There are, however, other explanations as to why Arab leaders blocked the wall in the first place and why they have an Islamic cemetery right in front of the Golden Gate. For example, my good friend and professor (well, he was my professor) Dr. Robert Mullins (Archaeologist, PhD from Hebrew University, and Biblical Studies Professor at Azusa Pacific University) provides this explanation:
"The Golden Gate is late Byzantine or Early Arabic in date. It was walled up in 810 AD by the Muslims as a way to restrict access to the Haram by unbelievers. But they also walled off the two Huldah Gates on the southern side of the Temple Mount as well, so it is clear that their motives had nothing to do with the prevent the Messiah legend. But the blockage of the Golden Gate gave rise to the “prevent the Messiah” legend nevertheless. This story was then combined with the passage in Ezek 44:1-3 about the closing of the outer gate of the sanctuary facing east with only the prince able to pass in and out, as well as the famous triumphal entry of Jesus in Luke 19:28ff. But in the latter case, if you read the text closely, there is nothing about Jesus entering the Temple Mount through the Golden Gate (or what would have then been the Shushan Gate). He could have just as easily entered through the southern Huldah Gates or one of the other entrances onto the Temple Mount.Why would the Muslims want to keep the Messiah out anyway? Isn't their eschatology wrapped around messianic hope, just like the Christians' and the Jews'?
The reason Muslims are buried in front of the Golden Gate is because Muslims believe that at the Great Judgment, Mohammed will stand in front of the Golden Gate and Jesus will stand opposite him on the Mt. of Olives. Everyone must walk a tight rope across the Kidron Valley from the Mt. of Olives to the Golden Gate to then pass onto the Haram/Temple Mount. Those who are wicked will fall into the Kidron Valley (the Valley of Jehoshaphat in Joel). The righteous will make it across to be greeted by Mohammed and then either enter through the portal of Mercy of the Golden Gate or the portal of Penance onto the Haram. Those buried in front of the Golden Gate don’t need to walk the tight rope since they are already on the 'correct' side."(From a personal e-mail)