Before MGA’s claim of being the Messiah (in Izala Auham, 1890–1891), MGA never fully elaborated on the concept of Dajjal. Sir Syed had already denigrated the concept. As MGA made his false claims in 1889-1890, the ulema of India called MGA as the Dajjal, the anti-Christ, the false Messiah (see Dard). It should be noted than over 20 hadith reports call Dajjal as a single person, that will be killed by the Messiah, Esa (as) the son of Mary. In 1892, MGA called the ulema of India as Dajjal, by 1897, he was calling the Christian clergy as Dajjal, by 1907, he said the same thing, he concluded that Dajjal was a group of people who were deceivers.

“””Dajjal is not the name of one man. According to the Arabic lexicon, Dajjal signifies a group of people who present themselves as trustworthy and pious, but are neither trustworthy nor pious. Rather, everything they say is full of dishonesty and deceit. This characteristic is to be found in the class of Christians known as the clergy. Another group is that of the philosophers and thinkers who are busy trying to assume control of machines, industries and the Divine scheme of things. They are the Dajjal because they deceive God’s creatures by their actions and tall claims as if they are partners in God’s dominion. The clergy are arrogating to themselves the status of Prophethood because they ignore the true heavenly Gospel and spread a perverted and corrupted version as the supposed translation of the Gospel.””” [Kitab-ul-Bariyyah, Ruhani Khaza’in, vol. 13, pp. 243-244, footnote].

1907 in Haqiqatul Wahy
MGA called Dajjal as a group which supports falsehood and works with cunning and deceit. Secondly, it is the name of the Satan who is the father of all falsehood and corruption. MGA also called Dajjal as the misguided preachers of Christianity who were getting lots of converts in India, in fact, in 2020, there are more Christians than Sikh’s.
Dajjal in hadith

Al-nawwas b. Sim’an al-Kilabi said:

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) mentioned the Dajjal (Antichrist) saying: If he comes forth while I am among you I shall be the one who will dispute with him on your behalf, but if he comes forth when I am not among you, a man must dispute on his own behalf, and Allah will take my place in looking after every Muslim. Those of you who live up to his time should recite over him the opening verses of Surat al ““ Kahf, for they are your protection from his trial. We asked: How long will he remain on the earth ? He replied : Forty days, one like a year, one like a month, one like a week, and rest of his days like yours. We asked : Messenger of Allah, will one day’s prayer suffice us in this day which will be like a year ? He replied : No, you must make an estimate of its extent. Then Jesus son of Marry will descend at the white minaret to the east of Damascus. He will then catch him up at the date of Ludd and kill him.

Sunan Abi Dawud 4321
In-book : Book 39, Hadith 31
English translation : Book 38, Hadith 4307

Additional hadith

  • Narrated Mu’adh ibn Jabal:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: The flourishing state of Jerusalem will be when Yathrib is in ruins, the ruined state of Yathrib will be when the great war comes, the outbreak of the great war will be at the conquest of Constantinople and the conquest of Constantinople when the Dajjal (Antichrist) comes forth. He (the Prophet) struck his thigh or his shoulder with his hand and said: This is as true as you are here or as you are sitting (meaning Mu’adh ibn Jabal).[13]

  • Narrated Abu Huraira:[14]

Prophet Muhammad used to invoke (Allah): “Allahumma ini a’udhu bika min ‘adhabi-l-Qabr, wa min ‘adhabin-nar, wa min fitnati-l-mahya wa-lmamat, wa min fitnati-l-masih ad-dajjal. (O Allah! I seek refuge with you from the punishment in the grave and from the punishment in the Hell fire and from the afflictions of life and death, and the afflictions of Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal.”[15]

— Sahih al-Bukhari, Book of Funerals, no. 130_____________________________________________________________________________________________

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