Is the Antichrist just a silly myth? The mainstream media will have you believe that
This is an article in a major Western publication, the Economist, with the message that the Antichrist is a silly myth and at best, the Antichrist is just a symbol of our own “evil.”
What is evil according to the Economist? Climate change, wild fires, and mismanaging covid. Basically, if anything can be called the Antichrist, it is whatever opposes liberal democratic pieties. [Rolls eyes]
But we can expect many more articles in the mainstream media like this as the emergence of al-Dajjal i.e., the Antichrist, becomes imminent.
Given what we are seeing nowadays, maybe this is how it could play out:
1. At first, the “experts” will all agree that the Antichrist is a silly conspiracy only peddled by religious nuts and “unserious” people. This is where we are now.
2. As things escalate, perhaps with the emergence of the Dajjal himself, believing in the Antichrist will then be deemed dangerous misinformation. Those who point out that the Dajjal is in fact the Dajjal may be mocked and ostracized.
3. As the Dajjal becomes more powerful and more loved by ever fervent followers, all Dajjal/Antichrist talk could be banned. Maybe discussing him will be branded as bigoted or antisemitic hate speech. In some Muslim circles, maybe speaking out against him will be branded as “bad adab,” “causing controversy,” or “rebelling against the ruler.”
4. Then the real fitna begins.
Consider this hadith collected by Ibn Majah for the bigger details as attributed to a report of the Prophet ﷺ.
“The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) mentioned the Dajjal, one morning, as something despised but also alarming, until we thought that he was in the stand of date-palm trees. When we came to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) in the evening, he saw that (fear) in us, and said: ‘What is the matter with you?’
We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, you mentioned the Dajjal this morning, and you spoke of him as something despised but also alarming, until we thought that he was in the stand of date-palm trees.’
He said: ‘There are things that I fear more for you than the Dajjal. If he appears while I am among you, I will contend with him on your behalf, and if he appears when I am not among you, then each man must fend for himself, and Allah will take care of every Muslim on my behalf.
He (the Dajjal) will be a young man with curly hair and a protuberant eye; I liken him to ‘Abdul-‘Uzza bin Qatan. Whoever among you sees him, let him recite the first Verses of Surat Al-Kahf over him. He will emerge from Khallah, between Sham and Iraq, and will wreak havoc right and left. O slaves of Allah, remain steadfast.’
We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, how long will he stay on earth?’ He said: ‘Forty days, one day like a year, one day like a month, one day like a week, and the rest of his days like your days.’ We said: ‘O Messenger of Allah, on that day which is like a year, will the prayers of one day suffice us?’ He said: ‘Make an estimate of time (and then observe prayer).’
We said: ‘How fast will he move through the earth?’ He said: ‘Like a rain cloud driving by the wind.’ He said: ‘He will come to some people and call them, and they will respond and believe in him. Then he will command the sky to rain and it will rain, and he will command the earth to produce vegetation and it will do so, and their flocks will come back in the evening with their humps taller, their udders fuller and their flanks fatter than they have ever been.
Then he will come to some (other) people and call them, and they will reject him, so he will turn away from them and they will suffer drought and be left with nothing. Then he will pass through the wasteland and will say: “Bring forth your treasures,” then he will go away, and its treasures will follow him like a swarm of bees.
Then he will call a man brimming with youth and will strike him with a sword and cut him in two. He will put the two pieces as far apart as the distance between an archer and his target. Then he will call him and he will come with his face shining, laughing.
While they are like that, Allah will send Jesus son of Mary, who will come down at the white minaret in the east of Damascus, wearing two Mahrud [garment dyed with Saffron], resting his hands on the wings of two angels. When he lowers his head, beads of perspiration will fall from it. Every disbeliever who smells the fragrance of his breath will die, and his breath will reach as far as his eye can see.
Then he will set out and catch up with him (the Dajjal) at the gate of Ludd, and will kill him. Then the Prophet of Allah Jesus will come to some people whom Allah has protected, and he will wipe their faces and tell them of their status in Paradise.
While they are like that, Allah will reveal to him: “O Jesus, I have brought forth some of My slaves whom no one will be able to kill, so take My slaves to Tur in safety.”
Then Gog and Magog will emerge and they will, as Allah describes, “swoop down from every mound.”[21:96] The first of them will pass by lake Tiberias and drink from it, then the last of them will pass by it and will say: “There was water here once.”
The Prophet of Allah, Jesus and his companions will be besieged there until the head of an ox would be dearer to any one of them than one hundred Dinar are to any one of you today. Then, the Prophet of Allah, Jesus and his companions will supplicate Allah. Then Allah will send a worm in their necks [Gog and Magog] and the next morning they will all die as one. The Prophet of Allah and his companions will come down and they will not find even the space of a hand span that is free of their stink, stench and blood. They will pray to Allah, and He will send birds with necks like the necks of Bactrian camels, which will pick them up and throw them wherever Allah wills.
Then Allah will send rain which will not leave any house of clay or hair, and it will wash the earth until it leaves it like a mirror (or a smooth rock). Then it will be said to the earth: “Bring forth your fruits and bring back your blessing.” On that day a group of people will eat from a (single) pomegranate and it will suffice them, and they will seek shelter beneath its skin. Allah will bless a milch- camel so that it will be sufficient for a large number of people, and a milch-cow will be sufficient for a whole tribe and a milch-ewe will be sufficient for a whole clan.
While they are like that, Allah will send a pleasant wind which will seize them beneath their armpits and will take the soul of every Muslim, leaving the rest of the people fornicating like donkeys, and upon them will come the Final Hour.'”
Make sure you are making dua in every salah for Allah to protect you from the fitan of al-Dajjal.