Please verify the authenticity of this Hadith.
Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
“Dajjal will emerge in lightness of religion, and when knowledge is on the retreat.”
This is part of a longer narration recorded in Musnad Ahmad and Mustadrak Hakim. The part in question is as follows:
Sayyiduna Jabir ibn ‘Abdillah (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Dajjal will emerge when Din is weak and when knowledge is [decreasing]…”
(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 367, Hadith: 14954 and Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 530)
Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith authentic and ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) concurs.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar