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Description of Dajjal’s eyes

Question

In Sahih Muslim the two following contradicting reports about Dajjal’s eyes are found. Please clarify.

1. ‘Dajjal is blind of the right eye..’

2. ‘Dajjal is blind of the left eye..’

 

Answer

This objection is incorrect and is a result of mistranslation of the narrations. One should always be careful in translating the divine words of Allah Ta’ala and the blessed Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam). Being lax in this regard can lead to a situation like the one in question, wherein people incorrectly object on the sacred texts of our Religion.

 

There are two different Hadiths in Sahih Muslim, each one describing a different eye of Dajjal. In essence, both his eyes will be defected, with just one being blind.

The first Hadith in question is reported by Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu’anhuma) which describes the right eye of Dajjal being defected (the word used in the narration is: a’war أعور).

 

The second Hadith is reported by Sayyiduna Hudhayfah (radiyallahu’anhu), and it describes the left eye also being defected (the same word used in this narration: a’war أعور).

The word a’war used in the Hadith literally translates as ‘a defected’ eye. In your question, this word has been mistranslated as ‘blind’, which has resulted in your confusion.

Therefore, the correct translation would be:

Dajjal has a defected right eye

Dajjal has a defected left eye.

Both of these are accepted.

Further, the type of defect of each eye thereafter is understood from these and other Hadiths, whereby one will be totally blind and the other protruding.

Refer: Fathul Bari, Hadith: 7128 and Sharhun Nawawi ‘ala Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 424 and Hadith: 7288.

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar