I have seen a documentary titled The Arrivals. It relates to the arrival of Dajjal, the Mahdi and the return of Hadhrat ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam). Many texts of the Quraan and hadith as well as verses from the Bible are quoted to substantiate the claims made. I was quite impressed but also confused about the reality of what was presented in the documentary. Please advise.
It is necessary to believe in whatever has been established from the Quraan and hadith. Among these aspects are the appearance of the Mahdi, the emergence of Dajjal and the return of Hadhrat ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam). When Hadhrat ‘Isa (‘alaihis salaam) returns he will slay Dajjal. All these aspects are authentically established and are among the beliefs of every Muslim. However, while some signs have been mentioned in the ahaadith, the exact time for the occurrence of these signs has not been revealed. It is therefore not necessary for us to try to determine when they will occur.
Day of Judgement
The above is similar to the issue of the occurrence of the day of Qiyaamah (Day of Judgement). While the Day of Qiyaamah is a certainty, its date is known to Allah Ta’ala alone. Once a person asked Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam): “When will Qiyaamah occur?” Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) replied: “Have you prepared for that day?” This reply contained a very important lesson — do not concern yourself with when it will happen. Instead, engage yourself in rectifying your deeds and acting upon the commandments of Allah Ta’ala in preparation for that day. Therefore the principle to adhere to is that what Allah Ta’ala and Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) have kept hidden, do not delve into it. As for the documentary, detailed refutations have been written by ‘Ulama and others highlighting the factual inaccuracies, misinterpretations and distortions therein. Apart from some glaring historical distortions, among the deviations and corruptions in The Arrivals are the following:
- Quoting small sections of ahaadith out of context and leaving out some sections of the same hadith, thereby distorting the meaning.
- The Mahdi is depicted as a magician, Allah forbid. Any Muslim with even basic Islamic knowledge knows that magic is totally haraam.
- An extremely dangerous aspect in the series is the vilification of the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu anhum). A true believer can never speak ill of any Sahaabi (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) . Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is reported to have said: “The one who loves them (the Sahaabah) does so due to love for me and the one who hates them does so out of hate for me!”
- Several Shia beliefs are propagated therein which are totally in conflict with Islamic beliefs.
- Some writers have described the documentary as “filled with music and nudity.” If the purpose is to denounce what the Jews are doing, is it necessary to repeat and replay the music and shamelessness? This is similar to a person who, in order to explain the harms of drugs to people, makes them take a puff of the haraam substance. Any thinking person knows how insane such an act is since the one puff may turn the people into addicts. It is however another story if the purpose of the documentary is a sly attempt to get people addicted to the filth of music and nudity?
One should therefore not simply fall headlong for every new thing that makes its appearance. Remain firmly on the clear path that has been handed down to us from the pious predecessors. Therein lies our safety in this world and salvation in the Hereafter.