Most of the followers of the Dajjaal will be from among the Jews, Persians and Turks, and a mixture of other people, mostly Bedouins and women.
Imaam Muslim narrated from Anas ibn Maalik (رضي الله عنه) that the Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said: “The followers of the Dajjaal from among the Jews of Isfahaan will number seventy thousand, wearing heavy, striped garments.”
(Muslim, no. 5237)
According to a report narrated by Imaam Ahmad, “Seventy thousand Jews, wearing crowns.”
(Ahmad no. 12865)
According to the hadeeth of Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) referred to above: “He will be followed by people with faces like burnished shields.”
(Tirmidhi, no. 2136)
About the Bedouin being followers of the Dajjaal, this is because many of them are ignorant. About women, this is because they are readily swayed and because many of them are ignorant. It was reported that Ibn ‘Umar (رضي الله عنه) said: the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “The Dajjaal will come to this pond in Marriqanaat – a valley in Madeenah – and most of those who go out to him will be women until a man will come to his mother in law, his mother, his daughter, his sister and his aunt, and will tie them up strongly for fear that they will go out to him.”
(Ahmad, no. 5099)
The fitnah of the Dajjaal
The fitnah of the Dajjaal will be the greatest fitnah from the time Allaah created Adam until the Hour begins. This will be because of the mighty miracles that Allah will create with him, which will dazzle people’s minds and amaze them.
It was reported that he will have a paradise and a hell with him, but his paradise will be his hell and his hell will be his paradise. He will have rivers of water and mountains of bread. He will command the sky to send down rain, and it will rain, and he will command the earth to bring forth vegetation and it will do so. The treasures of the earth will follow him, and he will travel rapidly, like clouds driven by the wind. And he will do other extraordinary feats.
All of that was mentioned in the saheeh ahaadeeth. Imaam Muslim narrated in his Saheeh that Hudhayfah (رضي الله عنه) said:
“The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said: ‘The Dajjaal will be one-eyed, blind in his left eye, and will have thick hair. He will have a paradise and a hell with him, but his paradise will be a hell and his hell will be a paradise.”
(Muslim, no. 5222)
Muslim also narrated that Hudhayfah (رضي الله عنه) said: “The Messenger of Allaah (ﷺ) said:
‘I know what the Dajjaal will bring with him: he will have two rivers flowing. One will look like water and the other will look like blazing fire. If any one of you sees that, let him choose the river which looks like fire, then let him close his eyes and lower his head and drink from it, for it will be cool water.’”