The meaning of the word “Dajjal” is taken from the expression “Dajjala al-ba’eer (he smeared the camel)”, referring to when they covered it with tar. The root dajala means to mix. The word dajala is used to mean deliberately confusing matters and being vague and ambiguous, the Dajjal is the one who speaks in vagaries, who tells many lies and deceives many people.

The word “Dajjal” became a title given to the lying, one-eyed, false messiah. The Dajjal is so called because he will conceal his kufr (one who hides, denies or covers the “truth”) from the people by lying to them, deceiving them and confusing them. (Source: IslamQA)

Other definitions of Dajjal on the Web:

  • Masih ad-Dajjal (المسيح الدجّال al-Masīḥ ad-Daǧǧāl, Arabic for “the false messiah“) is an evil figure in Islamic eschatology. …
  • Antichrist.

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