In hadith Sahih Muslim 2942 preislamic companions of prophet found Dajjal chained on an island.

This beast tells them to go to this monastery. They find him chained up.

Why didn't they kill him? If someone claims to be the antichrist and will harm your people in the future, why not end it now then?

  • First of all the hadith you've mentioned is among the ahadith which are widely discussed in Sahih Muslim (there are a lot of issues in the hadith and if one checks all different reports it becomes even worse). Secondly Tamim ad-Dari who reported this to our prophet at the time he witnessed this (if he actually has done so, some versions of the hadith say otherwise) was not a Muslim. He accepted Islam in the year 9 a.H. afterwards the prophet gathered the companions to report what he has heard from Tamim. And Scholars are in dispute whether this "Dajjal" is "the Dajjal" or only one out of many.
    – Medi1Saif
    Aug 22 '19 at 6:17

Possibly because they don't know what Dajjal is apart from the description given by Dajjal himself, or they don't know for sure if he speaks the truth, or more likely, they are incapable of killing him at the time. For example, whoever chained him up is likely also guarding him.

The hadith doesn't mention who else is on this island or who chained him, except for a man/beast named Jassassa (some scholars interpret this word as A Spy, from the root word Jasoos).


Prophet SAW said clearly, if he comes in my time I will be enough for him..

'Abdullah reported: We were along with Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) that we happened to pass by children amongst whom there was Ibn Sayyad. The children made their way but Ibn Sayyad kept sitting there (and it seemed) as if Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) did not like it (his sitting with the children) and said to him: May your nose he besmeared with dust, don't you bear testimony to the fact that I am the Messenger of Allaah? Thereupon he said: No, but you should bear testimony that I am the messenger of Allaah. Thereupon 'Umar b. Khattab said: Allaah's Messenger, permit me that I should kill him. Thereupon Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: If he is that person who is in your mind (Dajjal ), you will not be able to kill him.

  • Adding a source of your evidence would be helpful.
    – Medi1Saif
    Sep 5 '19 at 10:42

I believe the question you are asking is based on a mistranslation.

Since the hadith in question is long I'll quote here the most relevant part:

…وَإِنِّي مُخْبِرُكُمْ عَنِّي إِنِّي أَنَا الْمَسِيحُ وَإِنِّي أُوشِكُ أَنْ يُؤْذَنَ لِي فِي الْخُرُوجِ…

According to the sunnah.com, this translates to:

…I am going to tell you about myself and I am Dajjal and would be soon permitted to get out…

However, the chained person in the Arabic text is clearly quoted as saying "أَنَا الْمَسِيحُ", which is to say "I am the Messiah", not "I am Dajjal".

Assuming the quote is complete and accurate, they likely had no reason to believe that they were talking to "The" Antichrist as opposed to any other false Messiah that the Bible would've warned them about.

  • I'm afraid the "mistranslation" is done intentionally to avoid confusion as the person who is speaking actually means to say "I'm the antichrist"! As the words quoted afterwards clearly show this as they describe what ad-Dajjal is going to do or leave.
    – Medi1Saif
    Aug 22 '19 at 5:29

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