Dajjal and the Boundary of Madinah
A lengthy hadith narrated by Ibn Majah, Ibn Khuzaimah, and ad-Dhiyaa’, attributed to Abu Umamah RadhiAllahu anhu, reports that the Prophet of Allah, SallAllahu alaihi wasallam, said, “There will be three hard years before the Dajjal (appears). During them, people will be stricken by a great famine. In the first year, Allah will command the sky to withhold a third of its rain, and the earth to withhold a third a third of its produce. In the second year, Allah will command the sky to withhold two thirds of its rain, and the earth to withhold two thirds of its produce. In the third year, Allah will command the sky to withhold all of its rain, and it will not rain a single drop of rain. He will command the earth to withhold all of its produce, and no plant will grow. All hoofed animals will perish, except that which Allah wills.” He SallAllahu alaihi wasallam was asked, ‘What sustains people during that time?’ He said, “Tahlil, takbir and tahmid (Saying, la ilaha ill Allah, Allahu Akbar and al-hamdulillah). This will sustain them just as food does.” [Sahih Al-Jami` as-Saghir, no. 7875]
Abdullah bin Umar RadhiAllahu anhu narrated that the Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, “The fitnah of Al-Ahlas (continuous calamity) is mass desertion and war. Then, the fitnah of As-Sarraa [meaning ‘the rich’, when some reach people use their money to hire others to fight for them] will start from under the feet of a man who claims that he is of me (of my descendants). However, he is not of me, for my loyal friends are the ones who have taqwa. Afterwards, people will unite around a man whose reign is unstable. Then, the fitnah of Ad-Duhaymaa [it is called ‘dark and black fitnah’ because of its enormity] (will start) and will not leave any member of this nation without severely touching him. When it is thought that its time has come to an end, it will be lengthened. Meanwhile (during this fitnah), a man will wake up as a believer and will meet the night as a disbeliever, until people divide into two camps: A camp of belief that contains no hypocrisy, and a camp of hypocrisy that contains no belief. If this happens, then await the Dajjal on that day or the next.” [Ahmad, Abu Dawood and al-Hakim, Mishkatul-Masabih, vol. 4, no. 5403]
The red outline represents the Haram, sacred precincts of Madinah, as determined by the Ulema. Jabal Uhud (blue) inside Haram, and corresponding to a Bab of Jannah, demarcates the northern boundary while Jabal Eyr (green) to the south is outside Haram, it being regarded as a Bab of Jahannam. The area within this boundary is that which will be protected at the time of Dajjal.
Narrated Abu Bakr RadhiAllahu anhu: The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, “The terror caused by Al-Masih Ad-Dajjal will not enter Madinah and at that time Madinah will have seven gates and there will be two angels at each gate guarding them.”
Narrated Abu Hurairah RadhiAllahu anhu: Allah’s Apostle SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, “There are angels guarding the entrances, or roads of Madinah, neither plague nor Ad-Dajjal will be able to enter it.”
Narrated Anas bin Malik RadhiAllahu anhu: The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam said, “There will be no town which Ad-Dajjal will not enter except Makkah and Madinah, and there will be no entrance, road, of both Makkah and Madinah but the angels will be standing in rows guarding it against him, and then Madinah will shake with its inhabitants thrice (i.e. three earth-quakes will take place) and Allah will expel all the nonbelievers and the hypocrites from it.”
The large fuchsia dot is Jabal Habshi. A mountain that had its top sliced off for the construction of a huge Royal Palace complex, see photo below. (Similar to the fate of Abu Qubais, the mountain beside Haram in Makkah, which also has its top sliced off to accommodate the Royal Palace now over looking Ka’aba. Insha’Allah more on this fascinating story another time) Originally it was thought that this mountain, and hence the Palace was inside the Haram area. However, the Ulema have deemed that it is outside Haram.
Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri RadhiAllahu anhu: Allah’s Apostle SallAllahu alaihi wasallam told us a long narrative about Ad-Dajjal, and among the many things he mentioned, was his saying, “Ad-Dajjal will come and it will be forbidden for him to pass through the entrances of Madinah. He will land in some of the salty barren areas outside Madinah; on that day the best man or one of the best men will come up to him and say, ‘I testify that you are the same Dajjal whose description was given to us by Allah’s Apostle SallAllahu alaihi wasallam.’ Ad-Dajjal will say to the people, ‘If I kill this man and bring him back to life again, will you doubt my claim?’ They will say, ‘No.’ Then Ad-Dajjal will kill that man and bring him back to life. That man will say, ‘Now I know your reality better than before.’ Ad-Dajjal will say, ‘I want to kill him but I cannot.’ “
The Messenger of Allah SallAllahu alaihi wasallam once addressed the people saying: “The Day of Deliverance, what is the Day of Deliverance!” and repeating it thrice. He was asked: “What is the Day of Deliverance?” He said: “The Dajjal (The Imposter of the End of Time) will come, climb on top of Jabal Habshi, look at Madinah, and say to his Companions: Do you see this white palace? This is the mosque of Ahmad. Then he will approach Madinah only to find on each path an angel with drawn sword. He will reach the wasteland of Al-Jurf and make camp. Madinah will then shake thrice and no hypocrite man or woman, nor corrupt man or woman will fail to go out to join him. This is the Day of Deliverance!” (Ahadith about the signs of The Hour, Mustafa Al-Adawi)
Note: “Al-Jurf” (red circled area) lies to the northwest of Madinah. There the Muslim army made camp prior to setting out for the Mu’ta expedition, then again before being sent by the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam to Syria under the leadership of the young Usama ibn Zayd RadhiAllahu anhu. Also the Quraysh set their camp up in this area during the battle of Uhud, and attacked from Al-Jurf.
The aqua line shows the approximate route Dajjal will reportedly take on attempting to enter Madinah. He approaches from the north of Jabal Uhud, then proceeds to Jabal Habshi. The Qur’an Printing Complex is the blue circled area diagonally opposite the Palace (fuchsia), in the above google image, and below a closer image with the Printing Complex blue and the Palace fuchsia.
Some reports state that Dajjal will destroy all Qur’ans. The close proximity of Jabal Habshi and the current Printing Complex, below, is uncanny. And Allah Almighty knows best, and He is our only protector.
The Dajjal’s death will occur after the Angels turn him towards Ash-Sham away from the outskirts of Madinah. He will perish in Ash-Sham, by the hands of Isa Alaihis Salam, near the eastern door of Lud, below, in Palestine. May Allah return it to the Muslim.
Allah’s Apostle SallAllahu alaihi wasallam used to invoke Allah Ta’ala in the prayer saying “Allahumma inni a’udhu bika min adhabil-qabri, wa a’udhu bika min fitnatil-masihid-dajjal, wa a’udhu bika min fitnatil-mahya wa fitnatil-mamati. Allahumma inni a’udhu bika minal-ma thami wal-maghrami.
O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave and from the afflictions of Masih Ad-Dajjal and from the afflictions of life and death. O Allah, I seek refuge with You from the sins and from being in debt.”
Somebody said to him, “Why do you so frequently seek refuge with Allah from being in debt?” The Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam replied, “A person in debt tells lies whenever he speaks, and breaks promises whenever he makes them.” Aishah RadhiAllahu anha also narrated: I heard Allah’s Apostle SallAllahu alaihi wasallam in his prayer seeking refuge with Allah from the afflictions of Ad-Dajjal. (Bukhari)
In multiple Ahadith the Prophet SallAllahu alaihi wasallam told us to seek protection from the Dajjal in the first ten verses of Surat Al-Kahf (18:1-10) Another narration said to the effect that any who may survive to see Dajjal should recite over him the opening verses of Surah al-Kahf.
All good is from Allah Ta’ala whereas mistakes are from this humble speck. May Allah Ta’ala Bless all readers, bringing you all closer to Him and His Rasul SallAllahu alaihi wasallam. Ameen.