Fitnah of Dajjal:
The arrival of fitnah of dajjal is one of the major sign of the day of judgment. There are numerous hadith of holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) that tell about masih dajjal, the time when dajjal al-Masih will arrive or where will Dajjal appear. The kind of destruction he will cause and the people who will stand with or against him.
Greatest Fitnah on Earth:
Hazrat Imam bin Hussain (R.A) narrates one of the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) pertaining to Dajjal al masih in the following way:
“I heard Rasulullah (P.B.U.H) saying: “Since the birth of Adam (AS) till the advent of Qiyamah there is no fitnah much greater that of Dajjal.”
From this hadith, it is clear that fitnah-e-dajjal will be the greatest “Fitnah” that the world has ever witnessed since the arrival of Hazrat Adam (AS).
More importantly, the word fitnah used in this hadith can have meant that there is no big fitnah in the world till day of judgment than the Masih Dajjal in Islam.
Where will Dajjal Appear:
In another hadith, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) gave the major signs that will surface pertaining to the arrival of him. The hadith is as follows:
“There will be three hard years before the Dajjal. During them, people will be stricken by a great famine. In the first year, Allah will command the sky to without a third of its rain, and the earth to withhold a third of its produce. In the second year, Allah will command the sky to withhold two third of its rain, and the earth to withhold two third of its produce. In the third year, Allah will command the sky to withhold all of its rain, and it will not rain a single drop of rain. He will command the earth to withhold all of its produce and no plant will grow. All hoofed animals will perish except that which Allah wills”. Prophet (P.B.U.H) was asked, “What sustains people during that time?” He said, “Tahlil, takbir, and tahmid (Saying, la ilaha ill Allah, Allahu Akbar and al-Hamdulillah) this will sustain them just as food does.” (Jaami)
From this hadith, a variety of things become clear related to the arrival of Masih Dajjal.
The first thing is that before the arrival of dajjal masih, the time will be of famine and severity of which would increase with the passage of time and in the third year famine and severity would be at its peak. There will be no rain and no food.
..The second thing that can get from this Ayat pertaining to dajjal al-masih is the way he is going to rule over people who have weak faith in Allah, will follow Al-masih dajjal.
Moreover, Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) described in this hadith for keeping the body full in the time of famine.
- Firstly, the food is in Tahlil which means there is no God but Allah almighty. It means after the famine and severity, Fitnah e Dajjal will come to people and say he is a GOD. thus, the wrong people will follow him whereas those who are righteous will take resort in Tahlil and will not accept his lordship and Allah will provide for them.
- Secondly, the righteous in the famine will resort to Takbir, which means saying Allah is the greatest. Masih Dajjal will misguide people those who have wrong faith will get to him and those who are right will not get to them as they know only Allah is the Greatest.
- Thirdly, the people who righteous will resort to Tahmid which means praising Allah Almighty. Those who are weak in faith when they will see the menace of Dajjal they will grow weary of their faith and they might turn towards Dajjal and praise him for keeping them safe from all the troubles. On the other hand, those People who believe in Allah almighty will stand firm against Fitnah Dajjal and will consider a test of their faith by the Allah. they will remain grateful to Allah.
Protection From the Menace:
Although the performing of Tahlil, Takbir and Tahmid will help a Muslim get through the days of famine upon the arrival of dajjal.
However, whilst doing that a Muslim must also seek the protection and help of Allah when it comes to fighting one of the greatest evils of the world and that is masih dajjal. In order to take refuge from the evil of dajjal, a Muslim must consider reciting the following Dua which is also a hadith of Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).
“O Allah! I seek Your protection from the torture of hell, and I seek Your protection from the torture of the grave, and I seek refuge with You from the mischief of life and death, and I seek Your protection from the mischief of Dajjal pretending as Messiah.” (Bukhari)
In simple words, those who have strong faith in Allah almighty will not get into the fitnah of dajjal. May Allah protect us all from dajjal al-masih. Ameen..