Indeed, the people who resisted and rejected these tyrants are to receive very high rewards and positions for themselves from their Lord; but not similar to those who resist the mighty Dajjal itself. The sphere of domination and location of these claimants of sovereignty were limited to the particular region they controlled as was the duration of their tyranny, but the Dajjal's area of dominance is the whole world like the Messenger of Allah prophesied- 'there will not be an inch of land or water that would be free of the Dajjal's control.'
Never in time did man strive to formally replace Allah's Sovereignty with that of his own, except a few instances where the denial of Allah's Sovereignty was limited in a country or an empire like Pharaoh in Egypt and never engulfed the entire world like the present day Judeo-Christian materialist civilization i.e. the Dajjal. For example, we can take that of Isa's (a.s.) (Jesus) era. It was when the Rabbis, Sadducees and Pharisees had distorted the Law of Moses (a.s.), that Allah sent Isa (a.s.) (Jesus) to breathe new life into that religion. The Jewish clergy, devoted to the study of the Torah and its doctrines, had lost sight of the inner self of the faith, the spiritual aspect. They made modifications to the basic message with their intense clinical analysis, but maintained it to be their Divine Guidance. They did not promulgate new theories on law and punishment, economy or education nor deem the Toraic laws to be obsolete. The history of this subcontinent also bears similar testimony of this fact. The book of Nooh (a.s.) (Noah) or Monu had been distorted by the clergy to suit their ends, but was still known to be 'Monu Shanghita' or the 'Book of Monu'. The Khatriya kings ruled based on those laws and their interpretations provided by the learned Brahmins. The law of the land remained God Almighty's, only distorted in some places. If any king attempted to change any rule of the Book or did not rule in accordance with it, he would be upstaged and killed. Even the people, whom the Last Messenger called to Allah, believed Him to be the Creator and Maintainer of this Universe. Allah Himself bears witness to this. He asks our Messenger, "If you ask them (Arabs) who is the Creator of this earth and this sky? They will undoubtedly answer the Almighty, Hakeem."
He asks again, "If you ask them- who created the earth and the sky and fixed the sun and the moon to their respective positions, they will answer, of course Allah. Ask them after the earth has died who brings it back to life by causing rain? Of course, they will reply, Allah."
He goes on to say, "Ask them, O Muhammad, who is the Creator of this universe and earth? Allah, they will reply."
The Moshreqs and Kafers of Arabia tried to foil the Messenger's bid to impress Tawheed on them by claiming they were believers in Allah; if they worshipped Laat, Hobal or Ozza, it was to gain their interception on the worshippers' behalf,
they accepted Kaaba as the House of God and named their sons Abdallah, slave of Allah. So what new Tawheed was he, Muhammad (s.a.s), trying to make them understand?- They asked him.
Therefore, it would be correct to say that Allah's sovereignty was never at stake during this long period of time, whatever discrepancies man brought to the Faith were limited to the Message and its books, the idea of replacing it with anything else did not occur to man. Yet, this was the declared objective of Eblis, that he would cause man to disregard Allah's all encompassing Tawheed, sovereignty. Now let us study how he made Man go about achieving this unholy aim. In keeping with His promise, the Almighty continued to send His chain of Messengers to people all over the world. In this continuation the Messenger Musa (Moses) (a.s) was sent to the Bani Esraelis. Moses (a.s.) was among the few known Messengers of Allah who brought with him a complete code of life also known as `shariah’. It included all aspects of both public and private lives of his people. However, with his departure the degeneration that plagued peoples before him, found root among his people as well. A clergy class soon rose from within them, which busied themselves with bringing out new and newer still 'fatwas' or ordinances, and burdened the common man with these. It reached a point where the observance of minute details of the Shariah (Moses' law) gained dominance over the spirit of the faith itself. As punishment for straying from the truth, the Chosen people were cursed and turned into slaves of the pagan Romans, quite similar to how the so-called Muslim population of this world were overridden and ruled for centuries by Christian forces. In this scenario, Allah sent the Messenger Isa (a.s.) (Jesus) into the Bani Israel and gave them a chance to redeem themselves in His Eyes.
This new Messenger brought no new law or 'Shariah' with him since Moses' Torah was still applicable to them. He had been sent solely for the purpose of guiding the Bani Israelis back to the essence of their true faith. The issues Isa (a.s.) stressed heavily on were:
I. That he had not been sent to disavow the Law of Moses, but to confirm it.
He made it clear with this statement that he would not interfere with the Book or its laws, he would only restore balance between the spiritual and practical application of the Deen, since that had become lost with excessive importance been placed on meticulous details of the law irrelevant to the spirit of the faith itself.
Hadis, from Masnad-e- Ahmed, Haqeem and Dar-un-Nushur.
The Qur'an- Sura Zukhruf-9.
The Qur'an- Sura Ankabut-60, 61.
The Qur'an- Sura Lokman-25.
The Qur'an- Sura Yunus-18.
The Qur'an- Sura Mayeda-46, Sura Emran-50, New Testament, Mathew 5: 17-19.