THE MYTH RELATING TO DAJJAL
Nowhere in the entire Al-Qur’ân is this character named Dajjal is mentioned. Some commentators and translators have mentioned this name in their commentaries, but the fact is their commentaries are their opinions and conjectures and find no support in the Arabic text of the Divine Book! The references of this myth are found in:
1. 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.”
2. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 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. Refer to Qur’ân Chapter 10 verse 15 to 18 below.
verse 15. “but when Our Clear ayât (Signs) are rehearsed unto them, those who rest not their hope on their meeting with us, say: "Bring us a reading other than this, or change this," say: "It is not for me (Muhammad), of my own accord, to change IT: I (Muhammad) follow naught but what is revealed unto we: if I(Muhammad) were to disobey my Lord, I (Muhammad) should myself fear the penalty of a great Day (to come)."
verse 16. Say: "If Allâh had so willed, I (Muhammad) should not have rehearsed IT (Al-Qur’ân) to you, nor would He (Allâh) have made IT known to you. A whole life-time before this have I (Muhammad) tarried amongst you: will ye not then understand?”
verse 17. “who doth more wrong than such as forge a lie against Allâh, or deny His Signs? But never will prosper those who sin.
verse 18. “They serve, besides Allâh, things that hurt them not nor profit them, and they say: "these are our intercessors with Allâh." say: "Do ye indeed inform Allâh of something He (Allâh) knows not, in the heavens or on earth?- glory to Him! And far is He (Allâh) above the partners they ascribe (to Him)!”
This incident of Tamim Dari according to the narrator took place when the prophet was in Madînah, and Islam was on the rise. The battle of Badr had been fought (refer Qur’ân Chapter 3 verse 13; & Chapter 3 verse 123), and very likely the battle of Uhud was fought already (refer Chapter 3 verses 152/3 & Chapter 33 verses 9 to 27), and Muslims were sacrificing their lives and property. Is it credible that verification was still needed from a Christian that the Nabî Muhammad was a true Prophet? See further on the verses that clearly vouch that Muhammad was a messenger of Allâh!
2. The Prophet was receiving WÂHY (inspiration) directly from Allâh (refer Chapter 42 verse 52; Chapter 56 verse 80; Chapter 4 verse 166; Chapter 40 verse 1; chapter 20 verse 99; chapter 4 verse 113, and many more such verses) and he knew about the munafikoon (chapter 63); he was informed by Allâh in the Qur’ân when he was exiled from Makkah (refer to chapter 9 verse 40) that Allâh will bring him back to Makkah, which promise was duly fulfilled (refer Al-Qur’ân: Chapter 28 verse 85); Lahab and his wife will never accept Islam (refer Al-Qur’ân: surah 111); the defeat of the Persians (refer Al-Qur’ân: Chapter 30 verses 2/5) etc. Did the Prophet still require a Christian to vouch for his Prophethood? That is denying all the verses mentioned in this document, and in essence rejecting Al-Qur’ân which is kufr!
Allâh states in: Al-Qur’ân: Chapter 4 verse 166, and Chapter 48 verse 29, and Chapter 3 verse 144, chapter 63 verse 1, that He (i.e. Allâh) is witness the Prophet is Allâh’s messenger!
Chapter 4 verse 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.”
Chapter 48 verse 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.”
Chapter 3 verse 144: “MUHAMMAD IS NO MORE THAN A MESSENGER: many were the messenger that passed away before him. […]”
Chapter 63 verse 1: “When the hypocrites come to thee (Muhammad), they say, "we bear witness that thou (Muhammad) art indeed the Messenger of Allâh." yea, Allâh knoweth that Thou (Muhammad) art indeed His Messenger, and Allâh beareth witness that the hypocrites are indeed liars.”
There are many more similar verses in Al-Qur’ân where Allâh states clearly Muhammad is Allâh’s messenger. Can any sane person believe the nonsense in this saying in Bukhârî’s, Sahih Muslim Musnad Ahmad books?
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 an animal man? 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 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 1,440 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: Chapter 36 verse 68; Chapter 16 verse 70 and verse 78) he dies (chapter 23 verses 12 to 16; chapter 22 verse 5;) no-one knows the unseen (Chapter 52 verse 41, chapter 68 verse 47, Chapter 72 verse 26; Chapter 7 verse 188), does not apply to Dajjal character. And Jassasa is also living for 1440 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 Al- Qur’ân of the Prophethood of Muhammad, yet this hadîth makes a mockery of Allâh, Al- Qur’ân and Muhammad! (Refer to: Al-Qur’ân: Chapter 4 verse 166; Chapter 47 verse 2; Chapter 48 verse 29; Chapter 3 verse 144; Chapter 46 verse 9; Chapter 22 verse 75)
Those who believe and propagate this rubbish are enemies of Muhammad:
Chapter 6 verse 112: “Likewise did WE (Allâh) make for every Messenger an enemy,- evil ones among men and jinns, inspiring each other with flowery discourses by way of deception. If thy Lord had so planned, they would not have done it: so leave them and their inventions alone.”
Chapter 25 verse 31: “” Thus have WE (Allâh) made for every prophet an enemy among the sinners: but enough is thy Lord to guide and to help.”
Chapter 63 verse 4: “When thou lookest at them, their exteriors please thee; and when they speak, Thou listenest to their words. They are as (worthless as hollow) pieces of timber propped up, (unable to stand on their own). They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies; so beware of them. The curse of Allâh be on them! How are they deluded (away from the Truth)!”
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:
Chapter 63 verse 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.”
Chapter 6 verse 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.”
Chapter 31 verse 6: “But there are, among men, those who purchase idle tales, (LÂH’WŪL HADÎTH) without knowledge (or meaning), to mislead (men) from the path of Allâh and throw ridicule (on the Path i.e. Qur’an): for such there will be a humiliating penalty.”
Chapter 45 verse 6: “Such are the ayât (messages) of Allâh, which We (i.e. Allâh) rehearse to thee (i.e. Muhammad) in truth; then in what (HADÎTH) exposition will they believe after (rejecting) Allâh and His ayât?”
Chapter 39 verse 23: “Allâh has revealed (from time to time) the most beautiful Message (ALLAH’S HADÎTH) in the form of a Book (Al-Qur’ân), consistent with itself, (yet) repeating (its teaching in various aspects): the skins of those who fear their Rabb tremble thereat; then their skins and their hearts do soften to the celebration of Allâh’s praises. Such is the guidance of Allâh. He guides therewith whom He pleases, but such as Allâh leaves to stray, can have none to guide.”
Chapter 5 verse 10: “Those who reject Our (Allâh’s) Message and deny our ayât will be companions of Hell-fire.”
Now that the truth is exposed will the ‘alims’ speak out the truth that there is no such thing as Dajjal and it is a lie? 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: Chapter 2-159; Chapter 2 verses 174/76; Chapter 2 verse 42!
Chapter 2 verse 42: “AND COVER NOT TRUTH WITH FALSEHOOD, NOR CONCEAL THE TRUTH WHEN YE KNOW (WHAT IT IS).”
Chapter 2 verse 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.”
Chapter 2 verse 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!”
Chapter 2 verse 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).
Chapter 2 verse 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?
Chapter 6 verse 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: Chapter 25 verse 31)
ALLÂH strongly condemns those who do not judge according to His Arabic Glorious Qur’ân!
Chapter 5 verse 44: ……. [Allâh declares] “…if any do fail to judge by (the light of Al-Qur’ân) what Allâh hath revealed, they are (no better than) KAFÎRÛN (unbelievers).”
Chapter 5 verse 45: …… [Allâh declares] “…and if any fail to judge by (the light of Al-Qur’ân) what Allâh hath revealed, they are (no better than) ZÂLIMÛN (wrong-doers).”
Chapter 5 verse 47: ….. [Allâh declares] “…if any do fail to judge by (the light of Al-Qur’ân) what Allâh hath revealed, they are (no better than) those who FÂSIK’KÛN (those who rebel).” (Numerous similar verses of warning abound in Al-Qur’ân)
Allâh orders Muhammad and his followers to follow only Al- Qur’ân
Al-Qur’ân: Chapter 33 verse 2: “But follow that (i.e. Al-Qur’ân) which comes to thee (i.e. Muhammad) by inspiration (i.e. wâhy) from thy Rabb: for Allâh is well acquainted with (all) that ye do.”
Al-Qur’ân: Chapter 7 verse 3: (Allâh commands Muhammad) “Follow the Revelation (i.e. Al-Qur’ân) given unto you (i.e. Muhammad) from your Rabb, and follow not, as friends or protectors, other than Allâh. Little it is you remember of admonition.”
Furthermore, Allâh states that Al-Qur’ân is for Muhammad also as well as all true believers and to follow Al-Qur’ân and nothing else:
Al-Qur’ân: Chapter 43 verse 44. “The (i.e. Qur’ân) is indeed the Message for thee (i.e. Muhammad) and for thy people; and soon shall ye (all) be brought to account.”
CONFESSION BY PROFESSOR JONATHAN BROWN:
Professor Jonathan Brown, a ‘scholar of ahadîth’ from Georgetown University, USA, visited Cape Town, as a guest of Prof Fareed Essack of Johannesburg University to launch his latest book on ahadîth at the Timbuktu Book Shop, Claremont in July 2011. After his presentation he was questioned if there were any original ahadîth books of Bukhârî. He said explicitly that ‘there are no original Bukhârî hadîth books in existence’! This was said in the presence of a few ‘Alims’, including Sheikh Moos and Molana Taha Kiraan (Principal of Darul Uloom Arabia, Cape Town). None of the ‘Alims’ challenged him on this.