Yajooj And Majooj (Gog And Magog)

Book of the End: Great Trials and Tribulations

By Ibn Katheer

After ‘Eesa ibn Maryam kills the Dajjaal, Yajooj and Majooj (Gog and Magog) will come out. And through the blessings of ‘Eesa’s supplications, Allah will then destroy them in a single night. Allah it said:

“Until when Yajooj and Maim] (Gog and Magog) are let loose (from their barrier), and they swoop down from every mound. And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (of fulfillment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves), you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly stare in horror. (They will say): “Woe to us! We were indeed heedless of this; nay, but we were Zalimoon (polytheists and wrongdoers, etc.). “Qur’an 21:96-97.

And Allah said regarding the story of Thil-Qarnain:

“Then he followed (another way), until, when he reached between two mountains, he found, before (near) them (those two mountains), a people who scarcely understood a word. They said: “O Dhul-Qarnain! Verily! Yalu] and Majuj (Gog and Magog) are doing great mischief in the land. Shall we then pay you a tribute in order that you might erect a barrier between us and them?” He said: “That (wealth, authority, and power) in which my Lord had established me is better (than your tribute). So help me with strength (of men). I will erect between you and them a barrier.”

“Give me pieces (blocks) of iron,” then, when he had filled up the gap between the two mountain-cliffs, he said: “Blow,” till when he had made it (red as) fire, he said: “Bring me molten copper to pour over it.” So they (Yajuj and Majuj (Gag and Magog)) were made powerless to scale it or dig through it. (Dhul-Qarnain) said: “This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the Promise of my Lord comes, He shall level it down to the ground. And the Promise of my Lord is ever true.” And on that Day (i.e. the Day Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) will come out), We shall leave them to surge like waves on one another, and the Trumpet will be blown, and We shall collect them all together.” Qur’an 18: 85-99.

In the Tafseer of the story of Dhul-Qarnain – that he built the barrier from iron and copper between two mountains – we mentioned that Dhul-Qarnain said, “This is a mercy from my Lord — that through the barrier, this people who spread corruption in the earth are separated from the people.” “But when the Promise of my Lord comes”. this is referring to the time when the barrier will be destroyed and leveled down to the ground. “And the Promise of my Lord is ever true”: i.e., this matter must come to pass. And at that time, Allah “shall leave them to surge like waves on one another.” And then they will go forth among the people, traveling quickly through every mound. After that time, the trumpet will be blown. In another Verse, Allah said:

“Until, when Ya’jooj and Majuj (Gag and Magog) are let loose (from their barrier), and they swoop down from every mound. And the true promise (Day of Resurrection) shall draw near (of fulfillment). Then (when mankind is resurrected from their graves), you shall see the eyes of the disbelievers fixedly stare in horror ‘ Qur’an 21:96, 97. Continue reading

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Book of Asceticism, Piety And Softening Of Hearts – Sahih Muslim

Kitab Al-Zuhd Wa Al-Raqa’iq

Chapter 1

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Book 42, Number 7058:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The world is a prison-house for a believer and Paradise for a non-believer.

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Book 42, Number 7059:

Jabir b. Abdullah reported that Allah’s Apostle (may p(-ace be upon him) happened to walk through the bazar coming from the side of ‘Aliya and the people were on both his sides.There he found a dead lamb with very short ears. He took hold of his ear and said: Who amongst you would like to have this for a dirham? They said: We do not like to have it even for less than that as it is of no use to us. He said: Do you wish to have it (free of any cost)?They said: By Allah, even if it were alive (we would not have liked to possess that), for there is detect in it as its ear is very short; now it is dead also.Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: By Allah, this world is more insignificant in the eye of Allah as it (this dead lamb) is in your eye.

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Book 42, Number 7060:

Jabir reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) narrating a hadith like this with a slight variation of wording.

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Book 42, Number 7061:

Mutarrif reported on the authority of his father: I came to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as he was reciting: “Abundance diverts you” (cii. 1).He said: The son of Adam claims: My wealth, my wealth.And he (the Holy Prophet) said: O son of Adam. is there anything as your belonging except that which you consumed, which you utilised, or which you wore and then it was worn out or you gave as charity and sent it forward?

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Book 42, Number 7062:

Mutarrif reported on the authority of his father: I went to Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him).The rest of the hadith is the same.

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Book 42, Number 7063:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: A servant says, My wealth. my wealth, but out of his wealth three things are only his: whatever he eats and makes use of or by means of which he dresses himself and it wears out or he gives as charity, and this is what he stored for himself (as a reward for the Hereafter), and what is beyond this (it is of no use to you) because you are to depart and leave it for other people.This hadith has been narrated on the authority of al-‘Ala’ b. ‘Abd al-Rahman with the same chain of transmitters. Continue reading

The Book of Patients – Sahih Bukhari

Translated By Aisha Bewley.

Chapter 78. The Book of Patients

I. What has come about illness being an expiation

The words of Allah Almighty, “Anyone who does evil will be repaid for it.” (4:123)

5317. It is related from ‘Urwa ibn az-Zubayr that ‘A’isha, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘There is no affliction which befalls a Muslim but that Allah expiates some of his wrong actions by it, even a thorn which pricks him.'”

5318. ‘Ata’ ibn Yasar related from Abu Sa’id al-Khudri and Abu Hurayra that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “No fatigue, illness, anxiety, sorrow, harm or sadness afflicts any Muslim, even to the extent of a thorn pricking him, without Allah wiping out his mistakes by it.”

5319. It is related from Ka’b that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The metaphor of the believer is a tender young plant which the wind sometimes bends and sometimes makes upright. The example of the hypocrite is a cedar tree which remains upright until it is uprooted all at once.”

It is related from Ka’b from the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

5320. ‘Ata’ ibn Yasar related from Abu Hurayra that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The metaphor of a believer is a tender young plant which bends from whichever direction the wind comes to it. When it is still, then it is upright. A believer bends with affliction while the impious one is like the cedar tree, rigid until Allah breaks it whenever He wishes.”

5321. Abu’l-Hubab Sa’id ibn Yasar said, “I heard Abu Hurayra say that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, ‘When Allah desires good for someone, He afflicts him.'” Continue reading

Book Pertaining To The Turmoil And Portents Of The Last Hour – Sahih Muslim

KITAB AL-FITAN WA ASHRAT AS-SA’AH

Chapter 1 :

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Book 41, Number 6881:

Zainab bint Jahsh reported that Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) got up from sleep saying: There is no god but Allah; there is a destruction in store for Arabia because of turmoil which is at hand, the barrier of Gog and Magog has opened so much. And Sufyan made a sign of ten with the help of his hand (in order to indicate the width of the gap) and I said: Allah’s Messenger, would we be perished in spite of the fact that there would be good people amongst us? Thereupon he said: Of course, but only when the evil predominates.

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Book 41, Number 6882:

This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Zainab bint Jahsh with a slight variation in the chain of transmitters.

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Book 41, Number 6883:

Zainab bint Jahsh, the wife of Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him), reported that one day Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) came out in a state of excitement with his face quite red. And he was saying: There is no god but Allah; there is a destruction in store for Arabia beciuse of the turmoil which is near at hand as the barrier of Gog and Magog has been opened like it, and he (in order to explain it) made a ring with the help o his thumb and forefinger. I said: Allah’s Messenger, would we be destroyed despite the fact that there would be pious people amongst us ? He said: Yes, when the evil would predominate.

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Book 41, Number 6884:

This hadith has been narrated oil the authority of Zuhri with a different chain of transmitters.

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Book 41, Number 6885:

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Apostle (may peace be upon him) as saying: Today the wall (barrier) of Gog and Magog has been opened so much, and WUhaib (in order to explain it) made the figure of ninety with the help of his hand.

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Chapter 2 : THE SINKING OF AN ARMY IN THE EARTH WHICH WOULD ATTACK THE HOUSE

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Book 41, Number 6:

Harith b Abi Rabi’a and ‘Abdullah b. Safwan both went to Umm Salama, the Mother of the Faithful, and they asked her about the army which would be sunk in the earth, and this relates to the time when Ibn Zubair (was the governor of Mecca). She reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) had said that a seeker of refuge would seek refuge in the Sacred House and an army would be sent to him (in order to kill him) and when it would enter a plain ground, it would be made to sink. I said: Allah’s Messenger, what about him who would be made to accompany this army willy nilly? Thereupon he said: He would be made to sink along with them buf he would be raised on the Day of Resurrection on the basis of his intention. Abu Ja’far said.’ This plain,ground means the plain ground of Medina. Continue reading

Book of Trials – Sahih Bukhari

Translated By Aisha Bewley

I. What has come in the words of Allah Almighty, “Be fearful of trials which aill not afflict solely those among you who do wrong.” (8:25) and the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, warning about trials

6641. Ibn Abi Mulayka reported from Asma’ that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “I will be at my Basin waiting for those who come to me. Some people will be taken away from me and I will say, ‘My community!’ He will say, “You do not know. They reverted in apostasy.'”

Ibn Abi Mulayka said, “O Allah, we seek refuge with You from turning back on our heels and from being tempted.”

6642. Abu Wa’il related from ‘Abdullah that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “I will be your forerunner to the Basin. Some men from among you will be brought before me and when I want to hand them water, they will be wrested away from me. I say, ‘O Lord, my Companions!’ He will say, ‘You do not know what they innovated after you.'”

6643. Abu Hazim reported that he heard Sahl ibn Sa’d say that he heard the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, “I will be your forerunner to the Basin. Whoever comes to it will drink from it. Whoever drinks from it will never be thirsty again. Some people will come to me whom I will recognise and they will recognise me but then a barrier will be put up between me and them.”

Abu Hazim said, “An-Nu’man ibn Abi ‘Ayyash heard me when I was reporting this. He asked, ‘Is that how you heard it from Sahl?’ ‘Yes,’ I replied. He said, ‘I was present with Abu Sa’id al-Khudri and I heard him add to it, “They are from me.” It will be said, ‘You do not know what they changed after you.’ I will say, ‘Far away! Far away with those who changed after me!'”‘”

II. The words of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, “You will see things which you disapprove of after me.”

‘Abdullah ibn Zayd said that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “Remain steadfast until you meet me at the Basin.”

6644. Zayd ibn Wahb said, “I heard ‘Abdullah say, ‘The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said to me, ‘After me you will encounter self-seeking and things you disapprove of.’ They asked, ‘What do you command us to do, Messenger of Allah?’ He replied, ‘Give them their rights and ask Allah for your right.'”

6645. Abu Raja’ related from Ibn ‘Abbas that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “If someone dislikes what his ruler does, he should be patient. Anyone who separates himself from the ruler even a hand’s breadth will die the death of the Jahiliyya.”

6646. Abu Raja’ al-‘Utaridi said, “I heard from Ibn ‘Abbas that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “If someone sees something in his amir which he dislikes, he should be patient. Anyone who separates from the Community a hand’s breadth and dies will only die the death of the Jahiliyya.”

6647. Busr ibn Sa’id related that Junada ibn Abi Umayya said, We visited ‘Ubada ibn as-Samit while he was ill and said, ‘May Allah restore you. Tell a hadith by which Allah will benefit you which you heard from the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace.’ He said, ‘The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, summoned us and we gave allegiance to him.’ He added, ‘Part of that which he stipulated for us is that we gave allegiance to hear and obey when we were busy and in matters which we disliked and in both difficulty and ease, evn if our rights were not given to us, and not to contend with people for power unless we saw open disbelief which we would have as evidence with Allah.'”

6648. Anas ibn Malik related from Usayd ibn Hudayr that a man came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, “Messenger of Allah, you appointed so-and-so to an office and did not appoint me.” He said, “After me you will see self-seeking. Remain steadfast until you meet me.”

III. The words of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, “The destruction of my community will occur at the hands of some foolish young men.”

6649. ‘Amr ibn Sa’id said, “My grandfather told me, ‘I was sitting with Abu Hurayra in the mosque of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, in Madina while Marwan was with him. Abu Hurayra said, “I heard the truthful and trusted one say, ‘The destruction of my Community will occur at the hands of some young men of Quraysh.'” Marwan said, ‘May the curse of Allah be on them, those youths.’ Abu Hurayra said, “If I had wished, I could have said, ‘The Banu so-and-so and the Banu so-and-so, I would have done so.'”‘ I used to go with my grandfather to the Banu Marwan when they controlled Syria. When he saw that they were young men, he said to us, ‘Perhaps these are among them?’ We replied, ‘You know best.'”

IV. The words of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, “Woe to the Arabs on account of an evil which has drawn near.”

6650. Zaynab bint Umm Salama related from Umm Habiba that Zaynab ibn Jahsh said, “The Prophet woke up from sleep and his face was red. He was saying, ‘ There is no god but Allah. Woe to the Arabs from an evil which is drawing near! An opening has been made in the wall of Ya’juj and Ma’juj like this,” and Sufyan made a circle with his thumb and forefinger for ninety or a hundred. It was asked, “O Messenger of Allah, will we be destroyed when the righteous are among us?” He said, “Yes, if there is a lot of wickedness. ”

6651. ‘Urwa related that Usama ibn Zayd said, “The Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, looked out from one of the fortresses of Madina and said, ‘Do you see what I see?’ ‘No,’ they replied. He said, ‘I see afflictions falling on your houses like drops of rain.'” Continue reading