Who are the Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog)?
The story of Yajuj and Majuj is stated both in the Quran and hadith. Their appearance will be one of the signs of the end times. These events will transpire after the arrival of Dajjal, Mehdi and Eesaa (alaihi salam). Both Quran and the hadith have clearly mentioned their existence, arrival and the aftermath of their arrival.
Gog and Magog (pronounced as “Gog u-Magog” in Hebrew and “Yajuj amd Majuj” in Arabic) are names that appear in the Old Testament, and in the Quran. Although they are sometimes individuals, sometimes peoples, and sometimes geographic regions, their reference in the Quran and hadith clearly indicates that they are people numerous in number who will appear toward end of times.
According to these verses, the survivors of the flood were only the progeny of Prophet Nuh (alaihis salaam) and no one else. Accordingly, the Gog and Magog come from the same progeny. A Hadith transmitted in Imam Ahmed’s Musnad and the Sunan of Abu Dawud states that there were three sons born to Prophet Nuh: Shem, Ham and Japheth. Shem was the father of the Arabs; Ham was the father of the Sudanese; and Japheth was the father of the Turks. According to the descriptions narrated by ahadith, Gog and Magog belong to the Turkic Mongol race, have small eyes, small flat noses and wide faces. Their faces look like hammered-out shields (their faces are likened to shields because they are wide and round).