view from my bedroom balcony in Kabul
I’ve posted this before but I edited it a little to make the mountains stand out more
When your classmates wrinkled their noses at the scent of your lunch still lingering on your clothes,
Even though their ancestors had conquered half the world in search of the spices you ate.
How they jeered at your mother’s bindi, making crude jokes about how ridiculous it looked on her,
And after ten years, how they all wore the exact same ornament on their own foreheads to keep up with the current trends.
When they repeatedly stumbled over the sharp letters which formed your name, forcing you to repeat yourself several times before giving up;
Only to have those very letters tattooed on their own flesh, in a language they do not comprehend.
Your culture belongs to you,
Not to them.
— Muneeb Hasan [08.10.14] (via muneebb)
Two sisters take a break while working with their family at a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.
Night view from Monal Restaurant, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Two Afghan refugee girls wash their laundry at a stream in a slum area of Islamabad, Pakistan.
The Prophet (PBUH) said
"And he who utters: ‘Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi’ (Allah is free from imperfection and His is the praise) one hundred times a day, his sins will be obliterated even if they are equal to the extent of the foam of the ocean." (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Asked by Anonymous
Wa alaikum assalam :)
I’ve been meaning to make an informative post about Dajjal for a long time, so thank you for asking.
I will do my best to provide evidence for everything I say, and I will try to keep it as informative as possible so the post will probably get really long (my apologies in advance, you don’t have to read the whole thing but the info is there for your future reference)
Who is Dajjal?
The word “dajjal” in arabic basically refers to a liar or deceiver. The dajjal we hear about quite often, is Maseeh Al-Dajjal - The liar who leads people astray (aka Anti-Christ)
The word “Maseeh” exists in his name because one of his eyes will be “mamsooh” (wiped- aka blinded) based on the following hadith:
The prophet (pbuh) said “The Dajjaal will be blind (mamsooh) in one eye, and between his eyes will be written kaafir”.
(Narrated in Muslim no. 5221)
The Dajjal will come with miracles, claiming to be Allah. He will be the greatest fitnah (temptation) ever created from the time of Adam (AS)
What does he look like?
- young man
- ruddy complexion
- short (note: some narrations say that despite the fact that he’s short, he is still one of the biggest creations to descend from prophet Adam (AS)- this is one of Allah’s miracles)
- thick curly hair
- wide forehead
- broad upper chest
- hunch backed
- pigeon toed
- blind/defective right eye- this eye will not be prominent or sunken. It will look like a floating grape.
- left eye will be covered with a thick piece of flesh covering the edge of the eye
- between his eyes will be written “kaafir” in arabic letters (I talk about this in more detail below)
- he will be sterile- no biological children
The prophet (pbuh) said: Whilst I was sleeping, I saw myself performing Tawaaf around the Ka’bah, when I saw a dark man with straight hair, standing between two other men, with water dripping from his head. I asked, “Who is this?” They said, “The son of Maryam.” Then I turned and saw a ruddy-complexioned man, well built, with curly hair, blind in his right eye, with his eye looking like a floating grape. I asked, “Who is this?” They said, “This is the Dajjaal.” The person who looks most like him is Ibnu Qatan.
(Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar in Bukhaari, no. 6508)
Note: Ibn Qatan was a man from Banu Mustalaq from Khuzaa’ah
The prophet (pbuh) said: Allaah is not one-eyed, but the false messiah (al-maseeh al-dajjaal) is one-eyed, blind or defective in his right eye, with his eye looking like a floating grape
(narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 3184)
The prophet (pbuh) said: I have told you so much about the Dajjaal that I fear you will not understand. The Dajjaal will be a short man, pigeon-toed, with curly hair. He will be one-eyed, with his eye neither prominent nor sunken. If you become confused about him, then remember that your Lord is not one-eyed.
(Narrated by Abu Dawood, no. 3763. This hadeeth is saheeh – Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, no. 2455)
The prophet (pbuh) said: as for the false messiah, he will be one-eyed, with a wide forehead and broad upper chest, and he will be hunchbacked
(Narrated by Ahmad, no. 7564).
Where will he come from?
The Dajjal will emerge from the east according to the following hadith:
The prophet (pbuh) said: He will (emerge) from the direction of the Syrian sea or from the direction of the Yemeni sea… No, rather from the east
He (pbuh) then pointed towards the east.
(Narrated by Muslim, no. 5228)
More details about where he emerges from:
The prophet (pbuh) said: The Dajjaal will emerge from a land in the east called Khurasaan
(Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, no. 2163. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani, Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, hadeeth 3398).
“The prophet (pbuh) said: The Dajjaal will emerge from among the Jews of Isfahaan, and with him will be seventy thousand Jews, wearing crowns.
(Narrated by Ahmad, no. 12865).
Where will he go?
He will enter every city and region, with the exception of Makkah and Madinah- he will not be able to enter. He will also not be able to enter the mosque of Sinai, or Masjid al-Aqsaa (in Jerusalem).
Junaadah ibn Umayyah al-Azdi said: I came to a man from among the Companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) and said to him, ‘Tell me a hadeeth that you heard from the prophet (pbuh) about the Dajjaal.’ He mentioned the hadeeth, and said, ‘He will stay among you for forty days, during which he will go to every place (on the earth) apart from four mosques: Masjid al-Haraam (in Makkah), the mosque of Madeenah, the (mosque of) Sinai and Masjid al-Aqsaa.’
(Imaam Ahmad (no. 22572))
The prophet (pbuh) said: The feeling of terror of the Dajaal will not enter Madeenah. At that time it will have seven gates, at each of which will be two angels
(narrated by al-Bukhaari)
Note: it is explained that these gates will not be literal gates, rather they could be paths or areas of entry
What are his miracles?
He will have behind him a “paradise” and a “hell”, the hell behind him will really be paradise, and paradise will really be hell. This is something only the believers will be able to tell apart due to trusting the following hadith:
The prophet (pbuh) said: The Dajjaal will be one-eyed, blind or defective in his left eye, with thick hair. He will have with him a paradise and a hell, but his hell will be a paradise and his paradise will be a hell.
(Narrated by Muslim, no. 5222).
The prophet (pbuh) said: I know what the Dajjaal will bring with him: he will have two rivers flowing. One will clearly look like water and the other will clearly look like blazing fire. If any one of you sees that, let him choose the river which looks like fire, then let him close his eyes and lower his head and drink from it, for it will be cool water.
(Narrated by Muslim, no. 5223)
He will bring the good things to those who follow him, and bad things to those who reject him
The prophet (pbuh) was asked “O Messenger of Allaah, how long will he stay on the earth?”
He said, “Forty days: one day like a year, one day like a month, one day like a week, and the rest of the days like your days.” …
They said, “How fast will he travel through the earth?”
He said, “Like the clouds when they are driven by the wind. He will come to some people and call them, and they will believe in him and respond to him. Then he will command the sky to rain, and the earth to bring forth vegetation, and their cattle will come back to them in the evening, with their humps very high, and their udders full of milk, and their flanks stretched. Then he will come to another people and will call them, but they will reject him. So he will leave them and they will be stricken with famine, with none of their wealth in their hands. He will pass by ruins and will say, ‘Bring forth your treasure!’ – and the treasure will follow him like a swarm of bees. Then he will call a man who is brimming with youth, and will strike him with a sword and cut him in two, then (he will put the pieces apart from one another) the distance of an archer from his target. Then he will call him, and the young man will come forward smiling, with his face shining.”
(narrated by Muslim, 5228)
As mentioned above, he will have the ability to split a man in half, and bring him back to life. He will also have the ability to resurrect the dead
Al-Bukhaari narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that this man whom the Dajjaal will kill will be one of the best people, who will go out to the Dajjaal from the city of the Messenger of Allaah (pbuh), and will say to the Dajjaal, “I bear witness that you are the Dajjaal of whom the Messenger of Allaah (pbuh) told us.”
The Dajjaal will say (to the people): “What do you think – if I kill this man then bring him back to life, will you have any doubts?”
They will say, “No.”
So he will kill him, then bring him back to life.
Then he (the believing man) will say, “By Allaah, I have never been more sure about you than I am today.”
The Dajjaal will want to kill him but will not be permitted to.
(al-Bukhaari, no. 6599)
The prophet (pbuh) said: Part of his fitnah will be that he will say to a Bedouin, Do you think that if I resurrect your father and mother for you that you will testify that I am your lord?’ He will say, ‘Yes.’ So two devils will appear to him in the image of his father and mother, saying, ‘O my son, follow him for he is your lord.’
(Narrated by Ibn Maajah, no. 4067. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani, Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, hadeeth 7752)
How will we know he is a liar?
He will have the word “kaafir” written between his eyes in Arabic. The letters spelling out the word may be connected (like the way arabic letters are normally connected), and they may be disconnected. It will either look like كافر or ك ف ر
These letters will be read by the believers only- whether they can read arabic or not.
The prophet (pbuh) said: “This is because Allaah causes people to understand something when looking at it, as He wills and when He wills. So the believer will see this with his insight, even if he is illiterate, and the kaafir (non believer) will not be able to see it, even if he is literate. By the same token, the believer will see with his insight evidence that the kaafir will not see. Allaah will enable the believer to understand without him being literate, because at that time, extraordinary things will be happening.”
(Fath al-Baari by Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqallaani, 13/100)
How to protect yourself from him
- Having high imaan, belief in Allah swt
- Love and belief of the prophet (pbuh), in order to take reassurance in the above mentioned hadiths that warn us against these temptations
- Practicing the 5 pillars of Islam to ensure belief
- Avoid the dajjal- when you hear signs of him coming you should avoid encounters as to not give into temptation. If possible, live in Makkah or Madinah where he cannot enter
The prophet (pbuh) said: Whoever hears of the Dajjaal, let him keep far away from him, for a man will come to him and think that he is telling the truth because of the wonders that are sent with him.
(Imaam Ahmad (19118), Abu Dawood (3762) and al-Haakim (4/31) narrated from ‘Imraan ibn Husayn)
- Memorizing verses from Surat al kahf (emphasis is on first 10 and last 10 verses)
The prophet (pbuh) said: Whoever memorizes ten aayaat from the beginning of Soorat al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjaal” – i.e., from his fitnah.
(Muslim (no. 1342))
note: there is a difference of narration here- Shu’bah said, ‘from the end of al-Kahf.’ Hammaam said, ‘from the beginning of al-Kahf.’
- Seek refuge with Allah from the fitnah of dajjal- especially during prayer
According to Aishah (RA): The prophet (pbuh) used to pray in his salaah: “Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min ‘adhaab al-qabri, wa a’oodhu bika min fitnat il-maseeh il-dajjaal, wa a’oodhu bika min fitnat il-mahyaa wa fitnat il-mamaat. Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min al-ma’tham wa’l-maghram (O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the torment of the grave, I seek refuge with You from the fitnah of the Dajjaal, and I seek refuge with You from the trials of life and death. O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from sin and debt).”
(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 789)
The prophet (pbuh) said: When any one of you says Tashahhud, let him seek refuge with Allaah from four things, and say: “Allaahumma inni a’oodhi bika min ‘adhaab jahannam wa min ‘adhaab al-qabri wa min fitnat il-mahyaa wa’l-mamaat wa min sharri fitnat al-maseeh al-dajjaal (O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the torment of Hell, from the torment of the grave, from the trials of life and death, and from the evil of the fitnah of the Dajjaal).
(Narrated by Abu hurayrah in Muslim, no. 924)
The fall of Dajjal
Prophet Eesa/ Jesus (pbuh) will be sent down to destroy Dajjal.
The prophet (pbuh) said: The Dajjaal will emerge among my ummah and will stay for forty… Then Allaah will send ‘Eesa ibn Maryam, who looks like ‘Urwah ibn Mas’ood, and he will pursue him and kill him.
Muslim (no. 5233)
The prophet (pbuh) said: Every kaafir who will smell the fragrance of (‘Eesa) will die, and his fragrance will reach as far as he will be able to see. He will then search for him (the Dajjaal) until he catches up with him at the gate of Ludd, where he will kill him.
Muslim (no. 5228)
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