The majority of Muslims believe Gog and Magog have not been released because they insist their appearance is only after Jesus (pbuh) returns and kills Dajjal which is recorded in a hadith.
There are others who believe they have already been released. This is my analysis so no one has to accept it unless you are convinced. Included in this analysis are the views of Islamic scholar Imran N. Hosein.
According to the Qur’an, Gog and Magog are human beings who are very powerful and will commit universal acts of corruption and oppression [18:94]. No one can destroy them except Allah.
The Antichrist and Gog and Magog are interlinked, and their appearance in the world are one of the ten major signs of the Last Age.
Allah promised that one day he will raise down [18:98] the barrier built by Dhul Quarnain to release Gog and Magog in the world. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) experienced a vision which revealed to him that a hole had been made in the barrier, indicating their release:
Zainab bint Jahsh said: “…once the Messenger of Allah awoke from such a sleep that his face was red and these words were on his tongue: ‘There is none worthy of worship except Allah. Destruction is upon the Arabs on account of the evil which has come close to them. Today a hole as big as this has opened up in the barrier of Ya’jooj and Ma’jooj and the Prophet indicated the hole by forming a ring with his index finger and thumb.” [Bukhari and Muslim]
“Narrated Zainab bint Jahsh: One day Allah’s Apostle entered upon her in a state of fear and said: None has the right to be worshipped but Allah! Woe to the Arabs from the Great evil that has approached (them). Today a hole has been opened in the barrier of Gog and Magog like this. The Prophet made a circle with his index finger and thumb. Zainab bint Jahsh added: I asked: O Allah’s Apostle! Shall we be destroyed though there will be righteous people among us? The Prophet said: Yes (it will come to pass) when wickedness increases (i.e. scum, evil, disgusting conduct, sexual perversity, etc., overtakes the world).” (This indicates not only political, economic and military oppression of Arabs but also, they would be demonised in every conceivable obscene and malicious way.) [Sahih Bukhari]
The Arabs are already oppressed and demonised in every obscene and malicious way to such an extent that mankind have been brainwashed into despising them.
Islamic scholar Imran N. Hosein interprets the following verse as follows:
“There is a ban on a town (i.e., Jerusalem) which we destroyed (and whose people were then expelled) that they (i.e. the people of the town) can never return (to reclaim that town as their own) until Gog and Magog are released and they spread out in all directions (thus taking control of the world while establishing the Gog and Magog world-order).” (Our comments are in brackets) [21:95-6]
We are now in a position to recognise the return of the Jews to the Holy Land in the ‘End Time’ and the restoration of the State of Israel as a Sign which confirms the release of Gog and Magog.
They now control the world with a power which is indestructible. When we look at the strange world today, their release provides an explanation of that reality. They are the dominant actors in world affairs and control the entire world, from entertainment, fashion, travel, politics, and international affairs etc.