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.
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