falsely involve the Quran and the Prophet (S) into it. You will find the heading on Dajjal that states "according to Quran and Sunnah." But scan the page for yourself and see if you can find a single word on Dajjal from the Quran. It's all from the deviations of the man-written Hadith. The myth of Masih-ad- Dajjal is a typical rhetorical drama for the purpose of making lectures interesting for spiritually (and otherwise) uneducated commoners who have no desire for the quest of Quranic knowledge nor are they interested in reflecting on Quranic contents for themselves. These folks take the spoon-fed lies of their clerics as law, regardless of its contradiction or non-conformity with the Quran.

Dajjal legend is akin to cultish beliefs. The idea is to basically prevent people from spreading vices by frightening them with horrific legendary descriptions of a monstrous villian. It's also often used for constructing the signs of Qaiamah (Day of Resurrectiion), such as, people will stop offering their prayers, dishonesty & immorality will be the way of life, falsehood will become a virtue etc. etc. But such vices have existed in all communities of the world at all times and will continue to do so. Allah, The Exalted, has made it clear in the Noble Quran that the Last Day will have no signs and will come unawares, suddenly. Even if there is a warning, it will be too short with no time for turning back or making amends. Furthermore, the Quran has made it abundantly clear that the Prophet (S) was NOT avid of the unseen and could NOT predict future events.

Dajjal myth is also frilled with imaginary details that he will appear somewhere between Syria and Iraq and will travel the whole world preaching his falsehood, but will be unable to enter Makkah or Medinah. Essa (Jesus) will return, and the Dajjal will gather an army of those he deceived and lead them in a war against Jesus, who shall be accompanied by an army of the righteous. Only a person who has completely renounced the Quranic instruction of NOT accepting information for which Allah Almighty has given no warrant will probably believe in such stories. No sensible believer with a shred of loyalty toward Allah and His Messenger will ever conceive of accepting these gossips and whispers as a part of the true Faith.


Dajjal story commonly accepted by both Sunnis and Shiias:
The only difference being that the Sunnis believe Dajjal will be killed by Essa (son of virgin Maryam) on his "return" as the Christians do, and Shiias believe that Dajjal will be knocked down dead upon the "return of Imam Mahdi."

This reminds me, there's also a false and ridiculous Hadith attributed to Imam Ali bin Abi Talib on Dajjal which I quote: "His right eye will be punctured, and his left eye would be raised to his forehead and will be sparkling like a star. Only the believers will be able to read the word ‘Kufr’ [disbelief], inscribed in bold letters, on his forehead. There will be big mountains of smoke at both front and backsides of his caravan. People will anticipate food within those mountains, during the severe famine. He will be riding on a huge white coloured 'donkey' who will cover a mile in a single stride. All rivers, falling in his way, will become dry and he will call upon people in aloud voice, "O my friends come to me! I am your lord who has made your limbs and given you sustenance."


The origin of the concept of Dajjal:
The idea of Dajjal arises from the theological legend of eschatology. "Eschat" is a Greek term meaning "last" and "logy" means "study." The reference is, "end of time" stories. It's another one of those myths borrowed from altered Christianity, Judaism, and from non-Divine faiths like hinduism, buddhism, zorastrism etc. In altered Christianity it starts from the story that Essa (son of virgin Maryam) will return (which the Noble Quran does NOT confirm nor refer to at all). From this tale of the return of Jesus, the story of the false messiah coming prior to the real one has been concocted. Thus, the Arabic term "dajjal" means deceit. This guy, Dajjal, is supposed to be an end-of-times deceiver.

The Dajjal story has a very non-Monotheistic root, based on pure imagination of the human mind. Christian eschatology is concerned with anti-Christ (Dajjal in Arabic) and then return of Jesus before the end to times. Jewish eschatology involves the return of a Jewish Messiah. The Jewish messiah is supposed to be a human leader (name and particulars not known), physically descended from the Davidic line who will rule and unite the people of Israel and will usher universal peace (indeed a sharp contrast from the murders and brigandry the Zionists are carrying out at present). The Jewish messiah is not considered to be divine nor is he considered to be Jesus. The hindu eschatology is about some character named Kalki descending from heaven before time draws to a close. The term used by zorastrians for end of time is "frashokereti" which is supposed to be a doctrine of a final renovation of the universe, when evil will be destroyed. In inter-faith dialogues "the end of time" notion is referred to as Apocalypticism. It refers to the belief that end of time will be within one's own lifetime. This belief is accompanied by the idea that civilization will soon come to a tumultuous end with some sort of catastrophic global event such as war. Probably America's ever-growing destructive foreign policies have brought this idea in the minds of some of their thinkers.

I'm sure it's now easy to perceive how this myth of Dajjal being symbolic of "end times" has crept into Islam. It began with the gross and corrupt Hadith narrations of the half-hearted Makkan converts, and a little later, these false narrations were edited and compiled by the medieval imams or the writers/collectors of the Hadith literature who loved to integrate Islam with man-made faiths.

May Allah, The Exalted, grant us protection from such gross misguidance.

14 comments:

  1. Salamun Alal Mominoon
    first of all i agree with u in letter and spirit. this story is the brain child of mr. bokhari & Co. The holy quran has clearly mentioned the death of Jesus PBUH and they have with malafide changed the translation of the verses of the holy quran. Allah sw has clearly mentioned in (v/ch.) 55/3 and 117/5 the death of Jeses PBUH but still they believe Jeses PBUH was raised alive which is absolutely against the rule of nature and number of verses of the holy quran.

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  2. in furtherance to my earlier comments, there is no consensus story about mr. djjar. there are countless stories about mr. dajjal and every story is different from other. this is an era of continental missiles and atomic bomb whereas mr. mehdi will fight with sword, ridiculous indeed. one point of view hint at mr. yazeed as dajjal because he belong to sufiani tribe. so there are as many mouths so many opinions. the holy Quran has mentioned in clear terms that that no one including the prophet PBUH knows about the doomsday/judgementday (qayamat)(187/7)whereas dajjal narrators give complete and comprehensive details about qiyamat.

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  3. Walaikum Salaam.

    The Noble Quran makes it quite clear that Allah Almighty made Essa (son of Virgin Maryam) descend unto Him in the heavens when Essa was alive. Otherwise if he was already dead, then what would be the need of his ascendency as mentioned? Kindly check the following verses 157 & 158 of Surah An-Nissa for proof of this fact.

    "And because of their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, Allah's messenger - they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them; and lo! those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture; they slew him not for certain." (4:157)

    "But Allah took him up unto Himself. Allah was ever Mighty, Wise." (4:158)

    Mark the words. Allah says about the people who wanted to kill Essa, "they slew him not nor crucified him, but it appeared so unto them;" Thus, if Essa was not slain nor crucified, obviously he must have been alive. And when Allah says that "it appeared so unto them;" this clearly indicates that apparently Allah sent some apparition that must have resembled Jesus in his place, so his killers got deceived into thinking that it was him that they killed or crucified.

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  4. Furthermore, to think that Essa son of Virgin Maryam could not have ascended to the heavens alive is an incorrect concept nurtured by many modernists (especially Free Minders & co.) who in their frenzy of modernism reject the possibility of miracles to such an extent that they think even Allah Almighty cannot perform miracles. They conveniently demolish all Quranic miracles and yet call themselves "Quran alone followers." They forget the oft mentioned expression of the Glorious Quran ' "Be" and it is' or Kun Fa Ya Kun (فيكن كن ). Allah has repeatedly asserted in His Final Message that nothing is impossible for him to acquire. Whenever he decides upon something, He only has to say "Be" and it happens. This is a categorical Quranic confirmation.

    "The Originator of the heavens and the earth! When He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is." (2:117).

    "But His command, when He intendeth a thing, is only that He saith unto it: Be! and it is." (36:82)

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  5. Here is verse 5:117. When Essa son of Maryam was taken to the heavens, it's mentioned as "took" or "tookest." That seems quite a clear hint to being taken for ascendency alive. It's surely no confirmation of his death.

    "I spake unto them only that which Thou commandedst me, (saying): Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. I was a witness of them while I dwelt among them, and when Thou tookest me Thou wast the Watcher over them. Thou art Witness over all things."


    And here is verse 3:55. Allah mentions that He is causing Jesus to "ascend" unto Him. Again, this verse by no means confirms his death.

    "(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering thee and causing thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ." (3:55)

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  6. * In my first comment here, I need to make a slight correction. Instead of "descend" please read that as "ascend."

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  7. Also, the contents of Verse 4:159 confirm its preceding Verses 4:157 & 158, I quote:

    "There is not one of the People of the Scripture but will believe in him before his death, and on the Day of Resurrection he will be a witness against them - " (4:159).

    This means that none of Jesus' followers will believe in the miracle of his ascendency until the time of their death, and then, on the Day of Judgment Jesus himself will be a witness of the fact of his ascendency to them.

    This is also a great prophecy of the Quran which has come true. At present, by far the majority of the Christians of all denominations believe that Jesus did die on the cross.

    Hence those so-called Muslim modernists who think that Jesus was not alive during ascendency means that they believe he died on the cross. This subsequently means that they are actually following the view of the Christians which has been confirmed wrong in the Quran very plainly in Verse 4:159.

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  8. salamun alaika

    actually we have not learnt arabic, this is where the wrong lies. fortunately i happened to learn arabic a little in school. u r believing the translation made by the present translators who r inspired by hadees writers mr. bokhari & co. so i request u plz learn some arabic it will be very much helpful for u. if we look into the verse 55/3 it goes ............Ini mutwafika...... which means I give u death then we move on to verse 117/5 it goes .......Falama Twafaitani...........which means when u had given me death. mind it the words mutwafika, twafaitani has been derived from the word wafat and meaning of wafat we all know. so the present translators has translated in the whole quran the meaning of the word wafat as death except the aforesaid verses. Allah sw has clearly mentioned in the holy Quran that u will not find any change in the way/nature of Allah sw (walan tajida lisunatullaha Tabdeila). every human being comes to the world, then dies and then to be raised alive on the day of judgement. now we look into the sura marium 33/19 "And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive." in this verse Jeses PBUH clearly told to his people when he was in cradle the all stages of his life i.e birth, death and ressurection/raising on the day of judgement. then we move on the sura ambia 21/7 "Sahih International
    And We sent not before you, [O Muhammad], except men to whom We revealed [the message], so ask the people of the message if you do not know." 21/8 "Sahih International
    And We did not make the prophets forms not eating food, nor were they immortal [on earth]. from the above verse it is clear that the all prophets were mortal, they came in this world did their duties/tasks and tasted the death. all living creatures r bound to die. similarly Jeses PBUH came to this world by miracle of Allah sw, did his duty and tasted death. there r many modes of death so certainly Jeses PBUH was neither crucified nor killed by jews. so far as concerned ur interpretation of 159/4, it means that the people of scripture will believe in that neither the Jeses PBUH was crucified nor killed by jews as claimed by them before their deaths. in the end i will say wama alaina ilal bragh.

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  9. in furtherance to my earlier commnents in holy Quran hayeeyun means live (zinda)and hayat means live (zinda)can u show me any of the above words in the verses u discussed in reply to my comments.

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  10. As-salaam Alakum!

    Well yes, like you, I'm also not an expert in Arabic though I'm not dumb on it either. And YES, knowing Arabic is not the end all and be all of life. Arabic knowledge though an additional help, is NOT a necessity for grasping the Quranic ideology correctly. I can name scores of experts in Arabic who have misinterpreted the Quran to the highest degree!

    Pickthall's translations are NOT influenced by Hadith. Have you even read his detailed biography and the extent to which he confronted the Al-Azha big wigs who opposed his translations, claiming that it was too independent of Hadith .. and yet, after 6 years in the waiting, he got his work through? Pickthall's work dates back to the late 1920s or early 1930s. At that time there was very little frenzy for keeping Quranic translations compatible with the Hadith. All such games have started nowadays with both Hadithists and modernists in their own different ways. The Pickthall Arabic + translation copy I have is passed on to me from my parents and it's an old copy which hasn't been edited by new translators as some new Pickthall translation copies are.

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  11. VERSE 3:55
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    idh qala l-lahu ya Essa inni mutawaffika warafi uka ilaya wa mutahhiruka mina alladhina kufaru waja ilu alladhina itaba uka fawqa alladhina kufaru ila yawmi l-qayamati thuma ilayya
    marji ukum faah kumu baynakum fima kuntum fihi takhtal ifuna

    The above is the complete Verse 3:55 in Arabic. In word by word translation it means:

    When said Allah O Essa! Indeed, I (will) take you and raise you to Myself and purify you from those who disbelieve(d) and I will make those who follow(ed) you superior (to) those who disbelieve(d) on (the) Day (of) (the) Resurrection. Then to Me (is) your return and I will judge between you about what you were (in it) differing.


    And the following is Pickthall's translation of Verse 3:55. It's ditto with the Arabic and the word to word English of it.

    "(And remember) when Allah said: O Jesus! Lo! I am gathering thee and causing thee to ascend unto Me, and am cleansing thee of those who disbelieve and am setting those who follow thee above those who disbelieve until the Day of Resurrection. Then unto Me ye will (all) return, and I shall judge between you as to that wherein ye used to differ."

    Quoting you: "if we look into the verse 55/3 it goes ............Ini mutwafika...... which means I give u death"

    Ini mutawafika does NOT mean "I give u death." It means "Indeed I take you." OR "Indeed I (will) take you." There's a big difference between the two expressions.

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  12. VERSE 5:117
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    ma qultu lahum ila ma amartani bihi ani u-budu l-laha rabbi warab-bakum wakuntu alayhim shahidan ma dumtu fihim falamma kunta anta l-raqiba alayhim wa-anta ala kulli shayin shahidun

    The above is the complete Verse 5:117 in Arabic. In word by word translation it means:

    Not I said to them except what You commanded me (with it) that "You worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." And I was over them a witness that as long as I (was) among them, then when You raised me You were (You) the Watcher over them, and you (are) on every thing a Witness.

    And the following is Pickthall's translation of Verse 5:117. It's ditto with the Arabic and the word to word English of it.

    "I spake unto them only that which Thou commandedst me, (saying): Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord. I was a witness of them while I dwelt among them, and when Thou tookest me Thou wast the Watcher over them. Thou art Witness over all things."

    And now quoting you: "then we move on to verse 117/5 it goes .......Falama Twafaitani...........which means when u had given me death. mind it the words mutwafika, twafaitani has been derived from the word wafat and meaning of wafat we all know."

    Falama Twafaitani does not mean giving death. It's a much broader term implying raising or taking away which in ordinary circumstances could imply death.

    'Wafat' alludes to death by expressing the concept of departure from this world. The meaning of "wafat" is pretty much fixed in Urdu as "death." But in Arabic it has a wider perspective. Especially in an incident where the common type of death is not ascertained, in that case "wafat" symbolises 'going away' or 'departing' or in this case, being raised. However, though the Quran makes it ample clear that the "wafat" or raising of Essa son of Maryam was not the 'wafat' or departure of just any other human being, for practical purposes and from worldly perspective, it might be considered like any other departure because Essa left this world for the next realm and once a person departs from this world (anyone), they do not return in flesh and blood. Everyone from then onward will be resurrected on the Day of the Tryst. This was the allusion made by Essa about himself as he spoke in Verse 19:33 "Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive!"

    But here's the most important point. Jesus did not know future events. When Jesus was born he never knew what lay ahead of him. Predicting future events is not one of the miracles Allah bestowed upon Jesus. There's absolutely no evidence of that in the Quran. Therefore, it would be right to conclude Jesus thought he would ultimately die like anyone else. But Allah ordained it differently when the time came close.

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  13. In Surah Al-Anbia Verses 7 to 9 which you mentioned, I think there is a clear reference to Divine deliverance of the chosen people of Allah and the incident of Essa son of Virgin Maryam aptly fits into it.

    "And We sent not (as Our messengers) before thee other than men, whom We inspired. Ask the followers of the Reminder if ye know not ? We gave them not bodies that would not eat food, nor were they immortals. Then we fulfilled the promise unto them. So we delivered them and whom We would, and We destroyed the prodigals." (21:7-9)

    The above verses assert that all messengers were humans, made of flesh and blood with destructible bodies who ate earthly food and were inspired by Allah. Allah further confirms that He fulfilled His promise to all prophets by granting them victory (by delivering them) and defeated their adversaries. "delivered them" refers to Allah's protection to the Prophets. And, mortality of a prophet is NOT necessarily a factor that refutes being delivered miraculously by the ordainment of the Divine Power as a passage into the next realm, if He so desires. After all, Allah Almighty granted Essa son of Virgin Maryam a miracle birth, similar to Adam. "Lo! the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him of dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is." (3:59). This miracle found in the cases of Adam and Essa is not found in other mortals. The Quran has also elucidated other miracles about Jesus that he spoke from the cradle, that he healed the blind and the leper by the ordainment and order of Allah, otherwise he would not be able to .. and that he raised the dead by Allah's leave. In the face of all these miracles, is it not possible that Allah can raise him or grant him "wafat" is a different state of being compared to what ordinary humans face? Of course He can and He did, and for that reason He has not given any evidence in the Quran about Jesus' death. It's only people who twist and turn the translations that bring these wrong opinions. The modernist idea of the "death" of Jesus is for the purpose of refuting miracles. I know their tactics very well, and by doing that they contradict the super natural powers Allah gave to Jesus. If you say that Jesus couldn't have been raised alive because Allah said all prophets ate food and had human bodies, then in that case you are overlooking a lot of additional information which Allah has also elucidated as exceptional cases as per His ordainment viz. miracles of Jesus, and miralces were also performed by Moses when he threw down his staff and it turned into a serpent gliding. And of course parting of the sea by Allah to help Moses and his followers during the Exodus.

    Hence, those verses of all prophets being humans are not to be taken as a confirmation that Allah cannot grant miracles to whoever He desires nor can the human status of prophets prevent Allah from performing miracles on whoever He pleases.

    What then is the significance of these miracles? It demonstrates the power of Allah to create in every way and the way He desires. All such miracles (including Jesus' ascendency) show the prophets on whom the miracles were bestowed were not acting on their own, but that they were constantly protected and cared for by Allah.

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  14. Quoting you: "so far as concerned ur interpretation of 159/4, it means that the people of scripture will believe in that neither the Jeses PBUH was crucified nor killed by jews as claimed by them before their deaths."

    Nope, you again got it wrong !! Or, are you purposely misinterpreting me? Only Allah knows best. But you are clearly embracing the Christian belief. Like you, the Chrisitans back then and today believe that Jesus died on the cross. They too believe that Jesus did not ascend but died in this world, exactly what you believe through misinterpretations. I will explain Verse 4:159 again.

    Here is the full verse:

    "There is not one of the People of the Scripture but will believe in him before his death, and on the Day of Resurrection he will be a witness against them -" (4:159)

    Now I'll take it up in portions.

    "There is not one of the People of the Scripture but will believe in him"

    Paraphrase: None of the Christians (probably also Jews) will believe in Jesus (which obviously includes his ascendency).

    "before his death,"

    Paraphrase: Here "his" refers to the Christians, meaning, none of them believe in Jesus until death overtakes them.

    "and on the Day of Resurrection he will be a witness against them -"

    Paraphrase: This is very simple, no need to explain it. "he" refers to Jesus. Of course it means Jesus will be a witness against his own people who denied him including the miracles that were bestowed to him by Allah.

    This is also a remarkable prophecy of the Noble Quran. It's spot on uptil this very day. The Christians firmly believe Jesus died on the cross. That's why the crucifix has become a religious symbol for them. During Easter they also dramatize the scene of Jesus carrying the crucifix and being nailed to it with blood flowing below on the mud below. The Quran makes it clear that this was not Jesus, it only seemed that away to his tormentrors. His tormentors were deceived. That's because Jesus had by then already ascended. Thus, Verse 4:158 : " .. but it appeared so unto them; .... those who disagree concerning it are in doubt thereof; they have no knowledge thereof save pursuit of a conjecture;" Ask yourself, what appeared unto the people that made them think it was Jesus? Allah also rebukes them by saying they have no knowledge and so they guess. What "knowledge" is Allah referring to? That "knowledge" is the miracle through which Allah saved Jesus from the pain and distress of dying an agonizing death on the cross. As simple as that. No one needs to be an alim in Arabic to understand something so plain.

    It has clearly been proven beyond all doubts that the ascendency of Jesus did not take place in the form of a common death as with all ordinary people. The exact state of Jesus' existence at the time of ascendency is only known to Allah. However, I repeat, it was not the usual, commonplace "wafat" you are wrongly implying.

    I will close this discussion here as I'm already too busy with Quranic research and discussions elsewhere. Besides, there's no point continuing a settled issue by purposely contradicting the Quran and presuming Jesus died, like the Christians believe.

    Beware of both, the Hadithists and the Free Minders. Both are on two extremes and both talk tons of humbug that are plainly illogical when compared with the complete contents of the Quran, our only Furqan.

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