Imam Tirmidhi(d.279/857) has narrated that the prophet Muhammad said,
It is obvious that the tremendous catastrophe of the ending of the Universe must be preceded by happenings of that nature. The attempt to bring these events in line with ordinary natural phenomena by esoteric explanations is to confess ignorance of the surrounding realities of the Day Of Resurrection. In one sense the attempt amounts to a veiled denial of the final event itself.
If the co-related signs of The Day of Judgement are not acceptable to sceptical minds, then the major event is of the same category to them and beyond their comprehension.
Sensible persons will do well to ponder over the matter with a cool mind as in the traditions the event of descent of Jesus Christ has been put down as one of the nearest precursors of the Last Day. It should be considered as part and parcel of the major happening with which the world is bound to be confronted.
The following is the description of that creature called Dajjal whose killing has been foretold by the Prophet .
As the Chief of Jews, Dajjal will first of all show himself off as a very holy man, then he will claim prophethood, next he will claim to be God. He will be one-eyed and Kafir or Ka-fa-ra will be inscribed on his forehead which every literate and illiterate Muslim shall be able to decipher. He will make his own paradise and hell. Seventy thousand Jews of Esfahan will accompany him. He will appear forth from the middle of Iraq and Syria and raise mischief right and left. For forty days he will cause turmoil in the world. First day of the forty shall be equivalent to one year and second day to one month and third day to one week and all the remaining days shall be of normal duration. He will travel fast like wind behind clouds. People out of fear will go into mountains.
Allah will give Dajjal leeway and capacity to rouse people to rebellion. Before his appearance there will be three exacting years, in the first of which rainfall will be less by one-third of the normal, leading to a shortfall of one-third in grain production; rains in the second year will be less by two-thirds, resulting in a shortfall of grain by two-thirds, until in the third year there will be no growth as not one drop of rain will fall. Beasts and cattle will die on account of severe famine and drought. On the other hand, rain will fall on lands of those persons who would have reposed their faith in Dajjal. Therefore, their lands shall have vegetation and cattle shall return from pastures with filled bellies; those having no faith in him will be indigent and their cattle destroyed.
When Dajjal shall go over desolate places, he will order the land to throw its treasures out; consequently treasures will emerge and accompany him. He will tell a Bedouin, "If I bring your dead camels to life will you have faith in me?" He will reply, "Certainly!" Then, devils, appearing as camels, shall come before him. He will think that his camels have really become alive. Thus, bound by spells, he will believe in Dajjal as God. Similarly Dajjal will tell a person, "If I bring your father and brother back to life, will you believe in me?" He will say "Certainly"! Then he will go to the graves of his father and brother and there, devils with appearances of his father and brother, will come out to him and say, "Yes, this is God and do believe in him.". In this way, Dajjal, will mislead humanity and only Allah’s chosen people will not be influenced by his deceit and trickery. Therefore the Prophet ordered, that on hearing about Dajjal’s appearance people should run away from him.
At last Dajjal will turn towards Madinah Tayyibah. but will not be able to enter Madinah and will encamp behind the mountain of Uhad. Then, angels of Allah, the Exalted, will turn his direction towards the country of Syria and having gone there, he will perish.
At the time when Dajjal will be heading towards Syria, Imam Mahdi will be busy fighting a holy war with Christians on the front of Constantinople. Hearing that Dajjal had emerged, he would return to the country of Syria and will assemble his troops for a battle. At the time of ‘Fajr’ salat, when the congregation will be in a standing position before the start of prayers, Hazrat I`sa will descend. Imam Mahdi will bring him forward to lead prayers and will himself go behind, but Hazrat I`sa will order him to lead. After finishing prayers, Hazrat I`sa will go out to face Dajjal. Dajjal will run off upon seeing Hazrat I`sa and will start melting like lead. Hazrat I`sa (alayhis sallam) will overtake him at Bab-e-Lud (at present under Israeli possession) and kill him.
All these Hadiths give the image of Jesus’ eschatological role as a contender of Dajjal.
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