Exactly a week ago I came across this Netflix trailer of a series that will be airing from January 1st 2020 called, “Messiah”. It instantly caught my attention given in the recent few months I’ve been so much interested in the study of eschatology; the study of the end of history.

The trailer depicts the character as a strange man by the name “Mehdi Dehbi” who claims to be a messiah and has plenty of miracles up his sleeves to back his claims and says he is doing God’s work. He is able to con, convert and create a groundswell of followers who are ready to die for him. The trailer made its way to social media and all hell broke lose. My first impression about this and for so many Muslims out there “this is a spoiler, we already know about this , this is Ad-dajal-Anti christ” 

Later on, I was contemplating like this upcoming film isn’t just like your any other ordinary series, from the content, to the media used to propagate it and its timing clearly this is something something.

The content – The Messiah film on netflix is trying to mix the concept of Ad-dajjal and Imam Mahdi so you feel confused watching it. The film depicts the characteristics similar to which the prophet peace be upon him warned us about ; Ad-dajjal , at the same time the character’s name’s similar to which the prophet gave us glad tidings on ; The Imam Mahdi who will fill the earth with justice just like it was filled with injustice. Pretty confusing yeah? Is the character Netflix’s trying to show us Ad-dajal or Al mahdi??

It was narrated from ‘Ubaadah ibn al-Saamit (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “I have told you so much about the Dajjaal that I fear you will not understand”

It’s crystal clear that no people have more information in their scriptures about the Dajjal than the Muslims, but the question is, have we educated our children on this subject? Do they know that Dajjal is the deceiver? Do they know he’s our enemy? Do they know who the Mahdi is and how he will appear and what signs should we expect? Do they know who precedes who in appearing? Very, very important duty on us to educate our youth about the difference and the signs as mentioned in Quran and Hadith.

Why choose Netflix to propagate this ? Well numbers don’t lie , the number of subscribers has grown from less than 22 million in 2011 to nearly 160 million paying subscribers in 2019. Then there are several millions like me who are using shared passwords we don’t appear in those statistics. I don’t have a friend , a classmate , a co-worker in my circle who doesn’t know about Netflix or hasn’t used Netflix. It’s the world largest streaming entertainment service which cuts across 190 countries in the world (there are 195 countries in the world).Beyond any question it’s a global thing. The young and the old all are addicted to Netflix. What a platform to propagate your agenda yeah? where your audience cuts across all age groups and the whole world.

And you know what? its timing is not a coincidence. The thing is clearly timed. It comes at a time where apocalyptic thoughts are more popular now than they have been for a very long time from the climate change thing , to diplomatic tensions across the globe , trade wars and mostly the talk about the global war is more n more everyday.

There was this post on Dajjal by “deen sisters” page like a week ago on Instagram, it caught so many eyes touched so many people, so many people shared it, I guess you might have come across it. The writer admitted that we are nearing the phase where Dajjal physically appears and the stage is already set for his appearance. Guess what? The post got most likes than any other post the page posted before. So in the same week Netflix releases this trailer on the ‘messiah’ which has the main character’s name ‘mehdi dehbi’ . It kind of prompted me to try to connect the dots.

⚠ WARNING all modern day films have psychologists in the producing team laying all possible channels to reach to your mind and create an influence. Don’t take the film lightly ! By watching it , it’s beyond any doubt you’re going to be influenced if you don’t know the real version of Ad-dajjal and Al -Mahdi. The motive is to programme and manipulate us, word is a clueless man is easy to sway than an informed man.

Since Netflix Dajjal is trending, it’s time to create something parallel to theirs. I hope to see many informative and of course authentic narrations regarding Dajjal , Mahdi and the end of times. We need to prepare our brothers and sisters psychologically and equip them with knowledge that they can use in these periods of confusion this space we are stepping into the year 2020 ..the 2020s are going to be so unnatural.

It’s time to wake up before you miss out on the bus, for we are living in the most dangerous moments in the human civilisation.
The messenger of Allah peace be upon him said , ” Between time of the creation of Adam and the resurrection day, there is nothing greater in mischief than the fitna of Dajjal.”

We ask Allah to protect us from the mischief of Dajjal and we ask Him to give us beneficial knowledge and seek His refuge from non beneficial knowledge.

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