Abdullah ibn Sayyad


Who is Ibn Sa’id? Is he Al-Masih-ul-Dajjal (the Antichrist)? Why did the Prophet (peace be upon him) not mention whether it was him or not?


Abdullah ibn Sayyad appeared in the lifetime of the Prophet (peace be upon him), and some Sahabah (Companions of the Prophet) thought he was Al-Dajjal. The Prophet (peace be upon him) himself thought the same, until he knew afterwards that it was not him, rather he was a soothsayer. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to him: “I have something hidden for you. Ibn Sayyad said, “It is Al-Dukh.” (And he was really hiding for him Surah Al-Dukhan). The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to him, “Be off! You can never go beyond your position.”1 Meaning: You are one of the fellowmen of the soothsayers who have allies of Satans to tell them a lot of the unseen things which they stealthily hear.

Moreover, they used to mix truth with lies as in the Sahih (sound) Hadith related by Al-Bukhari and others, that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The angels descend in the clouds and mention this or that matter decreed in the Heaven. The devils listen stealthily to such a matter, come down to inspire the soothsayers with it, and the latter would add to it one-hundred lies of their own.2

  1. Narrated from the Hadith of ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar ibn Al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him): Ahmad, vol. 2, p. 148; Al-Bukhari, vol. 2, p. 96, vol. 4, p. 32, vol. 7, p. 113; Muslim, vol. 4, p. 2244, no. 2930; Abu Dawud, vol. 4, p. 505, no. 4329; and Al-Tirmidhi, vol. 4, p. 519, no. 2249. 

  2. Narrated with the same wording from the Hadith of ‘Aishah (may Allah be pleased with her): Al-Bukhari, vol. 4, pp. 79 and 94; Ibn Jarir Al-Tabari, Tafsir, Tafsir of Surah Al-Saffat, explanation of Ayah “They cannot listen to the higher group (angels), (ed.: Dar Hajr); Al-Baghawy, Tafsir, Tafsir of Surah Al-Hijr, explanation of Ayah “Except him (devil) that gains hearing by stealing” vol. 4, p. 373, (ed.: Dar Tiba); and Al-Tabarani, Al-Awsat, vol. 9, p. 371, no. 8798, (verified by: Al-Tahhan). 

May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet, his family and Companions