Signs of Dajjal

An-Nawwas b. Sam’an reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon
him) made a mention of the Dajjal one day in the morning. He sometimes
described him to be insignificant and sometimes described (his turmoil)
as very significant rand we felt) as if he were in the cluster of the
date-palm trees. When we went to him (to the Holy Prophet) in the
evening and he read (the signs of fear) in our faces, he said: What is
the matter with you? We said: Allah’s Messenger, you made a mention of
the Dajjal in the morning (sometimes describing him) to be
insignificant and sometimes very important, until we began to think as
if he were present in some (near) part of the cluster of the datpalm
trees. Thereupon he said: I harbour fear in regard to you in so many
other things besides the Dajjal. If he comes forth while I am among on,
I shall contend with him on your behalf, but if he comes forth while I
am not amongst you, a man must contend on his own behalf and Allah
would take care of every Muslim on my behalf (and safeguard him against
his evil). He (Dajjal) would be a young man with twisted, contracted
hair, and a blind eye. I compare him to ‘Abd-ul-‘Uzza b. Qatan. He who
amongst you would survive to see him should recite over him the opening
verses of Sura Kahf (xviii.). He would appear on the way between Syria
and Iraq and would spread mischief right and left. O servant of Allah!
adhere (to the path of Truth). We said: Allah’s Messenger, how long
would he stay on the earth? He said.. For forty days, one day like a
year and one day like a month and one day like a week and the rest of
the days would be like your days. We said: Allah’s Messenger, would one
day’s prayer suffice for the prayers of day equal to one year?
Thereupon he said: No, but you must make an estimate of time (and then
observe prayer). We said: Allah’s Messenger, how quickly would he walk
upon the earth? Thereupon he said: Like cloud driven by the wind. He
would come to the people and invite them (to a wrong religion) and they
would affirm their faith in him and respond to him. He would then give
command to the sky and there would be rainfall upon the earth and it
would grow crops. Then in the evening, their posturing animals would
come to them with their humps very high and their udders full of milk
and their flanks stretched. He would then come to another people and
invite them. But they would reject him and he would go away from them
and there would be drought for them and nothing would be lef t with
them in the form of wealth.

He would then walk through the waste, land and say to it: Bring forth
your treasures, and the treasures would come out and collect
(themselves) before him like the swarm of bees. He would then call a
person brimming with youth and strike him with the sword and cut him
into two pieces and (make these pieces lie at a distance which is
generally) between the archer and his target. He would then call (that
young man) and he will come forward laughing with his face gleaming
(with happiness) and it would at this very time that Allah would send
Christ, son of Mary, and he will descend at the white minaret in the
eastern side of Damscus wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron
and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels. When he would lower
his head, there would fall beads of perspiration from his head, and
when he would raise it up, beads like pearls would scatter from it.
Every non-believer who would smell the odour of his self would die and
his breath would reach as far as he would be able to see. He would then
search for him (Dajjal) until he would catch hold of him at the gate of
Ludd and would kill him. Then a people whom Allah had protected would
come to Jesus, son of Mary, and he would wipe their faces and would
inform them of their ranks in Paradise and it would be under such
conditions that Allah would reveal to Jesus these words: I have brought
forth from amongst My servants such people against whom none would be
able to fight; you take these people safely to Tur, and then Allah
would send Gog and Magog and they would swarm down from every slope.
The first of them would pass the lake of Tibering and drink out of it.
And when the last of them would pass, he would say: There was once
water there. Jesus and his companions would then be besieged here (at
Tur, and they would be so much hard pressed) that the head of the ox
would be dearer to them than one hundred dinirs and Allah’s Apostle,
Jesus, and his companions would supplicate Allah, Who would send to
them insects (which would attack their necks) and in the morning they
would perish like one single person. Allah’s Apostle, Jesus, and his
companions would then come down to the earth and they would not find in
the earth as much space as a single span which is not filled with their
putrefaction and stench. Allah’s Apostle, Jesus, and his companions
would then again beseech Allah, Who would send birds whose necks would
be like those of bactrin camels and they would carry them and throw
them where God would will.

Then Allah would send rain which no house of clay or (the tent of)
camels’ hairs would keep out and it would wash away the earth until it
could appear to be a mirror. Then the earth would be told to bring
forth its fruit and restore its blessing and, as a result thereof,
there would grow (such a big) pomegranate that a group of persons would
be able to eat that, and seek shelter under its skin and milch cow
would give so much milk that a whole party would be able to drink it.
And the milch camel would give such (a large quantity of) milk that the
whole tribe would be able to drink out of that and the milch sheep
would give so much milk that the whole family would be able to drink
out of that and at that time Allah would send a pleasant wind which
would soothe (people) even under their armpits, and would take the life
of every Muslim and only the wicked would survive who would commit
adultery like asses and the Last Hour would come to them.

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