Are Yajūj Majūj (Gog Magog) Aliens?

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Answered by Shaykh Yūsuf Badāt


I know the Yajūj Majūj (Gog Magog) are mentioned in the Qurʾān. I was wondering whether they are humans, aliens or extra terrestrial creatures. Would you be able to help me understand?


In the Name of God, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate

Jazāk Allāh Khayr/ Thank you for your question. May God bless you for your inquisitiveness regarding matters mentioned in the Qurʾān.

The Yajūj Majūj are human beings. This can be understood by the following ḥadīth:

Among you are two nations who never come to anything but they overwhelm it with their huge numbers, they are the Yajūj and Majūj”. (Bukhārī & Muslim)

Imam Ibn Kathīr (may God’s mercy be upon him) also writes in his famous tafsīr,

“The Yajūj and Majūj are among the progeny of Ādam”. (Tafsīr Ibn Kathīr)

Muftī Shafi (may God’s mercy be upon him) has expounded on the details of the Yajūj Majūj in his book, Ma’ārif Al Qurʿān, and states that the linage of the Yajūj Majūj can be traced back to one of the sons of the Prophet Nūḥ (peace be upon him). (Ma’ārif Al Qurʾān)

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