08 July 2019 CE | 06 Dhul-Qadah 1440 AH

Hadith Explanation

Dajjal's One Time Power to Revive the Dead

Narrated Abu Saeed (radi Allahu anhu): “One day Rasul Allah narrated to us a long narration about Ad-Dajjal and among the things he narrated to us was: ‘Ad-Dajjal will come, and he will be forbidden to enter the mountain passes of Madina. He will encamp in one of the salt areas neighboring Madina and there will appear to him a man who will be the best or one of the best of the people. He will say ‘I testify that you are Ad-Dajjal whose story Rasul Allah told us.’ Ad-Dajjal will say (to his audience), ‘Look, if I kill this man and then give him life, will you have any doubt about my claim?’ They will reply, ‘No.’ Then Ad-Dajjal will kill that man and then will make him alive. The man will say, ‘By Allah, now I recognize you more than ever!’ Ad-Dajjal will then try to kill him (again) but he will not be given the power to do so.” [Sahih Bukhari]

If a person claims to be a horse is there any need to ask him for proof? His appearance as a human is enough to refute his claims. The fact that Dajjal is not Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is even more obvious than this! The reason that Dajjal’s friends and followers are his audience is because they entertain his “proofs”! To ask Dajjal for proof of his being Allah or to deliberate over such “proofs” is to fall into kufr. It means that the person has no sense of who Allah (the Most Sublime) is!

Dajjal will be given the power, by Allah’s permission, to kill and revive a man once. He will not have the power to do so again. This is part of his fitnah, to test who remains true to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Since Muslims already believe in the power that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) gave to Eesa (alaihis salam) to revive the dead, and it was not limited to a single time, it is of no significance that Dajjal is able to revive a dead man one time! Eesa (alaihis salam) never claimed to be Allah because of the extraordinary powers that Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) bestowed on him but remained a humble servant and prophet of Allah.

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) informs us that this man who calls Dajjal a liar and false claimant is one of the best people to ever live. He will accept being killed for the sake of the truth, will be revived and will again give testimony that Dajjal is a liar.

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