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In a song called “Jerusalem” written by a Chechen separatist bard Timur Mutsurayev there are the following lines:
There severe fights awaiting,
There are Dajjal's regiments waiting,
The world is going to burn throughout,
Oh, Allah, everyone is going to cry your name out.
(Translated by Alexandra Urman)
Let us clarify what the bard means by “Dajjal's regiments”. Who is Dajjal?
Dajjal’s full name is Al-Masih ad-Dajjal. From Arabic “Masih” can be translated translated as “Messiah”, while “Dajjal” means “a charlatan, liar”. So the combination of the two means “the false Messiah”. It is interesting that in the sacred book of Muslims, the Koran, Dajjal is never mentioned directly. On the other hand, the information about Dajjal’s future apparition can be found in Hadith (In Islam, a narrative record of the sayings or customs of Muhammad and his companions; also the collective body of traditions relating to Muhammad and his companions).
It is said in Hadith that Dajjal will appear in the East among the Jews of Horasan and that 70, 000 Jews will follow him. It is noted that amongst those who side with the false messiah there will be Bedouins and women. Bedouins will become Dajjal’s followers because of their ignorance and women because they are easily influenced by men. Dajjal will pass lies off as truth. He will show up not long before the Judgment Day. Prophet Muhammad, may God exalt and bring peace upon him, warned people against the appearance of the false messiah. The prophet said Dajjal would be blind in one eye and it would be written “Kafir” between his eyes. “Kafir” means “infidel” in Arabic. Every righteous Muslim, literate or not, will be able to read the inscribed between Dajjal's eyes. The false messiah will be infertile and childless.
Having come to the earth, the false messiah will at first claim himself a new prophet, and then even declare himself a god. By all means, he will hide his disbelief (kufr) from people deceiving them. Dajjal will catch people's interest by doing various miracles. For example, he will cause rain, which will lead to a good harvest. It's assumed, that Dajjal will become a serious test for humanity, especially for the believers. It is possible that he will be able to shake the faith of many people in the Almighty and they will worship him as a new God.
However, he cannot be a god, for the God is not one-eyed. Dajjal will remain on earth for exactly 40 days. The first day will last a year, the second will last a month and the third will last a week. As for the other days, they will be similar to ours. The apparition of the false messiah will bring great fitnah (discord). Once the prophet Muhammad said about Dajjal: “A part of his fitnah will be him saying to a Bedouin: “If I resurrect your mother and father, will you think of me as of your God?”. The answer of the Bedouin will be “Yes”. Then two devils will come to him pretending to be his mother and father, saying: “Oh, my son, follow him for he is your God””.
Shortly Dajjal's power will reach all towns in the world, except for the two main Islamic shrines – Mecca and Medina. Some believe he also will not be able to enter Jerusalem, but, as many theologians in Islam think, it is most likely a talking about the al-Aqsa Mosque, located in the holy city of three religions.
It is believed that one of the signs of Dajjal's coming will be the appearance of the Mahdi – the Imam who will unite all Muslims. Besides, at that time the prophet Isa (Jesus) will come to the earth and gather the remaining believers to lead them against the false messiah. Isa will enter Jerusalem and meet Dajjal at the Luddite gates. At the sight of the true prophet Dajjal will begin to melt and break into a run. Isa will chase the false messiah and then kill him with a spear. Dajjal's followers will be running from Muslims and at the moment rocks and trees will speak pointing at the hiding Jews – the supporters of the false prophet. Thus will be the end of Dajjal and the revolt inspired by him.
Now it becomes clear that by “Dajjal's regiments” Mutsurayev in his song means the Jews, or, in accordance with modern realities, the Israeli army. For almost half a century Jerusalem has been under Israeli control while Muslim Arabs residing there, who have become a minority, hope that sooner or later the city will become the capital of a Palestinian state. Indeed, Jerusalem is the third most important shrine for Muslims, but nowadays not many of them have an opportunity to visit the holy city and pray in al-Aqsa.
Translated by Ksenia Kravtsova