THE MYTH RELATING TO DAJJAL
Nowhere in the entire Al-Qur’ân is dajjal mentioned. Some commentators and translators have mentioned this name in their commentaries, but the fact is their commentaries find no support in the Arabic text of the Divine Book! The references of this myth are found in:
Imam Tirmidhî in his collection under the “Book of Trials”, hadîth No. 2253 under the title “Chapter of the Hadîth of Tamim Al-Dari about the Dajjal.”
The book written by Dr. Muhammad Ilyas Abdul Ganie titled ‘Pictorial History of Madînah Munawwarah, First Edition 1425 AH / 2004 AD. ISBN: 9960-44-928-9. Email: email@example.com ~ has a very lengthy hadîth on dajjal on pages 22, 23, & 25. He gives the following references on page 22 of his book: Sahih Bukhârî Hadîth No. 1881; Sahih Muslim ahadîth No. 1379-2943; Musnad Ahmad hadîth No. 5353.
A synopsis ~ Tamim Dari, a Christian from Madînah and his crew were on a boat that was blown off course and they eventually got ashore on a remote island. On disembarking they met a fierce looking character with hair covering his entire body including his face, whose name was Jassasa. They claim he was really scary. However they communicated with him and then followed him to a dungeon where they met with dajjal who was in chains. He was a powerfully built man. Dajjal questioned them about many things and enquired about the Prophet. He told them that it is better for the people of Madînah to obey him as he is a true Prophet. He went on to say that he will soon be freed and will go out into the world and cause chaos except in Makkah and Madînah.
Thereafter Tamim Dari and his crew left and returned to Madînah safely and narrated their escapade to the Prophet and converted to Islam. This incident took place more than 1400 years ago. [So dajjal is still alive all this time as he has not yet appeared] ~ A wonderful tale! The following questions need answers if what is narrated is true:
1. The Prophet was well known even before he was granted Prophethood. This incident of Tamim Dari according to the narrator took place while the prophet was in Madînah when Islam was on the rise. The battle of Badr had been fought (refer Qur’ân 3-13; & 3-123), and perhaps Uhud as well, and Muslims were sacrificing their all. Is it credible that verification was still needed from a Christian that the Nabî was a true Prophet?
2. The Prophet was receiving wâhy directly from Allâh (refer 42-52) and knew about the munafikoon; he was informed by Allâh in the Qur’ân when he left Makkah (during Hijrah) that Allâh will bring him back to Makkah, which promise was duly fulfilled (refer Al-Qur’ân: 28-85); Abu Lahab and his wife will never accept Islam (refer Al-Qur’ân: 111); the defeat of the Persians (refer Al-Qur’ân: 30-2/5) etc. Did the Prophet still require a Christian to vouch for his Prophethood? Allâh states in Al-Qur’ân: Al-Qur’ân: 4-166, and 48-29, He is witness the Prophet is Allâh’s messenger!
4-166. “BUT ALLÂH BEARETH WITNESS THAT WHAT HE (I.E. ALLÂH) HATH SENT UNTO THEE (i.e. MUHAMMAD) HE (i.e. ALLÂH) HATH SENT FROM HIS (i.e. ALLÂH’S) KNOWLEDGE, and the malâ’ikah bear witness: but ENOUGH IS ALLÂH FOR A WITNESS.”
48-29. “MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLÂH. And those who are with him (i.e. Muhammad) are strong against unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other. […]Allâh has promised those among them who believe and do righteous deeds forgiveness and a great reward.”
3-144. “MUHAMMAD IS NO MORE THAN A MESSENGER: many were the messenger that passed away before him. […]”
There are many more similar verses in Al-Qur’ân where Allâh says Muhammad is Allâh’s messenger. Can any sane person believe the nonsense in this saying in Bukari’s book?
3. If any person was confronted by an animal-man like al-Jassasa in a strange country, will he follow him when he was so fearful looking and trust him when he could be killed? Is it not said in the Bukari hadîth that he looked like a devil? They could not make out the front of his face from the back of his head due to excessive hair on his face.
4. Dajjal seems to live without eating and drinking for decades or centuries. According to the narration, he is bound with chains and is all alone except for al-Jassasa. He is in a standing position with leg chains up to his knees and chains around his neck. For how long can a human being live without nourishment?
5. How is it possible for Dajjal to know about the Prophet when he is in chains thousands of miles away? If anyone claims the Allâh informed him, will that not be a contradiction that Allâh communicates with evil.
6. If this story is true, then dajjal is still somewhere on an island, alive for 1,400 years and counting. But more important to understand is that now we have a contradiction of many verses in Al-Qur’ân with this episode. The verses on eating of food for a human being, when one gets very old then one becomes senile and loses strength (Al-Qur’ân: 36-68; 16-70) dies (Al-Qur’ân: 23-15), no-one knows the unseen (Al-Qur’ân: 72-26; 7-188), do not apply to dajjal. And Jassasa is also living for 1400 years as he is taking care of dajjal, and many more questions arise.
7. What is most insulting in this ‘hadîth’ is that it says when Tamim Dari returned and narrated this story to the Prophet; the Prophet made an announcement to gather all the people of Madînah so that they could hear first hand from Tamim Dari proof that he was indeed a Messenger of Allâh. This Bukari hadîth is a statement of kufr, as Allâh bears witness in so many ayât in the Qur’ân of the Prophethood of Muhammad, yet this hadîth makes a mockery of Allâh and His Book! (Refer to: Al-Qur’ân: 4-166; 47-2; 48-29; 3-144; 46-9; 22-75)
Allâh bears witness that Muhammad is Allâh’s messenger yet the liars who fabricated this nonsense do not believe Allâh but want Tamim Dari to bear witness: 63-1. “When the hypocrites come to thee (i.e. Muhammad), they say, "We bear witness that thou (i.e. Muhammad) art indeed the Messenger of Allâh." YEA, ALLÂH KNOWETH THAT THOU (i.e. MUHAMMAD) ART INDEED HIS MESSENGER, AND ALLÂH BEARETH WITNESS THAT THE HYPOCRITES ARE INDEED LIARS.”
6-21. “WHO DOTH MORE WRONG THAN ONE WHO INVENTETH A LIE AGAINST ALLÂH OR REJECTETH HIS SIGNS (MESSAGES)? But verily the wrong-doers never shall prosper.”
Now that the truth is exposed will the ‘alims’ speak out the truth that there is no such thing as Dajjal? That is their choice, but takes note of the following:
If anyone conceals the truth after knowing it as stated in Al-Qur’ân then take note of the stern warnings in: 2-159; 2-174-76; 2-42!
2-42. “AND COVER NOT TRUTH WITH FALSEHOOD, NOR CONCEAL THE TRUTH WHEN YE KNOW (WHAT IT IS).”
2-174. “Those who conceal Allâh’s revelations in the Book, and purchase for them a miserable profit, - they swallow into themselves naught but fire; Allâh will not address them on the Day of Resurrection. Nor purify them: grievous will be their penalty.”
2-175. “They are the ones who buy error in place of guidance and torment in place of Forgiveness. Ah! What boldness (they show) for the Fire!”
2-176. “(Their doom is) because Allâh sent down the Book in truth but those who seek causes of dispute in the Book are in a schism far (from the purpose).
2-159. “Those who conceal the Clear (ayât) We (i.e. Allâh) have sent down, and the guidance, after We (i.e. Allâh) have made it Clear for the people in the Book,-on them shall be Allâh’s curse, and the curse of those entitled to curse,”-
IS ONE GOING TO BE AN ENEMY OF MUHAMMAD BY KEEPING SILENT?
6-112. “Likewise did We (i.e. Allâh) make for every messenger an enemy, - evil ones among men and jinns, inspiring each other with flowery discourses by way of deception. [...].” (cf: 25-31)
Compiled by: Ahmed Moosa
Revised: 21 November 2016