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al-Dajjal (Arabic: الدّجّال, al-dajjāl) ("The Deceiver/impostor"is an evil figure in Islamic eschatology, who will appear before Yawm al-Qiyamah (Resurrestion Day). He is similar to the Antichrist in Christianity

"Dajjal" is a common Arabic word, used in the sense of "false prophet". But "Al-Dajjal", with the definite article, refers to "The Impostor", a specific end-of time deceiver. It is worthy to note that the term Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal (Arabic for "The False Messiah") is a literal translation of the Syriac term "Meshiha Deghala", which had been in the common vocabulary of the Middle East for more than 400 years prior to the Quran via the Peshitta (which uses that term instead of the Greek "antichristos").

[edit] Attributes

The Dajjal is not mentioned in the Qur'an, but various Sunni Ahadith describe the attributes of ad-Dajjal, such as the following (which are commonly believed by Muslims):

  • He will be physically misshapen, and will be blind in his left eye. His right eye will be present but it will be dark (black). In a number of hadith he is referred to as one-eyed. He will ride a white donkey whose each step will span a mile and can cross seas, fly over land, and crawl under Earth.
  • He will deceive the faithful, teaching them that Heaven is Hell and vice versa.
  • The arabic letters "Kaa" "Faa" "Raa" (kafir, meaning "disbelieve") will appear on his forehead and will be read by all true Muslims regardless of them being literate or not.
  • He will be able to see and hear many things in many places.
  • He will have the power to work miracles in order to mislead believers.
  • He will try to put man on God's throne.
  • He will have what appears to be water and fire with him and call them Paradise and Hell: what will seem to be fire will be cold water (or Paradise) and what will seem to be water will be fire (or Hell).
  • He will claim to be God and will deceive people into thinking that he has risen the dead. One particular person he will kill and then say he will now resurrect him, whereupon Allah will resurrect him. He will not have this power again. In other sources (according to the Hereafter series by Anwar al-Awlaki), a pious man will come from Medina towards The Dajjal, standing on top of Uhud, and courageously accuse The Dajjal of being The Dajjal. The Dajjal then will ask him: "Would you believe me (that I am deity) if I kill you and then resurrect you?". The Dajjal will do that and after the resurrection the pious man will say that he believes in divinity of Dajjal even less now.
  • Those who reject and refuse to believe in him will suffer drought and famine whereas those who accept him will be living a life of plenty.
  • Some traditions of Islam relate that he will appear at Isfahan, and that he will rally the Isfahan Jews and many former Muslims and Christians to his support.
  • He won't be able to enter Mecca or Medina
  • He will be killed by Isa [Jesus] near the gate of Ludd'(a) which is today's Israel.
  • He is not able to have children (according to the Hereafter series by Anwar al-Awlaki)
  • He was alive at the time of the Prophet and his whereabouts now are unknown (according to the Hereafter series by Anwar al-Awlaki)

[edit] Protection from the Dajjal

Muhammad asked his followers to recite the first ten verses of Surah Al-Kahf as protection from the Dajjal. He also taught his followers to pray, "Ya Allah! I seek refuge in Thee from the trial of the Dajjal." He also stated that there is no tribulation greater than that of the Dajjal since the creation of Adam to the Day of Resurrection.

[edit] External links

it:Dajjal ur:دجال


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