Demon Facts

Dajjal

Dajjal

AKA Al-Masih ad-Dajjal

Dajjal

Titles:

The False Messiah, The Deceiver

Culture:

Islamic

Kin:

Unknown, from the East

Appearance:

The Dajjal is alleged to be blind in one eye, although there is no consensus as to which one. He is depicted as a false incarnation of God, and in some instances, a doppelga╠łnger of Jesus.

Purpose/Role:

  • Most references to the Dajjal describe him as an eschatological figure
    • It is prophesied that he will appear some time before the Apocalypse
  • During this time, the Dajjal, assissted by an army of lesser demons, will present himself to humans as the Messiah
    • He will deceive the vulnerable, performing miracles similar to those performed by Jesus ('Isa in Arabic), thereby gaining a significant number of devotees
  • Many believe that the Dajjal will specifically target Jews and Bedouins to join his ranks
    • In this light, as well as through his impersonation of Jesus, the Dajjal resembles the Christian Antichrist
  • It is predicted that those who follow the Dajjal are consigned to damnation, having been led astray