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« on: Mar 13, 2009 05:57 PM »


As-salam-mu-alaikum Team,

I needed some help. There are a lady here at work who wants to know Islamic concept of the last day, specifically, about the Dijjal and his description (conversation came out of Obama signing the new stem cell bill)

I have been working at this new place for about a year, so I'll slowly laying the foundations towards greater Islamic understanding in my work, but my knowledge is not to the level that I want it to be to talk in deep levels with my coworkers.

Background:
I never told them that I am Muslim, but they figured it out (prob. taking late lunches, prayer mats in the first aid room, etc.) but are cool with it.

My coworker is believing Christian lady who takes care of her much older bed-ridden mom, although my coworker herself is about 5 years from retirement. Although I don't activitly do dawah work, they have found me approachable enough to ask me many questions about Islam.

I've already discussed common things between Islam and Christiannity such as:
Ten commandments
Mary and Jesus
Monothesism
Our Concept of the last day
Difference between Quran and Hadiths our concept of the bible
Sura Kalf (they don't know this one)

But I can't find my book, Signs of the last day, by ibn Kathir anymore that I could lend them - so if you can help me -

Thanks!





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« Reply #1 on: Mar 13, 2009 09:52 PM »

Walaikum salam wrt wb dear beloved brother,


May Allah reward you for showing the beautiful character of a Muslim to your non-Muslim colleagues.  Here is some information I have regarding the Dajjal as taught by the Prophet, pbuh.  I pray that it is beneficial.


You can also have a look at these links, which includes the notes below:


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-632815818270265147&ei=89t-Seu4Ip-QiQKwkcGpCw&q=jesus+mary+quran

 
http://www.muslimvideo.com/tv/watch/632c097f4bed609c869f/Jesus-&-Mary-in-the-Quran



Jesus’ Decent and the Signs of the Day of Judgment

•   My beloved brothers and sisters, our journey in the life of Eesa bin Maryam, now takes us towards the future, to the time of the emergence of the Dajjal, the anti-Christ.  Some of the signs of the coming of the Dajjal are:

1.)   A great drought, and water will become scarce.

2.)   Closeness of time, it will pass so quickly.

3.)   The treasures of the earth will be brought out.

4.)   There will be an increase in evil and works of the devils, subhanAllah.

5.)   People will disbelieve after believing, the will wake up believers and sleep as a disbeliever, and sleep a believer and wake up a disbeliever.  That is there will be a great amount of fitnah and tribulations.

Subhanallah, if we reflect on these signs, we realize danger of the times we live in.

•   The prophet Muhammad, pbuh, warned us about the Dajjal, who will call people to worship him.  He described him as having one eye, and Allah does not have one eye.  He stated that he will have two mountains with him, one that will appear to have gardens and fruits and rivers, and another filled with fire and smoke.  The one who enters the gardens will really be in fire, and the one who goes towards the fire will find gardens and comfort.  He will kill a person and bring him back to life.

•   An important question to ask ourselves, especially for our younger viewers, is how do I protect myself from the fitnah, the temptations of the Dajjal? 
The scholars say, it is through knowledge, and action.

•   Through knowledge, by knowing our beliefs, that, for example, the Dajjal eats and drinks, and Allah does not eat or drink.  By knowing that the Dajjal is one eyed, and Allah is not one eyed, and that Allah cannot be seen in this world.

•   And also through action, by seeking refuge in one of the two holy mosques in Makkah and Madina, where the Dajjal cannot enter, and by reciting the first ten verses of Surah Kahf, and by seeking refuge in Allah through dua.
The scholars say:

•   We live in a time when there are many temptations and distractions that test our faith, fitna.  There are
tests that affect our desires, called shahawaat, and there are tests that affect our Understanding and beliefs in Islam, called shubuhaat.

•   There are so many television channels and internet websites that tempt our desires, and try to make us look at haram, or do haram things.  What we must do is seek refuge in Allah from these things, and ask Allah for forgiveness.

•   But what is more dangerous is the false ideas and doubtful matters that are being spread about Islam.  A person who fall victim to this fitna may lose his religion.

•   First and foremost, the scholars say we must equip ourselves with knowledge, and this requires Tarbiyya, proper Islamic upbringing. 

•   We find in many hadith that a narrator says:  hadathanee abee (My father narrated to me, such and such hadith).  This type of transfer of knowledge, from parent to child, from an early age, is essential.  We have to revive this spirit of Tarbiyya, the way of our predecessors, so that our youth can blossom in an environment of knowledge.

So, after the emergence of the Dajjal, Jesus son of Mary will descend and call people to believe in the One true Allah, and slay the anti-Christ (Dajjal).  The Prophet (pbuh) described the decent of Jesus (pbuh): 

•   “…At this very time Allah would send Christ, son of Mary, and he will descend at the white minaret in the eastern side of Damascus

•    wearing two garments lightly dyed with saffron

•    and placing his hands on the wings of two Angels.

•    When he would lower his head, there would fall beads of perspiration from his head, and when he would raise it up, beads like pearls would scatter from it.

•   Every rejector of faith who would smell the odor of his self would die and his breath would reach as far as he would be able to see.

•   He would then search for him (Dajjal, the Anti-Christ) until he would catch hold of him at the gate of Ludd (in Palestine) and would kill him.”

   The descent of Jesus (pbuh) from the Heavens is one of the ten major signs of the Last Hour.  He will seek out the Dajjal and slay him as the Prophet has said.  When Jesus Christ son of Mary, peace be upon him, sees the Dajjal, the Dajjal will melt like salt melts in water.




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« Reply #2 on: Mar 16, 2009 01:54 PM »

As-salam-mua-alaikum  Abdurahman,

Thank you for providing the references.  They are very useful. In addition to the references you provided, I was able tot find the following site

http://islamworld.net/docs/hour/index.htm

and the following article on the site ... Again, Thank you Abdurrahman - for your assistance.

Warnings against the Dajjal
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
 
THE HADITH OF AL-NUWAS IBN SAM'AN AL-KILABI
 
Al-Nuwas ibn Saman said, "One morning the Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa
sallam) spoke about the Dajjal. Sometimes he described him as
insignificant, and sometimes he described him as so dangerous that we
thought he was in the clump of date-palms nearby. When we went to him
later on, he noticed that fear in our faces, and asked, 'What is the
matter with you? We said, 'O Messenger of Allah, this morning you spoke of
the Dajjal; sometimes you described him as insignificant, and sometimes
you described him as being so dangerous that we thought he was in the
clump of date-palms nearby.
 
"The Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam) said, 'I fear for you in other
matters besides the Dajjal. If he appears whilst I am among you, I will
contend with him on your behalf. But if he appears while I am not among
you, then each man must contend with him on his own behalf, and Allah will
take care of every Muslim on my behalf. The Dajjal will be a young man,
with short, curly hair, and one eye floating. I would liken him to 'Abd
al-Uzza ibn Qatan. Whoever amongst you lives to see him should recite the
opening Ayat of Surat al-Kahf. He will appear on the way between Syria and
Iraq, and will create disaster left and right. O servants of Allah, adhere
to the Path of Truth."
 
"We said, 'O Messenger of Allah, for the day which is like a year, will
one days prayers be sufficient? He said, 'No, you must make an estimate of
the time, and then observe the prayers."
 
"We asked, 'O Messenger of Allah, how quickly will he walk upon the earth?
He said, 'Like a cloud driven by the wind. He will come to the people and
call them (to a false religion), and they will believe in him and respond
to him. He will issue a command to the sky, and it will rain; and to the
earth, and it will produce crops. After grazing on these crops, their
animals will return with their udders full of milk and their flanks
stretched. Then he will come to another people and will call them (to a
false religion), but they will reject his call. He will depart from them;
they will suffer famine and will possess nothing in the form of wealth.
Then he will pass through the wasteland and will say, 'Bring forth your
treasures, and the treasures will come forth, like swarms of bees. Then he
will call a man brimming with youth; he will strike him with a sword and
cut him in two, then place the two pieces at the distance between an
archer and his target. Then he will call him, and the young man will come
running and laughing."
 
"At that point, Allah will send the Messiah, son of Mary, and he will
descend to the white minaret in the east of Damascus, wearing two garments
dyed with saffron, placing his hands on the wings of two angels. When he
lowers his head, beads of perspiration will fall from it, and when he
raises his head, beads like pearls will scatter from it. Every Kafir who
smells his fragrance will die, and his breath will reach as far as he can
see. He will search for the Dajjal until he finds him at the gate of
Ludd*, where he will kill him."
 
"Then a people whom Allah has protected will come to Jesus son of Mary,
and he will wipe their faces (ie wipe the traces of hardship from their
faces) and tell them of their status in Paradise. At that time Allah will
reveal to Jesus: "I have brought forth some of My servants whom no-one
will be able to fight. Take My servants safely to al-Tur."
 
"Then Allah will send Gog and Magog, and they will swarm down from every
slope. The first of them will pass by the Lake of Tiberias, and will drink
some of its water; the last of them will pass by it and say, "There used
to be water here." Jesus, the Prophet of Allah, and his Companions will be
besieged until a bull's head will be dearer to them than one hundred
dinars are to you nowadays."
 
"Then Jesus and his Companions will pray to Allah, and He will send
insects who will bite the people of Gog and Magog on their necks, so that
in the morning they will all perish as one. Then Jesus and his Companions
will come down and will not find any nook or cranny on earth which is free
from their putrid stench. Jesus and his Companions will again pray to
Allah, Who will send birds like the necks of camels; they will seize the
bodies of Gog and Magog and throw them wherever Allah wills. Then Allah
will send rain which no house or tent will be able to keep out, and the
earth will be cleansed, until it will look like a mirror. Then the earth
will be told to bring forth its fruit and restore its blessing. On that
day, a group of people will be able to eat from a single pomegranate and
seek shelter under its skin (ie the fruit would be so big). A milch camel
will give so much milk that a whole party will be able to drink from it; a
cow will give so much milk that a whole tribe will be able to drink from
it; and a milch-sheep will give so much milk that a whole family will be
able to drink from it. At that time, Allah will send a pleasant wind which
will soothe them even under their armpits, and will take the soul of every
Muslim. Only the most wicked people will be left, and they will fornicate
like asses; then the Last Hour will come upon them." (Muslim)
 
FOOTNOTE:
 
*Ludd: the biblical Lydda, now known as Lod.

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 17, 2009 04:03 PM »

I found the book this morning, The Signs Before the Day of Judgment by Ibn Kathir, hidden between other books in my library at home, so I lent my coworker the book . It was translated back in 1991 from Arabic, and is orginally from England. My copy of the book was actually in poor condition due to the fact it has been lent out soo much, but she appreciated the book anyways - particularly since it has proper footnotes referencing sources.

I did a quick search on line and found it on the following site:

http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?id=1704 and
http://islamworld.net/docs/hour/index.html

It's the duplicate of the contents of book, without the introduction of who Ibn Kathir was, his teachers and about the authours/authors who translated it into english , and chapters.

I would recommend buying the book if you come across it:

ISBN: 1870582039
Author: Ibn Kathir/Mrs Huda Khattab
Publisher: Dar al-Taqwa Ltd. (UK)
Pages: 96 Binding: Paperback

Description from the publisher:

A brief but immensely popular work on the end of time and the day of judgement by one of the foremost scholars of Tafsir. This is a selection from the Arabic work al-Bidayah wa'l-nihayah.

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