As salaamu alaikum warahmatulaahi wabarakatuhu,
In this post , I’m going to discuss about the Hadith and Qur’anic sayings about Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog).
Allah has declared in a Qur’an:,
“And We have sent down to You [Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam] the Book so that It might explain all things ” (Surah An-Nahl , verse 89)
Well then it should explain what I’m going to talk about in rest of this article. Islam, Christianity and Judaism, all three recognize same ‘holy land’ i.e., Jerusalem. We notice that Allah Ta’ala has given the holy land to the ‘Israelite’ people, today they are called Jews. And then the state of Israel was established in the Holy land. The state of Israel under Hazrat Sulayman (alaihissalaam) (Solomon) became the ruling state of world. Jerusalem became the spiritual and political capital of world. Then what happened is that, Allah expelled them from the holy land for not following righteous path and the holy state of Israel was destroyed. The Jews remained in exile for as long as 2000 years.
Then after 2000 years, in the year 1948, Jews returned to Jerusalem and restored the state of Israel in the holy land. Thus Israel was born. And today the baby that was born mere 65 years ago is rapidly growing in such a power that its leader could say, “We control USA”. And we say USA is the ruling state of the world, actually it’s not. So, I ask a question. Can all this be happening by accident or Is there any explanation in Quran as it says in the verse that I quoted in the beginning. It’s when we turn to the Quran to find the explanation that we are brought to the subject of Aakhir-uz-zaman (The last Age).
Hudhayfah ibn Usayd Ghifari, (radhiyallahu anhu), said:
“Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) came to us all of a sudden as we were (busy in a discussion). He asked: What are you discussing?? (The Sahaaba) replied: We are discussing (the subject of) the Last Hour. Thereupon he said: It will not come until you see ten signs. And (in this connection) he made a mention of the ‘smoke’, ‘Dajjal’, the ‘beast’, the ‘rising of the sun from the west’, the ‘descent of Jesus son of Mary’, ‘Gog and Magog’, ‘sinkings of the earth in three places-one in the east, one in the west and one in Arabia’ at the end of which ‘fire would burn forth from Yemen, and would drive people to the place of their assembly’ (i.e., the place where mankind will be assembled for judgment).” (Sahih Muslim).
Among these 10 signs, I’m discussing about the Ya’juj and Ma’juj. Firstly we go to the Qur’an to find out, does Qur’an explain the return of Jews to Jerusalem after 2000 years and restoration of the state of Israel??
In Surah Anbiyyah (The Prophets) verses 95-96 state as:
“But there’s a ban on the population which We have destroyed: that they shall not return.”
“Until the Gog and Magog are let through (their barrier),and they swiftly swarm from every height.”
The first verse is about the town that Allah destroyed and people of the town were expelled and decrees a ban on them that they could never return to that town and reclaim it as their own. The next verse says they will reclaim it only when Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) are released from behind barrier and when they spread out in all directions (indicated by the word Yansiloon). Then those people will be brought back to the town. Who are the Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog & Magog)?? Are they strange creatures living in the interior of the earth?? Are they humans with terrifying ugly faces?? Let’s check the Hadees to clarify it.
Sahih Muslim, “ Gog is the Ummah of Banu’Adam and Magog is the ummah of Banu’Adam ”
That simply disposes off all the theories of ugly faced strange creatures living inside earth. Now, which town is it that Allah is speaking about in Surah Anbiyah ??
According to current affairs and news it’s easy to recognize, which town it is. Still, In order to identify the town, we have to go to the whole Qur’an to see where else Allah speaks about returning of people.
We find it in the Surah Isra in which Allah is speaking about Banu’Israel all through the chapter. In fact this chapter is also known by another name that is, Surah Bani’Israel [The Children of Israel]. In the last part of this surah Allah speaks about Akhir-uz-zamaan [The Last Age].
And We said to the Children of Israel after him: “Dwell in the land, then, when the final and the last promise comes near, We shall bring you altogether as mingled crowd. ”
[Surah Isra: Verse 104]
So Allah does speak about returning of people. And the context of this surah makes it clear that He is speaking about the Israelite people.
Now when we go to the ahadith to find out a hadith on Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) which links them to the town. After going through all ahadith about Gog and Magog we find out that there is only one town mentioned and it’s Jerusalem . So, on the basis of verse of Quran and the hadith, we come to conclusion that Jews have returned to Jerusalem and (Yajuj wa Majuj) Gog & Magog brought them back. If you say I am wrong then you must tell me what is right. Only then it’ll be fair. If Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog & Magog) have brought them back to the holy land and reclaim it and if Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog & Magog) are humans (as discussed earlier) then can we identify them?? The end of the verse 96 in Surah Anbiyah says,
“ And they spread out in all directions or they swiftly swarp from every height”.
In Sahih Muslim, we are told something more. In Hadees-e-Qudsi Allah says about Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog & Magog),
“ I’ve created creatures so powerful that none but I can fight them”.
It means that Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog & Magog) have indestructible power. So, when they are released into the world from behind the barrier something new is going to happen in history. A new force is going to emerge in history and with their power they are going to take control of the world. And by spreading out in all directions, they’ll impose their rule in the whole world. Who exactly are these people, When and where did they emerge,
DHULQARNAIN AND THE WALL-BARRIER
Let’s go to Surah Kahf verse 84-98 ,in which Allah speaks about Hazrat Dhul Qarnain,that Allah gave him the power to pursue any goal he chose to pursue. He travelled to the west. Then second time he travelled to the east and when he travelled the third time, he came across the people whose language couldn’t be understood. When they were able to communicate, they said to him ,
“ O Dhul Qarnain, We got a problem. Gog & Magog are very wicked people. They are destructive and corrupt. And we need help. Can you build a barrier to block them”.
And he built the barrier. I wonder in which direction he travelled the third time?? And where is that barrier?? Also its in hadith that the first of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog & Magog) will pass through the Sea of Galilee [See figure] on the way to Jerusalem. And they’ll start to drink the water. And by the time the last of them passes he’ll say, “There used to be water here ” (Sahih Muslim : Book 41 : Hadith 7015) .
If you cross the Sea of Galilee on the way to Jerusalem the implication is that You are travelling from the North. So, the barrier is somewhere north of Jerusalem past the Sea of Galilee.
Today the Sea of Galilee is the primary source of fresh water in Israel, and it is already dangerously low and fastest disappearing water body in Israel. In fact, water has to be pumped uphill to keep the Jordan River flowing.
We have more to look up. Let’s go back to first journey of Hazrat Dhul Qarnain towards west. He travelled until he reached a place where he saw as if sun was setting in the dark and murky water. So, this body of water should be to the west of the holy land. And we find it to be the Black Sea . Now, when he travelled to east he finds Caspian Sea . And when he travelled to the third direction he came to a pass between two mountain ranges. He has to travelling north where one finds that mountains have to be the Caucasus mountains.
[Journeys are numbered 1, 2 & 3]
As mentioned in earlier, he met the people who were speaking the language that he couldn’t understand. After crossing the Caucasus Pass there is a place called Georgia and people there speak Georgian. It’s the regional language of that isolated area.The people of Georgia requested Hazrat Dhul Qarnain to build a barrier. He used Iron blocks and molten copper for that.The Iron Ore is found in abundance in that region. Up till now, all the evidences are mounting that we are on the right path to find the location of the barrier.
THE EMERGENCE OF ZIONIST MOVEMENT
Now we have the location of the Dhul Qarnain’s wall, the Gog & Magog are human beings and they were located to the north of the Caucasus Mountain.When we conduct our research, we find something very interesting that there was a tribe of people who lived in that region, north of the Caucasus Mountains, who converted to Judaism. So, those were not actual Bani’Israel but the East-European people who converted and became Jews. The name of that tribe was
Khazar. This tribe is called as the thirteenth tribe, as Banu’Israel has 12 tribes and this became 13 tribe. The Israeli Jewish scholars confirm that majority of Jews in the world descended from that tribe. And today they are called
Ashkenazi Jews. Some of the people of Khazar tribe converted from Judaism to Christianity. So, this tribe usually gets opposition from both Jewish and Christian scholars for being converts.
Eventually,this tribe created the Zionist Movement . And we get Zionist Jews and Zionist Christians. They succeeded in swaying Jewish opinion in Europe and Christian opinion in Europe. And they even did reconcile the two camps.
Now, let’s find if there is an explanation in Quran regarding the hostility between Jews and Christians, reconciliation between the two and the emergence of Christian-Jew alliance. It’s the very important event of diplomacy in the history because it’s that alliance which is controlling the world today. And that is the alliance which brought Jews back to the holy land. So, Gog & Magog are among the Judaeo-Christian Zionist Alliance .
Now, Does the Quran speak about this alliance??
“O believers! Do not take the Jews and the Christians for your allies: ”
[Surah Maidah verse 51]
Now the question is; Is Allah speaking about all Jews and all Christians?? Suppose I would say If a Jew or a Christian stands against oppression then he’s my friend. Even I can form an alliance with them against oppression. Allah is definitely not speaking about all Jews and all Christians. Then, about whom is Allah speaking in the verse mentioned above?? Again, we’ll look for the answer in the Quran. Infact, the words following in the same verse depict that Allah is speaking about those Jews and Christians who become friends among themselves.
“:some of them are allies of one another.”
So, we are prohibited to maintain friendship with those Jews and Christians who are allies among themselves. Do we find such an alliance between Jews and Christians today? Yes! Of course. It’s the European Zionist Jewish-Christian alliance.They want what they call ‘A New World Order’.
In addition to above verse Allah says,
” Whoever of you disobeys this commandment will be counted as one of them. Surely Allah does not guide the wrongdoers.”
So,any Muslim nation or organization that forges alliance with them is one of them. It’s the fact of matter that unfortunately today we see many Muslim countries, especially the Arabian who have forged alliance with them from time to time, but they never realized it.
YAJUJ AND MAJUJ IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
Another factor to consider in identifying Gog-Magog, is their nature. Those Islamophobes who attempt to equate Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) with Middle-East or Turkey or Central Asia, need to explain the profiles of this community and explain how they connect. Are they religious fundamentalists?? Are they attempting to establish a caliphate?? Are they a conquering race?? What is it that the nation of Gog and Magog is fighting for??
The answer to this can be seen from the following Torah description :
Eze:38:11: And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
Eze:38:12: To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
Eze: 38:13: Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? Hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
We see in clear terms that the Yajuj wa Majuj (Gog-Magog) invasion of the safe dwelling people is for obtaining their spoils. It is essentially a war of materialist greed for resources of other nations. The way to locate Gog-Magog is then by locating nations in the north of the holy land and the four corners of the globe (Rev 20:8) that have conducted and continue to conduct bloodsucking invasion of nations for resources and exploitation.
YA’JUJ (GOG) ARE ISRAELITES??
A crucial part regarding Gog-Magog, that is left behind by pro-Zionist and Dominion-ist prophecy enthusiasts, is with regards to the identity of Ya’juj ‘Gog’. All attention is paid in speculating on Ma’juj (Magog), despite the prophecy being in clear terms directed principally against Gog:
Eze:38:2: Son of man, set thy face against Gog,…
Eze:38:3: And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold I am against thee, O Gog,…
Eze:38:14: Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog,……
Eze:38:16: …… I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
Eze:39:1: Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog,…
All the prophecy’s, as can be seen repeatedly, is primarily against Ya’juj (Gog).
Ma’juj “Magog” is identified in the testaments as a descendant of Japheth, and no prophecy ‘experts’ keep this detail hidden. But on the other hand, there is mysterious silence when it comes to identifying Ya’juj “Gog” in the bible. Perhaps the reason why the prophecy industry has abandoned this identification of “Ya’juj” (Gog) is because there is only one other reference to Ya’juj (Gog) in the bible, which identifies Gog as a descendant of Reuben through Joel (1 Chr. 5:4l). What this piece of information does is give (Ya’juj) Gog an Israelite identity, flipping the common narratives among the prophecy “experts”. With this crucial connection in place, Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) would have to be considered as nations descending from an Israelite and a Japheth ancestry. Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) together would be a coalition or a mixture of some sort, of Israelite (Gog) and Magog.
Moreover, according to the Book of Revelation (20:8), Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) would be at the four corners of the world, which is a crucial indication of the identity of the Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) in the present era. Those who miserably attempt, to identify Magog with Middle-East and Turkey, is abandoning this detail as it contradicts his hypothesis. Or perhaps it is because the four ‘corners’ of the globe are today inhabited by none other the very people who are part of the Christian-Zionist war mongering prophecy industry.
Another important factor to consider is to carefully analyze the prophecy that is being made. It is made only against Ya’juj (Gog) even though Meshech and Tubal is identified along with it. This is an important detail to consider, as there is no war or threat in the prophecy against the nations of Meschech and Tubal. (Incidentally, Tubal is identified in Isaiah 66 to be nations from which priests are selected in future kingdom). Ya’juj (Gog) in the prophecy is identified as the CHIEF PRINCE of Mescheh and Tubal, which implies (Ya’juj) Gog, either as a person, but most probably as nation, has the role of a prince, to nations of Meshech and Tubal. Nowhere does the prophecy directly imply that nations of Meschech and Tubal are going to be allied with Ya’juj (Gog) in a future invasion of Jerusalem. The prophecy merely relates the identity of the nation of Ya’juj (Gog) with respect to the people of Meshech and Tubal.
The prophecy only later then describes what would happen in the latter days, but we do not find therein again any mention of Meshech and Tubal, despite other nations being mentioned.
With this detail in place, the identity that is formed then is a people of Israelite descent (Gog) being the chief prince of people of Meshech and Tubal. It is against this specific Gog that the prophecy is being repeatedly made.
Is there then any historical evidence for a nation of such identity?? Indeed, we find them in none another than the mysteriously low kept historic nation known as Khazaria. This is the nation which is recorded to have, in the least, Jews as “chief princes” ruling over a Caucasian people. The location of the Khazar Empire falls exactly at the point where many have identified to be the location of Meshach and Tubal.
Do we then know of a Ya’juj (Gog) invasion of a peace dwelling wall-less Holy Land?? If it is understood that many of the Israelites present in the holy land had over the years converted and came to be what is known today as “Palestinians”, it isn’t farfetched to interpret the recent invasion of Palestine by a East European Jewish community as a, or one of the many, Gog invasion.
The Magog Connection
Another group of people that requires notice here are the Scandinavian people. They are the only people who consider themselves as descendents of Magog. These people arose to power, in the form of Vikings, in the 7 century and swiftly spread throughout every section of European continent bringing massive defeat to major empires including the Roman/Byzantine Empire and in the process settling themselves all over the continent.
They also defeated and swallowed the Khazar Empire and came to be the ruling elite of East Europe. The Viking move to take control and settle in the East European region can be alternately interpreted as a rule of Gog, from the land of Magog(Scandinavia), as Chief Princes over the people of Mescheck and Tubal. It is also easily noticeable that the location from which the Vikings emerged is exactly north of the holy land. Furthermore, the prophecy of Ezekiel also identifies Ma’juj (“Magog”) as a people who “dwell carelessly in the isles” (Ezek 39:6).
When both these connections are taken into account, what we come to see is a case of Gog-Magog rule and influence that took over Europe. It is with Gog-Magog that an essentially “barbarian” people without any civilizational history would later come to be the most advanced and militarily powerful people of the world. All major godless revolutions and ideologies tend to be thereafter emerging from this part of the world. Their war mongering and materialist nature has been repeatedly observed from the Crusades where these Vikings formed the main force, the global imperialism, inhuman forms of extreme slavery, wars of global scale never seen before such as the 1st and 2 world wars and mass scale human slaughter such as the nuclear bombing of two Japanese cities and the holocaust of Jews.
The Invasion of the Holy Land
The question then to answer is, how would there be a Gog-Magog invasion of Israel? The answer is that perhaps it has already happened and continues to happen in form of the barbaric crusades to the recent establishment of a apartheid Euro-Jewish nation in the Holy Land. We can expect more waves/clouds of such invasion from the North to continue up to the time when the True Messiah finally arrives.
SCHOLARS WHO PREDICTED THAT YA’JUJ WA MA’JUJ HAVE ALREADY BEEN RELEASED
In 1917, Allama Iqbal early warned
the Muslims about coming chaos, turmoil and destruction in the whole world. Iqbal was the first one who immediately responded to the ‘Balfour Declaration of 1917 ‘ in which British Foreign Secretary Balfour requested Baron Rothschild, a leader of British Jewish community, for a Jews homeland in Palestine (Israel).
Allama Iqbal exactly mentioned this in his poetry. See his deep knowledge of Qur’aan from these couplets:
¤ Capital and labor are in confrontation with each other
¤ Let us see how many people’s expectations are destroyed
¤ With cleverness/wisdom and prudence this uproar (chaos) cannot be delayed
¤ Because “Wa Qad Kuntum Bihi Tasta’jilun”
¤ Gog and Magog all have been
¤ The Muslim eye will see the meaning of ‘Yansilun
It would therefore appear that the release of Ya’juj and Ma’juj has already taken place. Iqbal agrees.
Indeed, he appears to be one of the very few scholars of Islam to have ever had the vision and the courage to make a formal declaration that the release has taken place and that we now live in the last age, or the age that will witness the end of history. The declaration was made in Urdu verse, and, predictably, there is not even a hint of it in any of his writings or statements made in English. This is the verse:
¤“Khul gaye y’ajuj aur m’ajuj ka lashkar tamam,
¤ Chashmay Muslim dekhlay tafseer harf-e-yansiloon.”
¤“The hordes of Gog and Magog, Have all been released;
¤ The Muslim can (now) perceive with his very eyes (right in front of him), The meaning of yansiloon.”
The word yansilun, which occurs at the end of the verse, and to the Tafsir (interpretation) of which Iqbal has directed the attention of the Muslims, refers to a passage of the Qur’an in Surah al-Anbiyah in which Allah Most High declares that when Ya’juj and Ma’juj are released they will spread out in every direction (min kulli hadabin yansilun). Here is the passage:
“And there is a ban on a town which We destroyed, that they shall not return (i.e., the people of the town are banned from returning to reclaim the town as their own), until Ya’juj (Gog) and Ma’juj (Magog) are released (from the barrier which Dhu al-Qarnain built in order to contain them), and they spread out in every direction.”
(Surah al-Anbiyah, 21:95- 96)
This indicates that Ya’juj and Ma’juj would not only become the dominant force in the world, but that their power would subdue all of mankind. Indeed, their power would be such that, according to a Hadith al-Qudsi, Allah Most High has Himself declared: “None but I can destroy them.”
Allamah Muhammad Iqbal is not the only scholar to conclude that Gog and Magog have already been released. However, the very prominent scholar of the last century, Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri (rahmatullah alayh), also took the stance that the Barrier of Dhul Qarnayn had been breached during the lifetime of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) and that Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) have already been released. Here is a translation of the relevant passages from his masterpiece, Faydul Bari, commentary on Saheeh al Bukhari:
“Chapter on Fighting the Jews His (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) saying:
“This is a Jew behind me, so kill him”.
These are the [Jews] whom ‘Eesa (alaihissalaan) will descend to fight against, not the rest of the Jews of the world.
They are [only] the ones who will follow the Anti-Christ (i.e Dajjal)…
Know that it is not unlikely that Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog- Magog) are the people of Russia and Britain. The meaning of them ‘coming forth’ is ‘attacking’. They have ‘come forth’ many times….
It is possible that they Ya’juj wa Ma’juj [Gog- Magog] will come forth from their progeny at a time that Allah has decreed, and will spread corruption through the earth. As for the Barrier, it has already collapsed. I have shown in my epistle, ‘Islamic Doctrine’, that [Yajuj wa Mq’juj] are none other than human beings, and that the meaning of them ‘coming forth’, khuruj, is related to causing corruption [ie it does not mean they will break through the Barrier at that time]. [I have shown also] that the Barrier is not preventing their movement any longer…
Chapter on the Story of Gog and Magog. …
there is no doubt that he [Dhul Qarnayn] was a righteous man. As for whether he was a prophet or a saint – Allah knows best. What is apparent is that he was not the Greek, Alexander – this is Razi’s opinion, and Hafiz [Ibn Hajar]’s. Aristotle was one of his ministers, and used to prostrate to him. He was the first to write on Geography, and mentioned therein the Barrier. This proves that the Barrier existed before the time of Alexander the Greek….
The Barrier of Dhul Qarnayn has already collapsed. The Quran nowhere demands that it must remain [erect] until the ‘coming forth’, khuruj, of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj, or that the Barrier prevents them from ‘coming forth’. These are just unwarranted conclusions that are reached [from the Quranic verses]. Allah said, “We leave them, some of them surging upon others, that day” [Kahf: 99], “Until, when Gog and Magog are released…” [Anbiya: 96].
Therefore, they will come forth time after time. They came forth before that as well, and caused corruption and destruction upon the Earth in ways unmentionable. Yes, there is a destined time for them to come forth at the End Times, and that will be the most severe of their manifestations.
However, the Quran does not state that this last manifestation will take place immediately after the collapse of the Barrier. The Quran only promises that the Barrier will collapse. And it has collapsed as was promised. As for their emergence taking place immediately after its collapse, there is no basis for that. Do you not see that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) counted his own demise as being from the signs of the Last Hour, as well as the conquests of Jerusalem and Constantinople? Did they occur immediately, or was there a long gap between them? The same is the case with this text. Yes, the text does state that their coming forth will not be until after the collapse [of the Barrier]. But it does not say that it will not collapse until they come forth.
As for what regards Gog and Magog themselves: know that they are the progeny of Yafuth, by consensus of the historians…and Britons admit that they are from the progeny of Magog. Similarly, Germany is from them. As for Russia, they are from the progeny of Gog. These are all naught other than human beings. The meaning of ‘coming forth’, khuruj, is entering into battle, and causing destruction and corruption. There is no doubt that this will take place in its appointed time…
the Barrier is [no longer] preventing them from causing corruption and destruction. They will come forth against the rest of mankind at one time when they will be destroyed by the supplication of ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam).
Someone may object that [I have contradicted this by saying that] the physical obstacle has been removed from them a long time ago, (i.e the Barrier has collapsed, and they have already come forth.)
My reply is that this coming forth [of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog)] is not the one intended, as ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam has not yet descended. The affair will continue in this manner until some of them [Ya’juj wa Ma’juj] come forth, who have not emerged before, and who will be the ones at the time of ‘Eesa (upon him be peace). In other words, they come forth time after time [until the final ones at the time of Jesus], just like the coming forth of the Khawarij [a deviant sect who emerged time after time in generation after generation]. It is not one single emergence from behind the Barrier. The Quran does not mention the word, khuruj, from behind this Barrierin the ayah of Surah al Kahf. Only the Barrier is mentioned. As for the verse in Surah Anbiya, “Until, when Gog and Magog are released”, there is no mention of the Barrier, hence this ‘release’ is more general. It is as if the ayah, “And We leave some of them, that day, to surge against others”, appears to allude to two distinct groups of them – some of them come forth from behind the Barrier and some from elsewhere. It is as if the collapse of the Barrier is the place where some of them emerge, and the time for others of them to come forth….
…it has been mentioned that…In the Roman archives, it is written in Hebrew script that after 4,291 years, the world will remain orphaned, and the wars of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj will rage therein, and the rest of the days will be the days of the Masheeh. [The days of Masheeh], according to Jewish chroniclers, are the days of the Seal of Prophets (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam).
And the world would be left orphaned after him, without any guide, ie prophecy would end. After that – following much good [that would follow the last Prophet] – would come the bloodsheds of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog). That is when ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam) would descend…
So, Ya’juj and Ma’juj are not confined to only those who were trapped behind the Barrier. The Qur’an mentions both those [who were behind the barrier] and those who were not. That is because the question was about Dhul Qarnayn, not about Gog and Magog alone. So [Allah] mentions first the specific group who were trapped behind the barrier, then generalises when He says, “That day, We leave some of them to surge against others”.
This, then, refers to a continually repeating process, until finally the last group [of Gog and Magog] will emerge at the time of the descent of ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam). Thus, in this instance the Quran is more general than the Hadith. Similarly, the words of Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala, “and from every elevated place, they descend” [Anbiya:96], mentions every elevated place [i.e not just from behind the Barrier]. This makes sense if it is established that the Europeans are from them [ie Gog and Magog], and that they emerge again and again. And [in the ayah in Surah al Kahf] the Qur’an mentions specifically those who were trapped behind the Barrier, but it does not state that the Barrier cannot be destroyed or that they cannot emerge time after time, until their final emergence at the time of the descent of Jesus (upon him be peace). The beginning of the collapse of the Barrier took place during the time of the Prophet (sallallaahu alihi wasallam) when he said, “Woe to the Arabs, from an evil that has drawn close. Today, a breach like this has occurred in the Barrier of Gog and Magog”
… it is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel that they will emerge against the Children of Israel…and they will come from the furthest North-West, as many nations – none but Allah knows their number – and cause corruption and destruction, and they will seek [to conquer] Jerusalem…
It is mentioned in the prophetic hadiths that they will head for Jerusalem, but this is not directly linked to the collapse of the Barrier…
And the ayah, “Until, when Gog and Magog are released…” does not say, ‘until the Barrier is opened’…
It is important to know that the saying of Dhul Qarnayn, “When the promise of my Lord comes to pass, He will make it to collapse”, is from himself.
There is no evidence that it is meant to be from the signs of the Hour. Perhaps, he had no knowledge of that. He meant by ‘promise’ the promise that it would collapse. In this case, the words of Allah, “And We leave some of them to surge upon others” would signify a continually repeating process [ie. successive emergences of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog).
True, the words of Allah, “Until, when Gog and Magog are released, and from every elevated place they descend” refer to a sign of the Last Hour, but there is no mention of the Barrier in this ayah – therefore, understand the difference!” [Faydul Baari]
The writing of Imam Anwar Shah [rahimahullah] on this subject adds credibility to this theory of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj, and throws the considerable weight of the Imam’s renowned scholarship behind the interpretations of Qur’anic verses regarding it.
Therefore, we come to know that Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) were released during the lifetime of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), as indicated in the saheeh hadith:
“Zaynab Bint Jahsh (radhiyallahu anhu) said that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) came to her in a state of fear, and said, ‘There is no god but Allah. Woe to the Arabs from an evil that has come close. Today a breach has occurred in the Barrier of Gog and Magog, like this’, and he made a circle with his finger and thumb. Zaynab Bint Jahsh (radhiyallahu anha) said: I said, ‘O Messenger of Allah! Would we be destroyed while there are good people amongst us?’ He said, ‘Yes, if the bad becomes much’ ” [al-Bukhari]
This particular hadith is narrated by multiple saheeh chains of transmission. At least four separate chains occur in ‘Saheeh al-Bukhari’ alone from prominent Companions. Thus, this hadith is from the strongest possible category of transmitted reports.
An authentic hadith in ‘Saheeh Muslim’ states that Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala will send forth the armies of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) to fight against Prophet ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam) and his followers. Allah will say, “I have sent forth some of my slaves whom no-one has the ability to fight” [Muslim].
They will spread over the Earth causing destruction everywhere until Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala will destroy them with heavenly punishment, and save Prophet ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam) and the Muslims with him.
As Imam Anwar Shah Kashmiri (rahimahullah) have shown, this narration does not mean that Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) cannot be released prior to this time. Imam Anwar Shah (rahimahullah) states that they were released during the lifetime of the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam), as the first hadith indicates, and they manifest again and again until their final and most severe manifestation is at the time of Prophet Jesus (‘Eesa alaihissalaam). He likens this to the appearance of the deviant sect, the Kharijites, who came forth generation after generation.
Imam Anwar Shah (rahimahullah) says that the hadith of the descent of ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam) does not mean that the Barrier of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) has to remain erect until that time. Nor does it mean that Yajuj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) could not have been released prior to the descent of Prophet Jesus ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam). However, a hadith which appears to contradict this opinion is found in ‘Jami` al-Tirmidhi’, in which Yajuj wa Ma’juj (Gog-Magog) are described as “digging through the Barrier until they almost breach it”, but each time they return to continue their work, they find it blocked up again, and thus it continues until Allah wishes to release them. Regarding this hadith of Tirmidhi, Imam Anwar Shah (rahimahullah) states: “this contradicts that which is in the saheeh, [that the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) said] that the Barrier was breached during his time, ‘like this’ (making a circle with his thumb and finger)….as well as the fact that Ibn Katheer (rahimahullah) deems this narration weak, and says that Abu Hurayrah (radhiyallahu anhu) at times attributes it to the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallan) and at times to Ka`b. Wujdani agrees that it is not from the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallan) and actually from Ka`b himself.”
To Summarize as a whole, the Qur’an had informed us that the Jewish people would not return to the Holy Land untilYa’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) had been released as mentioned above.
Imam Anwar Shah (rahimahullah) suggested that Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog- Magog) are from amongst the European (including Russian) people. If we accept both points, the next question is as to the identity of these dangerous tribes that were released during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alayhi wasallam), and the location of the Barrier of Dhul Qarnayn which has been already discussed above of the Khazar Kingdom getting occupied by the barbaric Scandinavians.
Not long after the coming of the Final Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) in Arabia, far away in the Northern depths of the Earth an eruption took place. This was the eruption of the Viking people from their homes in the chilled most northern regions of Europe upon the surrounding lands of Western Europe. This eruption resulted in what is now known as the ‘Viking Age’. I say ‘Northern depths’ of the Earth because, don’t forget, the traditional way of viewing the Earth was always with the North at the bottom. Only as Euro-Viking civilisation gained ascendancy over the Southern world was the map turned upside-down, a clear symbol of Northern hegemony and ascendancy.
About 150 years after the Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) revealed that a breach had occurred in the barrier holding back the tribes of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog & Magog), the first Viking ships landed off the Northumbrian coast of Britain and laid waste to a monastery nearby. A people previously unknown to history had made their dramatic entry into the story of the European continent. From then on, the outpouring of Viking hordes, from the Scandinavian peninsula, continued for countless generations, terrorizing the people of surrounding lands.
For almost three hundred years, the Christian countries of Northern and Western Europe in particular were at the mercy of the Viking hordes, whose ships dominated the seas as pirates, invaders, plunderers, looters and mercenaries.
Christopher Walker identifies the rise of the Normans or Vikings as a major factor in the start of the Crusades. He states, in his refreshingly even-handed book, ‘Islam and the West’:
“Within Europe a number of elements changed the prevalent attitude from peaceful pilgrimage to violent conquest of the Holy Land. The first was the coming of the Normans. This people, originally from Scandinavia, had within two generations remodelled itself as a dominant force within the society of Europe. They were assertive, dictatorial, controlling and militant, though sometimes content to act as mercenaries. They liked social hierarchies. If they could not be dominant they were content with submission; with a tendency towards warfare, they seem not to have rated equality highly. … But they were greater agents for change, perhaps as a result of their instincts for violence and hierarchy. They made their militant cause popular by gaining, where necessary the blessing of the pope, but were unafraid of excommunication. They used the papacy as they saw fit and the papacy made use of them. When William the Conqueror invaded England in 1066, his army was led by a knight carrying a papal banner emblazoned with a red cross; the invasion of England thus took on the appearance of a crusade before the Crusades. In dating the capture of Jerusalem (‘the event preferable to all events’), Foulcher of Chartres makes a point of indicating that it occurred twelve years after the death of William, King of England.”
A fascinating aspect of the Viking people was their system of government, if one can call it such. They were the first western Europeans to have a ‘democratic’ system. There would be a public assembly of all landowning freemen, known, bizarrely, simply as ‘the Thing’, which was “the cornerstone of democracy and authority” in the Viking Age. Each district had its own Thing which met once or twice a year. Its function was to be a forum where matters of local importance could be debated. Kings were elected, new laws were discussed, disputes over property were resolved, and violent crime and theft were adjudicated upon. Above the district assembly was the regional Thing. The Vikings exported this form of government to many of their colonies overseas [Chartrand et al, p. 27].
Is it possible that the ‘Thing’ of the Vikings is the true cultural precursor to modern European democratic systems, rather than the democracy of Ancient Greece as if often imagined?? Once again, are we observing the historical, perhaps unconscious, attempt by Europeans, embarrassed by the Viking roots of their democratic systems, to gloss over their true heritage and connect their cultural history to ancient Greco-Roman civilisation instead?? It is far more reassuring to trace one’s traditions to the great historic civilisations of Greece and Rome than to the piratical hordes of the Vikings, a people without ancestry, history or civilisation. Surely, it is no coincidence that Britain, the primary colony of the Viking hordes, was the first country to later develop ‘democratic’ institutions.
A core feature of ‘democracy’, and this explains why it appealed to the Viking mentality, is that it is essentially a denial of any higher moral authority. The people themselves decide their own rules and laws. Thus, nothing and nobody can prevent the people from doing what they want to do. It is a system which rejects revealed guidance and Divinely-ordained constraints upon human behaviour. It safeguards the freedom of the human creature to pursue any activity he finds desirable as long as there is approval from the collective. The Viking rejected authority, he felt no inclination to bow to God or king. This inherent rebelliousness, known as baghy in Arabic, is one of his defining characteristics.
Now we cqn convincingly say that the European people, and their North American progeny, are the Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) people prophesized in the Quran.
The ‘New World Order’ is the World Order of Gog and Magog. Indeed, it seems they have been given such a power that no-one is able to defeat except Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala Himself. The object of this article has been to show that it was the Vikings that were the precise Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) entity that were released and infiltrated the European peoples.
The Vikings and their descendants are the Gog-Magogian element within European civilisation.
One may reasonably ask how it is possible that the Vikings could have been Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) when they emerged over a thousand years ago, and the hadiths mention that Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) will fight Prophet ‘Eesa (alaihissalaam) when he returns to this world near the end of Time. How is it possible that the prophecies regarding Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) come to be fulfilled over forty generations after they first emerge?? Does this make any sense?? Is there even any trace of the original Gog and Magog people left after so many centuries of interbreeding and mixing of genes with other peoples??
With regard to the passing of many generations since their first release, the Qur’an provides us with another example of such a phenomenon and proves that a people may still be considered intimately related to distant forebears. The Prophets Abraham (Ibraheem alaihissalaam) and Ishmael ( Isma’eel alaigissalaam) prayed to Allah to make from their progeny “a believing nation”, and to “raise a prophet from amongst them”. This supplication was fulfilled thousands of years later when the Final Prophet Muhammad (sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) was sent to the Arabs and the whole of Mankind. This indicates that the passing of many generations does not preclude a progeny from intimate association with their forefathers, in the Qur’anic paradigm. The other interesting observation in this regard concerns one of the ayahs of Qur’an which mention the Ya’juj wa Ma’juj (Gog and Magog), namely:
“And there is prohibition upon [the people of] a city which We have destroyed that they will [ever] return Until when Gog and Magog are let loose, and they, from every elevation, descend.” [al-Anbiya:95-96]
The word used here to describe the movement of Gog and Magog from every elevation [ie every place (think world order)], is ‘yansiloon’, translated as ‘descend’ in the translation above. Others have translated it as ‘swiftly swarm’. The word ‘yansiloon’ is profound in our context, as it is derived from the root, nasl, which means, literally, ‘progeny’. The idea of ‘yansiloon’, ‘to descend’, is derived from the descent of the baby out of the mother’s womb. Here, a clue to support our theory of the coming forth of Gog and Magog as an emergence over many generations lies in the ayah itself, but Allah knows best. To close, we can quote a powerful verse penned by the great Indian Muslim scholar and poet, Muhammad Iqbal, who wrote:
With cleverness/wisdom and prudence this uproar (chaos) cannot be delayed Because
“Wa Qad Kuntum Bihi Tasta’jilun”
Gog and Magog all have been released The Muslim eye will see the meaning of ‘Yansilun’
It is possible that Iqbal had taken this idea from Imam Anwar Shah (rahimahullah), and Allah knows best. Could it be that the words, ‘from every elevated place’, predict the wars and invasions?? The armies of Ya’juj wa Ma’juj descending from the skies?? And Allah knows best.
We seek refuge with Him from all evil, deviation, misguidance and corruption. And we ask Him to enter us amongst His believing slaves. May peace and mercy be upon the Final Messenger and his family and Companions and all those who follow in their footsteps until the Last Day. And finally, all praise is to Allah the Creator and Lord of the Heavens and the Earth.
(Note: The conclusions made here are theoretical speculations and not meant to promote narrow bigotry or racism or influence practical decision making.)