Part 1 - Dajjal: The Greatest Trial of the End Times
The life of this world is a transient thing in which good and bad, beauty and ugliness appear, by their actions in which human beings are tested, and in which believers and non-believers are distinguished from one another. Almighty Allah, Who has created all beings and this test, has also created, at all times, an enemy in the form of a denier and wrong-doer to confront believers, as part of the test. This denier, who has confronted prophets, messengers and believers throughout history, will appear in the End Times at a time when the hadiths of the Prophet (saas) tell us the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) is expected to return to Earth and Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) will appear. In other words, the denier will be the "dajjal," or the antichrist.
Dajjal is an Arabic word, derived from the root "dajl." Dictionaries define dajjal as "liar, fraud, a seditious and damned person who confuses the minds, hearts, good and bad, the right and the wrong, who hides the real face of something by gilding it, who wanders everywhere."
The hadiths of the Prophet (saas) refer to the dajjal as the greatest negative force to appear in the End of Times. The dajjal, who will attempt to impose the system of satan over the entire world, in the End Times when extraordinary events take place, by means of enmity towards the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh), whose appearance we will soon see by Allah's leave, is perhaps one of the worst deniers of all time. Our Prophet (saas) describes the dimension of the corruption of the dajjal as follows:
There would be no creation (creating more trouble) than the dajjal right from the creation of Adam to the Last Hour.1
It is narrated in traditions that the dajjal is a deceiver who portrays truth as falsehood and falsehood as truth, and good as bad, and bad as good. As we are told in the hadith "He [the dajjal] would bring along with him an image of paradise and hell-fire and what he would call as paradise that would be hell-fire,"2 everything he calls good, beautiful and right is actually an evil that will inflict disaster on humanity. And the values he depicts as evil are actually beneficial and in the interests of humanity. Yet since some people do not look at events in the light of the moral values of the Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (saas), they will be misled by the things to which the dajjal invites them and will follow him, while heedlessly turning their backs on the path of Allah, which they should actually follow. They will see what a grave error they have made however, when they witness the climate of oppression the dajjal will establish. It is for these reasons that our Prophet (saas) has warned mankind and told people to act in the knowledge that what the dajjal portrays as evil is in fact good:
The dajjal will appear. And there will be along with him water and fire. What the people will see as water will be burning fire. And what will appear as fire will be water. Any one of you who will see that should plunge in that which he sees as fire for it will be sweet, pure water.3
As can be seen from the many various signs in the hadiths, the period we are in is the "End Times." It is clear from the hadiths of the Prophet (saas) that the End Times are taking place now and, by Allah's leave, the return to Earth of the Prophet Jesus (pbuh) and the appearance of Hazrat Mahdi (pbuh) are also to be expected in this period. Just as we are told in the hadiths, the dajjal is making his corruption felt in the End Times we are living in, and lovelessness, rebellion, evil, division, conflicts and degeneration are spreading across the world. Many people have gone along with the corruption of the dajjal, turned their backs on proper moral values and accepted a devilish system based on disbelief.
The greatest corruption of the dajjal in the End Times, in ideological terms, is Darwinism. Darwinist ideology, the worst fallacy of the 19th century, was initially criticized. But it spread throughout society during the 20th century under the influence of the dajjal, misled vast masses of people into believing in it, gathered a great deal of support, and ultimately found its way into school textbooks and scientific literature. Despite being a terrible lie and devoid of any scientific evidence (even though it claims to be scientific), it has managed to deceive the world under the influence of the dajjal. Again under the dajjal's influence, as foretold in the hadiths, people regarded something non-existent as actual fact and adopted a theory with no scientific merit as "an explanation of the origin of life."
Children began learning about Darwin's theory of evolution right from primary school, the most-watched pro-Darwinian television channels emphasized false scenarios of evolution as "scientific research," and university professors espoused this fraud with all their might. This is a false system of belief through and through. Darwinism emerged as a false religion, great effort went into making people blindly believe in it, and those who did not believe in it were excluded or ostracized. There has been no scientific evidence in favor of the theory of evolution, and it is impossible for there to be any; but since Darwinism is a false belief system, false evidence is constantly produced to support the theory, and the real scientific evidence that repudiates evolution is covered up. The scale of this fraud is truly enormous. As a perverted and false belief system based on denial of Allah, Darwinism is a known deception of the dajjal's, and one expected in the End Times according to what is revealed in the hadiths.
This false belief system, which claims that living things came into being by chance, which maintains that apes are the ancestors of human beings, which seeks to convince human beings they are aimless animals with no responsibilities, which has led to mass slaughter and has initiated wars through the twisted idea that the strong must crush the weak, and which regards human beings as worthless and inferior, is actually Darwinism, one of the dajjal's worst plots. However, having persisted for the last 150 years, it has finally been thwarted in the early 21st century. The dajjal's plot is over, and the dajjal is dead. Mass deception has come to an end. This ideology, adopted like a false religion, has been crushed in the face of the true faith of Allah. There is no doubt that Allah will make His faith prevail. Our Lord reveals in one verse:
The Most Perverse System of the Dajjal of This Century: Darwinism
One of the greatest forms of corruption opposed to religion today is materialism and the various perverse ideologies and movements derived from materialism. But the idea that pervades all these and represents their supposed starting point and foundation is Darwinism. Ever since it was first launched Darwinism has become the foundation for materialist and anti-religious ideologies. It has literally been turned into a religion by the supporters of those ideologies. This statement by the great Islamic scholar Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, regarding how Darwinism will become the religion of the dajjal in the End Times, is particularly noteworthy:
A tyrannical current born of naturalist and materialist philosophy will gradually become strong and spread at the end of time by means of materialist philosophy, reaching such a degree that it denies Allah.4 (Surely Allah is beyond that.)
Just as Bediüzzaman says in the words "A tyrannical current born of naturalist and materialist philosophy," Darwinism is a teaching that ascribes an independent power to nature, that claims that all life is the result of blind chance, rather than being created, and seeks to turn people away from faith in Allah. (Surely Allah is beyond that.) This subject is interpreted as follows in a commentary on al-Kutub al-Sittah, in which the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) are collected together:
The most evident and important task of the corruption of the End Times caused by the dajjal is opposition to religion. Various humanist views and values that will appear in the End Times will attempt to replace religion. This new religion will base itself upon disbelief in order to eradicate all forms of Divine hegemony over mankind... It is an irreligious faith whose basic god is matter and man.5 (Surely Allah is beyond that.)
Darwinists have always tended to point to false evidence for the theory of evolution. They maintain that life formed from inanimate matter and developed by evolving, and that all living species gradually descended from one another. However, Darwinism is a perverse belief system that has been unable to prove any part of this claim, but that is nonetheless heralded as scientific. According to Darwinism, the greatest mechanism of this fictitious development is "chance." Chance is Darwinists' false god. According to Darwinists, this false god has the power to do the impossible. According to Darwinists this false god produced the living cell from a bit of muddy water, turned fish into tigers, and bears into whales, and bestowed lungs on them out of nothing. According to Darwinists, who regard man as descended from monkeys, this false god bestowed attributes such as reason, memory and skills on human beings and created human consciousness in a totally inimitable manner. And while supposedly doing all these things, blind chance is alleged to behave rationally and in a planned and controlled manner, and even to have taken various precautionary measures when required. According to Darwin's theory of evolution, chance is a false creator with its own mind and power to control. (Surely Allah is beyond that.)
This perverse theory that has adopted chance as its idol has managed to dominate the mass of people using all kinds of demagoguery and falsehood with such irrational and illogical claims. The reason for that is the dajjal. It is revealed in the hadiths of our Prophet (saas) that the dajjal is the source of this deception. This subject becomes clearer when the features described with similes in many hadiths that discuss the dajjal are evaluated in terms of the characteristics of these ideologies. In that light, all ideologies and thought systems that emerge with illogical and groundless claims, that incite people toward disbelief, that turn them from religious moral values and that facilitate the appearance of corruption and conflict among people actually represent the dajjal. Darwinism is the main ideology described in the hadith that complies with this devilish system. Our Almighty Lord describes those people who go along with the perverse system of the dajjal thus in one verse:
The evildoers are indeed misguided and insane. (Surat al-Qamar, 47)
Since Darwinism is an ideology based on deceiving the world and turning people away from faith in Allah, it is essential for the supporters of the dajjal to keep this perverse faith alive. For that reason, some people under the influence of the dajjal have to date resorted to every possible way of keeping the ideology propped up. Despite lacking even one piece of scientific evidence, the theory of evolution was heralded as a scientifically proven one. They pretend that non-existent evidence actually existed, and had no qualms about resorting to fraud to make fossils compatible with their theory. Though not a single transitional fossil existed, they fabricated fictitious ones and produced hoaxes, and had these taught as scientific facts in school books. They ignored the countless pieces of evidence that emerged and repudiated evolution, deliberately kept them hidden away and kept them concealed away from sight. Since there was no evidence to support their theory, they manufactured false fossils and for decades exhibited these in the world's most renowned museums. Although they should have been ashamed when their frauds were exposed, they persisted with their deceptive methods and had no compunctions about producing and espousing new hoaxes.
They had no hesitation about publishing their false evidence in newspapers and scientific journals and on the television, and saw nothing wrong in teaching it to students for years. Darwinism is a system founded upon fraud, deceptions and lies. Darwinism is not science. Ever since the theory of evolution was first put forward, Darwinism has adopted the role played by the ancient pagans, trying to turn people into idolaters and seeking to turn them away from belief in Allah. It deceived people and tried to convince them of a lie for 150 years. Darwinism is a perverse religion that needs fraud to survive, that tells lies to muster support, and seeks to excommunicate those who state the truth, that Darwinism is a lie.
Allah says in one verse:
Say: "Shall I tell you of a reward with Allah far worse than that: that of those whom Allah has cursed and with whom He is angry – turning some of them into monkeys and into pigs – and who worshiped false deities? Such people are in a worse situation and further from the right way." (Surat al-Ma'ida, 60)
Under normal conditions, it would certainly be illogical for people to adhere to such a nonsensical ideology. But some people have unconsciously fallen into a trap set by the dajjal and been taken in by that deception, without understanding how it happened; because the dajjal used a very cunning method. As Darwinism was busily misleading the world, the dajjal undertook this cunning and unpleasant task, and influenced people using false and perverse methods. But there is no doubt that, as with all superstitious religions, all the plots against Allah have been thwarted. Allah reveals this in these verses: