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This article is partly or as a whole part of the book " The Fitnah of the Dajjal"

Gog & Magog

As for Gog and Magog, there are various theories, e.g. that Gog stands for NATO and Magog for Shanghai Cooperation / BRICS. But most theories ignore certain hadiths or historical facts.

Most Muslims believe that Gog and Magog have not yet appeared (are not released yet) and will only appear when Jesus a.s. has already returned, mostly based on the following hadith:

It would be under such conditions that Allah would reveal to Jesus these words: I have brought forth from amongst My servants such people against whom none would be able to fight; you take these people safely to Tur, and then Allah would send Gog and Magog and they would swarm down from every slope. The first of them would pass the lake of Tiberias and drink out of it. And when the last of them would pass, he would say: There was once water there." [Sahih Muslim]

At first, it seems that Gog & Magog will not appear until Jesus a.s. has already returned. But this does not necessarily have to be the case, since it is not clear when this occurrence starts. For the emptying of a whole lake certainly takes some time. Oddly, however, this is exactly what is happening at the moment:

Because of the high water consumption of Israel, among other things, so that the Israelis can water their lawn while the Palestinians do not even have clean drinking water, the water level of the lake of Galilee has already declined considerably. One can already see the bottom of the lake from a satellite.

Is there any more evidence that Gog and Magog may already have appeared? What exactly could be meant with Gog & Magog?

Let us first consider what the Koran tells us in Surah al-Kahfi 83-99. Dhul Qarnain was a leader who led his armies to the most remote areas of the earth. He used his authority to bring justice and peace, not like today's leaders oppression and tyranny:

They will ask thee of Dhu'l-Qarneyn. Say: I shall recite unto you a remembrance of him. Lo! We made him strong in the land and gave him unto every thing a road. And he followed a road. Till, when he reached the setting-place of the sun, he found it setting in a murky water, and found a people thereabout. We said: O Dhu'l-Qarneyn! Either punish or show them kindness. He said: As for him who doeth wrong, we shall punish him, and then he will be brought back unto his Lord, Who will punish him with awful punishment! But as for him who believeth and doeth right, good will be his reward, and We shall speak unto him a mild command. Then he followed a road. Till, when he reached the rising-place of the sun, he found it rising on a people for whom We had appointed no shelter therefrom. So [it was]. And We knew all concerning him. Then he followed a road. Till, when he came between the two mountains, he found upon their hither side a folk that scarce could understand a saying. They said: O Dhu'l-Qarneyn! Lo! Gog and Magog are spoiling the land. So may we pay thee tribute on condition that thou set a barrier between us and them? He said: That wherein my Lord hath established me is better [than your tribute]. Do but help me with strength [of men], I will set between you and them a bank. Give me pieces of iron - till, when he had levelled up [the gap] between the cliffs, he said: Blow! - till, when he had made it a fire, he said: Bring me molten copper to pour thereon. And [Gog and Magog] were not able to surmount, nor could they pierce [it]. He said: This is a mercy from my Lord; but when the promise of my Lord cometh to pass, He will lay it low, for the promise of my Lord is true. And on that day we shall let some of them surge against others, and the Trumpet will be blown. Then We shall gather them together in one gathering.

Dhul-Qarnain traveled to a place where he saw the sun sink in muddy water. Then he traveled east, until he met water again. He then followed a mountain chain with mountains on both sides, forming a valley where he met people who barely understood a word, and who complained that Gog and Magog would cause havoc in the land.

The Caucasus conforms to this description. It has two mountain chains that form a long valley stretching between two seas, the Caspian and the Black Sea. As the name suggests, the waters of the Black Sea are dark murky. To the east of the Black Sea lies the Caspian Sea, which would stop you in your tracks if you were coming from the Black Sea. In between is the Caucasus with two mountain chains forming a long valley, the 'Daryal Gorge'. In ancient times Daryal Gorge was called the Gates of Alan or the Caucasian or Iberian Gates. The Georgian military road crosses the pass, which has long been significant as an invasion route. Could this valley be the place where Dhul-Qarnain built its dam?

Allah also goes on to mention a people that Dhul Qarnain came across of whom he could scarcely understand a word. Dhul Qarnain was an experienced traveler who was familiar with many different cultures and languages, but yet he never came across a language which had similarity with this one. What language did they speak?

Georgian is a language spoken by only about 4 million people around the world. It is the official language of Georgia, which lies directly below the Caucasus. Other than e.g. Latin, Greek Hebrew or Arabic, this language has no resemblance to other languages. It is a language spoken only in this region and nowhere else.


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Georgian

If the description of the Koran applies to this place, who were the people then against the dam was built?

In the early days, north of the Caucasus, the Scythians and other steppe peoples used to live. They were known for their harshness and cruelty. The Jewish historian and scholar of the first century, Josephus, declared that the Jews at that time identified the Scythians as Gog & Magog. Alexander the Great, according to Josephus, would have closed these horse-riding barbarians of the north behind the mountains of the Caucasus with iron gates. These gates would be in Georgia, and in several ancient and medieval sources it is said that Georgian kings guard the gates of Gog and Magog. The similarities with the history in the Koran are striking.

The Scythians later formed the Kaganat of Khazaria and converted to Judaism, as reported by the Persian historian Ibn al-Faqîh and Ya'kub Qirqisân. This was supposed to have taken place around the year 740. Christian of Stavelot in his Expositio in Matthaeum Evangelistam (c. 860-870) calls them the descendants of Gog and Magog, who were circumcised and followed the laws of Judaism. King Joseph of Khazaria claimed to be a descendant of Magog's nephew Togarmah. Also the great Islamic scholar Ibn Kathir identified the Khazars as Gog & Magog in his "Stories of the Prophets".

Narrated Zainab bint Jahsh: that the Prophet (sallahu alyahi wa sallam) came to her in a state of fear after seeing a dream saying: "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah! Woe to the Arabs because of evil that has come near to them. Today a hole has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog as large as this (pointing with two of his fingers making a circle).Zainab said: "O Allah's Apostle! Shall we be destroyed though amongst us there are pious people?" He said: "Yes, if evil increases". [Sahih Bukhari]

The first woe came for the Arabs in the long wars they had with the Khazars and with whom they had suffered many defeats. After decades of war, both with the Umayyads and the Abbasids, the Khazars eventually migrated to Europe as a result of the Mongol expansion. Many European Jews are therefore descendants of the Khazars and not of the original Israelis. They are Caucasian Jews.

What is the connection between Gog and Magog and the Jews in the Koran?

The theory continues with the assumption that a sign that Gog and Magog would be already released would be the city that was destroyed and whose inhabitants could not return until Gog and Magog would be released:

And there is a prohibition upon [the people of] a city which We have destroyed: that they shall not return. Until, when [the dam of] Gog and Magog has been opened and they descend from every elevation. [Al-Anbiya 95-96]

We know only one city that has been destroyed and whose inhabitants have been denied the return, and that is Jerusalem, which was destroyed by the Romans and whose inhabitants could not return until today's Zionism, fostered by European Jews, built up the modern state of Israel and made the Arab population pay the price. Indeed, woe to the Arabs!

But the European Jews did not only built up the state of Israel. They also established the basis of today's Western society, the secular state and the Riba-based economic system.

The Qur'an tells us in Surah al-Kahfi that Allah will destroy the dam that Dhul Qarnain has built to seal off Gog & Magog behind it, at the time when God's promise of temptation and punishment will be fulfilled (at the time of Fitan). When the dam breaks, Gog & Magog are released to mankind, resulting in a total power-grabbing ( I have brought forth from my servants such people as none can defeat except myself. ) The Koran says, Gog and Magog would "descend from every elevation" . The West did exactly that. It has first seized control of the seas, then control of the land until it had control of the air.

Arnold Toynbee was quite honest when he declared "Western civilization is aiming at nothing less than the incorporation of all of mankind in a single great society and the control of everything in the earth, air and sea.." (Toynbee, Civilization on Trial, p 166)

The theory also claims that the dam would be also a symbol of the Shariah, God's law, which from then on is replaced by godlessness. The era of Gog and Magog would spread godlessness throughout the world until at the end of a thousand people only one would be saved. The basis of the godlessness is the secular society, which has set the parameters in such a way that religion becomes an insignificant weak force which can no longer counter the godlessness. The French and Bolshevik revolutions transformed Europe from a society based on religion to an essentially godless society in which homosexuality and extramaternial sex are as normal as brushing one's teeth.

Muslims were largely secularized and the Ummah split into nation states. Today, the mosques look pretty, many Muslims still perform their prayers, are fasting in Ramadan, are giving alms, are inviting people to Islam and practice much of the Sunnah. If however, Muslims do not make the necessary efforts to respond to the challenges of modern materialistic society, Islam has lost its substance, as the Prophet s.a.w. had foreseen.

Ali (r) reports that the Holy Prophet (s) said, "A time will come when there will be nothing left of Islam except its name, and of the Holy Qur'ân nothing left but its letters. The mosques will be splendid buildings and full of worshipers; but as far as guidance is concerned, they will be empty and abandoned. Their ulama (religious scholars) will be the worst of all creatures under the sky. Wicked conspiracies (Fitnah) will derive from them; and to them shall they return. [MISHKAT]

The most dangerous aspects of the modern age are its Shirk (recognition and allegiance to the sovereignty of the state), its riba (interest / usury: the poor are getting poorer, the rich ever richer), the feminist revolution and all the other aspects of "globalization", as already pointed out. The ultimate goal of the age of Fitan is to test mankind, and only those who have true faith in Allah and follow the path of His Messenger s.a.w. will stand the trial. The rest of mankind is drawn into the same global melting pot.

Gog & Magog are according to this theory those who follow the godless system which was built up by the Caucasian Jews and thus become a photocopy of them, for the Prophet s.a.w. said that he who imitates a people belongs to them.

The godless system produces the 'globalized people': they look the same TV shows and football games, the same Hollywood blockbusters; they eat the same (McDonalds & Kentucky), drink the same (beer and Coca Cola), dress the same (blue jeans), listen to the same pop music, use Facebook, Google and iPhones; manage their finances in the same way (lending loans against interest); have the same diseases (diabetes, heart disease, overweight); have the same toilet hygiene (use paper instead of water); believe the same (because they all get their news from Reuters or Associated Press); and live in the same lavish, nature-despising society that throws a third of its food production into the garbage. A special characteristic of Gog & Magog is the wastage of water (the Prophet s.a.w. said that if Gog & Magog come to a river, they drink it empty, which actually happens in many cases, as e.g. in Lima, Peru).

Humanity has now 8 billion people, to whom all the prophesied characteristics fit. Allah has told us that Gog & Magog are from the descendants of Adam.

Truly, Gog & Magog are from the offspring of Adam. [Kanz al-Umm, Vol.7, no. 2138]

According to this theory, Gog and Magog are the globalized, lavish, brainwashed, nature-alienated and nature-destroying people: Most of us would belong to them already! Only those who would be able to detach themselves from globalized society have the hope of escaping hell.

The above theory is very attractive because it explains many aspects of the prophecies well and has references like Ibn Kathir. But it also has deficiencies, e.g. the following:

- The above hadith from Sahih Muslim is not the only hadith that says that the appearance of Gog and Magog will happen only after the appearance of Isa a.s.

- Gog & Magog are described as invincible. However, the Khazars were often defeated, not only by the Muslims themselves, but also by Ukrainians and the Mongols, which is why they fled to Europe.

- If the dam were in the Caucasus, the Khazars could have simply ridden around it and come to Georgia through Dagestan and Azerbaijan, which would be even less far than Dhul-Qarnain's journey and probably just as fast because it was tedious through the mountains.

- Gog and Magog are described as peoples with flat faces like leather shields and small eyes, more like Mongols than Khazars, which is why many identified the Mongols as Gog and Magog.

- In Sunan ibn Majah it is transmitted: by Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "The people of Gog and Magog dig every day until they can almost see the rays of the sun, and the one in charge of them says, "Go back and we will dig it tomorrow. Then Allah will rebuild it, stronger than it was before. (This will continue) until, when their time comes and Allah wills to send them against the people, they will dig until they can almost see the rays of the sun, then the one in charge of them will say, "Go back and we will dig more tomorrow, if Allah wills. So they will say, "If Allah wills." Then they will return to it and it will be as they left it. So they will dig and come out to the people, and they will drink all the water. The people will entrench themselves against them in their fortresses. They will shoot their arrows into the sky, and they will come back stained with blood, and they will say: "We have conquered the people of the earth and ruled the people of the sky." Then Allah will send a worm down their necks and kill them with it.'" The Messenger of Allah (saw) said, "By the One in Whose hand is my soul, the beasts of the earth will grow fat on their flesh."

If we look at the hadith above, it makes it seem more like Gog & Magog are trying to escape from an underground dwelling, not just a dam that cuts off their way, which they could probably bypass. So is it possible that there is something to the Hollow Earth theories? Many cultures believed in it, and even the Nazis researched it. But before we go into that, here's an account from Islamic sources.

In the era of the Abbasid caliph Harun Al-Wathiq, who ruled the Islamic world between 227-232 AH, he saw in his sleep that the Gog and Magog Dam was open, whereupon he became frightened and ordered the preparation of a scientific research mission to investigate the veracity of his dream.

Caliph Al-Wathiq told the commander of the Abbasid army, Ashnas Al-Turki, about his visions. He advised him to entrust it to a man who worked in the translation department of the Abbasid administration and knew thirty languages. His name was Salam al-Tarjuman.

Al-Wathiq commissioned Tarjuman, gave him five thousand dinars and fifty strong young men to accompany him, each of them another fifty thousand dirhams and an annual income. The expedition convoy left the then Abbasid capital Samarra for the north, heading for Armenia. The country was part of the Abbasid Islamic state and its capital was Tbilisi, the capital of present-day Georgia. The governor of Armenia, Isaac bin Ismail, wrote letters to the kings of the Caucasus and southern Russia, of which the Jewish kingdom of the Khazars was the most important at that time.

Tarjuman being a Khazar and a Jew himself, he got five guides from the king of the Khazars and travelled with them eastwards north of the Caspian Sea for twenty-six days. They came to a black land with stench with cities in ruins, and they were told that these cities were destroyed by Gog and Magog.

According to the Russian orientalist and scholar Ignatius Krachkowski, Tarjuman reached Lake Belkash, which is now in Kazakhstan, but also says that Tarjuman was also able to reach the Gangaria region in what is now China, and that he may have seen the Great Wall of China.


Map of Tarjuman

Salam al-Turjuman confirms that his mission managed to reach a town called Aika, where there were farms, from which it was a three-day walk to the dam. The dam built by Dhul-Qarnayn had been a ditch (passage) between two mountains, the width of which was two hundred cubits (about 120 metres). Tarjuman was able to describe this dam accurately because he must have seen it himself. For this was transmitted orally by himself, and was confirmed by Ibn Khardadhaba, the geographer, and one of the high officials at the Abbasid court.

Tarjuman described the dam, its size and how it nestles between the mountains as if it were one with them. He also described the iron blocks that made up the dam, which resembled large mud bricks. He made his way back through Turkmenistan and Iran. A total of 22 men died on the expedition. Salam states that the time to go to the dam was sixteen months, and the return twelve months.


Mountains as described in the Qur'an.


The alleged dam.


In front of the supposed dam lie iron blocks in the shape of bricks.

Based on Tarjuman's reports, an Egyptian-Kyrgyz team undertook an expedition and thought they had found the dam. They brought us videos to prove this. The pictures are from these videos. They examined the dam with metal detectors, which came up positive. However, they did not dig through the thick layer of ice until they saw the dam itself. So one is free to doubt the discovery.

Nevertheless, the theory that the dam closes a hole to Hollow Earth is worth exploring, because many cultures mention huge caverns and subterranean inhabitants. Agartha, for example, is a legendary kingdom said to be located on the inner surface of the earth, inhabited by powerful humans or demigods. Its capital is said to be Shambalah. The Kalachakra Tantra, an ancient Buddhist text, prophesies that when the world is engulfed in war and greed and all is lost, the 25th Kalki King Maitreya will emerge from Shambhala with a vast army to defeat the dark forces and usher in a worldwide Golden Age. In fact, many Buddhists like the Dalai Lama believe that when the Kalki King appears, he will fight and slaughter the Muslims.


Map of Central Asia.

Many believed that the entrance to Shambalah was in the Altay Mountains, a little to the north-east of Kyrgyzstan and not far from Lake Belkash, which Tarjuman might well have travelled.

The Nazis, at any rate, took these legends very seriously. One might even say they were obsessed with them. Their swastika itself came from the Thule Society, which itself merged with the Vril Society, which believed Vril to be the power source of an underground race of beings. The main purpose of the Thule Society was to research the origins of the Aryan race, "Thule" being a land located by Greco-Roman geographers in the far north.

Tibetan lamas and the Dalai Lama have personally testified that the people from Agartha are still alive today. It seems that Hitler was mainly trying to discover the entrances to the subterranean world of Agartha and to come into contact with the descendants of the Aryan "God-people".

In the myths and lore of the subterranean world, it is often said that a terrible world war is yet to come on the surface of the earth, but that it will be brought to an end by earthquakes, other natural disasters and a pole shift and the consequent death of two-thirds of humanity. After this final war, the various races of the Earth's interior would reunite with the survivors on the surface and the millennial Golden Age would be ushered in. Some parallels with Islamic prophecies are striking.

The Nazis launched several expeditions, including to Tibet and Antarctica, to find the entrance to Inner Earth. And apparently found it!

In 1938, a German expedition to Antarctica was undertaken with the aircraft carrier Schwabenland. 600,000 square kilometres were declared German territory, the New Swabia. Whole fleets of Class XXI submarines were later send there.

Today, about a hundred German submarines are still unaccounted for. Disappeared into the Hollow Earth? Anyone who has been through the Western educational institutions that call themselves schools would laugh heartily about that. But there is circumstantial evidence.

For example, the letter below from a German crew member of one of the lost submarines, which was only published by his friend in 1985.

Among others, there is also an Antarctic development project led by Admiral E. Byrd in 1947. It was codenamed Operation Highjump.

Thirteen US Navy support ships in addition to the flagship USS Mount Olympus and the aircraft carrier USS Philippine Sea, six helicopters, six flying boats, two seaplane tenders and 15 other aircraft were deployed. In all, over 4,000 people were involved. It had been given eight months to complete the expedition, but was forced to abandon it after eight weeks and high, still unknown, losses of aircraft and personnel, even though this expedition was a supposed mapping operation that should have been a completely safe venture

Some believe that the reason the photos and maps were never released is because this military operation was actually a reconnaissance and recovery mission. In 1949, Secretary of Defence James Forrestal, a close friend of Admiral Byrd, was sent to stay at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He began discussing Operation Highjump with the hospital staff, talking wildly about UFOs, Atlantis and an underground Nazi city. He was refused a visit, including his wife, and shortly afterwards "plunged" to his death from the hospital window.

HighJump became a controversial topic among UFO conspiracy theorists, who claimed it was a covert US Army project to find secret underground Nazi facilities in Antarctica and the German Vril flying discs or Thule spaceship prototypes. In any case, Admiral Byrd publicly warned that the United States should take protective measures against the possibility of an invasion of the country by enemy aircraft from the Polar Regions. Mmmmh...

Well, we don't want to get lost in this topic here, even though quite exciting. Most of us will probably not get to see Gog & Magog if they are peoples in Hollow Earth. What speaks against this theory, however, is that Dajjal also mentions the drying up of Lake Tiberias, in the hadith of Tamim ad-Dari. Here, therefore, it appears that the appearance of Gog & Magog coincides with the appearance of Dajjal. But Allah knows best.