Book 97, Hadith 37

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “⁦Allah⁩ did not send any prophet but that he warned his nation of the one-eyed liar (⁦Dajjal⁩/⁦Antichrist⁩). He is one-eyed while your Lord is not one-eyed, The word ‘⁦Kafir⁩’ (unbeliever) is written between his two eyes. Sahih al-Bukhari 7408

In Monotheistic religious eschatology, the Islamic narrative of Al-Masih ad-Dajjal presents a compelling parallel to the Christian Antichrist, offering a fascinating glimpse into how the Abrahamic faiths—despite their diverse scriptures and symbols—converge on a shared end-times narrative. This alignment not only highlights the interconnectedness of these monotheistic religions but also hints at a profound, shared expectation of a climactic battle between good and evil, which could potentially usher in a unified understanding of faith.

Al-Masih ad-Dajjal: The Deceitful Messiah

In Islamic eschatology, Al-Masih ad-Dajjal symbolizes the ultimate test of faith, a false messiah with a seductive allure of miracles mirroring those attributed to Jesus. His appearance marks a period of unprecedented turmoil and deception, challenging the very foundations of belief. The Dajjal’s emergence from the East, accompanied by a legion of devils and followers from among Jews, weavers, magicians, and the progeny of forbidden unions, sets the stage for a cataclysmic confrontation in human history.

The term “Dajjal” itself, rooted in the Arabic word for “lie” or “deception,” encapsulates his essence—a master of falsehood, whose one blind eye symbolizes not just physical but spiritual blindness to the divine truth. Despite his miraculous feats, akin to those of Jesus, from healing the sick to raising the dead, his promises of paradise are nothing but illusions, a twisted inversion of reality, or so Muslims think based on their own very much real fear for this coming man.

Parallel Narratives and Shared Symbols

The figure of the Dajjal, as described in the Hadith, bears striking resemblances to the Antichrist of Christian prophecy—both are deceivers, false claimants to divine power and messiahship, destined to lead many astray. Their abilities to perform miracles and their eventual defeats by figures of true faith (Jesus in Christianity and Islam) draw parallel lines across these faiths, underscoring a universal battle against deceit and misguidance.

One of the most intriguing aspects of the narrative surrounding Al-Masih ad-Dajjal is its absence from the Quran, the central religious text of Islam. Unlike many foundational Islamic beliefs and figures that are directly mentioned and described in the Quran, the detailed accounts of the Dajjal are found exclusively within the Hadith literature—reports of the sayings, actions, and approvals of the Prophet Muhammad. This distinction underscores the unique position of the Dajjal within Islamic eschatology, deriving authority and form not from the Quranic text itself but from the extensive body of Hadith. This reliance on the Hadith highlights the significance of prophetic traditions in shaping Islamic understanding of the end times, and the Dajjal’s role as a formidable test of faith, despite not being mentioned in the Quran, reinforces the importance of the Hadith in comprehensively understanding Islamic teachings and the anticipation of future events.

The absence of Al-Masih ad-Dajjal from the Quran, while significant, does not diminish the figure’s profound impact on Islamic eschatology, particularly when considering the complex tapestry of beliefs held by Sunni and Shia Muslims. This difference in scriptural basis—where Sunni and Shia eschatological views diverge, particularly in their understanding and anticipation of end-time figures—could play a pivotal role in shaping alliances in a scenario of a World War III or Armageddon conflict.

Sunni and Shia Muslims share many core beliefs but diverge on key details of their eschatological narratives, particularly concerning the Mahdi and the return of Jesus (ʿĪsā). For Sunnis, the Dajjal represents a clear and present danger that will be countered by the Mahdi and Jesus. For Shias, particularly Twelvers, the return of the hidden Imam, the Mahdi, is central, with the Dajjal also playing a significant role in the end times. However, the specific expectations and interpretations of these figures’ roles can vary greatly.

In the context of a global conflict framed as an Armageddon, these differing eschatological views could potentially influence the geopolitical stances of Sunni and Shia communities, not based solely on political allegiances or national interests, but on deeply held religious convictions about the roles they believe they are destined to play in the end times. For instance, a Sunni-majority country like Saudi Arabia might interpret emerging global conflicts through the lens of their eschatological expectations, seeing signs of the Dajjal’s influence or the emergence of the Mahdi, and thus shape their alliances accordingly.

Similarly, Shia-majority regions like Iran, with their own distinct set of prophetic beliefs, might see the same set of circumstances through a different eschatological lens, perhaps emphasizing the significance of supporting the Mahdi’s eventual return. This could lead to a situation where Sunni and Shia communities find themselves on opposite sides of a conflict, not merely because of political differences but because of differing interpretations of their religious texts and teachings regarding the end times.

Furthermore, the emphasis on the Hadith in understanding the Dajjal’s role highlights the importance of interpretative traditions within Islam—interpretations that are themselves varied within and between Sunni and Shia Islam. This variability can lead to differing views on the signs of the end times, the nature of the conflicts to come, and the identities of the allies and enemies in a final, cosmic battle between good and evil.

The Promise of Unity and Peace

Despite the chaos and division these figures are said to bring, their stories are not without hope. In Islamic eschatology, the defeat of the Dajjal by Jesus, upon his second coming, and the Mahdi, heralds a time of peace and righteousness. This mirrors the Christian expectation of Christ’s second coming, establishing a Kingdom of God on Earth. It’s a promise of divine intervention to restore balance and guide humanity back to a path of righteousness, erasing divisions and uniting the faithful under the banner of one true monotheism.

Furthermore the narrative around the twelve tribes of Israel, as presented in the Bible, does not explicitly equate Ishmael’s descendants (Muslims) with those of Isaac (Jews) in terms of their covenantal rights or inheritance. However, an intriguing theory suggests that one of the lost tribes of Israel is, in fact, linked to Ishmael, a claim shrouded in mystery and purportedly kept from public knowledge by secretive societies such as the Knights Templar and later the Freemasons. According to this theory, these groups, guardians of esoteric and occult knowledge and influencers of historical narratives, have played a long role in shaping the course of Jewish history. The theory posits that in the aftermath of World War II, a clandestine agreement was reached to maintain this secret until a predetermined moment in the end times. This moment would coincide with the fulfilment of Zionist aspirations—specifically, the re-establishment of Israel and the eventual construction of the Third Temple—as a strategic phase in a grand eschatological plan of a Messianic Kingdom of God on Earth. After this phase, the need for concealing the true identity and role of Ishmael’s descendants would allegedly diminish, unveiling a profound and transformative revelation in the religious and geopolitical landscape of the region of modern day Palestine. This theory, while not supported by mainstream historical or theological scholarship, reflects the depth and complexity of “hidden history” narratives that continue to shape beliefs and expectations about the end times across different cultures and religions.

Reflections on the Future of Faith

The narratives of Dajjal and the Antichrist, while deeply rooted in religious tradition, speak to a contemporary yearning for unity in the face of division and deceit. They remind us of the enduring human quest for truth, the battle against the forces of darkness, and the ultimate victory of divine light. As these stories from Islamic and Christian eschatology show, the final confrontation with evil will not just be a moment of triumph for one faith, but a pivotal point for all of humanity, potentially realigning the major monotheistic religions into a harmonious understanding of divine will and truth.

In contemplating these parallels, we are reminded of the shared heritage of the Abrahamic faiths and the possibility that, in the face of ultimate challenges, there lies an opportunity for reconciliation and unity. The narratives of Dajjal and the Antichrist, far from being mere tales of caution, may well inspire a future where the faithful can find common ground in the shared anticipation of peace and divine guidance in the tumultuous times prophesied to precede the end of days.