How al-Dajjal (The Antichrist) Deceives People

Amazing hadith for us:

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Let him who hears of the Dajjal (Antichrist) go far from him for I swear by Allah that a man will come to him thinking he is a believer and follow him because of confused ideas [shubuhat] roused in him by him.” [Sahih, Abu Dawud]

If there is any word to describe it, our time is the time of shubuhat.

We might wonder, how could anyone who believes in Allah follow the Dajjal? The answer is in this hadith. Many of his followers will think of themselves as believers. But they won’t actually be believers. They will be deluded by shubuhat, confused ideas, doubts, baseless conjecture, which will take them off the straight path and into the depths of the fire. They will think that following the Antichrist is the path of righteousness and belief, when in fact it will be the opposite.

Also, the Prophet ﷺ tells us that the shubuhat will come from the Dajjal. The Dajjal will use these ideas as a weapon. This tells us that we are all liable to be confused by certain ideas and arguments. Ideas are not neutral. Ideas are not just academic bluster only fit for the halls of the university. Many ideas are poisonous and can cause disastrous confusion even for the most well-intentioned believer if he is not vigilant.

So how does one protect oneself from these confusions? Well, awareness is the first step as represented by this hadith, as well as fleeing from the Dajjal himself. Then there is Surat al-Kahf, which the Prophet ﷺ said would be a protection for him who memorizes and recites it. And there is more which the ulama speak of.

As far as shubuhat, we need to work to rid ourselves of them and this is done first and foremost by sticking with the jama`a. The jama`a doesn’t mean the majority today. It means the majority of ulama throughout time.

I increasingly see Muslim speakers and intellectuals today say things like, “This is the view of the 4 imams and the consensus of the classical scholars, but they were mistaken and the correct view for our time is X.” When you see this, run the other way. Because the lone sheep is eaten by the wolf. This is the hallmark of shubuhat. If you want your mind to be safe from the call of the Antichrist, mentally hold onto the consensus, established positions, even though holding onto them may feel to you like holding onto burning coal.

Even if you don’t understand those positions or they make you feel uncomfortable… especially if they make you feel uncomfortable, that’s the sign that you need to cling to them even tighter. Don’t seek alternatives. Don’t look for something more palatable to “modern” sensibilities. Don’t search for something that is more respectable to the majority of people nowadays. That is the clear path to ruin in times of shubuhat.

May Allah save us from that.

NB: This advice does not mean we “close our minds” and depart from (true) rational thinking. But we have to have a safety net. If what we think is rational thinking is taking us to views that diverge from what the vast majority of scholars maintained, that is not rational thinking. Why? Because we are not more rational than the ulama of our tradition. We are not even close to their level of understanding, insight, and sheer “brainpower” to put it in contemporary terms. Anything that would make us think otherwise is pure delusion. So, if there is some line of thinking or discourse that will help us hold on more firmly to the Shari`a as elucidated by our forebears, that’s great. We need more of that. But the kind of thinking and faux rationality that distances us from them and their views, that is calamitous.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Jazakallahu khairan for writing this. it’s not easy especially when most of your family is drawn towards all these reformist ideologies. you send a nice reminder about something and they have a video of a certain shaykh condoning their misguidance back to you 🙁

  2. Masha Allah. I feel a bit assured that there are haaq still there. I really feel the need of more work like this. May Allah reward you and protect us from all the evils specially the one in disguise.

  3. A breath fresh air, May Allah swt keep us with you and you keep enlightening us with straight path.

    Check this Hadith out brother, while I read your article it was like a commentary on this:

    “It has been narrated on the authority of Hudhaifa b. al-Yaman who said: People used to ask the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) about the good times, but I used to ask him about bad times fearing lest they overtake me. I said: Messenger of Allah, we were in the midst of ignorance and evil, and then God brought us this good (time through Islam). Is there any bad time after this good one? He said: Yes. I asked: Will there be a good time again after that bad time? He said: Yes, but therein will be a hidden evil. I asked: What will be the evil hidden therein? He said: (That time will witness the rise of) the people who will adopt ways other than mine and seek guidance other than mine. You will know good points as well as bad points. I asked: Will there be a bad time after this good one? He said: Yes. (A time will come) when there will be people standing and inviting at the gates of Hell. Whoso responds to their call they will throw them into the fire. I said: Messenger of Allah, describe them for us. He said: All right. They will be a people having the same complexion as ours and speaking our language. I said: Messenger of Allah, what do you suggest if I happen to live in that time? He said: You should stick to the main body of the Muslims and their leader. I said: If they have no (such thing as the) main body and have no leader? He said: Separate yourself from all these factions, though you may have to eat the roots of trees (in a jungle) until death comes to you and you are in this state.”

    The link where I found is
    http://qaalarasulallah.com/hadithView.php?ID=14820

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  5. Christ and and antichrist is all about christiology concepts, the Dajjal of the three Kufr letters ك،ف،ر and the Trinity Yeshua of the Bible are just clear the same fake prophet! Youre just mocking the Deen as Charlie Hebdo Did by of assimilating Allah with yehweh and the Quran with the judeochristian talmudic messianism and fake storys of the jewish-roman Bible.

  6. *The Christ and antichrist is all about christiology concepts, the Dajjal of the three Kufr letters ك،ف،ر and the Trinity Yeshua of the Bible are just clear the same fake prophet! Youre just mocking the Deen as Charlie Hebdo Did, by assimilating to ignorant Muslims the name of Allah with the jewish idiol “Yehweh” and the Quran with the judeochristian “talmudic messianism” and fake storys of the jewish-roman Bible.

  7. This is some Q Anon shit 🤣🤣🤣🤣 man it’s 2021 if dajjal doesn’t stop playing hide and seek imma take that mf’s ass apart myself. I’m currently watching JuJutsu Kaisen (it slaps soooo damn hard) and there’s levels attached to the strengths of curses. Is the dajjal a level 1 curse? Cause then we might have a problem.

  8. Muslims beware! The Anti Christ is real. The return of the the True Christ, Jesus, Son of Mary, Peace be upon them both is real.
    Do not fall for the ‘Anti-Christ and return of the True Christ are Christian fakery’ etc. This is but deception from none other than Dajjal [Anti-Christ].
    So many Muslims are gonoing to be deceived by him. And I am not talking about nominal/lapsed Muslims, but proper practising Muslims. Look at how many scholars and Muslims have been deceived by the hyped up Covid-19 pandemic response! May Allah makes us not from amongst them and may he protect is all. Amen.

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