There is no fitna that we have been warned against more than the Fitna of the Dajjaal. It will be such that many people, Muslims included, will fall prey to it. So you need to be on your guard against this.
Description of the Dajjaal
- He is a man
- He is one-eyed and his eye has the appearance of floating, and it will be protruding
- Between his eyes is the word “Kaafir”, that all Muslims, whether literate or illiterate, will be able to read
- He is large (physique)
- He has extremely curly hair
- He has red complexion
Ibn Umar (ra) reported that the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Indeed Allah (swt) is not one-eyed but the Dajjaal is indeed one-eyed, from the right eye which is like a floating grape.” [Bukhari]
Anas (ra) related that the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “There is no Prophet that did not warn his nation against the one-eyed liar. Lo! He is indeed one-eyed, and indeed, your Lord is not one-eyed. Written between the eyes (of the Liar) is Kaafir.” [Muslim]
An-Nawaas Ibn Sam’aan (ra) related that the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “…Indeed he (the Dajjaal) is a young man with extremely curly hair; his eye floats and he resembles ‘Abdul-‘Uzza ibn Qatun…” [a snippet from a longer hadith in Sahih Muslim]
‘Abdullah ibn Khabaab listened to Ubai Ibn Ka’ab (ra) as he was returning from the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). When the Dajjaal was mentioned in his presence, he said, “It is as if one of his two eyes is glass. And seek refuge in Allah (swt) from the punishment of the grave.” [Ahmad]
‘Abd Allaah ibn ‘Umar said, “The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ‘While I was asleep, I saw myself in a dream performing Tawaaf around the Ka’bah. I saw a ruddy man with lank hair and water dripping from his head. I said, “Who is he?” and they said, “The son of Mary.” Then I turned around and saw another man with a huge body, red complexion, curly hair and one eye. His other eye looked like a floating grape. They said, “This is the Dajjaal.” The one who most resembles him is Ibn Qatan, a man from the tribe of al-Khuzaa’ah’.’ ” [Bukhari, Muslim]
Abu Hurayrah (ra) related that the Prophet (ﷺ) said, “…As for the night of Qadr, seek it out in the odd nights from the last ten nights. And as for the Maseeh of Misguidance, he is one-eyed, with a large forehead, and a wide upper chest. He has a bowing (curvature) as if he is Qatun ibn ‘Abdul-‘Uzza.” [Ahmad]
Protection against Dajjaal
The Prophet (ﷺ) has ordered us to run away from the Dajjaal, not to confront him, and to memorise the first or last 10 verses of Surat Al-Kahf, or to live in either Makkah or Madeenah (as the Dajjaal cannot enter these two places).
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