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Only few things scared the Prophet ﷺ

The coming of Gog & Magog was one of them.

Zainab bint Jahsh narrated in Sahih Bukhari…

The Prophet (ﷺ) once came to her in a state of fear and said,
“Woe unto the Arabs from a danger that has come near. An opening has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog like this,” making a circle with his thumb and index finger.

Zainab bint Jahsh said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! Shall we be destroyed even though there are pious persons among us?”

He said, “Yes, when the evil will increase.”

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The story of Gog and Magog (Yajuj and Majuj) sounds like a nightmare… something out of a Sci Fi/Horror flick.

It doesn’t help that what we’re taught in Quran and Sunnah is conflated with unfounded, falsified accounts.

What we know…

Dhul Qarnayn trapped this destructive people behind a barrier of iron and copper…

…and they exist until this day… working to break out… waiting for their day of wrath.

Questions to consider…

  • what exactly are they and what’s their real story?
  • where are they trapped… could we reach them today?
  • who is Dhul Qarnayn and what was so special about him?
  • is the barrier real or figurative? if figurative, what nation are they?
  • why are they trying to make a hole through the barrier when Allah made it clear that it’s easier to climb over it?
  • what about those who claim they know where it is today and even have pictures?

The Abbasid Caliph, Al-Waathiq, sent an expedition looking for the barrier; and after 2 years they found it!

Why are Gog and Magog so terrifying?

Not only are they among the final signs of the Day of Judgement, Gog and Magog will appear after Isa (ﷺ) slays the Anti-Christ (Dajjal).

Now here’s the kicker…

Not even Isa (ﷺ) will be able face them… he’ll flee with the believers to the mountaintops while Gog and Magog drain every waterbody and destroy every inhabitant.

So what will finally end Gog and Magog? And what will happen next?

Shaykh Kamal El Mekki

Shaykh Kamal is known best for his workshop “How to Give Shahadah in 10 Minutes”, a 6-hour workshop designed to empower MSAs and Dawah organizations in the art of Dawah. His lectures and online videos (targeting contemporary challenges) have also gained popular fame and positive impact among Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Educated at the hands of numerous prominent Islamic scholars from across the world, Shaykh Kamal also has dynamic experience in the secular world.