Ahadith about the Dajjal
'Abd Allah ibn 'Umar said, "'Umar ibn al-Khattab went along with the
Prophet and a group of people to Ibn Sayyad, and found him playing with
some children near the battlement of Banu Maghalah. At that time Ibn
Sayyad was on the threshold of adolescence; he did not realise that
anybody was near until the Prophet struck him on the back. The Prophet (S)
said to him: 'Do you bear witness than I am the Messenger of Allah?' Ibn
Sayyad looked at him and said, 'I bear witness that you are the Prophet of
the unlettered.' Then Ibn Sayyad said to the Prophet, 'Do you bear witness
that I am the Messenger of Allah?' The Prophet dismissed this and said, 'I
believe in Allah and His Messengers.' Then the Prophet asked him, 'What do
you see?' Ibn Sayyad said, 'Sometimes a truthful person comes to me, and
sometimes a liar.' The Prophet said to him, 'You are confused', then he
said, 'I ahiding something from you.' Ibn Sayyad said, 'It is Dukh.' The
Prophet said, 'Silence! You will not be able to go beyond your rank.'
'Omar ibn al-Khattab said, 'O Messenger of Allah, shall I cut off his
head?' The Prophet said, 'If he is (the Dajjal) you will not be able to
overpower him, and if he is not, then killing will not do you any good.'"
Salim ibn 'Abd Allah said, "I heard 'Abd Allah ibn 'Omar say, 'After that,
the Prophet and Ubayy ibn Ka'b went along to the palm trees where Ibn
Sayyad was. The Prophet started to hide behind a tree, with the intention
of hearing something from Ibn Sayyad before Ibn Sayyad saw him. The
Prophet saw him lying on a bed, murmuring beneath a blanket. Ibn Sayyad's
mother saw the Prophet hiding behind a tree, and said to her son, "O Saf
(Ibn Sayyad's first name), here is Mohammad!" Ibn Sayyad jumped up, and
the Prophet said, "If you had left him alone, he would have explained
Salim said, "Abd Allah ibn 'Omar said, The Prophet stood up to address the
people. He praised Allah as He deserved to be praised, then he spoke about
the Dajjal: 'I warn you against him; there is no Prophet who has not
warned his people against him ? even Noah warned his people against him.
But I will tell you something which no other Prophet has told his people.
You must know that the Dajjal is one-eyed, and Allah is not one-eyed.'"
Ibn Shihab said: "'Omar ibn Thabit al-Ansari told me that some of the
Companions of the Prophet told him that on the day when he warned the
people about the Dajjal, the Prophet said: "There will be written between
his eyes the word Kafir (unbeliever). Everyone who resents his bad deeds -
or every believer- will be able to read it." He also said, "You must know
that no one of you will be able to see his Lord until he dies.'" (Muslim,
Ibn 'Omar said, "The Prophet mentioned the Dajjal to the people. He said,
"Allah is not one-eyed, but the Dajjal is blind in his right eye, and his
eye is like a floating grape.'" (Muslim)
Anas ibn Malik said, "The Prophet said, 'there has never been a Prophet
who did not warn his people against that one-eyed liar. Verily he is
one-eyed and your Lord is not one-eyed. On his forehead will be written
the letter Kaf, Fa, Ra (Kafir).'" (Muslim, Bukhari)
Hudhayfah said, "The Prophet said, 'I know more about the powers which the
Dajjal will have than he will know himself. He will have two flowing
rivers: one will appear to be pure water, and the other will appear to be
flaming fire. Whosoever lives to see that, let him choose the river which
seems to be fire, then let him close his eyes, lower his head and drink
from it, for it will be cold water. The Dajjal will be one-eyed; the place
where one eye should be will be covered by a piece of skin. On his
forehead will be written the word Kafir, and every believer, whether
literate or illiterate, will be able to read it.'" (Muslim)
Abu Hurayrah said, "The Prophet said, 'Shall I tell you something about
the Dajjal which no Prophet has ever told his people before me? The Dajjal
is one-eyed and will bring with him something which will resemble Paradise
and Hell; but that which he calls Paradise will in fact be Hell. I warn
you against him as Noah warned his people against him.'" (Bukhari, Muslim)
Mohammad ibn Munkadir said: "I saw Jabir ibn 'Abd Allah swearing by Allah
that Ibn Sayyad was the Dajjal, so I asked him, 'Do you swear by Allah?'
He said, 'I heard 'Omar swear to that effect in the presence of the
Prophet, and the Prophet did not disapprove of it.'"
Some 'ulama' (scholars) say that some of the Sahabah (Companions of the
Prophet) believed Ibn Sayyad to be the greater Dajjal, but that is not the
case: Ibn Sayyad was a lesser dajjal.
Ibn Sayyad travelled between Makkah and Madinah with Abu Sa'id, and
complained to him about the way that people were saying that he was the
Dajjal. Then he said to Abu Sa'id, "Did not the Prophet say that the
Dajjal would not enter Madinah? I was born there. Did not he say that he
would not have any children? - I have children. Did not he say that he
would be a Kafir? - I have embraced Islam. Of all the people, I know the
most about him: I know where he is now. If I were given the opportunity to
be in his place, I would not resent it.'" (Bukhari, Muslim)
There are many Ahadith about Ibn Sayyad, some of which are not clear as to
whether he was the Dajjal or not. We shall see Ahadith which indicates
that the Dajjal is not Ibn Sayyad, as in the Hadith of Fatimah Bint Qays
al-Fahriyyah, although this does not mean that he was not one of the
lesser Dajjal; but Allah knows best.
THE HADITH OF FATIMAH BINT QAYS: 'Amir ibn Sharahil Sha'bi Sha'b Hamdan
reported that he asked Fatimah bint Qays, the sister of Dahhak ibn Qays,
who was one of the first Muhajirat, "Tell me a Hadith which you heard
directly from the Prophet with no narrator in between." She said, "I can
tell you if you like." He said, 'Yes, please tell me," she said, "I
married Ibn al-Mughirah, who was one of the best of the youth of Quraysh
in those days. But he fell in the first Jihad on the side of the Prophet.
"When I became a widow, 'Abd al-Rahman ibn 'Awf, one of the companions of
the Prophet sent me a proposal of marriage. The Prophet also sent me a
proposal of marriage on behalf of his freedman Usamah ibn Zayd. I had been
told that the Prophet had said, 'He who loves me should also love Usamah.'
When the Prophet spoke to me, I said, 'It is up to you: marry me to
whomever you wish.'
"The Prophet said, 'Go and stay with Umm Sharik.' Umm Sharik was a rich
Ansari (Muslim originally from Madinah) woman, who spent much in the way
of Allah and entertained many guests. I said, 'I will do as you wish.'
Then he said, 'Don't go. Umm Sharik has many guests, and I would not like
it if your head or leg were to become uncovered accidentally and people
saw something you would not wish them to see. It is better if you go and
stay with your cousin 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr ibn Umm Maktum' (Abd Allah was
of the Banu Fihr of Quraysh, the same tribe as that to which Fatima
"So I went to stay with him, and when I had completed my 'Iddah (perio of
waiting), I heard the Prophet's announer calling for congregational
prayer. I went out to the mosque, and prayed behind the Prophet. I was in
the women's row, which was at the back of the congregation. When the
Prophet had finished his prayer, he sat on the pulpit, smiling, and said,
'Everyone should stay in his place.' Then he said, 'Do you know why I had
asked you to assemble?' The people said, 'Allah and His Messenger know
"He said, 'By Allah, I have not gathered you here to give you an
exhortation or a warning. I have kept you here because Tamim al-Dari, a
Christian man who has come and embraced Islam, told me something which
agrees with that which I have told you about the Dajjal. He told me that
he had sailed in a ship with 30 men from Banu Lakhm and Banu Judham. The
waves had tossed them about for a month, then they were brought near to an
island, at the time of sunset. They landed on the island, and were met by
a beast who was so hairy that they could not tell its front from its back.
They said, "Woe to you! What are you?" It said, "I am al-Jassasah." They
said, "What is al-Jassasah?" It said, "O people, go to this man in the
monastery, for he is very eager to know about you." Tamim said that when
it named a person to us, we were afraid lest it be a devil.
"Tamim said, 'We quickly went to the monastery. There we found a huge man
with his hands tied up to his neck and with iron shackles between his legs
up to the ankles. We said, "Woe to you, who are you?" He said, "You will
soon know about me. Tell me who you are." We said, "We are people from
Arabia. We sailed in a ship, but the waves have been tossing us about for
a month, and they brought us to your island, where we met a beast who was
so hairy that we could not tell its front from its back. We said to it,
"Woe to you! What are you? and it said , "I am al-Jassasah." We asked,
"What is al-Jassasah?" and it told us, "Go to this man in the monastery,
for he isvery eager to know about you." So we came to you quickly,
fearinthat it might be a devil.'
"The man said, "Tell me about the date-palms of Baysan.' We said, 'What do
you want to know about them?" He said, 'I want to know whether these trees
bear fruit or not.' We said, 'Yes.' He said, 'Soon they will not bear
fruit.' Then he said, "Tell me about the lake of al-Tabariyyah [Tiberias,
in Palestine].' We said, 'What do you want to know about it?" He asked,
'Is there water in it?' We said, 'There is plenty of water in it.' He
said, 'Soon it will become dry.' Then he said, 'Tell me about the spring
of Zughar.' We said, 'What do you want to know about it?' He said, 'Is
there water in it, and does it irrigate the land?" We said, 'Yes, there is
plenty of water in it, and the people use it to irrigate the land.'
"Then he said, "Tell me about the unlettered Prophet ' what has he done?'
We said, 'He has left Makkah and settled in Yathrib.' He asked, 'Do the
Arabs fight against him?' We said, 'Yes.' He said, 'How does he deal with
them?' So we told him that the Prophet had overcome the Arabs around him
and that they had followed him. He asked, 'Has it really happened?' We
said, 'Yes.' He said, 'It is better for them if they follow him. Now I
will tell you about myself. I am the Dajjal. I will soon be permitted to
leave this place: I will emerge and travel about the earth. In 40 nights I
will pass through every town, except Makkah and Madinah, for these have
been forbidden to me. Every time I try to enter either of them, I will be
met by an angel bearing an unsheathed sword, who will prevent me from
entering. There will be angels guarding them at every passage leading to
Fatimah said, "The Prophet striking the pulpit with his staff, said: 'This
is Tayyibah, this is Tayyibah, this is Tayyibah, [ie Madinah]. Have I not
told you something like this?' The people said, 'Yes.' He said, 'I liked
the account given to me by Tamim because it agrees with that which I have
told you about the Dajjal, and about Makkah and Madinah. Indeed he is in
the Syrian sea or the Yemen sea. No, on the contrary, he is in the East,
he is in the East, he is in the East' and he pointed towards the East.
Fatimah said: I memorised this from the Prophet." (Muslim).
'Abd Allah ibn 'Umar said, "The Prophet (S) said, 'While I was asleep, I
saw myself a dream performing Tawaf (circumambulation) around the Ka'bah.
I saw a ruddy man with lank hair and water dripping from his head. I said,
'Who is he?" and they said, "The son of Mary." Then I turned around and
saw another man with a huge body, red complexion, curly hair and one eye.
His other eye looked like a floating grape. They said, "This is the
Dajjal." The one who most resembles him is Ibn Qatan, a man from the tribe
of al-Khuza'ah'." (Bukhari, Muslim).
Jabir ibn 'Abd Allah said, "The Prophet said, 'The Dajjal will appear at
the end of time, when religion is taken lightly. He will have 40 days in
which to travel throughout the earth. One of these days will be like a
year, another will be like a month, a third will be like a week, and the
rest will be like normal days. He will be riding a donkey; the width
between its ears will be 40 cubits. He will say to the people: "I am your
lord." He is one-eyed, but your Lord is not one-eyed. On his forehead will
be written the word Kafir, and every believer, literate or illiterate,
will be able to read it. He will go everywhere except Makkah and Madinah,
which Allah has forbidden to him; angels stand at their gates. He will
have a mountain of bread, and the people will face hardship, except for
those who follow him. He will have two rivers, and I know what is in them.
He will call one Paradise and one Hell. Whoever enters the one he calls
Paradise will find that it is Hell, and whoever enters the one he calls
Hell will find that it is Paradise. Allah will send with him devils who
will speak to the people. He will bring a great tribulation; he will issue
a command to the sky and it will seem to the people as if it is raining.
Then he will appear to kill someone and bring him back to life. After that
he will no longer have this power. The people will say, "Can anybody do
something like this except the Lord?" The Muslims will flee to Jabal
al-Dukhan in Syria, and the Dajjal will come and besiege them. The siege
will intensify and they will suffer great hardship. Then Jesus son of Mary
will descend, and will call the people at dawn: "O people, what prevented
you from coming out to fight this evil liar?" They will answer, "He is a
Jinn." Then they will go out, and find Jesus son of Mary. The time for
prayer will come, and the Muslims will call on Jesus to lead the prayer,
but he will say, "Let your Imam lead the prayer." Their Imam will lead
them in praying Salat al-Subh (Morning prayer), then they will go out to
fight the Dajjal. When the liar sees Jesus, he will dissolve like salt in
water. Jesus will go to him and kill him, and he will not let anyone who
followed him live'." (Ahmad).