06-17-2006, 12:47 AM
The Wisdom in Seeking Refuge from the Anti-Christ (Masîh ad-Dajjâl) At All TimesReply
The Messenger of Allâh used to end his prayer with the following du'â':
"O Allâh, I seek refuge with You from the punishment of the grave and from the afflictions of the Anti-Christ (Masîh ad-Dajjâl) and from the afflictions of life and death." [Allâhummâ innî a'ûdhu bika min 'adhâbil-qabri, wa a'ûdhu bika min fitnat al-Masîh ad-Dajjâl, wa a'ûdhu bika min fitnat al-mahyâ wa fitnat al-mamât] [Narrated by al-Bukhârî]
Shaykh ul-Islâm Ibn Taymiyyah said:
"…and since the claim to lordship of the Anti-Christ is impossible in and of itself, and none of the miracles that he will perform will be sufficient proof of his truthfulness – rather, it will be a test and a trial with which Allâh misguides whom He Wills and Guides whom He Wills, such as the test of the Golden Calf with the Children of Israel – it will nevertheless be the greatest trial, and the implications of this trial is not limited to those who are present to witness him personally. Rather, the reality of his trial is the falsehood that is at odds with the Divine Law (Sharî'ah), backed up by apparent miracles. So, whoever goes along with that which is in opposition to the Sharî'ah because of his amazement at some supposed miracle, then he has been afflicted by this trial, and this is widespread in every era and every place. The trial of the Anti-Christ in particular is the severest of trials, so, if Allâh protects His servant from it – whether he witnesses it personally or not – then he will be protected from what is less than it of trials (fitan)."
[from 'as-Sab'îniyyah'; p. 483]
Shaykh 'Abdur-Rahmân bin Nâsir as-Sa'dî said:
"…and the reference to the trial of the Anti-Christ (fitnat al-Masîh ad-Dajjâl) is simply a reference to a type of trial, so the servant should seek refuge from every trial which is similar to his, and they are the trials of falsehood and doubts and "miracles" that that misguide many people, such as the fitnah of disbelief, as well as that of the materialists, who have deluded many people with what they have seen of their powerful technological inventions, wonderous advancements, etc., until they thought them to be upon the Truth. And, in reality, this glimmering materialistic pompousness of theirs is beautified on the outside, while its inner core is nothing but ruin and wreckage. So, to seek refuge from the trial of the Anti-Christ encompasses these types of trials.
So, in reality, everyone is in need of the protection of Allâh from the trial of the Masîh ad-Dajjâl in every time and in every place."
['Majmû' ul-Fawâ'id wa Iqtinâs al-Awâbid'; p. 217]
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