With the swift pace of time and the rapid change of conditions, many people try to apply and fit the prophecies of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) regarding the major signs of Qiyaamah to present day occurrences.
In many narrations the appearance of the Mahdi has been described in some detail. However, the actual time of his appearance is not mentioned. Likewise, many authentic ahaadeeth describe the appearance of Dajjaal. Some people claimed that Mahdi (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was going to appear in 2004 or 2012. Others believe that Dajjaal refers to a system, and that his first day which will be equal to a year (as mentioned in the hadeeth) represents his rule in England starting in 900 of the Christian era. The second day which will be equal to a month (as mentioned in the hadeeth) represents his rule in America starting in 1917, and that the third day which will be equal to a week (as mentioned in the hadeeth) represents his rule in Palestine, starting in 2001. And yet another group promotes that Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj are not physical people. Instead it refers to “The Modern Secular Western Civilization.”
All this is done based on their own imagination and unsubstantiated understanding. They misinterpret the words of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) and choose to promote a superficial, metaphorical meaning. In doing so, the doors of re-interpreting deen will be opened, thus giving the leeway to adopt superficial meanings based on our imagination for whatever we wish.
The question is: “How can we give Dajjaal and Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj some superficial interpretation, whereas it is clearly mentioned in authentic narrations that ‘Isaa (‘alaihis salaam) will kill Dajjaal and that ‘Isaa (‘alaihis salaam) will be with the Believers during the emergence and destruction of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj?”
At this rate, soon the physical descension of ‘Isaa (‘alaihis salaam) will also be given a metaphorical interpretation, Allah Ta‘ala forbid.<