An interesting discussion took place some days ago, in which three brothers sitting in a room (all from different backgrounds) were discussing the signs of the last days. In the process of the discussion one of them said that the dajjal will have a fair complexion with a gingery type of hair. On hearing this, one out of the three said “o right, i thought he was going to be a dark person, with a dark skin complexion”. Some time after, i entered the room to serve my guests. The one disagreeing with other one asked me with regards to the dajjal’s physical description. – since i had entered in the midst of their intriguing discussion.I told him he (dajjal) will be of white/reddish complexion similar to the complexion of the arabs, since he (dajjal) will emerge from around that region. Now in terms of the hadith, this is what we know of him:
Ibn Umar radiyallahu anhuma narrates from the Last Prophet peace & blessings be upon him (peace & blessings be upon him) regarding Dajjal, ‘…red complexioned, fat, curly-haired man, blind in the right eye which looks like a bulging grape…
From this episode of conversation my thoughts, (which i was harbouring for some time) were cemented. It amazes me how people seem to almost always assimilate dark or evil with a dark skin coloured individual. When a person thinks of someone being evil or bad, immediately he/she thinks of a person having a dark skin complexion. Why is this? The other one is, when someone hears of an evil person he/she automatically assumes (partly because of the mental image stimulated in the mind) that the evil person in question will be an individual with a dark skin complexion. Who is ugly and not that pleasing to look at.
Is this simply because of the constant brainwash we receive. From perception of evil in movies to the rappers and gangsters? To me it appears, maybe the concept of slavery has been eradicated. However, what we are left with now is the slavery of the minds. The black communities are still the objectification of evil, in movies we see most if not all the gangsters are black all the evil people are dark/black-skinned. Majority of the rappers etc are black for example. This leaves an impression in people of evil being dark and anyone being evil of having a dark/black skin complexion.
subliminally we seem to have been fed this idea of an evil person being of black or having a dark skin complexion!
Many people seem to find it hard to link evil with a white skinned person. Simply because it disturbs their mental image which is usually conjured in their minds. If i ask you to think of an evil person. I’m almost certain that the immediate image which appears in your mind is that of a person with a dark skin complexion. For example, picture the devil in your mind now. Im sure the image which you just thought of was a dark figure, a black figure, an ugly figure.
It is high time we look at history to investigate this. During the time of the prophet (saw) the most evil person who was the most vehement enemy of Islam was abu Lahab, the uncle of the prophet (saw). Now, he was a very handsome, white skinned person. Secondly, if we look at the case of pharaoh at the time of musa (as) he too was of a light-skinned complexion. Alister Crowley, the author of the satanic bible was of a white skinned complexion aswell. In fact the top 5 most vilest people in the following link are white skinned!Top 10 most evil men
Now, i am not saying all the white skinned people are evil or they are bad, all im saying is that the usual idea or an image of an evil person we have in our minds is not to be given consideration to.
Remember, evil has no form or colour. Nor is it not ugly or handsome. This is why a very handsome person with good looks can be the most vilest person ever known and vise versa, a dark-skinned person, the most vilest person known. The prophet (Saw) said Abu lahab was his pharaoh just like musa (as) had a pharaoh, Abu lahab was his (the prophet (saw)), nevertheless, the pharaoh of the prophet (saw) was even worse than the pharaoh of musa (as)!