There is a Hadith in Musnad Ahmad that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The Dajjal will not appear until the people become negligent in talking about him and until the Imams abandon talking about him on the pulpits.
Is this Hadith authentic?
This narration is recorded in Musnad Ahmad (Zawaid ‘Abdullah ibn Imam Ahmad) with a weak chain.
(Musnad Ahmad, vol. 4 pg. 72, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 7 pg. 335. Also see: Al Isabah, vol. 5 pg. 254)
However, the Hadith is suitable to quote as it does not directly pertain to beliefs or rulings of Shari’ah.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar