February 8, 2009

The False Dajjāl

Filed under: Muslim Urban Legends — abuaisha @ 6:58 am
So another e-mail finds its way into my inbox. What could it be this time? Orders to boycott McDonald’s for the 1,000th time? Claims that Barack Obama is a secret alien bent on destryoing the Earth? Or perhaps something more mundane like an assurance that if I pass on this e-mail to another 100 people I will meet the love of my life in 1 week’s time.
None of the above. Rather I find a truly absurd e-mail titled ‘Is Dajjal has Born in Israel???(sic)
The e-mail states –
Alert Ummah, there is a 90% chance that we will see the Jewish Dajjal in our lifetime !!
One of the prominent events preceding the Day of Judgement is the appearance of Dajjal. We have been apprised of many aspects of Dajjal both in the Qur’an and the Ahadis. In fact, the Muslims have been more informed about the Dajjal by the Holy Prophet than previous nations by their respective prophets.   Dajjal will appear somewhere between Iraq and Syria , after the Battle of Istanbul takes place. The name in the Ahadis is Constantinople, which is the former name of Istanbul . Dajjal will be a Jew. His distinguishing feature is that he will be one-eyed and the word “Kafir” or “unbeliever” will be written on his forehead.  That he is a Jew is confirmed from another hadis, which says that his followers will be mainly of Jewish religion. …
Shock horror! A 90% chance of seeing the Dajjāl in our lifetime?! I wonder how they figured those odds out.. Only a 10% chance remains that we will not see this Jewish Dajjāl in our lives!
Ok, time to be serious.
This latest e-mail suggests that just recently, the Dajjāl was born in Israel. The Dajjāl of course is what we would refer to in English as the Antichrist. We have been informed by our Prophet Muhammad that this man would come towards the end of times and cause havoc on Earth and would be a time full of trials and great calamaties.
So is it true? Has the Dajjāl been born recently?
Of course not.. What rubbish. Any learned Muslim will tell you straight out after hearing this that the Dajjāl has already been born and is waiting to be unleashed, as is attested to in many statements of the Prophet and his companions.
So what evidence does this e-mail offer us? Primarily it shows a picture of the supposed Dajjal baby –
Any observant person will be able to see that this is no ordinary baby, primarily due to the fact that it seems to have one eye planted in the centre of its forehead. This is a birth defect known as cyclopiasynophthalmia or  synophthalmia, whereby the child is born with 1 undivided eye. It is very rare  but is documented and does occur in humans.
The assertation is that this 1 eyed baby must be the Dajjāl, based solely upon this fact. I fear for those who claim such things, for if it were true then we sure would have a lot of Dajjāls running around as 6 in 10,000 births are subject to this birth defect! Surely just having one eye is no qualifier to being the Dajjal not just due to its common occurance, but also due to the very clear fact that no Islamic text even claims that the Dajjāl will have 1 eye..!
This stems from a misunderstanding of the description given to us of the Dajjāl –
Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘… as for the false messiah, he will be one-eyed, with a wide forehead and broad upper chest, and he will be hunchbacked…’” (Narrated by Ahmad, no. 7564). 
By itself, this Hadeeth seems to suggest the ‘cyclops’ notion, however many others Hadeeths such as the one below demonstrate the exact understanding of ‘one-eyed’ showing that it refers to blindness in one eye and not cyclopia.
 From ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him), who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘Whilst I was sleeping, I saw myself performing Tawaaf around the Ka’bah, when I saw a dark man with straight hair, standing between two other men, with water dripping from his head. I asked, “Who is this?” They said, “The son of Maryam.” Then I turned and saw a ruddy-complexioned man, well built, with curly hair, blind in his right eye, with his eye looking like a floating grape. I asked, “Who is this?” They said, “This is the Dajjaal.” The person who looks most like him is Ibnu Qatan.’” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 6508; Ibn Qatan was a man from Banu Mustalaq from Khuzaa’ah).
So the Dajjāl will be blind in one eye, but not single eyed, and surely not a cyclops-like creature!
Further to this, the e-mail incorrectly asserts that the Dajjāl will be Jewish, claiming that the Sunnah has established this. Whilst there are suggestions that it may be so from those who have read into the texts, there is no clear hadeeth ever stating this so we cannot accept this claim to be true without an evidence. If there were such a Hadeeth we would need to read it ourselves, not just be told that one exists.
So who then is this baby in the photo?
It was a young girl born not in Israel, but rather in Chennai, India. She lived shortly then death came to her and she died as a young girl, as can be seen in this link. Her story was reported widely and it should be easy to uncover that this baby is in fact her due to its prominence in the global media (another link).
So we can rest assured, the Dajjāl is not a baby sitting in a hospital, nor is this little baby girl a malevolent tyrant waiting to strike her terror upon the world. This was a little girl born in Chennai who has since died. End of story.. Until the next unverified, absurd e-mail is concocted by somebody with nothing better to do than waste our times spreading lies and deceit over the internet.


  1. JazakhAllah Khair for the post brother. It was a little a amusing but very informative mashAllah, thanks for pointing this issue out br, I haven’t received this email but it needed to be addressed. May Allah reward you.

    Comment by Tierra Ziyad — February 9, 2009 @ 5:40 pm | Reply

  2. Assalamu alaikum

    Thanx for the right information my dear brother, May Allah Bless you.

    Comment by Favas — February 19, 2009 @ 11:51 am | Reply

  3. thanks for the clarification…

    Comment by Shameer — February 21, 2009 @ 4:01 am | Reply

  4. I was surprised when someone told me about this email (though i never got one) and i was at first shocked and scared thinking that the dajjal cannot possibly have been born this early. Anyway, I did some research and found your article and am pretty content with it! Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by noorain — March 3, 2009 @ 2:43 am | Reply

  5. jazakallah,but is it not true that dajjal can not able to go in Makkah & Madina,and the haddith u nerrate please check it carefuly as i am myself is a doctor,and i strongly believe that Imam Mehdi (a.s) will be appear and as he appearance of Dajjal and yajooj majooj will occur,now this is the time of strong believe on Allah and Muhammad(pbuh)

    Comment by essop — March 7, 2009 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  6. But is it a sign of “the coming of Dajjaal”?

    Comment by zulfekar — March 21, 2009 @ 9:08 am | Reply

  7. Assalam-o-alikum
    The main thing is that we all dont try to learn by ourselves , the hadith books, if we have good knowledge of what our Prophet (PBUH) said then every thing will be clear in our eyes that what is right and what is wrong.

    Comment by Atif Hasan — April 4, 2009 @ 2:26 pm | Reply

  8. Very well written. I’m sure an e-mail like this one has reached my inbox long ago. You’ve totally showed us the lies from such e-mails. JazakAllah khair!

    Comment by Adib — May 12, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | Reply


    Comment by ZEESHAN — June 18, 2009 @ 12:03 pm | Reply


    Comment by ZEESHAN — June 18, 2009 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

  11. Hmmm but i don’t think this zzz Dajjal…. well thanks 4 sharing this one..
    and keep concentrate on your Islam b.c day of judgment will not be far after these types of signs…..

    Comment by Zimyad.... — June 23, 2009 @ 10:36 am | Reply

  12. May Allah be merciful with all the Muminine.

    Sign OR not, we should all of us strengthen our faith to Allah and keep worshiping and asking for His Forgiveness.

    The signs are everywhere at any time in every soul …

    Comment by Brother — July 3, 2009 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  13. Alhamdulillah … may Allah bless you for your effort. Have you received the email about the Yajooj and Majooj then? The one I received was in Malay, so maybe it did not spread so far. I can’t remember the details, but it was suggested that the mole people living in the ‘underground cities’ of New York were these tribes described by the Qur’an. There were horrific descriptions about them as well, including them having webbed feet, etc. Of course the truth was much less dramatic, some sensationalisation of the lives of truly homeless people, plus integration with HG Wells’ famous classic, The Time Machine, I think.
    God knows we need this page. Will look it up more often, insya Allah.

    Comment by Noorunnisa — July 24, 2009 @ 5:22 pm | Reply

  14. Salam to all,
    According to the teachings of Islam educations is obligatatory for every muslim man and woman but today according to UNESCO data the largest number of illiterate persons are living in the muslim world, where female illiterates are highest. When we’ll not educate our society then skepticisim will take roots in our mind, our vision will remain narrow. Today we are far away from the real spirit and teachigs of Islam. As when all basic parts and components of the computer are there then this machine is functional, if we are missing any one i.e. data cable or RAM. it will no more usable. Islam is the name of totality: take it as whole and complete. As God commanded in the Holy Quran ” Enter into Islam completely and fully”. On the contrary what are we doing today? We have named some specific practices and prayer “Islam” and we have forgotten the rest of Islam. Islam comprises on two broad parts: rights of God and rights of society. In reality we are neither performaing properly rights of God nor socital rights.
    I feel very sorry when I see such types information which presents Islam as “extra terrestrial power” or a symbol of “miricles”. Our Holy Prophet (s.a.w) handed over Islam to us as “Complete code of life”. I have stern believe that if we follow Islamic teaching in its real spirit as it was followed by our ancestors then we can also achieve same glorious and respectable positions within ten years of period, yes ten years only ten. We have an excellent, fully functional and time tested system in the shape of Islam, the only need to put all components to make this machine functional. Otherwise poverty, hunger, corruption, war, diseases and humality will reamin there for next such thousands of years.
    Just words can not bring any change as long as there are no actions because Allah has declared in the Holy Book ” One get what he/ she tries to get” and He frther said “I change the state and conditions of those nations who try to change their condition”. Look at the life of our beloved Holy prophet (s.a.w) his whole life is full of actions, struggle and hardwork to bring a positive change. What we “muslims” are doing today “waiting” for a change without any struggle, hardwork or actions. God is keeps his promises ” One gets what for he/ she strives” Look at the developed nations they “tried” to change their condition, state and status and God bestowed them with his bounties and gifts. God loves all humanity not only we muslims, look at China only 15 years back it had economy worst than our many of muslim countries but today it is Economy Giant. They got all this by following the teachings that are present in our great religion Islam. If they can do all this why cann’t we no.

    God is Great God is Great.

    Comment by Amjad Ali Arain Berkke — July 25, 2009 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  15. assalamu alaikum I only believe on ALLAH n RasoolPeace be upon Him.All the marks will come b4 qayamat. May b this is the sign. so b ready n do good job 4 Roz.e.Akhirat. May ALLAH blessed us. Aameen

    Comment by Roomana — October 5, 2009 @ 6:56 pm | Reply

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