The fitnah of the Dajjaal

Reference: al-Muntaqaa min Fataawa Fadheelatush-Shaykh Saalih Ibn Fowzaan – Volume 2, Page 97, Fatwa No.79

Question: We here about the Dajjaal and the fitnah surrounding him – that which the Messenger ﷺ sought refuge [in Allaah] from, and we have been commanded to seek refuge [in Allaah] from his fitnah. So who is the Dajjaal?

And what are his attributes? And what is the fitnah surrounding him? And when shall he appear? And what is obligatory to be done so as to be protected from his danger?

Response: The Dajjaal is a man who shall appear towards the end of time, and [whom] the Jews shall follow. His appearance shall be a sign from the signs of the Last Hour, and he shall bring with him immense fitan which shall have a diminishing effect on the eemaan [of the Muslims]. Quite possibly many people may perish as a result of his fitnah, except for those whom Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) has protected.

As for his attributes, then he is a disbelieving man, who is blind in one eye, and who shall be a cause of much fitnah between the people, seeking to divert them from their religion by whatever means. So his fitnah and danger shall be immense. And he shall appear close to the Last Hour. His fitnah will be specific to the living, and it is obligatory upon us to seek refuge in Allaah from his fitnah, as we have been commanded [to do so] by the Prophet ﷺ.

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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