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How to Protect Oneself From the Fitnah of Dajjal?

In this article, we will discuss in detail how to be safe from the fitnah of Dajjal, as is taught by Prophet (peace and blessing of Allah be upon him). The Prophet (peace be upon him) has taught his Ummah about every good thing and has warned against every bad. He has set the path for a believer very clear to follow and only a disbeliever will question his ways. Among all the thing that he taught us is the way to be safe from the fithna of the false Messih or Dajjal.

Every prophet has warned his ummah about the trial of false messih but Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) has warned more about him.

Here are some of the guidelines that a believer must follow and that are set by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). We ask Allah to help us in our endeavor and we seek His refuge against this mighty fithnah.

1. First of all, we must know that Dajjal is a Human Being like ourselves.

He will eat and drink like everyone else. He is one-eyed and Allah is not one eye and he is far far above that from any of that. No one has seen Allah and Dajjal will be seen by everyone when he emerges.
2. Seek refuge from the fithna of Dajjal , especially in prayer.

Narrated from Umm al-Mu’mineen ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her), the wife of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who said that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to pray in his salaah: “Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min ‘adhaab al-qabri, wa a’oodhu bika min fitnat il-maseeh il-dajjaal, wa a’oodhu bika min fitnat il-mahyaa wa fitnat il-mamaat. Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min al-ma’tham wa’l-maghram (O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the torment of the grave, I seek refuge with You from the fitnah of the Dajjaal, and I seek refuge with You from the trials of life and death. O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from sin and debt).” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, no. 789)

Recite this dus during every prayer and Insha Allah, Allah will protect all.

Narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him): “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘When any one of you says Tashahhud, let him seek refuge with Allaah from four things, and say: “Allaahumma inni a’oodhi bika min ‘adhaab jahannam wa min ‘adhaab al-qabri wa min fitnat il-mahyaa wa’l-mamaat wa min sharri fitnat al-maseeh al-dajjaal (O Allaah, I seek refuge with You from the torment of Hell, from the torment of the grave, from the trials of life and death, and from the evil of the fitnah of the Dajjaal).”’” (Narrated by Muslim, no. 924).

3. Memorizing first 10 or last 10 aayat of Surah al-Kahf.

Narrated by Muslim from al-Nawwaas ibn Sam’aan, in which it says: “Whoever among you sees him (the Dajjaal), let him recite against him the opening verses of Soorat al-Kahf.” (Hadeeth 5228).

Among the ahaadeeth narrated concerning this was the lengthy hadeeth Muslim (no. 1342) narrated from Abu’l-Dardaa’ that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever memorizes ten aayaat from the beginning of Soorat al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjaal” – i.e., from his fitnah. Muslim said: “Shu’bah said, ‘from the end of al-Kahf.’ Hammaam said, ‘from the beginning of al-Kahf.’”

Al-Nawawi said: “The reason for this is because at the beginning of (this soorah), mention is made of wonders and signs, and whoever ponders them will not be deceived by the fitnah of the Dajjaal. And at the end of this soorah, Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): ‘Do then those who disbelieve think that they can take My slaves as awliyaa’ (lords etc.) besides Me?’ [al-Kahf 18:102].” (Sharh Saheeh Muslim, 6/93).

Surah Al-Kahf is a very significant chapter in this regard in Holy Quran. There are numerous hadith that encourage a believer to recite this surah every Friday and memorize its 1st or last 10 aayat.

Al-Haakim narrated from Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever recites Soorat al-Kahf on Friday, it will be a light for him from one Friday to the next.” (al-Mustadrak, 2/368. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani, Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, hadeeth 6346)

Surah Al-Kahf gives the details of 4 great stories in Quran and the 4 great trials which a man will face and the trials that dajjal will come with to test the believers. The four trials are The trial of Faith, The trial of Wealth, The trial of Knowledge, The trial of Power. Those who will be guided will not be affected by his trials and those who are misguided will follow him blindly.

Every Muslim should strive to read this soorah, and to memorize it and read it repeatedly, especially on the best day on which the sun rises, namely Friday.
4. Flee from Dajjal. If the Dajjal emerges and we are to witness that great destruction,

then it is better for a believer to stay as far away from him as possible. The best is to live in Mecca or Medinah, the places where dajjal will not be able to enter. Muslims should keep far away from him because he has a great influence over people and can cause many dilemmas for a person and moreover he will have control over certain wonders and will easily deceive anyone. He will cause and the mighty wonders that he will have with him, which Allaah will cause to happen at his hands in order to test mankind. A man will come to him, thinking that he is a strong believer, then he will follow the Dajjaal. We ask Allaah to grant us and all the Muslims refuge from his fitnah.

Imaam Ahmad (19118), Abu Dawood (3762) and al-Haakim (4/31) narrated from ‘Imraan ibn Husayn (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever hears of the Dajjaal, let him keep far away from him, for a man will come to him and think that he is telling the truth because of the wonders that are sent with him.”

We ask Allah to protect us from the greatest fitnah of all time and make us among the righteous. May Allah guide us to the straight path and never let us go astray. May Allah make us among the believers and grant us the highest place in Jannat-ul-Firdous. May the curse of Allah be upon the false Messih, ad-Dajjal.

Pray for the entire Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

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