Who is Messiah of Dajjal or Antichrist that has been mentioned in Shia and Sunni narrations? Is it true that in order to recognize Imam Mahdi, we should recognize Dajjal as well? Is Dajjal a person or a movement? Is he alive by now? How does Imam Mahdi kill Dajjal? It has been narrated from the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, that Dajjal is the very ibn Sayyad. Is ibn Sayyad the very Dajjal?
Please note the following points:
1. Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, in his invaluable book “Return to Islam”, has revealed the existence of a widespread and hidden satanic network in the world which, under the supremacy and management of satan himself and through an unofficial alliance of the most powerful corrupters and wealthy atheists on the one hand, and Jewish priests and sorcerers who worship satan on the other hand, is preparing the grounds for the realization of satan’s blatant sovereignty over the world. Satan’s blatant sovereignty will be realized when “the caliph of satan” in the world achieves sovereignty in order to impose his laws in the world on his behalf. This “caliph of satan” is a human being called “Dajjal”, although he is originally from “the descendants of satan”; As God has said: ﴿أَفَتَتَّخِذُونَهُ وَذُرِّيَّتَهُ أَوْلِيَاءَ مِنْ دُونِي وَهُمْ لَكُمْ عَدُوٌّ ۚ بِئْسَ لِلظَّالِمِينَ بَدَلًا﴾; “Then will you take him and his descendants as rulers other than Me while they are enemies to you? They are bad substitutes for oppressors”!
2. In opposing this widespread and hidden satanic network which, with its center in the West, is preparing the grounds for the realization of the sovereignty of “Dajjal” over the world as “the caliph of satan”, a widespread and divine hidden network is being formed which, with its center in the East, is preparing the grounds for the realization of the sovereignty of “Mahdi” over the world as “the Caliph of God”. These two networks will soon enter a close and breathtaking competition, such as the competition of two racehorses to reach an important area in the world; because whoever reaches that important area sooner, will be the victor of this competition, and good for those who join the divine network, even though it will be defeated in this competition, and woe to those who join the satanic network, even though it will achieve victory in this competition!
3. Mansoor Hashemi Khorasani, may God protect him, has said in some of his wisdom: «إِنَّ الدَّجَّالَ لَقَبٌ كَفِرْعَوْنَ يَتَوَارَثُهُ رِجَالٌ مِنْ آلِ إِبْلِيسَ»; “Indeed, Dajjal is an epithet like Pharaoh which men from the family of Iblis inherit from each other”. This means that in the knowledge of this scholar, “Dajjal” is not the apparent name of “the caliph of satan”, rather is a general title like “Pharaoh” which applies to the highest rank of the satanic network at any time, and therefore, no time is empty of “Dajjal”; as it is not empty of “Mahdi”; because “Dajjal” is a caliph on behalf of satan against a Caliph on behalf of God, and every Caliph on behalf of God is considered as “Mahdi”; considering that “Mahdi” is not the apparent name of “the Caliph of God”, rather is a general title like “Imam” which applies to the highest rank of the divine network at any time; as God has said about Ibrahim, peace be upon him: ﴿وَوَهَبْنَا لَهُ إِسْحَاقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ ۚ كُلًّا هَدَيْنَا ۚ وَنُوحًا هَدَيْنَا مِنْ قَبْلُ ۖ﴾; “And We gave Ishaq and Ya’qub to him; We guided all of them, and guided Nuh before”, and this means all of them were “Mahdi”. With this description, it is possible that ibn Sayyad was “Dajjal” of his time; as the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, was “Mahdi” of his time, but undoubtedly Dajjal of our time is not ibn Sayyad; as the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, is not considered as Mahdi of our time; rather Dajjal of our time is the leader of the satanic global network, whom a group of people in the West are preparing the grounds for his advent; as God has said: ﴿وَجَعَلْنَاهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَدْعُونَ إِلَى النَّارِ ۖ﴾; “And We made them leaders who invite toward Fire”, and Mahdi of our time is the leader of the divine global network, whom a group of people in the East are preparing the grounds for his advent; as God has said: ﴿وَجَعَلْنَاهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا﴾; “And We made them leaders who guide by Our command”, and the fight between them will continue, one from the East and the other from the West, until “the Messiah of God” returns to the world and judges between them rightfully. A group of people of knowledge have also said similar to what we have said about ibn Sayyad; as ibn Battal (Died 449 AH) has said: «إِنْ وَقَعَ الشَّكُّ فِي أَنَّهُ الدَّجَّالُ الَّذِي يَقْتُلُهُ عِيسَى بْنُ مَرْيَمَ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَلَمْ يَقَعِ الشَّكُّ فِي أَنَّهُ أَحَدُ الدَّجَّالِينَ الَّذِينَ أَنْذَرَ بِهِمُ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ»; “If there is a doubt that he is the Dajjal whom will be killed by Isa ibn Maryam, peace and blessings of God be upon him, there is no doubt that he is one of Dajjals about whom the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, warned”, and al-Bayhaqi (Died 458 AH) has said in what has been narrated from him: «إِنَّ الدَّجَّالَ الْأَكْبَرَ الَّذِي يَخْرُجُ فِي آخِرِ الزَّمَانِ غَيْرُ ابْنِ صَيَّادٍ، وَكَانَ ابْنُ صَيَّادٍ أَحَدَ الدَّجَّالِينَ الْكَذَّابِينَ الَّذِينَ أَخْبَرَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِخُرُوجِهِمْ»; “The greatest Dajjal who will rise at the end of time is someone other than ibn Sayyad, and ibn Sayyad was one of liar Dajjals whom the Prophet, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, had announced their rise”, and Abd al-Ghani al-Maqdisi (Died 600 AH) has said: «كَانَ ابْنُ صَائِدٍ دَجَّالًا صَغِيرَ السِّنِّ غَيْرَ الدَّجَّالِ الْأَكْبَرِ»; “Ibn Sa’id was a minor Dajjal other than the greatest Dajjal”, and al-Nawawi (Died 676 AH) has narrated from scholars: «قِصَّةُ ابْنِ صَيَّادٍ مُشْكِلَةٌ وَأَمْرُهُ مُشْتَبَهٌ فِي أَنَّهُ هَلْ هُوَ الْمَسِيحُ الدَّجَّالُ الْمَشْهُورُ أَمْ غَيْرُهُ، وَلَا شَكَّ فِي أَنَّهُ دَجَّالٌ مِنْ الدَّجَاجِلَةِ»; “Ibn Sayyad’s story is difficult and his matter is doubtful whether he was the famous Dajjal or someone else, but there is no doubt that he was one of Dajjals”, and ibn Kathir (Died 774 AH) has narrated from some scholars: «ابْنُ صَيَّادٍ كَانَ بَعْضُ الصَّحَابَةِ يَظُنُّهُ الدَّجَّالَ الْأَكْبَرَ، وَلَيْسَ بِهِ، إِنَّمَا كَانَ دَجَّالًا مِنَ الدَّجَاجِلَةِ صَغِيرًا»; “Some of the companions thought that ibn Sayyad was the greatest Dajjal, but he was not, he was only a minor Dajjal from Dajjals”, and has said: «الصَّحِيحُ أَنَّ الدَّجَّالَ غَيْرُ ابْنِ صَيَّادٍ، وَأَنَّ ابْنَ صَيَّادٍ كَانَ دَجَّالًا مِنَ الدَّجَاجِلَةِ، ثُمَّ تَابَ بَعْدَ ذَلِكَ، فَأَظْهَرَ الْإِسْلَامَ، وَاللَّهُ أَعْلَمُ بِضَمِيرِهِ وَسَرِيرَتِهِ»; “It is true that Dajjal is someone other than ibn Sayyad, but ibn Sayyad was a Dajjal from Dajjals, then he repented and converted to Islam, and God knows best what was in his heart and mind”.
It has been narrated from the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, that “Dajjal will stay on the earth for forty days that one day of them is like one year and one day of them is like one month and one day of them is like one week and the rest of the days are like your days”. Some people interpret this narration and say that what is meant by it is three different periods of the domination of the infidel Western authorities in the last two centuries. Is this interpretation correct?
The received news about Dajjal are mutawatir, but the news about how long he will stay on the earth is a Wahid news, which Abd al-Rahman ibn Yazid ibn Jabir alone has narrated it from Yahya ibn Jabir al-Tai, from Abd al-Rahman ibn Jubair ibn Nufair, from his father, from Nawwas ibn Sam’an al-Kilabi, from the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, and there is no doubt that a Wahid news does not lead to knowledge, even if its documents are correct in the opinion of Ahl al-Hadith, and therefore, it is not permissible to believe in what this news contains; especially considering that Asma bint Yazid has narrated the opposite and has said: «قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِهِ وَسَلَّمَ: يَمْكُثُ الدَّجَّالُ فِي الْأَرْضِ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً، السَّنَةُ كَالشَّهْرِ، وَالشَّهْرُ كَالْجُمُعَةِ، وَالْجُمُعَةُ كَالْيَوْمِ، وَالْيَوْمُ كَاضْطِرَامِ السَّعْفَةِ فِي النَّارِ»; “Dajjal will stay on the earth for forty years, every year like a month, every month like a week, every week like a day, and every day like a palm tree branch catching fire”.
As for the mentioned interpretation, it is only a conjecture and a guess, while it is certainly not permissible to rely on conjectures and guesses in the religion; as God has said: ﴿إِنْ يَتَّبِعُونَ إِلَّا الظَّنَّ وَإِنْ هُمْ إِلَّا يَخْرُصُونَ﴾; “They follow nothing but conjecture and do nothing but guess”. Moreover, one of the things that undermines this interpretation is that it is contrary to the narrator’s own impression of the news; because Nawwas ibn Sam’an has not understood it as a metonymy, rather has understood it according to its apparent meaning, in a way that he has asked the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, about the quality of daily prayers and the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, has also answered according to this impression of him, and this is considered as his confirmation on it. Therefore, al-Nawawi has said: «قَالَ الْعُلَمَاءُ: هَذَا الْحَدِيثُ عَلَى ظَاهِرِهِ وَهَذِهِ الْأَيَّامُ الثَّلَاثَةُ طَوِيلَةٌ عَلَى هَذَا الْقَدْرِ الْمَذْكُورِ فِي الْحَدِيثِ»; “This narration is followed according to its apparent meaning, and those three days will be as long as what has been mentioned in the hadith”, unless it is said that the Messenger of God, peace and blessings of God be upon him and his household, answered proportional to the narrator’s intellect, and this possibility is strong, and what increases its strength is that most of the news about the attributes of Dajjal are mysterious and metonymical; such as the news that he is trapped on an island in the sea with a hairy creature called “Jassase”, and that he sweeps through all lands except for Mecca and Medina, like a cloudburst moving around by the wind, and that he has a donkey whose ears cast shadows on seventy thousand people, and that every step he takes is like such and such, and that it is written between his eyes: “Disbeliever”, in a way that every literate or illiterate believer reads it, and that he has heaven and hell with him and his hell is Heaven and his heaven is Hell, and that he has mountains of bread and flesh and rivers of water with him, and things such as these, which are almost clearly mysterious and metonymical, rather the fair is that the news indicating that “Dajjal will stay on the earth for forty days that one day of them is like one year and one day of them is like one month and one day of them is like one week and the rest of the days are like your days” is almost clearly mysterious and metonymical as well; because it is not possible for such days to really exist before the Day of Judgment. For this very reason, some scholars have tried to interpret this news; as ibn al-Munadi has interpreted it and said: «الْمَعْنَى أَنَّهُ يَهْجُمُ عَلَيْكُمْ غَمٌّ عَظِيمٌ لِشِدَّةِ الْبَلَاءِ، وَأَيَّامُ الْبَلَاءِ طِوَالٌ، ثُمَّ يَتَنَاقَصُ ذَلِكَ الْغَمُّ فِي الْيَوْمِ الثَّانِي، ثُمَّ يَنْقُصُ فِي الثَّالِثِ، ثُمَّ يَعْتَادُ الْبَلَاءُ، كَمَا يَقُولُ الرَّجُلُ: الْيَوْمَ عِنْدِي سَنَةٌ؛ إِلَّا أَنَّ الزَّمَانَ تَغَيَّرَ، كَقَوْلِ الشَّاعِرِ: <وَلَيْلُ الْمُحِبِّ بِلَا آخِرٍ>»; “This means that because of the severity of calamities, a great sorrow will overwhelm you and the days of calamities will be long, then that sorrow will decrease on the second day and become lesser on the third day, and then it will return to normal, as it is said: Today was a year for me, while time is different, as a poet says: ‘There is no end to the night of the one who is in love’”, and Hammad ibn Salamah has said: «سَأَلْتُ أَبَا سِنَانٍ عَنْ مَعْنَى ذَلِكَ، فَقَالَ: يَسْتَلِينُونَ الْعَيْشَ، فَتَقْصُرُ الْأَيَّامُ عَلَيْهِمْ»; “I asked Abu Sanan about the meaning of this news, so he said: Life becomes easier for them and therefore, days become shorter for them”. Ibn al-Jawzi has mentioned these two interpretations and then has said: «هَذَا التَّأْوِيلُ الْمَذْكُورُ يَرُدُّهُ قَوْلُهُمْ بَعْدَ هَذَا: <أَتَكْفِينَا فِيهِ صَلَاةُ يَوْمٍ وَلَيْلِهِ؟ قَالَ: لَا، اقْدُرُوا لَهُ قَدْرَهُ>، وَالْمَعْنَى: اقْدُرُوا لِأَوْقَاتِ الصَّلَوَاتِ، غَيْرَ أَنَّ أَبَا الْحُسَيْنِ بْنَ الْمُنَادِي قَدْ طَعَنَ فِي صِحَّةِ هَذِهِ اللَّفَظَاتِ، يَعْنِي قَوْلَهُمْ: <أَتَكْفِينَا فِيهِ صَلَاةُ يَوْمٍ وَلَيْلِهِ؟ قَالَ: لَا، اقْدُرُوا لَهُ قَدْرَهُ> فَقَالَ: هَذَا عِنْدَنَا مِنَ الْمَدَاسِيسِ الَّتِي كَادَنَا بِهَا ذَوُو الْخِلَافِ عَلَيْنَا قَدِيمًا، وَلَوْ كَانَ ذَلِكَ صَحِيحًا لَاشْتَهَرَ ذَلِكَ عَلَى أَلْسِنَةِ الرُّوَاةِ كَحَدِيثِ الدَّجَّالِ، فَإِنَّهُ قَدْ رَوَاهُ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ وَابْنُ عُمَرَ وَجَابِرُ بْنُ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ وَحُذَيْفَةٌ وَعُبَادَةُ بْنُ الصَّامِتِ وَأُبَيُّ بْنُ كَعْبٍ وَأَبُو هُرَيْرَةٍ وَسَمُرَةُ بْنُ جُنْدُبٍ وَأَبُو الدَّرْدَاءِ وَأَبُو مَسْعُودٍ الْبَدْرِيُّ وَأَنَسُ بْنُ مَالِكٍ وَعِمْرَانُ بْنُ حُصَيْنٍ وَمُعَاذُ بْنُ جَبَلٍ وَمُجَمِّعُ بْنُ جَارِيَةَ فِي آخَرِينَ، وَلَوْ كَانَ ذَلِكَ لَقَوِيَ اشْتِهَارُهُ، وَلَكَانَ أَعْظَمَ وَأَفْظَعَ مِنْ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ مِنْ مَغْرِبِهَا، وَهَذَا الَّذِي قَالَهُ هُوَ الظَّاهِرُ»; “The mentioned interpretation is rejected by this excerpt of the narration which says: ‘Are prayers of one day and night enough for us? He said: No, calculate their time’ and it means to determine the time of prayers by calculation, although Abu Husain ibn al-Munadi has challenged the validity of these words, meaning this excerpt of the news which says: ‘Are prayers of one day and night enough for us? He said: No, calculate their time’ and has said: In our opinion, this is one of the forgeries that our opponents have used against us for a long time, and if it were correct, it would certainly become famous among the narrators, such as the narration of Dajjal which ibn Abbas, ibn Umar, Jabir ibn Abdullah, Hudhayfah, Ubadah ibn Samit, Ubay ibn Ka’b, Abu Hurairah, Samurah ibn Jundub, Abu Darda, Abu Mas’ud al-Badri, Anas ibn Malik, Imran ibn Husain, Mu’adh ibn Jabal, Mujammi’ ibn Jariah and others have narrated, and if this were correct, it would certainly become very famous, and would seem even greater and more terrifying than the rising of the sun from the West, and what he (meaning ibn al-Munadi) has said is the apparent meaning”.
The result is that the news about how long Dajjal will stay on the earth is not proved, and if it is correct, it cannot be followed according to its apparent meaning, although considering it as three different periods of the domination of the infidel Western authorities in the last two centuries has also no reason that can cause knowledge.