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2 – What Does Christianity Say About The Antichrist?

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Chapter 2:

After doing some research on Christian scriptures relating to the Antichrist (a.k.a. “Dajjal”), I was surprised by the amount of information available. More so, I was surprised at the striking similarities shared between the Christian and Islamic viewpoints. The more I read into different religions/faiths, the more I see the same fundamental teachings and prophecies shared between the two. They are more akin to each other than any other major religions in my view. In saying this, I am going to provide some extracts from the Gospels (relating to the Antichrist) as my main source. Any other additions or comments are welcome.

But first, let me begin with an explanation on the Christian scriptures (Gospels) in which I will use as my source. According to Wikipedia:

A gospel (from Old English, gōd spell “good news”) is a writing that describes the life of Jesus. The word is primarily used to refer to the four canonical gospels: the Gospel of Matthew, Gospel of Mark, Gospel of Luke and Gospel of John, probably written between AD 65 and 110. They appear to have been originally untitled; they were quoted anonymously in the first half of the second century (i.e. 100–150) but the names by which they are currently known appear suddenly around the year 180.[1]

The term “Gospel” refers also to the message itself of the four Gospels or of the whole New Testament.

In addition to the four canonical gospels, early Christians wrote other gospels that were not accepted into the canon. Such non canonical gospels as:

  • Gospel of the Hebrews
  • Gospel of Thomas
  • Gospel of Peter
  • Gospel of Judas
  • The sayings gospel Q
  • Infancy gospels
  • Harmonies
  • Marcion’s gospel of Luke

There are prophecies in the Gospels known as Bible Prophecy; and this is another area I will highlight as it relates to the End Times and the discussion of the Antichrist. Just like my previous chapters on What Islam Says About Dajjal; here too, I will divide each chapter within sub-chapters indexed accordingly for ease:

1.9 – The end of anarchy and death of the Dajjal

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The fight between the Muslim’s and Roman’s in the conquest of Constantinople, then the appearance of Dajjal and then the arrival of Isaa (a.s) destroying Dajjal like that of salt dissolving in water in his presence;

Sahih Muslim

041.6924 – Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The Last Hour would not come until the Romans would land at al-A’maq or in Dabiq. An army consisting of the best (soldiers) of the people of the earth at that time will come from Medina (to counteract them). When they will arrange themselves in ranks, the Romans would say: Do not stand between us and those (Muslims) who took prisoners from amongst us. Let us fight with them; and the Muslims would say: Nay, by Allah, we would never get aside from you and from our brethren that you may fight them. They will then fight and a third (part) of the army would run away, whom Allah will never forgive. A third (part of the army), which would be constituted of excellent martyrs in Allah’s eye, would be killed and the third who would never be put to trial would win and they would be conquerors of Constantinople. And as they would be busy in distributing the spoils of war (amongst themselves) after hanging their swords by the olive trees, the Satan would cry: The Dajjal has taken your place among your family. They would then come out, but it would be of no avail. And when they would come to Syria, he would come out while they would be still preparing themselves for battle drawing up the ranks. Certainly, the time of prayer shall come and then Jesus (peace be upon him) son of Mary would descend and would lead them in prayer. When the enemy of Allah would see him, it would (disappear) just as the salt dissolves itself in water and if he (Jesus) were not to confront them at all, even then it would dissolve completely, but Allah would kill them by his hand and he would show them their blood on his lance (the lance of Jesus Christ).

The conquest of Constantinople (Istanbul) by 70,000 Muslims coming from Israel, without bloodshed or even a single weapon being fired. The ‘Takbir’ (“Allah is great”) will be said three times, which results in the lands along the Bosphorus River to slide each time it is said. Then the message of Dajjal’s arrival will be heard and the people will head towards him, leaving their bounty behind ;

Sahih Muslim

041.6979 – Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace he upon him) saying: You have heard about a city the one side of which is in the land and the other is in the sea (Constantinople). They said: Allah’s Messenger, yes. There upon he said: The Last Hour would not come unless seventy thousand persons from Bani lsra’il would attack it. When they would land there, they will neither fight with weapons nor would shower arrows but would only say:” There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest,” that one side of it would fall. Thaur (one of the narrators) said: I think that he said: The part by the side of the ocean. Then they would say for the second time:” There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest” that the second side would also fall, and they would say:” There is no god but Allah and Allah is the Greatest,” that the gates would be opened for them and they would enter therein and, they would be collecting spoils of war and distributing them amongst themselves that a noise would be heard and It would be said: Verily, Dajjal has come. And thus they would leave everything there and would turn to him.

1.8 – Protection, refuge and the fight against the trials of the Dajjal

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The Prophet (pbuh) heard seeking refuge from the trial of Dajjal in prayer;

Sahih Muslim

004.1216 – ‘A’isha reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) seeking refuge from the trial of Dajjal (Antichrist) in prayer.

004.1224 – Abu Huraira reported that the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) use (t to seek refuge from the torment of the grave, torment of Hell and the trial of Dajjal.

The importance of Surah Al-Kahf used in the protection against Dajjal;

Sahih Muslim

004.1766 – Abu Darda’ reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: If anyone learns by heart the first ten verses of the Surah al-Kahf, he will be protected from the Dajjal.

The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) seeking refuge from the torment of Fire and the torment of the grave, being like the turmoil of Dajjal;

Sahih Muslim

004.1973 – ‘Amra reported that a Jewess came to ‘A’isha to ask (about something) and said: May Allah protect you from the torment of the grave! ‘A’isha said: Messenger of Allah, would people be tormented in the graves? The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said: (May there be) protection of Allah! The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) mounted one morning on the ride, and the sun eclipsed. ‘A’isha said: I came in the company of the women in the mosque from behind the rooms. The Messenger of Allah (way peace he upon him) dismounted from his ride and came to the place of worship where he used to pray. He stood up (to pray) and the people stood behind him. ‘A’isha said: He stood for a long time. He then bowed and it was a long ruku’. He then raised his head and he stood for a long time, less than the first standing. He then bowed and his ruku’ was long, but it was less than that (the first) ruku’. He then raised (his head) and the sun had become bright. He (the Holy Prophet) then said: I saw you under trial in the grave like the turmoil of Dajjal. ‘Amra said: I heard ‘A’isha say: I listened after this to the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) seeking refuge from the torment of Fire and the torment of the grave.

The dead being tried in their grave like the trials of Dajjal, and of people being asked of their knowledge of the Prophet (pbuh) in their grave;

Sahih Muslim

004.1977 – Asma’ reported: The sun eclipsed during the lifetime of the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). As I went to ‘A’isha who was busy in prayer. I said: What is the matter with the people that they are praying (a special prayer)? She (‘A’isha) pointed towards the sky with her head. I said: Is it (an unusual) sign? She said: Yes. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) stood up for prayer for such a long time that I was about to faint. I caught hold of a waterskin lying by my side, and began to pour water over my head, or (began to sprinkle water) on my face. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) then finished and the sun had brightened. The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) then addressed the people, (after) praising Allah and lauding Him, and then said: There was no such thing as I did not see earlier, but I saw it at this very place of mine. I even saw Paradise and Hell. It was also revealed to me that you would be tried in the graves, as you would be tried something like the turmoil of the Dajjal. Asma’ said: I do not know which word he actually used (qariban or mithl), and each one of you would be brought and it would be said: What is your knowledge about this man? If the person is a believer, (Asma’ said: I do not know whether it was the word al-Mu’min or al-Mu’qin) he would say: He is Muhammad and he is the Messenger of Allah. He brought to us the clear signs and right guidance. So we responded and obeyed him. (He would repeat this three times), and it would be said to him: You should go to sleep. We already knew that you are a believer in him. So the pious man would go to sleep. So far as the hypocrite or sceptic is concerned (Asma’ said: I do not know which word was that: al-Munafiq (hypocrite) or al-Murtad (doubtful) he would say: I do not know. I only uttered whatever I heard people say.

Malik’s Muwatta

012.12.2.4 – Yahya related to me from Malik from Hisham ibn Urwa from Fatima bint al Mundhir that Asma bint Abi Bakr as-Siddiq said, “I went to A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, during an eclipse of the sun, and everybody was standing in prayer, and she too was standing praying. I said, ‘What is everybody doing?’ She pointed towards the sky with her hand and said, ‘Glory be to Allah.’ I said, ‘A sign?’ She nodded ‘Yes’ with her head.”

She continued, “I stood until I had almost fainted, and I began to pour water over my head. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, praised Allah and spoke well of Him, and then said, ‘There is nothing which I had previously not seen beforehand that I have not now seen while standing – even the Garden and the Fire. It has been revealed to me that you will be tried in your graves with a trial, like, or near to, the trial of the Dajjal (I do not know which one Asma said). Every one of you will have someone who comes to him and asks him, ‘What do you know about this man?’ A mumin, or one who has certainty (muqin) (I do not know which one Asma said), will say, ‘He is Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, who came to us with clear proofs and guidance, and we answered and believed and followed.’ He will then be told, ‘Sleep in a good state. We know now that you were a mumin.’ A hypocrite, however, or one who has doubts (l do not know which one Asma said), will say, ‘I do not know, I heard everybody saying something and I said it.’ “

The brave fighters of Banu Tamim in battle against the Dajjal;

Sahih Muslim

031.6133 – Abu Huraira reported: Since I heard three things from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) my love for Banu Tamim is never on the decline (and these things are): I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying about them that they would put up stout resistance against Dajjal amongst my Umma. And he (the narrator) said: (When) the consignment of Zakat was brought to him, Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: This is the charity of our people, and there was one slave-girl in the house of ‘A’isha and she was from the tribe of Banu Tamim; thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Set her free, for she is from the offspring of Isma’il. The other hadith has been transmitted on the authority of Abu Huraira with a slight variation of wording.

The brave fighters of Banu Tamim never mentioning the word “Dajjal”;

Sahih Muslim

031.6134 – Abu Huraira reported: There are some distinguishing features of Banu Tamim which I heard from Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) and my love for them is never on the decline after that and the words are: They are the bravest amongst people in the battlefield and there is no mention of (the word)” Dajjal”.

The supplications of the Prophet (pbuh) and seeking refuge in Allah from; the trials of the hell fire, the grave, the turmoils of Dajjal, sloth, senility, sin and debt;

Sahih Muslim

035.6534 – ‘A’isha reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) used to make these supplications:” O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from the trial of Hell-Fire; and from the torment of Hell-Fire; and from the trial of the grave and torment of the grave; and from the evil of the trial of the affluence and from the evil of the trial of poverty and I seek refuge in Thee from the evil of the turmoil of the Dajjal. O Allah, wash away my sins with snow and hail water, purify my heart from the sins as is purified the white garment from the dirt, and keep away at a distance the sins from me as yawns the distance between the East and the West; O Allah, I seek refuge in Thee from sloth, from senility, from sin, and from debt.”

The Prophet (pbuh) telling his people near a grave to seek refuge with Allah against the trials and ordeals of the grave, the torment of Hell, the torment of the visible and invisible, and the turmoil of the Dajjal;

Sahih Muslim

040.6859 – Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: I did not hear this badith from Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) directly but it was Zaid b. Thibit who narrated it from him. As Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) was going along with us towards the dwellings of Bani an-Najjar, riding upon his pony, it shied and he was about to fall. He found four, five or six graves there. He said: Who amongst you knows about those lying in the graves? A person said: It is I. Thereupon he (the Holy Prophet) said: In what state did they die? He said: They died as polytheists. He said: These people are passing through the ordeal in the graves. If it were not the reason that you would stop burying (your dead) in the graves on listening to the torment in the grave which I am listening to, I would have certainly made you hear that. Then turning his face towards us, he said: Seek refuge with Allah from the torment of Hell. They said: We seek refuge with Allah from the torment of Hell. He said: Seek refuge with Allah from the torment of the grave. They said: We seek refuge with Allah from the torment of the grave. He said: Seek refuge with Allah from turmoil, its visible and invisible (aspects), and they said: We seek refuge with Allah from turmoil and its visible and invisible aspects and he said: Seek refuge with Allah from the turmoil of the Dajjal, and they said We seek refuge with Allah from the turmoil of the Dajjal.

When on an expedition, the Prophet (pbuh) was met with some people from the western direction and were told that Allah will enable them to conquer Arabia, Persia, Rome and Dajjal (presumably his lands and army);

Sahih Muslim

041.6930 – Nafi’ b. Utba reported: We were with Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) in an expedition that there came a people to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) from the direction of the west. They were dressed in woollen clothes and they stood near a hillock and they met him as Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) was sitting. I said to myself: Better go to them and stand between him and them that they may not attack him. Then I thought that perhaps there had been going on secret negotiation amongst them. I however, went to them and stood between them and him and I remember four of the words (on that occasion) which I repeat (on the fingers of my hand) that he (Allah’s Messenger) said: You will attack Arabia and Allah will enable you to conquer it, then you would attack Persia and He would make you to Conquer it. Then you would attack Rome and Allah will enable you to conquer it, then you would attack the Dajjal and Allah will enable you to conquer him. Nafi’ said: Jabir, we thought that the Dajjal would appear after Rome (Syrian territory) would be conquered.

The people would run away from the Dajjal seeking shelter in the mountains when they would be small in number;

Sahih Muslim

041.7035 – Umm Sharik reported: I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The people would run away from the Dajjal seeking shelter in the mountains. She said: Where would be the Arabs then in that day? He said: They would be small in number.

    The three things which are the roots of faith;

    Sunan Abu Dawud

    014.2526 – Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

    The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Three things are the roots of faith: to refrain from (killing) a person who utters, “There is no god but Allah” and not to declare him unbeliever whatever sin he commits, and not to excommunicate him from Islam for his any action; and jihad will be performed continuously since the day Allah sent me as a prophet until the day the last member of my community will fight with the Dajjal (Antichrist). The tyranny of any tyrant and the justice of any just (ruler) will not invalidate it. One must have faith in Divine decree.

    Of the residents of al-Basra (near the Tigris river) where they will split into 3 groups and one of them will fight and become martyrs;

    Sunan Abu Dawud

    037.4292 – Narrated AbuBakrah:

    The Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Some of my people will alight on low-lying ground, which they will call al-Basrah, beside a river called Dajjal (the Tigris) over which there is a bridge. Its people will be numerous and it will be one of the capital cities of immigrants (or one of the capital cities of Muslims, according to the version of Ibn Yahya who reported from AbuMa’mar).

    At the end of time the descendants of Qantura’ will come with broad faces and small eyes and alight on the bank of the river. The town’s inhabitants will then separate into three sections, one of which will follow cattle and (live in) the desert and perish, another of which will seek security for themselves and perish, but a third will put their children behind their backs and fight the invaders, and they will be the martyrs.

    Of the Prophet (pbuh) teaching a dua in the same way that he would teach them a sura of the Qur’an;

    Malik’s Muwatta

    015.15.8.33 – Yahya related to me from Malik from Abu’zZubayr al-Makki from Tawus al-Yamani from Abdullah ibn Abbas that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, used to teach this dua in the same way that he would teach them a sura of the Qur’an, “O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the torment of Jahannam, and I seek refuge in You from the trial of the Dajjal, and I seek refuge in You from the trial of life and death.”

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