Saturday, July 10, 2010

Dajjal: The Anti Christ by Ahmad Thomson

Assalamualaikum


This is the book I'm currently reading. Not the revised edition, the previous edition actually. This book was bought by me a longg time back. And like with all worthwhile things, it had been left aside as I got busy with university and what not. Khair, now I reconnected with it am struck by how the author has presented things. This is not the conventional preachy book, but rather, it talks about REAL stuff that's happening all around us, the issues that are bothering us, and the stuff that we normally don't like talking about, fearing that the other person might think that our imaginations have run away with us.

I'd like to share some excerpts with you all, as I move slowly through the book :$, page after page. You'll find summarized info, and all original content will be within quotes :). So here goes. By the way, the author is a convert and is a British barrister (Wikipedia).

So the author introduced the concept of Dajjal, and described Dajjal as a three tier concept. Dajjal as a person, Dajjal as a way of life, and Dajjal as an unseen force.

When he talked about Dajjal as a way of life, he's mentioned the world that's shaping up today and how it is slowly but surely paving the way for the person - Dajjal - to establish himself as the ruler of the world. This world, as we know it, is evolving, changing gradually. Many things that were prevalent in the past, aren't here today. This blog post will aim to highlight a lil bit of what has changed, and btw, these are the things we (the gifted human beings) SHOULD notice. Now I quote:

"Dramatic changes have taken place on the face of this earth in the last hundred years. ... In the large cities of today, the individual has become increasingly alienated from his or her self and from others and from knowledge of Allah, a cog in the consumer producer process who, when not at work or asleep, is often trapped in an infantile and unfulfilled search for illusory self-gratification - which ensures that there is usually very little time left to reflect and to consider where he or she is going - no time to actually do something about breaking out of the recurring behaviour pattern in which he/she is trapped. ...

There is less time to meet together, and more time to watch TV. There is less time spent working together and more time spent working alone. ......

Perhaps the only way of appreciating how dramatic the change has been is to observe what happens when a multi national corporation decides to exploit the natural resources of a hitherto inaccessible region of the world. In a relatively brief period of time, the activities of the people controlling the corporation have not only disrupted the way of life of the people living in that area, but also eliminated their traditional sources of livelihood ... Suddenly, everybody has a number and wants this thing called money and the social harmony that existed before the mine, or factory, or well or whatever became a reality, is gone. All this is done in the name of progress and civilizing the backward, but in reality, the new lifestyle which is inevitably linked with the new technology,... is the sign of the end of a human transaction in that area."

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Now the thing to ponder upon is after reading it (if you've read it :P), that what we're told and defined, as ''PROGRESS" - usually... usually has some huge multicorporate stakes behind it. Whether it be some new cellular communication technology, mineral water plants instead of local water, or any other  international investment... it does take away the old system of the people and DEFINE that as progress.

Is that really progress? Something to think about, and discuss.

8 comments:

majworld said...

hmm..its really a topic to ponder..Dajjal is infact this system as described by many. U wud have seen the END OF TIMES documentary too..Its really a difficult and challenging time. And think we need to stick to our basics of faith and religion to be successful. And regarding multinational theory, I think we need to promote local companies and industries then. A multinational company comes only for their benefits and use all the resources and cheap labour..But only, if our country and their rulers were such capable, that anything could be done..
Anywayz We should pray for the righteous path as its a challenging era to keep faith intact.

Ahmar said...

I went through your post and actually was intrigued by the wikipedia link of the author (which I thought wasn't present before maybe, or maybe I overlooked earlier, had opened this post yesterday but din't read it full then :D)..
Interesting, the profile of the person..
As to the topic itself, what really is progress is quite an interesting question, and frankly I find it very complex..and very hard to detach all the comforts (and needs that have become needs because they are available) that human beings enjoy with leading people to find no time to reflect and be trapped...

Muhammad Umer Toor said...

Nice visual-textual ending (my english prose professor explores this theme in her review of a book-cover here: http://colomboinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/nukhbah-langah-essay-sajc-vol-1-2007.pdf)

Nonetheless! I came across Ahmed Thomson, watched his interview. Became inspired and really sought to read the very book, but yet failed to find it in Lahori book stores. JazakAllah for introducing this book and for the review.

Uni said...

@majworld
Dajjal as a system is only one part of the story. The system that will support Dajjal the individual, is being set up today. And this individual will appear (after all the signs of his coming have occurred - many have already).. and many experts predict that today's era is indeed, the final touches of the system in which Dajjah the individual is going to be established.

End of Times, unfortunately, I haven't. But will do IA. Have heard a LOT about it. And you're very right when you say that we need to stick to the basics. There is absolutely no need to stupidly fight among ourselves over silly matters (like umm, the exact posture when you do sujood!! If you do it differently than women, or you do it similar... blah blah blah).

Local companies yepp should be promoted. Thats one solution. Hiba Magazine recently printed a really nice list of alternatives, which we can use in our daily lives, instead of multinational stuff. Im planning to reproduce that content on a future post IA. Just keep praying, yes, that's one big step to take.

JazakAllah so much for the comment!

Uni said...

@Ahmar
I didn't know much about the author either. I only read stuff about him, when I started reading this book. Very interesting profile. I believe that needs that have become needs - one needs to perform a few checks on it, and if they fulfil the criteria, then it really IS a NEED. Otherwise, its lagv and nothing else :P.
Check marks are:

1. Is this thing really 'making constructive use of my time?'
2. Is this thing going to benefit me in a halal way in the future?
3. Is this thing beneficial for me in the Hereafter?
4. Is this thing something that will neither benefit me not harm me in this life?

If all of the answers to the above questions are [YES, YES, YES, NO] --

then the thing can be a NEEd, and can be done :). Otherwise, it ain't. And :( .. this is something I need to practise myself too! So this is for me first, then others.
Thanks so much for the comment!

Uni said...

@Umer
Interesting :). An 8-pager on what an IMAGE conveys about a BOOK..:D
..wow!

If its possible, you can order this book online. But I don't even know where I got it from - I bought it so long ago. It's a must-read, really. For everybody who has active interest in watching out for the fitnahs/trials in this world, and in trying to counter them with imaan and duaa.

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Shahadat Hussain said...

where is the download link ? Plz give me the download link.

Uni said...

@Shahadat Hussain
I'm afraid this book isn't freely available online (I did a search). But you can get it for $10.95 from Amazon.

Here's the link: http://www.islamicbookstore.com/b2934.html

Hope that helps. Thanks for dropping by.