Who is the evil Dajjaal (the "anti-Christ")?

Note: Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam S-a-w.gif (1044 bytes) has exhorted the regular recital of Suratul Kahf which will most certainly save one from the Evils of Dajjal.

Hadhrat Imraan bin Husain radhiyallahu anhu relates that, "I heard Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  saying: "Since the birth of Aadam alayhis salaam till the advent of Qiyaamah there is no fitnah (evil, test) much greater that of Dajjaal."

Hadhrat Huzaifah radhiyallahu anhu says, Dajjaal will be blind in his left eye. He will have very thick hair on his body and he will also have his own type of Jannat (Heaven) and Jahannam (Hell) with him: Although his Jannat will appear as Jannat, in reality it will be Jahannam and likewise though his Jahannam will appear to be Jahannam, in reality it will be Jannat.
(Hadith: Muslim)

 Imraan bin Husain radhiyallahu anhu says Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said: "Those who hear about Dajjaal should stay far from him. By Allah! A person will approah him thinking him to be a Believer, but on seeing his amazing feats he will become his follower."

 Ubadah bin Saamit radhiyallahu anhu once said, "I have explained Dajjaal to you but I fear that you might not have understood. Maseeh Dajjaal will be short, and his legs will be crooked. The hair on his head will be extremely twisted. He will have one eye (with which he can see, and this is the protruding eye about which other ahadeeth inform us) while his other eye will be totally flat. It will neither be deep (in its socket) nor protruding.

 If you still have any doubt regarding him then remember that your Sustainer (Rabb) is not one-eyed. (Because Dajjaal will eventually claim to be Allah). In a lengthy Hadith narrated by Abu Saeed radhiyallahu anhu , Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  is reported to have said: "Dajjaal will come but it will be prohibited and impossible for him to enter Madina. He will set up camp in a barren land outside Madina. One person who will be the best of persons will confront him by saying: "I bear witness that you are the very Dajjaal about whom Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  has informed us." Dajjaal will say to his followers, "If I kill this person and then revive him, you people will still doubt me?" They will reply, "No." He will then kill this person, (according to another narration he will split this person in two) and thereafter revive him. This person will say, "I am totally convinced more than ever before that you definitely are Dajjal." Dajjaal will attempt to kill this person again but his efforts will now be in vain.  (According to a hadith, after this incident, Dajjaal will not be able to harm anyone.)

Hadhrat Anasradhiyallahu anhu says that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said: "Dajjaal will come and finally reach the outskirts of Madina. There will be three tremors. At that time, all the disbelievers and hypocrites will flee (from Madina).

 In this way Madina Munawwarah will be purified of all the evil hypocrites.

 Hadhrat Asma bint Yazeed radhiyallahu anhu narrates that Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  once came to my house and there he spoke about Dajjal. He said that before the emergence of Dajjaal there will be three spells of drought. In one year the skies will withold one third of its rains, causing the earth to withold one third of its produce. In the second year the skies will withold two thirds of its rains, causing the earth to withold two thirds of its produce. In the third year, the skies will withold all its water and there will be no crops that year. All animals, be they hooved or toothed, will die as a result. The greatest evil of Dajjall will be to approach anyone and ask him: "If I bring your camel back to life, will you then believe that I am your Rabb?"

 This person will reply, "Most certainly."

 Thereafter Shaytaan (from the many Shayateen who will always accompany Dajjaal) will appear before this person in the form of his camel with a fat hump and fully laden udders.

Likewise Dajjaal will appear before another person whose father and brother have long passed away and ask him, "If I bring your father and brother back to life will you believe that I am your Rabb?"

 This person will reply, "Why not?" Shaytaan will once again take on the appearance of his brother and father...

 Hadhrat Mughira ibn Shu'ba radhiyallahu anhu says that, "No one asked Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  about Dajjaal as much as myself. Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said to me, "How can he possibly harm you?"

I said: "People are saying that he will have with him a mountain of bread (provisions) and a river of water."

Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam  said: "In the sight of Allah he is much more disgraced than that. (i.e. Allah knows full well that in reality Dajjaal has nothing with him, and all that which appears to be with him is but deception). (Bukhari and Muslim).

 Other Ahaadeeth regarding Dajjaal inform us that: