Title: Material Religion by Abdul-Aziz Ali Omer
Author: Abdul-Aziz Ali Omer
Date: 02-27-2015, 03:21 PM
03:21 PM Feb, 27 2015
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I've been reading the life story of Muhammad Asad an Austrian journalist who embraced Islam and wrote the tale of his conversion in his book of the " The road to Mecca". He is also the author of other works such as "Meditations" "Islam at cross-roads" and " Home-coming of a heart". I would like in this article to share his view of the relationship between man and Dajjal.
It was said by the prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, that in latter times most of the world's people would follow the Dajjal believing him to be God. The Dajjal would be blind in one eye but endowed with mysterious powers conferred upon him by God. He would hear with his ears what is spoken in the further corners of earth and would see with his one eye things that were happening in infinite distances; he would fly around the earth in days, would make treasures of gold and silver appear from underground, would cause rain to fall and plant to grow at his command, would kill and bring to life again: so those whose faith is weak would believe him to be God. But those whose faith is strong would read what is written on his fore-head: denier of God-and thus would know that he is but a deception to test a man's faith.
Asad saw this as a parable of modern technical civilization. It is "one-eyed: that it looks upon only one side of life-material progress and is unaware of its spiritual side. With the help of its technology it enables man to see and hear far beyond his natural ability and to travel with inconceivable speed from place to place. Its scientific knowledge can cause "rain to fall and plants to grow" and uncover the unsuspected treasure of oil from beneath ground.Its medicine and medical techniques bring life to those whose health has stopped and seem doomed to death, while its wars and scientific horrors destroy life. And its material advancement is so powerful and glittering that the weak in faith bow down before it and believe that it is God; but those who have remained conscious of their creator clearly recognize that to worship the Dajjal means to deny God.
Muhammad Asad concludes that man has began to spear the materliastic gospel of the "western way of life" the belief that all human problems can be solved in factories,labratories and on the desk of statisticians and Generals. And thus the Dajjal has come in his own way. People's wits are dulled by the opium of consumerism and such that many cann't find the question let a lone the answer.
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