In the lengthy hadeeth narrated by al-Nawwaas ibn Sam’aan (رضي الله عنه), it says: “The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) mentioned the Dajjaal one morning. Sometimes he described him as insignificant and sometimes he described him as so significant that we thought that he was in the cluster of date-palm trees…” One of the features of the Dajjaal that he described as: “He will be a young man with very curly hair, with his eye floating. It is as if he looks like ‘Abd al-‘Uzza ibn Qatan.”
[Muslim, no. 5228]
It was narrated from ‘Ubaadah ibn al-Saamit (رضي الله عنه) that the Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said:
“I have told you so much about the Dajjaal that I fear you will not understand. The Dajjaal will be a short man, pigeon-toed, with curly hair. He will be one-eyed, with his eye neither prominent nor sunken. If you become confused about him, then remember that your Lord is not one-eyed.”
[Narrated by Abu Dawood, no. 3763. This hadeeth is Saheeh – Saheeh al-Jaami’ al-Sagheer, no. 2455].
Abu Hurayrah (رضي الله عنه) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said:
‘… as for the false messiah, he will be one-eyed, with a wide forehead and broad upper chest, and he will be hunchbacked…’”
[Ahmad, no. 7564]
Hudhayfah (رضي الله عنه) said: _“The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said: ‘The Dajjaal will be one-eyed, blind or defective in his left eye, with thick hair. He will have with him a paradise and a hell, but his hell will be a paradise and his paradise will be a hell.’”
[Muslim, no. 5222]
According to the hadeeth of Anas (رضي الله عنه), the Prophet (ﷺ) said:
“No Prophet was sent but he warned his people about the one-eyed liar. He is one-eyed, but your Lord is not one-eyed, and between his eyes will be written ‘kaafir.’”
[Bukhaari, no. 6598]
According to another report: “Written between his eyes will be ‘kaaf faa’ raa’.
[Muslim, no. 5219]
According to a report narrated by Hudhayfah (رضي الله عنه),
“This will be read by every believer, literate or illiterate.”
[Muslim, no. 5223]
From the apparent meaning, this writing will be real, and the fact that some will see it whilst others will not, and that illiterate people will read it, is not problematic.
“This is because Allaah causes people to understand something when looking at it, as He wills and when He wills. So the believer will see this with his insight, even if he is illiterate, and the kaafir will not be able to see it, even if he is literate. By the same token, the believer will see with his insight evidence that the kaafir will not see. Allaah will enable the believer to understand without him being literate, because, at that time, extraordinary things will be happening.”
[Fath al-Baari by Ibn Hajar al-‘Asqallaani, 13/100]
Al-Nawawi said: “The correct view according to those who studied this issue is that this writing should be taken literally, as being real writing which Allaah will create as a sign, one of the definitive proofs that (the Dajjaal) is a kaafir and a liar, to expose his falsehood. Allah will show this sign to every Muslim, literate or illiterate, and will conceal it from everyone whom He decrees is doomed or whom He wants to test. There is no reason why this should be impossible.”
[Sharh al-Nawawi li Saheeh Muslim, 18/60] إِنْ شَاءَ اَللَّه