Zul-Qarnain: The One With the Two Horns or Two Generations
[18:83] They ask you about Zul-Qarnain. Say, “I will narrate to you some of his history.”
[18:84] We granted him authority on earth, and provided him with all kinds of means.
[18:85] Then, he pursued one way.
[18:86] When he reached the far west, he found the sun setting in a vast ocean, and found people there. We said, “O Zul-Qarnain, you can rule as you wish; either punish, or be kind to them.”
[18:87] He said, “As for those who transgress, we will punish them, then, when they return to their Lord, He will commit them to more retribution.
[18:88] “As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, they receive a good reward; we will treat them kindly.”
[18:89] Then he pursued another way.
[18:90] When he reached the far east, he found the sun rising on people who had nothing to shelter them from it.
[18:91] Naturally, we were fully aware of everything he found out.
[18:92] He then pursued another way.
[18:93] When he reached the valley between two palisades, he found people whose language was barely understandable.
Interesting that Moses with his teacher patched a wall so it wouldn’t break prematurely and also bored a hole in a ship, while Zul-Qarnain built a dam (wall) that Gog and Magog can’t bore through (18:71, 18:77, 18:97).
Also, similar to Zul-Qarnain went far west sun setting, while the people of the cave in 18:17: “You could see the sun when it rose coming from the right side of their cave, and when it set, it shone on them from the left, as they slept in the hollow thereof.”
Gog and Magog could be like the people of the cave where they are put into a comatose state until 2270 AD.