AS I HAVE stated earlier in this book, many 'Sahih' or 'correct' Hadis have been omitted from the exclusive category due to their lack of unbroken 'esnad' or 'reporting'. The same holds true in the case of the Dajjal
, where many true Hadis s have been similarly lost, yet one can tell by reading them- that they are genuine ones for they not only are collaborative with the documented and agreed ones, they complement and supplement them as well. One such is, -the Dajjal
's mount will have one foot in the east and the other in the west. A few others are presented in the following.
One such important Hadis has been derived from Muhammad Assad's, "The Road To Mecca", the book where he first put forward the idea of the western civilization as being the Dajjal. Before that I too was a believer in the typical concept of the Dajjal being a huge one eyed giant astride a mighty mount who would call out to the people of the world claiming to be their Rub, the sustainer, and all would oblige. The fact is, the entire humankind has indeed accepted the intangible Dajjal’s claim to sovereignty and implemented the regulations, penalty and punishment subscribed be the Dajjal in their collective and national lives. All the Hadis included therein can be traced back to the Messenger of Allah
, except this one- “the Dajjal will have the power to hear and see what is happening on the other side of the earth.”
There does not seem any further need to clarify what this Hadis refers to since it is only too obvious that it is indicated towards the mass electronic media, namely radio and television; and also the fact that these are both inventions of the western civilization. Muhammad Assad reports discussing this with Sheikh Ibn Bulaydid, who was one of the foremost Islamic authorities in Makkah and advisor to King Ibn Saud on religious affairs. Judging from the fact that rather than commenting on the authenticity of this Hadis, the Sheikh seemed to be of the same opinion, we can assume this to be a Sahih Hadis on this topic.
Apart from that, this Hadis also serves another important purpose. For all those people who hold the notion of an animal Dajjal, only it, namely the Dajjal should be able to see and hear what happens on the other side of the world. Whereas, in today's world no single person or entity alone has access to means of mass communication, in the developed, developing and underdeveloped regions, television and radio are essential means of communication and entertainment. Therefore, the Dajjal is not a single unit, it is the sum total of all the ungodly systems prevailing in the world and those who adhere unflinchingly to it.
There is another highly significant Hadis to this effect; however, the 'sanad' of this one too, could not be collected. I heard it a long time back, but since I was not much interested in the topic of the Dajjal at that time. I did not also realize how significant and grave its appearance was, so I neglected to collect the source of this particular Hadis . The Messenger of Allah
is said to have said, the Dajjal's movement will be so fast, that it will be able to travel around the earth within the time it takes to complete the Jumma prayers
. It is interesting to note that, the satellites sent into orbit around the earth travel at the speed of 18,000 miles per hour, taking between 90 and 95 minutes to once rotate around the world. The speed of these satellites are limited within 18,000 and 24,000 miles since if they have a velocity of less than 18,000 miles, they will not be able to resist the earth's gravitational pull and come crashing back to the surface, while on the other hand a velocity of more than 24,000 miles will enable them to break free of the pull of the gravity of the earth and fly off into space. For this reason, the speed of 24,000 miles is known as the Escape Velocity, since if that speed is reached satellites and space shuttles can resist the Earth's gravity and be space-bound. These satellites not only collect and relay information, people stay in them for days and months together for various of reasons. Therefore, the speed of about 18,000 miles is fixed for satellites to remain in orbit around the earth.
During the Messenger of Allah
's time, when the clock had not been invented, any reference to time had to be done so in comparison to the time it took to accomplish any particular action. Similarly, to denote the deftness of the Dajjal, the Messenger of Allah used the excellent example of the Jumma congregation, which in his presence took roughly the same amount of time since it entailed getting ready for the mosque, putting on one's best clothes, arriving at the Mosque, listening to the 'khutba' or weekly sermon, then the prayers, finally a few words with friends and relatives before heading home. Some might disagree with this description, since it no longer takes that much time for the Jumma congregation today. That also is true. It takes probably a quarter of that time now for the so-called, opposite directed Muslims to say their prayers, since they can scarcely take the time to listen to the Emam's 'khutba' or spend any more time than necessary at the mosque. However, during the Messenger of Allah's period, the mosque was the centre of all activities and his 'Ummah' spent far more time there anyone does so today.