Du’a for protection against the Dajjal

What du’a did the Prophet (ﷺ) teach the Sahabah for protection against the Dajjal?

A The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) taught a particular du’a to be read at the end of the Salah after finishing at-tashahud:

اَللَّهُمَّ اِنِّي اَعُوْذُ بِكَ مِنْ عَذَابِ جَهَنَّمَ وَمِنْ عَذَابِ الْقَبْرِ وَمِنْ فِتْنَةِ الْمَحْيَا وَالْمَمَاتِ وَمِنْ شَرِّ فِتْنَةِ الْمَسِيْحِ الدَّجَّالِ

“Allaahumma inni a’oodhu bika min ‘adhaab jahannam wa min ‘adhaab al-qabri wa min fitnat il-mahyaa wa’l-mamaat wa min sharri fitnat al-maseeh al-dajjaal”

“O Allah I seek refuge in you from the punishment of hell, the torment of the grave, trial of living and dying, and from the evil trial of the Antichrist”[1]

According to the Sahabah who narrated this particular du’a, the Prophet (ﷺ) used to teach this dua the way he (ﷺ) used to teach a chapter from the Qur'an. This indicates that great stress was placed on it to the extent that among the tabi’een (students of the Sahabah) was a tabi’ee by the name Thawus, who, on one occasion asked his son whether he had made this supplication at the end of his prayer. When the son told him that he hadn’t, Thawus instructed him to repeat his prayer. This du’a is probably not known to most people. We must understand the importance of this du’a, learn and use it in our daily prayers.

Reference:

[1] [Narrated by Muslim, no. 924]

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