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The emergence of Dajjaal is one of the biggest signs that will appear near the Day of Judgement.
Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal, also known as the false messiah and referred to simply as Dajjal, will first present himself as a believer but later on, he will claim to be a prophet and finally to be god. The enormity and severity of his mischief can be realized by the fact that every Prophet (A.S.) warned his followers about it.
1- His Appearance
Many Ahadith describe the attributes of Dajjal. He will be a young man with a ruddy complexion, with thick curly hair, blind or defective in the right eye, his left eye will be covered with a thick piece of flesh growing at the edge of his eye. Separate Arabic letters “Kaf, Fa, Ra” (‘Kafir’ when letters are joined) will be written between his eyes and every believer will be able to read it.
Another of his characteristics will be that he will be sterile, with no children born to him.
[Tirmidhi: 2245, Sahih Bukhari: 6999, Sahih Muslim: 2927(c)]
2- His Emergence
Dajjal will emerge from the East, from Khurasan and he will be followed by 70,000 Jews of Isfahan, wearing Persian shawls.
(Musnad Ahmad: 12, Sahih Muslim: 2944)
3- Where He Will Visit
After his emergence, he will then travel all over the world and will never leave a city without entering it, except Makkah and Medina.
[Sahih Muslim: 2942(a)]
4- His Stay on Earth
According to a Hadith, Dajjal will stay in the world for 40 but it is unclear whether it would be 40 days or 40 months or 40 years.
[Sahih Muslim: 2940(a)]
5- Places Where He Will Not Be Able to Enter
According to the Hadiths mentioned below, Dajjal will visit and enter every city, every town, and every place on earth except Makkah and Madinah (Masjid Al-Haram and Masjid Al-Nabawi). It is forbidden for the Dajjal to enter these two places. Dajjal will not spare any town where he would not stay for 40 nights except Makkah and Madinah (which are forbidden for him to enter).
[Sahih Muslim: 2942(a) and 2943(a)]
6- Tricks of Dajjal
Dajjaal will try to destroy the faith of people through his different tricks. One of his tricks mentioned in Hadith is that he will kill a man and then will bring him back to life. People will be so amazed by his tricks that they will become confused and will start following him. This is the reason that our Prophet (S.A.W.) advised Muslims to go far away from him when they heard about Dajjal’s emergence.
“Let him who hears of the Dajjal (Antichrist) go far from him for I swear by Allah that a man will come to him thinking he is a believer and follow him because of confused ideas roused in him by him.”
(Abu Dawud: 4319)
7- Who Will Kill Dajjal?
During Dajjal’s stay on earth, all people, other than his followers, will be in extreme trouble. Then Allah will send the Son of Maryam, Isa (A.S.), who will chase Dajjal. Isa (A.S.) will catch up with him at the gate of Ludd (Lod), a place in Palestine near Bayt al-Maqdis where He (A.S.) will kill Dajjal.
[Tirmidhi: 2244, Sahih Muslim: 2420(a)]
8- Protection against The Fitnah of Dajjal
Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.) has set out some guidelines for Muslims which can be followed to get protection against the mighty fitnah of Dajjal.
Fleeing from the Dajjal, keeping oneself far away from him and living in a place where he will not be able to enter (Makkah & Madinah).
Memorizing Opening 10 and Last 10 Ayahs from Surah Al-Kahf. The Prophet (S.A.W.) commanded us to recite the opening verses of Surah Al-Kahf against the Dajjal. According to some reports, the final verses of this surah were mentioned. This means reciting the first 10 verses or the last 10.
(Abu Dawud: 4321)
Recite the following Dua on daily basis:
اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ جَهَنَّمَ وَمِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ وَمِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيحِ الدَّجَّالِ
“O Allah! I seek refuge with Thee from the torment of the Hell, from the torment of the grave, from the trial of life and death and from the evil of the trial of Masih al-Dajjal"
[Sahih Muslim: 588(a)]
May Allah protect all of Muslim Ummah from the Fitnah of Dajjal
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