and unto you, the peace also
If Allah wills this series to get made - I promise you it will over turn many of the previously propagated theories out there, and give the viewer much to contemplate in relation to history and eschatology.
This study of gog magog, dhul qarnayn and the barrier - is classically restricted to the scholars of Islam, whom would not venture out of their comfort zones (in study) to find out what the larger world had recorded about the event mentioned in Al kahf 83-99... only on two occasions in history had this happened and both turned out to be unfruitful...
There were two expeditions sent to locate the barrier.
An early expedition to Derbent was ordered by the khaliph Umar RA (586–644 AD) himself, during the Arab conquest of Armenia where they heard about Alexander's Wall in Derbent from the conquered Christian Armenians. Umar's expedition was recorded by the renowned exegetes of the Qur'an, Al-Tabarani (873-970 AD) and Ibn Kathir (1301–1373 AD), and by the Muslim geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi (1179-1229 AD):
... Umar sent ... in 22 A.H. [643 AD] ... an expedition to Derbent ... `Abdur Rahman bin Rabi`ah [was appointed] as the chief of his vanguard. When 'Abdur Rehman entered Armenia, the ruler Shehrbaz surrendered without fighting. Then when `Abdur Rehman wanted to advance towards Derbent, Shehrbaz [ruler of Armenia] informed him that he had already gathered full information about the wall built by Dhul-Qarnain, through a man, who could supply all the necessary details ...
Umar RA was informed that the barrier was in derbent, but the location is built of brick and mortar, and not iron and qhitre... so this is not the location, and makes no sense to be the location when boats can avoid the derbent pass and enter the southern climes easily.
A few centuries later, during the khaliphate of Al Watiq:
The second expedition was the one undertaken by Sallam the Interpreter (sallam al tarjoumani). He was sent to locate the barrier with an armed guard, on the order of Khaliph Al Watiq. His journey was a long one, and he located it in Changan near Lake Lop Nor, northern Chinese territory, but commentators have explained that he must have confused the great wall of china for the barrier. However, Sallam al Taejoumani is reported to have found the barrier intact, with a gate in it, and the metallic surface was chipped so he pulled out his knife and chipped a little of the metal away and bagged it to present to the khaliph on his return journey. when he returned, hardly anyone recognised him because he'd been away many years, and the travel across harsher climes had taken its toll on him and his entourage... many of which, died on that journey. He was able to prove who he was because he had the letter given to him by Khaliph al Watiq, which exonerated him somewhat.
However, Muslim and non Muslim works examining the book of Ibn Khuradabih (the man who penned the travelogue of sallam) have often claimed that location Sallam arrived at to be in different places, all of which are geographically between Kyrgyzstan and China - a region of thousands of miles to be covered therein. So no definite answer on the actual barrier here. Not to mention, there is no mention of a gate within the barrier in al kahf...
So looking to the classical refefrences does us no justice in the modern age, but only serve to help point us in other directions if we eliminate these locations in the process.
I don't have an education, so I am an unlearnt person - but I read lots of books and have had to look into the basics of geology, geography, topography, archaeology, etymology,philology, morphology, and a whole host of other "ologies" which have helped to arm me with the necessary tools in order to solve this mystery.
Alhamdulillah, I feel it is solved for me - I have no more questions left to answer in relation to the epic in Al Kahf, and can explain away any part of it convincingly, I feel. And Allah knows best.
Hope this helps
Thank you Roshan_M for your interest in this study, if you'd like to know more, some of my posts in this thread may interest you: http://wup-forum.com/in-search-of-gog-and-magog-t25494.html
but be warned, often what I put out on WUP forum, is olnly a teaser and not the full McCoy... for that, the series I plan on making will be vital in knowing why some of the info in that thread may be seen as fitan. Trial.
As they say, knowledge is power... and people abuse knowledge so I kept most of it back until I can present it in the context i believe it should be presented in.
I pray Allah Aza wa Jal guide me in this endeavour and make this work the definite explanation of the ayahs in Al KAhf 83-99. Ameen.
EDIT: my username on wup-forum is also Scimitar