Protection from Dajjal in Al Kahf

By Umar Al Mujahid Abdur-Rasheed Formerly Anthony Navarro

Ad Dajjal (The Anti Christ) is going to be the greatest test mankind has ever witnessed. The trials he will bring will be the most difficult in the history of the world. There will be killing, oppression and injustice, worldwide lies and deception, wide spread disease, famine, starvation, homosexuality, illegal sexual acts and a new world wide religion… not of the worship of the one true God, but of Shaytan… the devil and of the spirits that do his work. Things in this time will be the opposite of the truth. Seeing will be believing and the things you see will deceive you into following Ad Dajjal as a divine being or as Allah (God) Himself. Narrated by Imran ibn Husayn (radiAllahu anhu) that the Prophet (salAllahu alayhi wasalam) said: Let him who hears of the Dajjal (AntiChrist) go far from him for I swear by Allah that a man will come to him thinking he is a believer and follow him because of confused ideas roused in him by him (the Anti Christ). [Sunan of Abu Dawud #4305]

Although this time and these trials seem as if they have no defense and are too great for one to survive… there is a defense and a protection from all of this. Abu al-Dardah (may Allah be pleased with him) related that the Prophet of Allah (May Allah bless him and give him peace) said: “Whoever

commits to memory the first ten verses from the beginning Surat al-Kahf will be protected from the Dajjal.” [Muslim, Abu Dawud]

Now, you can take this either one of two ways… literal as in; remember the first ten verses of Suratul Kahf and Ad Dajjal cannot affect or harm you… or, you can take it as a metaphor, as in… understanding what Allah is telling us in these first ten verses and applying them to your life will protect you from the trials of Ad Dajjal. There is a difference of opinion between Muslims and the majority believe that just memorizing is enough, but doing both of these will almost guarantee protection from Ad Dajjal… and Allah knows best.

We will now look at the first ten verses of Suratul Kahf in order to see where the protection could possibly lay. The first ten verses of Suratul Kahf are as follows: 1-All the praises and thanks are to Allâh, Who has sent down to His slave (Muhammad) the Book (Qur'ân), and has not placed therein any crookedness.

2-He has made it straight to give warning (to the disbelievers) of a severe punishment from Him, and to give glad tidings to the believers, who do righteous - deeds, that they shall have a fair reward (i.e. Paradise). 3-They shall abide therein forever. 4-And to warn those (Jews, Christians, and pagans) who say, "Allâh has begotten a son (offspring or children)". 5-They have no knowledge of such a thing, nor had their fathers. Mighty is the word that comes out of their mouths (Allah having offspring). They utter nothing but a lie. 6-Perhaps, you would kill yourself in grief (O Muhammad SAW), over their footsteps (for their turning away from you), because they believe not in this narration (the Qur'ân). 7-Verily! We have made that which is on earth as an adornment for it, in order that We may test them (mankind) as to which of them are best in deeds. 8-And verily! We shall make all that is on it (the earth) a bare dry soil (without any vegetation or trees). 9-Do you think that the people of the Cave and the Inscription (the news) were a wonder among Our Signs?

10-(Remember) when the young men fled for refuge (from their disbelieving folk) to the Cave, They said: "Our Lord! Bestow on us mercy from Yourself, and facilitate for us our affair in the right way!"

So we know that in the first ten verses of Suratul Kahf, Allah is declaring that there is none worthy of worship besides Him alone and that it was Allah who sent the Qur’an to the Prophet Muhammad and the Prophet Muhammad didn’t author the Qur’an himself. Allah says that He made the Qur’an clear and free from error or corruption. He promises a reward for those who follow His commandments and warns of punishments for those who disobey, both of which last for eternity.

Allah then goes on to speak of those who claim that Allah has taken a son or other offspring. Allah says that they have no proof of this and they only say it because it’s what their fathers before them had said, which they blindly follow. Both of which have no proof or evidence, so it ends up just being a lie spread down from generation to generation. What child at birth decided to be part of their parent’s faith, or to think

critically about what their parents teach them because their parents just might be wrong? None! So we end up just believing whatever it is that the ones closest to us are on. Allah tells the Prophet Muhammad not to kill himself through grieving or worrying over them if they do not accept the message. After all, not everyone is receptive to truth if they were raised on falsehood. They follow and defend what they know and there’s no benefit in stressing yourself over it because ultimately it is Allah who guides people in the first place. Our job is only to relay the message.

In the seventh verse, Allah says that “We” meaning the angels that do Allah’s bidding as well as Allah Himself, created the earth with pleasures as a test for mankind to see which of us will ignore the lusts and desires of this life and live a life of submissiveness to Allah and what He commands of us. Allah says He will make the earth dry and barren in order to draw our attention to the fact that the life of this world will not last forever. So every desire and pleasure is similar in the sense that they also will die, lose their worth and value and then eventually fade away. So

in reality it makes no sense living a life chasing material wealth and things that will eventually crumble in your hands when the afterlife is better and everlasting.

Finally, Allah speaks of a group of youths who left their town because of the corruption and crookedness going on there and they fled away from their town to a cave. Living in a cave was more pleasing to them than dealing with the foulness of their society. They understood that being amongst corrupt and evil people could eventually break their faith down and corrupt them, making them the same.

Could this be the protection from Ad Dajjal, this verse about the youths who fled away from a corrupt society? They believed in the oneness of Allah, they strove hard to live their lives in accordance to what was commanded of them and they realized that they couldn’t live this way around people who lived the complete opposite. The Prophet Muhammad said that Ad

Dajjals influence will reach every part of the earth, so it would make sense that keeping away from the major cities where the biggest number of people live, would be the safer route to take in protecting yourself from the Dajjalic influence. Living a humble life close to nature and the true creation of Allah is more blessed than living in a modern city filled with wealth, materials, popular trends, new ideas, music, movies and television which all put thoughts and ideas in your head without your consent.

Memorize the first ten verses of Suratul Kahf. Recite them frequently, remember what Allah is telling us in them and strive to live your life like the youths of the cave. When the society became too corrupt, they fled away to protect their religion from being corrupted. Many people may not agree with my assessment of this Hadith, but I ask them… when you live amongst a corrupt society, does Shaytan not have many things to throw at you as tests? If you remove yourself from these potential tests then Shaytan has less and less to use against you. Being amongst these corrupted

people is really a gamble with your afterlife. You might be strong now, but can you guarantee that you and your family will always be strong like this? You cannot say that you will, so take the example of the youths and flee before the evil becomes too much and you are overtaken by the Dajjalic influence…

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