These verses can either be a magic talisman, or could be verses that Muslims should reflect on and implement, and that this will give us an indication of what the Dajjal actually is.
The verses are:
1. Praise be to Allah, Who hath sent to His Servant the Book, and hath allowed therein no Crookedness:
2. (He hath made it) Straight (and Clear) in order that He may warn (the godless) of a terrible Punishment from Him, and that He may give Glad Tidings to the Believers who work righteous deeds, that they shall have a goodly Reward,
3. Wherein they shall remain for ever:
4. Further, that He may warn those (also) who say, "(Allah) hath begotten a son":
5. No knowledge have they of such a thing, nor had their fathers. It is a grievous thing that issues from their mouths as a saying what they say is nothing but falsehood!
6. Thou wouldst only, perchance, fret thyself to death, following after them, in grief, if they believe not in this Message.
7. That which is on earth we have made but as a glittering show for the earth, in order that We may test them - as to which of them are best in conduct.
8. Verily what is on earth we shall make but as dust and dry soil (without growth or herbage).
9. Or dost thou reflect that the Companions of the Cave and of the Inscription were wonders among Our Sign?
10. Behold, the youths betook themselves to the Cave: they said, "Our Lord! bestow on us Mercy from Thyself, and dispose of our affair for us in the right way!"
I don't believe in Magic Talismans (this is my personal belief). Therefore I believe these verses help Muslims understand the nature of the anti-Christ.
First, there is the reminder that Muslims should do good deeds and believe in Allah's signs. Then there is a warning against the belief that God has taken a son, and thirdly a warning that the worldly pleasures are a test for mankind.
These three taken together show that protection from Dajjal entails focussing on the spiritual, the teachings of Islam, and keeping away from Shirk - whether it is the Christian form of Shirk or the more pervasive form where we put material things ahead of the spiritual - consumerism ahead of spirtiuality, effectively making the pursuit of wealth and pleasure ahead of the worship of God (and in a way, this is shirk in my mind).
It does not make sense that the Prophet, pbuh, would have taught that these 10 verses are a protection against a giant being who rides a massive donkey and has one bright eye and one shrivelled eye. These verses do form a protection against the belief system of those who associate a son with Allah, and those who pursue worldly pleasures and wealth ahead of the spiritual.
What do you think? Nucleus said that he thought his understanding of these verses is probably different from mine. Now that I've explained my understanding, I'd like to hear whether there's a different understanding of these verses in relation to protection against Dajjal.
(I'm happy to stand corrected and have just given my views on the verse - I don't pretend that these views are definitive, and if there are more in depth explanations or even errors, I'll be happy to hear and change my views.)