Abu Huraira (may Allah be pleased with him) reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: May I not inform you about the Dajjal what no Apostle of Allah narrated to his people? He would be blind and he would bring along with him an Image of Paradise and Hell-Fire and what he would call as Paradise that would be Hell-Fire and I warn you as Noah warned his people.
(Sahih Muslim: Book 41, Hadith 7014)
The appearance of Dajjal is one of the major signs of the doomsday. Dajjal is an adjective of Syriac origin. It is also a common Arabic word whose root is dajl meaning lie or deception. Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prophesied 1400 years ago that Messiah ad-Dajjal would be the last of a series of thirty Dajjal or deceivers.
Dajjal is a human. A man from amongst the nation of Adam. Allah created Dajjal as a test for mankind. Perhaps there’s no great tribulation sent on Earth greater than Dajjal.
Imran bin Hussain narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, ” Between the creation of Adam and the coming of the Last Hour, there will arise no tribulation more serious than the Dajjal.”
Dajjal is alive at present. He was alive at the time of Prophet Mohammed and he will be detained until Allah permits him to emerge. And one day, he will break the shackles in which he is chained.
He is blind in the right eye and his left eye looks like a protruding grape. On his head are the letters Kaaf Faa and Ra (Kafir). They are easy to decipher by any believer regardless of his/her literacy. He will be short and his legs will be crooked. The hair on his head will be extremely twisted. He is said to a young man of ruddy complexion, short, with a wide forehead, and broad upper chest. his hair is thick and curly, and blind/defective in one eye.
It was also narrated from Ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with them both) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned the Dajjaal to the people and said: “Allah 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 Bukhari, no. 3184)
Anas Ibn Malik reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: There would be written three (Arabic) letters kaaf. fa. ra. spelling the word Kafir, between the eyes of the Dajjal.
The Messiah Dajjal is powerful and authoritative. And it will be due to his persuasive and commanding personality that people will blindly follow his footsteps. In a hadith, it has been said that a massive number of followers will be women.
Most of the followers of the Dajjal will be from among the Jews, Persians and Turks, and a mixture of other people, mostly Bedouins and women.
Imam Muslim narrated in his Saheeh (5237) from Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The followers of the Dajjal from among the Jews of Isfahaan will number seventy thousand, wearing heavy, striped garments.” According to a report narrated by Imam Ahmad, “Seventy thousand Jews, wearing crowns.”
(Hadith no. 12865).
Women get swayed easily and are sensitive. Perhaps, this sums up why majority of the followers of Dajjal are going to be women. By claiming that he has his own Paradise and Hell, the treacherous Dajjal will nobble away and induce those near him. But in reality, his alluring Paradise will be Hell and his execrable Hell will be Paradise.
The deception caused by Dajjal and his spell would run even on believers of Islam. A person who is firm in Islam would fall in his trap and get swayed by his words.
Hence it is advised by Allah’s Messenger that none of the believers should go near the Messiah Dajjal, even those firm upon religion, one should flee from him.
Indeed, the appearance of Dajjal is an exam for us. We never know if we are to encounter with the Messiah Dajjal. Hence, we all have got to prepare for this exam just how we prepare for our exams in schools/universities.
So my dear readers, let’s prepare ourselves to fight against the biggest trial ever. Let’s spend time in the way of our Lord. Let us know our Lord, know that He is not one-eyed, and that we can only see Him after death. Let us be firm in our religion; Islam. And let not our spirit and enthusiasm in learning Islam ebb away.