WHERE IS THE DAJJAL HIDING?
In those hadiths that refer to the End Times, it is reported that the emergence of the dajjal, who will orchestrate evil on Earth and turn people away from religious moral values, is one of the great portents of doomsday.
The increasing violence, torture, anarchy, chaos, slaughter, war, conflict, cruelty and state and other forms of terror show that the dajjal has emerged and is orchestrating all these. (Allah knows the truth)
According to the information in the hadiths, the return to Earth of the Prophet Jesus (as), the coming of Hazrat Mahdi (as) and the emergence of the dajjal will all take place in the same period. Our Prophet (saas) has reported that the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will perform the daily prayer together. In one hadith we are told that:
Although their IMAM will be the HAZRAT MAHDI (AS), a pure individual, THEY WILL SEEK REFUGE IN BAYT AL-MAQDIS. There, at a time when their imam appears before them to lead them in the morning prayer, they will see that JESUS SON OF MARYAM (AS) HAS DESCENDED IN THE MORNING. Hazrat Mahdi (as) will withdraw to permit the Prophet Jesus (as) to come to the fore. THE PROPHET JESUS (AS) WILL PLACE HIS HAND ON HIS SHOULDERS AND SAY “Lead the prayers. Because the call has been made for you” …When the prayers are finished, the Prophet Jesus (as) will say, “Open the mosque door.” When the door is opened, seventy thousand people with the shawls around them WILL BE SEEN WAITING WITH THE DAJJAL… 1
The Dajjal Will Appear at the Beginning of the Century
It is also reported in the hadiths that the Prophet Jesus (as) and Hazrat Mahdi (as) will wage an intellectual campaign against the strife of the dajjal. The hadiths contain indications of which period this struggle will take place. In one hadith our Prophet (saas) has told us that the dajjal will appear at the beginning of the century:
A most significant event has taken place at the beginning of every century since the world was created. AT THE BEGINNING OF ONE CENTURY THE DAJJAL WILL APPEAR AND Jesus son of Maryam (as) will descend to Earth and eliminate him.2
Another of the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) says that:
The life of this community will EXCEED A THOUSAND YEARS, but not ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED YEARS…3
Since our Prophet (saas) reveals that the life of his community will not exceed 1500 years, it is likely that he is indicating the 2000s as the time these great events will take place.
In his sermon at the Omayyid Mosque in Damascus in Hijri 1327, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi, the great Islamic scholar, described the future of the Islamic world after 1371, and emphasised that Hazrat Mahdi’s (as) great intellectual struggle would take place in the 2000s:
“Even if it does not happen now, 30-40 YEARS LATER, equipped with these three forces, knowledge of science and art and the good and beneficial aspects of civilisation, the tendency to investigate the truth and human love, sent to the fight against those nine hostile classes, will meet the needs and overcome and disperse those nine obstacles and will, insh’Allah, eradicate them HALF A CENTURY ON.” 4
In the words “half a century later,” Said Nursi indicated that the effects of materialist, Darwinist and atheistic philosophies would be eliminated, through Hazrat Mahdi (as), in Hijri 1421, in other words 2001. In another mention of the date when Hazrat Mahdi (as) would appear, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi stated that Hazrat Mahdi (as) would come after himself and that “they imagined that the century of truths in the history of the world that WOULD COME 1400 YEARS LATER was close at hand,” (Sayings, 318) once again indicating that date. In another account, Bediuuzzaman reported that he was preparing the ground for Hazrat Mahdi (as), whom he described as an “amazing individual:”
“I think of myself as a servant of and one who prepares the way for that awe inspiring individual, and a member of that great commander’s vanguard.” (Barla Addendum, 162)
The Dajjal Will Incite Anarchy and Terror
The hadiths indicate that the dajjal will cause strife and chaos all over the world. The increasing violence, torture, anarchy, chaos, war, conflict and state and other forms of terror in recent years all show that the dajjal has appeared and is orchestrating these. This is revealed one hadith:
(At that time) There will be much CORRUPTION, DISORDER AND REBELLION, and people will KILL ONE ANOTHER. People will take their own lives and the world will be filled with sorrow. The accursed DAJJAL will appear at such a troubled time... 5
In the Qur’an, Allah has revealed the existence of people who create confusion and damage order, who organise evil and who constantly seek to incite war. In one verse it is stated that:
… Each time they kindle the fire of war, Allah extinguishes it. They rush about the earth corrupting it. Allah does not love corrupters.
(Surat Al-Ma’ida: 64)
The dajjal is the leading representative of this immorality. He uses violence, terror and anarchy as weapons of oppression in order to create greater bloodshed. In other hadiths it is reported that killing will increase in the End Times, and that wars incited by the dajjal will lay waste all places:
He said: “Doomsday will draw nigh, governance will be lacking, people will adopt excessive parsimony and greed, and there will be much turmoil.”
The companions asked, “What is turmoil?”
“KILLING, KILLING!” replied the Prophet (saas). 6
There is no place in which the DAJJAL WILL NOT VANQUISH ARMIES.7
The wars taking place in our time between countries, with no valid justification, the internal conflicts arising from artificial causes, and the terrorist attacks against innocent, civilian targets are examples of the turmoil caused by the dajjal.
The Tactics Employed by the dajjal to Spread Anarchy and Terror
In his works, Bediuzzaman Said Nursi stressed the conflicts and confusion that the dajjal would cause on Earth. The Master also described the tactics the dajjal would employ in order to spread anarchy and terror and thus prepare the way for Gog and Magog (portents of Doomsday that will appear in the End Times). Bediuzzaman tells us that:
The great dajjal WILL PREPARE THE WAY FOR ANARCHY AND GOG AND MAGOG BY DAMAGING the unificatory elements that manage the social lives of Christians through the indoctrination of satan and eliminating the stipulations of Christianity…By seeking to eradicate one eternal part of the law of Muhammad (Qur’anic moral values imparted by the Prophet (saas)) using earthly desires and satanic deceptions, he will seek to dissolve such radiant chains as respect and compassion by leaving people at the mercy of obstinate, drunken and random earthly desires; HE WILL PRODUCE AN INTENSE ANARCHY by creating a compulsory and oppressive freedom for people to attack one another in the swamp of their earthly passions ... 8
Bediuzzaman describes how the dajjal will achieve this objective:
1. By causing people to follow their earthly desires
.. BY SEEKING TO ERADICATE one eternal part of the law of Muhammad (Qur’anic moral values imparted by the Prophet (saas)) using EARTHLY DESIRES AND SATANIC DECEPTIONS…
As the Master indicates, the dajjal will cause people to turn away from implementing religious moral values. He will inculcate the idea of following their earthy desires into their consciences.
2. By eliminating respect and compassion among people
...By damaging the physical and spiritual unificatory elements of human life and DISSOLVING SUCH RADIANT CHAINS AS RESPECT AND COMPASSION by leaving people at the mercy of obstinate, drunken and random desires.
The devotion, willingness to assist others, affection, compassion, love and modesty, elements of the moral values commanded by Allah are factors that strengthen people physically and spiritually, bind them together, and establish order and solidarity in society. The dajjal will damage this order by means of indoctrination that eliminates these elements. The Master is indicating this here.
3. By keeping people under pressure
...HE WILL PRODUCE AN INTENSE ANARCHY by creating a compulsory and oppressive freedom for people to assault one another in the swamp of earthly passions…
In these words, the Master is noting that in an earthly climate established by the dajjal people will imagine themselves to be free, but that he will actually keep them under pressure and control. In the system inculcated by the dajjal most people think they lead so-called modern and free lives by following their lower-selves. Their tastes, amusements, conversation and even clothing and the food they eat represent the same conception in line with the life style to which they are directed. The dajjal’s aim is thus to leave society ignorant and unable to think, reflect or evaluate. Because it is a very easy matter to lead the ignorant. In addition, in this sytem based on earthly desires people are led not by their mind and conscience, but by desires and passions, which results in terrible confusion.
The dajjal also uses other methods to achieve his aims. As indicated in the hadiths, one of these is to seek to influence society by declaring the dajjal to be a prophet, and even divine. (Surely Allah is beyond that)
The Dajjal Will First Announce That He Is a Prophet, and Then That He Is Divine
In one hadith our Prophet Muhammad (saas) has stated;
When he (the dajjal) appears … EVERYONE WILL IMAGINE HIM TO BE A SPIRITUAL GUIDE and follow him, then, coming to KUFA, he will continue his endeavours in the same way AND DECLARE HIMSELF A PROPHET. Rational people who see this will then depart from him … He WILL THEN CLAIM TO BE DIVINE … He will say (May Allah have mercy) “I am Allah.” (Tabarani related this from the Companion b. Mu’tamar.)9
One of the features of the dajjal revealed in the hadiths is that he will portray himself as a spiritual guide, and even a prophet. This indicates that while the dajjal is organizing evil he will direct people, supposedly in the name of Allah, as if he had a religious objective. Finally, the dajjal will declare his supposed divinity. (Surely Allah is beyond that)
Another hadith describes this perversion of the dajjal’s thus:
He (the dajjal) will first say, “I AM A PROPHET.” Yet there will be no prophet after me. He will then make a second claim, saying, “I AM YOUR LORD.” Yet you cannot see your Lord until you die....10
As is clear from the information in the hadiths, the dajjal will manifest himself in many different spheres. His real idea is that he is supposedly divine. However, since he imagines that this will have a negative impact on his plans if he states it openly, he will indoctrinate people with the idea very slowly. For that reason, he will first declare himself to be a guide, then a prophet, and only then divine.
The dajjal’s actions are suggested by satan, who is the dajjal’s friend and helpmate. Our Prophet (saas) has reported that the dajjal will receive help from satan and his friends. As stated by our Prophet (saas), with satan’s help and support the dajjal will spread the falsehood that he is supposedly a god.
DEVILS WILL SAY TO HIM, “TELL US WHAT YOU WISH, AND WE WILL DO IT.” He will say: “Go, and tell people I am their Lord” and he will disperse them in all directions. ... 11 (Surely Allah is beyond that)
The position of people who have fallen under the dominion of satan is revealed thus in the Qur’an:
If someone shuts his eyes to the remembrance of the All-Merciful, We assign him a satan who becomes his bosom friend (Surat Az-Zukhruf :36)
As an indication of his lack of faith, the dajjal is terrified of satan rather than of Allah, and obeys the former, who commands him to create corruption on Earth, to encourage violence and terror, to shed people’s blood and to lead them to evil.
According to what can be gleaned from the hadiths, the present period in which the dajjal is operating in secret is when he will suggest that he is a spiritual guide. Certain people who are weak in faith and mind may be affected by the dajjal’s claim to be a spiritual guide. Yet as with his supposed claim to divine status, the dajjal is the enemy of our Lord, the prophets and religious moral values. (Surely Allah is beyond that) He is opposed to our Prophet Muhammad (saas), the Prophet Musa (as), the Prophet Jesus (as), the Prophet Dawud (as), the Prophet Sulayman (as) and all the other holy prophets. Bediuzzaman also states the hostility of the dajjal to sacred values in this wise extract;
The dajjal has characteristics that encourage hypnotism of the spiritualist kind… A denier who lives solely for worldly ends attacks sacred values with a bare-facedness and courage born out of lack of faith. 12
When the period in which the dajjal openly declares his alleged divinity arrives, the Prophet Jesus (as) will, by the leave of Allah, destroy him and all his snares.
He May Deceive Most People with False Miracles
It is revealed in hadiths that the dajjal will employ various deceptive methods in declaring his supposed divinity and will perform false miracles with the help of satan:
One of his corruptions is this; He will say a Bedouin, “Tell me! Will you believe I am your Lord if I RESURRECT YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR FATHER?” The Bedouin will say, “Yes.” At this TWO DEVILS WILL APPEAR IN THE FORMS OF HIS MOTHER AND FATHER… 13
At this, the dajjal will ask the villains he leads; “Now if I kill this man and then bring him back to life, will you then believe in my divinity?” 14
One of his corruptions is this: He will call a single person, kill him AND CUT HIM UP WITH A SAW. That person’s body will be cast away in two pieces. The dajjal will then tell those around him, “Look at this servant I have killed. I SHALL NOW BRING HIM BACK TO LIFE.” 15
As can be seen from the information provided in the hadiths, the dajjal will use false miracles to have people accept his claims to supposed divine status. Less intelligent people will imagine these are literally “miracles.” The fact is, however, that a miracle is a blessing from Allah to His servants. The extraordinary phenomena displayed by the dajjal are mere incitements, in other words, are miracles created by Allah to test people, of the sort seen in unbelievers.
Islam scholars point to these false miracles of the dajjal’s and state that he may employ techniques such as magic or hypnotism. Bediuzzaman has desribed this aspect of the dajjal:
And the worst of these, the DAJJAL, POSSESSED OF EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS LINKED TO SPIRITUALISM AND HYPNOSIS, will go even further and declare his false and imaginary divinity (Surely Allah is beyond that)… 16
As stated by the Master, the dajjal may deceive people who lack sufficient knowledge or whose faith is weak, using deceptive techniques such a hypnotism and dısplays of magic. The false miracles and deceptions perpetrated by the dajjal, at a time when the whole Christian world is awaiting the return to Earth of the Prophet Jesus (as) and the Jews are awaiting the Messiah, may cause many people to be deceived by the Dajjal.
The Dajjal Will Be the Greatest Foe of Muslims and the People of the Book
In the hadiths our Prophet (saas) has stated that while the dajjal inflicts disaster on mankind he may appear to be doing good. In one hadith it is stated that:
When the dajjal appears, he will bring fire and water with him. But what the people SEE AS FIRE WILL BE FRESH WATER, and what the people SEE AS WATER WILL BE BURNING FIRE. Whoever lives to see that day, let him be willing to fall into what the people see as fire, as that is fresh, cold water. 17
According to the information in the hadith, the dajjal will lead people to “the fire,” in other words, encourage fighting, conflict, war and bloodshed while giving them the idea that he is performing good deeds. As we have already seen, in doing this he will influence people by depicting himself as a spiritual guide or even a prophet. The hadiths indicate that some Christians and Jews will fall under the dajjal’s spell. The dajjal will appear to be benefiting Jews and Jewish society, and will also stage-manage Christians by appearing to benefit them. By the use of this tactic he aims to ruin both sides and inflict terrible defeats on them. Therefore, the dajjal is the greatest enemy of both Christians and Jews.
One hadith reveals that although they know the dajjal is a denier some people will come under his influence through being deceived by worldly gain:
Some people will converse with the dajjal. And they will say: “WE KNOW THAT HE IS AN UNBELIEVER; we are his friends so that we can eat his food and benefit from his tree.” When the chastisement of Allah comes, it will come to the dajjal and all of them. 18
True believers who abide by the moral values of the Qur’an and the Sunna of our Prophet (saas), however, will be aware of these ruses of the dajjal’s and will recognise his snares through the light of their faith and will not be taken in by them. Warning people against the violence and bloody terror of the dajjal, and making them aware of these, is a duty of people of conscience.
Freemasonry: The Dajjal’s Secret Army
Our Prophet (saas) has indicated that the dajjal will act in secrecy:
The dajjal will set out and come first to the gate looking onto the east of the city of Damascus… HE WILL BE SOUGHT, BUT HE WILL NOT BE CAUGHT… He will then be seen by the side of the waters of the river of Jerusalem… HE WILL BE SOUGHT, BUT NOBODY WILL KNOW WHERE HE HAS GONE. 19
It is indicated in the hadith that the dajjal “will be sought, but he will not be caught,” which indicates that he will act in secret. The dajjal will act slowly and deeply, without making people uneasy or drawing attention to himself, until the time comes for him to come out into the open. Throughout this period secrecy will be the most important thing for the dajjal and his followers, and they will secure the support of secret organisations for that purpose. As a requirement of this secrecy, the dajjal will establish and lead secret state organisations and act literally like “an invisible force.” This will enable him to organise corruption in a very underhand manner. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi also noted that the dajjal would attract support from such secret societies as the masons:
...THE DAJJAL WILL DECEIVE THE MASONS, and since they gain his SUPPORT they will imagine they have intense dominion… 20
As the Master makes clear, the dajjal will use world freemasonry as a kind of secret army. Secret decisions against Muslims will be taken under the leadership of the dajjal, and these will be put into practice. In fact, the resemblance between the pressure, difficulties and attacks to which Muslims all over the world are exposed is agreed by one and all. This is important evidence that the activities in question are being orchestrated from a single centre. Bediuzzaman Said Nursi has stated that the dajjal will put pressure on the Islamic world and inflict hard and troubled times on devout Muslims:
...Harmful and powerful individuals such as the dajjal will lead hypocrisy and atheism, and will make use of a person’s hypocrisy and desires to wreak confusion among people with little expenditure of effort, and will TAKE THE WHOLE WORLD OF ISLAM CAPTIVE.21
As can be seen from the Master’s statements, the dajjal will unite unbelievers and atheists against Muslims and act as their leader. He will make use of people’s desires and hypocrisy in order to turn them away from the truth, thus causing turmoil and strife.
The Prophet Jesus (as), as a Prophet who displays Miracles, Will Put an End to All the Strife of the End Times
Our Prophet (saas) has imparted the glad tidings that all the strife of the End Times, particularly that of the dajjal Messiah, will be eliminated by means of the Prophet Jesus (as). As stated in the hadiths, the Prophet Jesus (as) will return to Earth and confront the dajjal in Jerusalem, and when the dajjal sees him he will “dissolve like salt in water.” Just the Prophet Jesus’ breath will be enough to do away with the strife of the dajjal:
At that point, when the DAJJAL, THE ENEMY OF ALLAH, SEES THE MESSIAH, THE PROPHET JESUS (AS), HE WILL DISAPPEAR LIKE SALT DISSOLVING IN WATER. 22
AS THE DAJJAL SPREADS CORRUPTION, ALLAH WILL SEND THE MESSIAH, JESUS SON OF MARYAM (AS)…Every unbeliever COMPREHENDING HIS HEALING POWER will disappear. Jesus (as) will meet the dajjal at the Gate of Lud (near the al- Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem) AND WILL DESTROY HIM.....23
Bediuzzaman explains how the snares and deceptions of the dajjal, and the lies that bring people under his spell, will be eliminated through the Prophet Jesus (as):
Only a WONDROUS AND MIRACULOUS INDIVIDUAL ACCEPTED BY THE PEOPLE can eliminate that savage dajjal who protects himself and bewitches everyone through such false miracles as magic and magnetism and spiritualism, and alter the course of his actions, and that individual is the Prophet Jesus (as), the prophet of all mankind. 24
As the Master tells us, since the dajjal deceives people through various false miracles, acts with the support of satan and performs some extraordinary deeds, the dajjal can only be vanquished through the holy Prophet Jesus (as), various of whose miracles our Lord has spoken of. By the will of Allah, the elimination of the strife of the dajjal by the Prophet Jesus (as) will be very quick and easy.
By the literal eradication of the strife of the dajjal and the End Times through the Prophet Jesus (as), the Earth will be filled with justice, security and plenty. Those who mistakenly think that the Prophet Jesus (as) will not return to Earth will certainly suffer a grave defeat in the face of this. These people will both rejoice and also regret what they said in the past when they see how wise the return of the Prophet Jesus (as) is and how the most intractable problems are resolved through him.
Allah has written, ‘I will be victorious, I and and My Messengers.’ Allah is Most Strong, All-Mighty. (Surat Al-Mujadala: 21)
1. Abu Rafi reports; Imam Sharani, Death, Doomsday, the Hereafter and the Portents of the End Times , Bedir Press, p. 495-496
2. Suyuti, Portents of the Mahdi of the End Times, p. 90
3. Al Barzanji, Portents of Doomsday, Pamuk Press, Istanbul, 2002, p. 299
4. Damascus Sermon, p. 25
5. Imam Sharani, Death, Doomsday, the Hereafter and the Portents of the End Times, Bedir Press, p. 482
6. Buhari, Vol. 13 p. 6023
7. Sahih Muslim, Vol. 8, p. 500
8. Rays of Light, p. 592
9. Allama Muhammad ibn Rasul Al- Husayni Al-Barzanji of Madina, Portents of Doomsday, p. 212
10. Sunan Ibn Maja, 4077
11. Allama Muhammad ibn Rasul al-Husayni Al-Barzanji of Madina, Portents of Doomsday, p. 212-213
12. The Mahdi and the Dajjal, Şaban Döğen, p. 74-75
13. Sunan Ibn Maja, 4077
14. Sahih Buhari, Vol. 15, p. 6981
15. Sunan Ibn Maja, 4077
16. Letters, p. 55
17. Buhari, Fitan 26, Anbiya 50; Muslim, Fitan 105, (2935); Abű Dâwud, Malâhim 14, (4315)
18. Nuaym ibn Hammad; al Barzanji, Portents of Doomsday, Pamuk Press, Istanbul, 2002, p. 231
19. Sahabi ibn Mutamar reports; al Barzanji, Portents of Doomsday, Pamuk Press, Istanbul, 2002, p. 213
20. Rays of Light, p. 469
21. Guidance for Service, p. 86
22. Sahih Muslim, v. 4/2221; Imam Sharani, Death, Doomsday, the Hereafter and the Portents of the End Times , Bedir Press, p. 444
23. Sahih Muslim; The Great Strife of the Messiah Dajjal, Saim Güngör, p. 104
24. Rays of Light, p. 592