Q. What are the verses of protection against the false messiah, Al messehah ad dajjal, because I have heard much conflicting advice regarding what verses, and how many ayats. Also did the scholars have any opinions on weather to protect oneself from the dajjal was a fard ayan action, and if so by whom. Are there any other types of ibadah that one can do in order to protect oneself from the fitna of the dajjal.

A. What I have heard on the matter is the Sunna of a du`a of seeking protection after the 2nd tashahhud and before taslim:

allahumma inni a`udhu bika min `adhab al-qabr
O Allah, I seek refuge in You from the punishment of the grave
wa min `adhab al-nar
and from the punishment of the Fire
wa min al-fitani ma taqaddama minha wa ma ta'akhkhar
and from tests and trials past and present
wa min fitnat al-masih al-dajjal
and from the confusion of the anti-Christ
wa min fitnat al-mahya wa al-mamat
and from the trial of life and death

and Allah knows best.