Al-Dajjāl

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Al-Dajjāl (Arab.). The perjurer or false accuser, a figure in Islamic eschatology, the ‘anti-Christ’ whose wiles and deceptions ‘cover’ (a root meaning) and resist the truth. He is not mentioned in the Qurʾān. By some he is identified with al Shaytan al-Rajīm, ‘the accursed Satan’, whom pilgrims on the ḥajj repudiate by hurling stones against his ‘pillar’ outside Mecca.