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    Who is Dhul Qarnayn? (OP)


    There are rumors that he is Alexander The Great, his name meaning "The Two Horned One", but they both lived in different time periods. There are also scholars who say he is/was Cyrus The Great. I was wondering, any chance of him being Saladin (Salahuddin)?

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    Allah be with you
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    Re: Who is Dhul Qarnayn?

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    Mashallah, this is a very hot topic. But I think all of you have got it wrong. And the reason is because even though you could dispute the historic facts, there is nothing in the Qur'an that gives you any kind of historic explanation of Dhul Qarnayn. We may find what is most likely the wall of Dhul Qarnayn, but that does not mean it is THE wall.

    Firstly, the wall is explained in the Ahadith as to how it will be broken through:

    It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said:
    "Gog and Magog people dig every day until, when they can almost see the rays of the sun, the one in charge of them says: "Go back and we will dig it tomorrow." Then Allah puts it back, stronger than it was before. (This will continue) until, when their time has come, and Allah wants to send them against the people, they will dig until they can almost see the rays of the sun, then the one who is in charge of them will say: "Go back, and we will dig it tomorrow if Allah wills.' So they will say: "If Allah wills." Then they will come back to it and it will be as they left it. So they will dig and will come out to the people, and they will drink all the water. The people will fortify themselves against them in their fortresses. They will shoot their arrows towards the sky and they will come back with blood on them, and they will say: "We have defeated the people of earth and dominated the people of heaven." Then Allah will send a worm in the napes of their necks and will kill them thereby.'" The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: "By the One in Whose Hand is my soul, the beasts of the earth will grow fat on their flesh."



    حَدَّثَنَا أَزْهَرُ بْنُ مَرْوَانَ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الأَعْلَى، حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدٌ، عَنْ قَتَادَةَ، قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو رَافِعٍ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏"‏ إِنَّ يَأْجُوجَ وَمَأْجُوجَ يَحْفِرُونَ كُلَّ يَوْمٍ حَتَّى إِذَا كَادُوا يَرَوْنَ شُعَاعَ الشَّمْسِ قَالَ الَّذِي عَلَيْهِمُ ارْجِعُوا فَسَنَحْفِرُهُ غَدًا ‏.‏ فَيُعِيدُهُ اللَّهُ أَشَدَّ مَا كَانَ حَتَّى إِذَا بَلَغَتْ مُدَّتُهُمْ وَأَرَادَ اللَّهُ أَنْ يَبْعَثَهُمْ عَلَى النَّاسِ حَفَرُوا حَتَّى إِذَا كَادُوا يَرَوْنَ شُعَاعَ الشَّمْسِ قَالَ الَّذِي عَلَيْهِمُ ارْجِعُوا فَسَتَحْفِرُونَهُ غَدًا إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى وَاسْتَثْنَوْا فَيَعُودُونَ إِلَيْهِ وَهُوَ كَهَيْئَتِهِ حِينَ تَرَكُوهُ فَيَحْفِرُونَهُ وَيَخْرُجُونَ عَلَى النَّاسِ فَيَنْشِفُونَ الْمَاءَ وَيَتَحَصَّنُ النَّاسُ مِنْهُمْ فِي حُصُونِهِمْ فَيَرْمُونَ بِسِهَامِهِمْ إِلَى السَّمَاءِ فَتَرْجِعُ عَلَيْهَا الدَّمُ الَّذِي اجْفَظَّ فَيَقُولُونَ قَهَرْنَا أَهْلَ الأَرْضِ وَعَلَوْنَا أَهْلَ السَّمَاءِ فَيَبْعَثُ اللَّهُ نَغَفًا فِي أَقْفَائِهِمْ فَيَقْتُلُهُمْ بِهَا ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ـ صلى الله عليه وسلم ـ ‏"‏ وَالَّذِي نَفْسِي بِيَدِهِ إِنَّ دَوَابَّ الأَرْضِ لَتَسْمَنُ وَتَشْكَرُ شَكَرًا مِنْ لُحُومِهِمْ ‏"‏ ‏.‏
    Grade : Sahih (Darussalam)

    Reference : Sunan Ibn Majah 4080
    In-book reference : Book 36, Hadith 155
    English translation : Vol. 5, Book 36, Hadith 4080

    Link: http://www.sunnah.com/ibnmajah/36/155


    This Hadith is quite prophetic, now as to how to take this prophecy, the Holy Prophet (saw) said:

    Narrated Zainab bint Jahsh:

    The Prophet (ﷺ) got up from his sleep with a flushed red face and said, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah. Woe to the Arabs, from the Great evil that is nearly approaching them. Today a gap has been made in the wall of Gog and Magog like this." (Sufyan illustrated by this forming the number 90 or 100 with his fingers.) It was asked, "Shall we be destroyed though there are righteous people among us?" The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "Yes, if evil increased."




    حَدَّثَنَا مَالِكُ بْنُ إِسْمَاعِيلَ، حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ عُيَيْنَةَ، أَنَّهُ سَمِعَ الزُّهْرِيَّ، عَنْ عُرْوَةَ، عَنْ زَيْنَبَ بِنْتِ أُمِّ سَلَمَةَ، عَنْ أُمِّ حَبِيبَةَ، عَنْ زَيْنَبَ ابْنَةِ جَحْشٍ ـ رضى الله عنهن ـ أَنَّهَا قَالَتِ اسْتَيْقَظَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم مِنَ النَّوْمِ مُحْمَرًّا وَجْهُهُ يَقُولُ ‏"‏ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ اللَّهُ، وَيْلٌ لِلْعَرَبِ مِنْ شَرٍّ قَدِ اقْتَرَبَ، فُتِحَ الْيَوْمَ مِنْ رَدْمِ يَاجُوجَ وَمَاجُوجَ مِثْلُ هَذِهِ ‏"‏‏.‏ وَعَقَدَ سُفْيَانُ تِسْعِينَ أَوْ مِائَةً‏.‏ قِيلَ أَنَهْلِكُ وَفِينَا الصَّالِحُونَ قَالَ ‏"‏ نَعَمْ، إِذَا كَثُرَ الْخَبَثُ ‏"‏‏.‏
    Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 7059
    In-book reference : Book 92, Hadith 11
    USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 9, Book 88, Hadith 181
    (deprecated numbering scheme)


    Link: http://www.sunnah.com/bukhari/92/11


    This opening of the wall which holds back Gog and Magog is a spiritual matter, and is not meant to be taken literally. Now if you truly understand the way dreams work, then you'd realize by reading this Hadith slowly and carefully, with some proper thought, that the Holy Prophet (saw) said this after he woke from his sleep. Dreams are spiritual in meaning. They are not literal. So then how can you take these verses in the Qur'an so simplistically?

    Furthermore, the Holy Prophet (saw) went on his Mi'raj, during which he was shown the sign of the Dajjal:

    Narrated Ibn `Abbas:

    The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "On the night of my Ascent to the Heaven, I saw Moses who was a tall brown curlyhaired man as if he was one of the men of Shan'awa tribe, and I saw Jesus, a man of medium height and moderate complexion inclined to the red and white colors and of lank hair. I also saw Malik, the gate-keeper of the (Hell) Fire and Ad-Dajjal amongst the signs which Allah showed me." (The Prophet then recited the Holy Verse): "So be not you in doubt of meeting him' when you met Moses during the night of Mi'raj over the heavens" (32.23) Narrated Anas and Abu Bakra: "The Prophet (ﷺ) said, "The angels will guard Medina from Ad-Dajjal (who will not be able to enter the city of Medina).




    حَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ بَشَّارٍ، حَدَّثَنَا غُنْدَرٌ، حَدَّثَنَا شُعْبَةُ، عَنْ قَتَادَةَ،‏.‏ وَقَالَ لِي خَلِيفَةُ حَدَّثَنَا يَزِيدُ بْنُ زُرَيْعٍ، حَدَّثَنَا سَعِيدٌ، عَنْ قَتَادَةَ، عَنْ أَبِي الْعَالِيَةِ، حَدَّثَنَا ابْنُ عَمِّ، نَبِيِّكُمْ يَعْنِي ابْنَ عَبَّاسٍ ـ رضى الله عنهما ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏"‏ رَأَيْتُ لَيْلَةَ أُسْرِيَ بِي مُوسَى رَجُلاً آدَمَ طُوَالاً جَعْدًا، كَأَنَّهُ مِنْ رِجَالِ شَنُوءَةَ، وَرَأَيْتُ عِيسَى رَجُلاً مَرْبُوعًا مَرْبُوعَ الْخَلْقِ إِلَى الْحُمْرَةِ وَالْبَيَاضِ، سَبْطَ الرَّأْسِ، وَرَأَيْتُ مَالِكًا خَازِنَ النَّارِ ‏"‏‏.‏ وَالدَّجَّالَ فِي آيَاتٍ أَرَاهُنَّ اللَّهُ إِيَّاهُ، فَلاَ تَكُنْ فِي مِرْيَةٍ مِنْ لِقَائِهِ‏.‏ قَالَ أَنَسٌ وَأَبُو بَكْرَةَ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ تَحْرُسُ الْمَلاَئِكَةُ الْمَدِينَةَ مِنَ الدَّجَّالِ ‏"‏‏.‏
    Reference : Sahih al-Bukhari 3239
    In-book reference : Book 59, Hadith 50
    USC-MSA web (English) reference : Vol. 4, Book 54, Hadith 462
    (deprecated numbering scheme)


    Link: http://www.sunnah.com/bukhari/59/50


    So what do you say when this prophecy itself is also another spiritual sign? Does it mean Dajjal is on some island in this world? No. Here is why:

    It was narrated from Jabir, that the Prophet(s.a.w) said:
    "There is no soul born upon the earth – meaning today – upon whom will come one hundred years." (Sahih)



    حَدَّثَنَا هَنَّادٌ، حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ، عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ، عَنْ أَبِي سُفْيَانَ، عَنْ جَابِرٍ، قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ مَا عَلَى الأَرْضِ نَفْسٌ مَنْفُوسَةٌ - يَعْنِي الْيَوْمَ تَأْتِي عَلَيْهَا مِائَةُ سَنَةٍ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ وَفِي الْبَابِ عَنِ ابْنِ عُمَرَ وَأَبِي سَعِيدٍ وَبُرَيْدَةَ ‏.‏ قَالَ أَبُو عِيسَى هَذَا حَدِيثٌ حَسَنٌ ‏.‏
    Reference : Jami` at-Tirmidhi 2250
    In-book reference : Book 33, Hadith 93
    English translation : Vol. 4, Book 7, Hadith 2250


    Link: http://www.sunnah.com/tirmidhi/33/93

    This is why Khidr (as) is not alive, and the Dajjal is not alive, they have not been alive for at least the last 1300 years waiting for the end of times.

    And as to Gog and Magog, the surprise with this is that the Bible has mentioned who Gog and Magog are. It doesn't take much to read and realize that it makes sense. Ezekiel 39:1 says that Gog is the prince of Meshek and Tubal (Moscow and Tobolsk). This is referring to Russia, an insignificant part of the world where no one could have expected that over 2000 something years later, they would rise up as a world power, with a capability to destroy vast portions of the Earth. And it mentions Magog who lives in the coastlands. Who has coastlands in greater number than the United Kingdom, which comprises of many isles and coastlands? These people spread to Australia, created Canada and America, and colonized huge numbers of people. In fact, the European nations with coastlines all shipped out to sea and colonized lands all over the world.

    There are very down to earth explanations of all of these matters. No need to complicate things either. If any of you want to disapprove of my using the Bible, fine, but you cannot argue with the clear statements of the Ahadith. I should just add that verse 21:96 of the Holy Qur'an, which mentions Gog and Magog going over every Hadab implies that they would reach every height. But if Muslims try to take shelter on Tur, then how is that safe against Gog and Magog who have gone on "EVERY" Hadab (height)? I've really thought about this, and realized that it can't mean anything else except that Hadab has some deeper meaning to it.

    But the Ahadith make it clear they attain every height in the world, but they cannot reach the full extent of Heaven. They will think they rule Heaven, but they don't. The most grounded way to understand this is that they have taken rockets and actually shot their rockets to space and reached there. An ancient person could only think of shooting an arrow as something to liken to a rocket. And besides, who can shoot an arrow to the sky? Clearly the meaning is meant to be taken as something else.

    Read the story of Pharaoh in the Holy Qur'an:
    40:36 Pharaoh said: "O Haman! Build me a lofty palace, that I may attain the ways and means-
    40:37 "The ways and means of (reaching) the heavens, and that I may mount up to the god of Moses: But as far as I am concerned, I think (Moses) is a liar!" Thus was made alluring, in Pharaoh's eyes, the evil of his deeds, and he was hindered from the Path; and the plot of Pharaoh led to nothing but perdition (for him).

    This is related to the doing of Gog and Magog in the Ahadith. They will seek to turn God out of Heaven but will find themselves smitten, by having boils grow in their necks, dying off by a widespread disease. Whatever happens, if evil becomes widespread enough, even good people will be dragged in that punishment as well, though their reward will be given by Allah.

    To really understand this subject matter, delve into the words of Allah and the sayings recorded from the Messenger of Allah (saw), otherwise if people start throwing theories around then nothing useful will be discussed. I said all this so that all of you can give a more grounded discussion, In sha' Allah.
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    Re: Who is Dhul Qarnayn?

    Quote Originally Posted by syed_z View Post
    Asalaam O Alaikum bro Scimi

    Thanks for sharing the info. A lot of historical evidence during the time of return of the Jews to the Holy Land by the Persian King named Cyrus and his rule over many parts of the land, very much resembles the Dhul Qarnayn of the Quran.
    Walakum salaam bro



    Quote Originally Posted by syed_z View Post
    This however would be doubtful to say because the above Verses that you have shared is very much resembling the prediction coming and rule of Masih Isa ibn Maryam (a.s) in and around the Holy Land, after he has defeated Dajjal, the False Masih.

    (3:45) Lo! The angels said "O Mary! Behold, God sends thee the glad tidings, through a word from Him, (of a son) who shall become known as the Christ Jesus, son of Mary, of great honour in this world and the life to come, and (shall be) of those who are drawn near unto God. (Muhammad Asad)

    Asad comments on the Word Christ: "whose name shall be The Anointed (Al Masih)". The designation Al Masih is the Arabicized form of Aramaic Meshiha which in turn is derived from the Hebrew Mahsiah, 'The Anointed' - a term frequently applied in the Bible to Hebrew Kings, whose accession to power would be consecrated by a touch with holy oil taken from the Temple. This anointment appears to have been so important a rite among the Hebrews that the term 'The Anointed' became in the course of time more or less synonymous with 'King'. Its application to Jesus may have been due to the widespread conviction among his contemporaries (references to which are found in several places in the Synoptic Gospels) that he was descended in direct - and obviously legitimate line from the Royal House of David. (It is to be noted that this could not have been related to his mother's side because Mary belonged to the priestly class descending from Aaron, thus to the Tribe of Levi, one of the Sons of Jacob, while David descended from the Tribe of Judah) Whatever may have been the historical circumstances, it is evident that the honorific "The Anointed" was applied to Jesus in his own lifetime. In the Greek version of the Gospels - which is undoubtedly based on a now lost Aramaic original - this designation is correctly translated as Christos ( a noun derived from Greek Verb Chriein "To Anoint"): and since it is in this form - "The Christ" - that the designation Al-Masih has achieved in all Western Languages.

    So the Prophecy which you've shared above I believe applies very much to Al Masih Isa Ibn Maryam (a.s) instead of Cyrus, who would rule the world from Jerusalem, once he defeats and kills the False Masih Dajjal after his Second Arrival. The "Annointed One" or 'The King' or Al Masih, very much applies to Jesus (a.s) and no one else as he was foretold in the Bible that he would bring the Glory Days of Children of Israel back to them, The Glory Days of Solomon (a.s) as Solomon was the 1st one to build the Temple. He i.e. Jesus (a.s) would have to built the Temple or Masjid of David (a.s) as we know it because Zionist Israel will have to destroy Masjid Al Aqsa and built what they consider the correct historic Temple of Solomon. Dr Israar Ahmed writes in his Book 'Lessons From History':

    During the years 1020 B.C. and 922 B.C., Israel reached the zenith of its territorial size and political power, enjoying an era of peace and affluence.
    Culture, trade, and industry flourished, especially during the reign of Prophet Suleman (AS). The famous Temple was also built for the first time in Jerusalem.


    Since Zionism, the Political Ideology which is poised to build a House for Jews in the Holy Land, either by hook or crook at the expense of millions of innocent lives even if they have to take, is deceiving them in to believing that their Glory Days of Solomon (a.s) are coming back. Rather this is the deception of Al Masih Al Dajjal. So the Real Messiah or Anointed One will have to come back and kill The False Messiah, who is about to become their leader, thus fulfilling all those Prophecies of his rule in the Torah.

    Yes one thing, I would agree about Cyrus, the Great, he wasn't a polytheist, I don't know if he did study Torah under the Rabbis and became a True Follower of Bible i.e. Muslim.

    About your saying Cyrus, being from the House of David, the Prophet's who did foretell about this King's arrival and subsequent release of Children of Israel from Babylon, would've also mentioned him being from the House of David, but they never did this, even though they did mention him being a type of a saviour king. For example, Book of Daniel, about 2 Horns, King of Media and Persia.
    You are completely correct - however, we must take a look at this example from the Jewish contextual understanding, since it was the Jews who were testing the Prophet pbuh with this question.

    When we do this, we can see the reasoning for the question posed to prophet Muhammad pbuh, namely that the Jews had already accepted a non Jewish liberator as a Messiah - they didn't view Cyrus as THE MESSIAH though, because for the Jews, the Kingdom of Heaven would be delivered on earth and they would rule the planet... so they can keep waiting. They didn't recognise Muhammad pbuh as the Messiah, because he never claimed to be - nor did he liberate jerusalem and hail in the reign of the Jews over the rest of the world.

    As for Cyrus being from the House of David AS... there is a possibility - here check this out:

    Was Cyrus the Great an Israelite?

    As the national presence of the Scythian-Scuth-Israelites living in the land of India began to depart, the spiritual truths were left behind by the works of Buddha in the year of 623 BCE. As it spread over the entire breadth of the Indian subcontinent, it eventually became the established religion in India. Yet back in Persia, the Scythian-Scuth-Israelites did pursue their conquest of the lands of the Persians. Is it any wonder that many scholars have suggested the Cyrus the Great was of Hebrew ancestry?

    Cyrus the Great and his Jewish Queen Esther

    In the Holy Scriptures, it was the God of Israel who proclaimed that Cyrus the Great would be sent to Babylon for the express purpose of doing His divine will and performing for His personal pleasure.

    Isaiah 44:28 – “Who says of Cyrus, “He is My Shepherd, and he shall perform all My pleasure, saying to Jerusalem, ‘You shall be built,’ and to the temple, ’Your foundation shall be laid.’ ”

    It was the Eternal One of Israel who had foretold to the Jews through the Prophet Isaiah during the days of Sennacherib the King of Assyria, years before the days of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon that Cyrus the Great would be His messiah, His “anointed one”. It was He who proclaimed that the city of Babylon would not have to be destroyed, the walls would not have to be breached, the double doors of Babylon would be opened to him and that the gates to the mighty Euphrates River would not be shut so that his army would be able to secure the city without the loss of one drop of Jewish blood.


    Isaiah 45:1 – “Thus says the Lord to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held – to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut.”

    It was the Lord of hosts, who proclaimed during the days of the rule of King Hezekiah, that God already knew the name of Cyrus, before He was born, and it was the Eternal One Himself who gave Cyrus his own name.


    Isaiah 45:3-4 – “That you may know that I, the Lord, who called you by your name, am the God of Israel, for Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.”

    The Wife of the Persian Shah, the Jewess Queen Esther

    Why would the God of Israel do such a thing to someone who came from the land of the enemy of His people? Was Cyrus chosen from the enemy of God’s people, or was he selected from the remnant of the Lost Tribes that were placed among the enemies of God’s people.


    Isaiah 45:5-6 – “I am the Lord, and there is non other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is non besides Me, I am the Lord and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord do all these things.”

    Would the God of Israel use just anyone, from and of the nations of the earth, to perform His divine destiny? Would the God of Israel choose an enemy of His people to take them into exile so that His divine will would be accomplished? Yes! Would the God of Israel use the enemy of His people to protect them? We do not know! What if the God of Israel, knowing the end from the beginning chose Cyrus the Great because he was one of His own chosen ones, of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel, so that he could have the pleasure of redeeming His own cousins the Jews?

    What if the Eternal One gave him a destiny of ordering the rebuilding of the temple that his own forefather’s chose to reject as God’s lawgivers and to lead their people, the northern 10 tribes into apostasy? What if Cyrus the Great was a Lost Israelite chosen on a destiny to do God’s chosen will, before the Lost Israelites would fully exit from the Middle East? What if it was his destiny to redeem his cousins the Jews, the lawgivers of ancient Israel, so that they could go back to God’s land, and remain in a covenant with their God, so that the oracles of the Almighty might be preserved through Ezra the Scribe and that the Messiah might arrive and be born through the seed of the loins of Kings David and Solomon? Cyrus was chosen, even though Cyrus’ own people would have to remain in exile and clueless to their own destiny! Was Cyrus the Great a clueless child of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel?

    One of the modern scholars of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel is Yair Davidiy of Brit-Am network, and it is his professional opinion that Cyrus the Great may have been a descendant of the Lost Tribes of Israel, from one of the tribes that was totally evacuated from the northern lands of the Kingdom of Israel and deported during the first deportation, during the second invasion of King Tiglath-pileser of Assyria. Concerning the ancestry as to whether “Cyrus the Great was an Israelite”, we read the words of Yair Davidiy:

    Yair Davidiy – “Cyrus was the ruler of Persia. He belonged to the Pasargadae who was a small clan that had gained control of Persia. One explanation of the name Pasargadae is "Pasar-Gadae" which in the Aramaic dialect of that time meant "Sons-of-Gad" (Le Comte de Gobineau. "Histoire Des Perses", Paris 1869).

    Groups from the Israelite tribe of Gad were scattered through Persia as well as being prominent amongst the Gutae (Goths) who at that stages were on the northern borders of Persia (a tribe amongst the Scythians), as explained from Ancient Sources in "The Tribes". It is therefore more than likely that the Pasargadae were at least in part originally descended from Gad (Pasar-Gadae). Cyrus may well have been of Israelite descent.”

    God’s Wondrous Design – The Lost Israelites and Jews

    Now we may be beginning to understand the design of God’s will, that the destiny of the nations are completed or revealed through his “chosen ones” who are descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Even today, is it impetuous to suggest, that every ruler that changes the destiny of the world is put there by the divine hand of God? Is it absurd to think that every leader and ruler, in the modern as well as the ancient times, who leads and directs the destiny of the world is a descendant of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel or the Lost Jews of the House of Judah.

    The Persian Shah Cyrus the Great also had a destiny for the Nations of the World. It was he who wrote the first charter for the declaration of human rights. It was inscribed on the Cyrus Clay Cylinder and today is on display in the British Museum.

    Out of that charter resulted in the emancipation of the Jewish people. They were to return back to their homelands in the Land of Israel. Yet they also had the privilege with Cyrus’s emancipation to live in peaceful coexistence in a land of people from many different backgrounds and cultures. The Jews were to learn the concept of emancipation and eventually relive this experience in Germany (19th century) and America (20th century) and coexist in a pluralistic culture with a doctrine of diversity, such as Cyrus’ Persia, their participate, flourish and actually participate in the foundation and formation of advanced societies on this planet today.


    source: http://www.biblesearchers.com/hebrew...israel11.shtml

    The Jews of Yathrib saw the parable of Muhammad pbuh and Dhul Qarnayn in the idea that only two men in the history of mankind were given the task of propagating Monotheism to the whole world - Cyrus who was a King, and Muhammad who was the final prophet, pbuh.

    It seems possible that Cyrus may have been a descendant of David AS, from the lost tribes - this is what is suggested above.

    Quote Originally Posted by syed_z View Post
    Completely Agree, I rather have a firm belief that he was a follower of Zoroaster or Zaratushtra , who may be a Prophet of Allah (swt) sent to the Persians, as Muhammad (Saw) said "Allah (swt) sent 120,000 Prophets throughout history of mankind.". He could've been one of them, and his teachings were monotheistic.


    One thing very important to mention is that, the Children of Israel have a belief that their Future King or Al Maseeh or Anointed One whom they are waiting to appear and bring back their Glory Days of Solomon (a.s), has to rule over them from the Throne of David (a.s), the Father of Solomon. So even though Cyrus, the Great appeared as a saviour who brought them back to their Holy Land, they never chose him to rule over their Land of Judea, from the throne of David (a.s), infact Cyrus appointed Sheshbazzar, probably the son of King Jehoiachin ( descended from Royal House of David, overthrown by Nebuchadnezzar), to rule Judah as a semi-independent state. Sheshbazzar led the first group of Jews back to their homeland, followed by another expedition led by Zerubbabel in 522 B.C.. However, because of a number of reasons, the rebuilding of the Temple could not progress beyond the laying down of its foundations. Eighteen years latter, Zerubbabel became Judah’s governor who, supported by Prophets Haggai and Zechariah and the high-priest Jeshua, completed the second Temple in 515 B.C. (Lesson From the History by Dr. Israar Ahmed)

    This effort of completion of construction of the Temple continued after Cyrus had passed, it was completed during the time of Darius, the Great, another Persian King. So the Temple wasn't even built during his era i suppose.

    Allah (swt) knows best.
    Indeed HE does

    I don't think human hands could have built the temple in one lifetime, especially not one as short as the life of Cyrus... - Dairus completed the work, after he was shown the letter of Cyrus by the Jews confirming that Cyrus had mandated the reconstruction of the temple - stones had to be quarried from distant places and trees cut down and brought back to the area etc - then you got all the other things... I don't claim that Cyrus was the Jewish Messiah - the Jews do - but even when they do - they say it with an air of contempt - because most of them don't even understand their own history properly. Also, Cyrus was always considered an honorary Messiah - not the real McCoy. A messiah, not The Messiah.

    The point is, from all the evidence amassed so far, Cyrus fits the bill. Cyrus was obviously very important and instrumental in the story of the Jews.

    Next I want to look at the case of the tabaabiyah Kings of Yemen, and ask "how can two tigers exist on the same mountain" but before we get there, I will see if you have anything further to add in sha Allah.

    Scimi

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    Imam Al-Bukhari transmitted in his Sahih the following Hadith saying: ((A man told the Prophet (Peace be upon him) that he had seen the dam (of Gog and Magog). The Prophet (Peace be upon him) asked: (How did you find it?’ the man said: (I found it like Al-Burd Al-Muhabbar (stripped garments).’ The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: (You have seen it like that. ‘” In Ibn Jarir’s exegesis of the Qur’an, a slight different narration was reported by Qatadah who said: (‘I was told that a man said: (0 Allah’s Messenger! I have seen the dam of Gog and Magog. ‘The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: (describe it to me. The man said: ‘It looked like stripped garments, with red and black stripes.’ The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: ‘You have seen it. ‘”

    The problem with finding iron and copper today in a mountainous structure, is the fact that it will have naturalised into its environment - when the prophet pbuh heard from a companion that he'd seen the barrier in a dream, he described it as a black and red striped garment - the iron would have rusted red, by the time of the prophet pbuh... when we factor in the weather, and the elements which cause erosion in metals - we can safely ascertain that for a barrier to remain standing this long it would have to be treated into chrome - they didn't have that tech back then, and so copper was poured over the top, resulting in a structure which looked like stripy garment... besides, I am of the belief that the barrier was breached during the lifetime of the prophet pbuh, and I say this on the account of wife of Prophet pbuh, Zainab Bint Jahsh's (RA) hadeeth which you referenced in your post. The Hadeeth is mutawatir.


    banded iron formation on rock

    Since the 7th century, the orthodox belief is that the barrier is a physical one and not a metaphorical one bro Ahmad_H. On that account I think you are wrong to say that this is an allegorical story in the Quran. None of the stories in Al Kahf were allegorical, so what evidence can you cite that proves it was? Your post wasn't convincing on the grounds that it is contradictory as I have outlined in the example of Zainab Bint Jahsh's hadeeth RA... not to mention that as early as Khaliph Umar's time (RA), expeditions have been sent to locate the wall.

    Even Khaliph Watiq Billah sponsored an expedition, with Sallam Al Tarjumani (the interpreter) going as far as China and returning with news of the barrier in the northern frontier of Chinas then republic, which bordered the Mongol areas north of the Gobi dessert...

    Some good books out there on that, if you are interested let me know, I have the PDF's.

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    That is the interesting part to the story of Dhul Qarnain, so many factors that is not so easily decipherable (is there such a word?) but it is in the Quran which makes it true..

    What started to give me doubts that Alexander was the 'one' is because he was tutored by Aristotle, who was the student of Plato who was in turn a student of Socrates. They were not (as far as I know anywhere near being a muslim) so how could he be guided?

    Why would the Jews ask a question about a person who would is not of 'faith'?

    What is ironic is that the grandson of Cyrus is defeated by Alexander...


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    Seeing as this thread is about Dhul Qarnain, my 'rhetorical question would be

    "why would Alexander the Great be inserted as being Dhul Qarnain?" when the Jews who asked the question at that time were satisfied with the answer given back then?

    Is it part of their plan to mislead the Muslims by naming another person who is a pagan, while they keep the real answer to themselves? Perhaps it is so they can sow some seeds of doubts?
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    ofcourse it is... the romance of alexander was written over and over again, each time getting more and more flagrant -- in the end it included the plagiarised version of ayahs 83-99 of Al Kahf, albeit in romanticised form.

    Just look up "The Alexander Romance" and you will see exactly how it started to pick up momentum within the Muslim world - all engineered I tell you.

    Worse - one Muslim scholar copied the romance and replaced Zeus with Allah to make it fit with Al Kahf - that's how the legend got so much traction within Islam.

    Contextually - the whole story is plagiarised to confuse Muslims as to the real identity of Dhul Qarnayn. The jews are still reeling from the shock of the verses in Al Kahf ayah 83-99. They knew they had no leg left to stand on. During the lifetime of the Prophet - the jews of Yathrib - Some accepted Islam - others didn't. The Munafiqoon.

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    @ Bro Scimi,

    Thanks for sharing all those details, I thought that Scythians were one of those Wild Tribes of Central Asia and Eastern Europe, but what you've shared, if it is correct that Scythians are one of the lost tribes of Israel, then I say Wallahu Alim, I don't know much about it.



    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad H View Post
    This opening of the wall which holds back Gog and Magog is a spiritual matter, and is not meant to be taken literally. Now if you truly understand the way dreams work, then you'd realize by reading this Hadith slowly and carefully, with some proper thought, that the Holy Prophet (saw) said this after he woke from his sleep. Dreams are spiritual in meaning. They are not literal. So then how can you take these verses in the Qur'an so simplistically?

    Bro Ahmed,

    There is religious symbolism required to understand dreams, like Yusuf (a.s) saw the Sun Moon and Twelve stars prostrating him, which meant His Father, Mother and Twelve brothers as explained in the Quran. But Dreams of the Prophet, are not the same as dreams of any believer.

    We have to keep this in Mind that Prophet Muhammad (Saw), was a Prophet of Allah (swt) and His dreams are not to be taken like our dreams, because the Process of Revelation that began in his life began in the form of True Dreams or Dreams coming to reality as it is:

    Ayesha (r.a) said "The commencement of the Divine Inspiration to Allah’s Apostle was in the form of good righteous (true) dreams in his sleep. He never had a dream but that it came true like bright day light. She said: He remained in this condition as long as Allah Most High willed. He loved solitude. Nothing was dearer to him.” (Dreams In Islam by Sheikh Imran Hosein)

    Also the Keep in mind that Prophet (saw) said “The (good) dreams of a faithful believer is a part of the forty-six parts of prophethood.”

    Our dreams may be having allegorical meaning due to them being only 1 out of 46 parts of Prophet hood, but the complete prophet hood was bestowed on Muhammad (Saw), the chosen one, so his dreams will be as clear as day light! For example:

    Allah’s Apostle slept and afterwards woke up smiling. Um Haram asked, “What makes you smile, O Allah’s Apostle?” He said, “Some of my followers were presented before me in my dream as fighters in Allah’s Cause, sailing in the middle of the seas like kings on the thrones or like kings sitting on their thrones.” Um Haram added, ‘I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Invoke Allah, to make me one of them;” So Allah’s Apostle invoked Allah for her and then laid his head down (and slept). Then he woke up smiling (again). (Um Haram added): I said, “What makes you smile, O Allah’s Apostle?” He said, “Some people of my followers were presented before me (in a dream) as fighters in Allah’s Cause.” He said the same as he had said before. I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! Invoke Allah to make me from them.” He said, “You are among the first ones.” Then Um Haram sailed over the sea during the Caliphate of Muawiya bin Abu Sufyan, and she fell down from her riding animal after coming ashore, and died.

    Muhammad (Saw) seeing dreams were as bright as a daylight, absolute clear as it is because he had all parts of Prophet hood given to him. I suggest reading Sheikh Imran's Book 'Dreams in Islam', to understand the subject even better.


    Him seeing a hole being made in the Wall of Gog and Magog in his dream, was actual hole and a revelation of their release in to the world.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad H View Post
    So what do you say when this prophecy itself is also another spiritual sign? Does it mean Dajjal is on some island in this world? No. Here is why:

    It was narrated from Jabir, that the Prophet(s.a.w) said:
    "There is no soul born upon the earth – meaning today – upon whom will come one hundred years." (Sahih)

    Sayyidina Abdullah ibn Umar (RA) narrated : Allah’s Messenger led us in the salah of isha towards the end of his life. When he had finished, he stood up and said, “Do you see this night of yours ? After a hundred years from it, there will not remain anyone of those on the face of the earth today.” Ibn Umar (RA) said that the people misinterpreted Allah’s Messenger (SAW) saying as not remaining for a hundred years though he only said, “There will not remain anyone of those today on the face of the earth after a qarn” (which is a hundred years or a generation).

    Basically the hadith meant that the Generation or Qarn the Prophet (saw) was addressing will not live beyond Hundred Years from that Night. Hope you understand. Most of those gathered at the address did pass away 100 years from that night. So this will not apply to Dajjal.

    Dajjal, even though Prophet Muhammad (Saw) saw him in several dreams and visions, and even on the Night of Mira'j, yet his personality is real, for if this hadn't been true, the Holy Prophet (Saw) would never had suspected Ibn Sayyad to be Dajjal:

    Umar (RA) said, “O Messenger of Allah, (SAW) ‘ allow me to strike off his (Ibn Sayyad's) neck!” But, Allah’s Messenger said, “If he is true (The Dajjal), you will have no power over him. But if he is not (Dajjal) then there is no good in killing him.” Abdur Razzaq said, “that meant the dajjal.” (Sahih Tirmizi, Chapter 63 Ibn Sayyad, Book on Fitan)


    Dajjal's Island is real, and the Sign which was showed to Prophet (saw) on Mira'j was of a real human being. But, however, there is religious symbolism involved in many signs of the End of Times, Interpretation or Taweel is required to spell them out clearly in our times and environment. Like Dajjal's Mule:

    Prophet (Saw) said "...he will ride on a mule whose ears will be stretched out wide...." which obviously implies an aircraft. We won't be taking the mule literally, obviously. So you have to understand where symbolism is involved and interpretation is required and where not.



    As for your Gog and Magog, theory, I completely agree with you, other than a couple of parts.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ahmad H View Post
    There are very down to earth explanations of all of these matters. No need to complicate things either. If any of you want to disapprove of my using the Bible, fine, but you cannot argue with the clear statements of the Ahadith. I should just add that verse 21:96 of the Holy Qur'an, which mentions Gog and Magog going over every Hadab implies that they would reach every height. But if Muslims try to take shelter on Tur, then how is that safe against Gog and Magog who have gone on "EVERY" Hadab (height)? I've really thought about this, and realized that it can't mean anything else except that Hadab has some deeper meaning to it.

    But the Ahadith make it clear they attain every height in the world, but they cannot reach the full extent of Heaven. They will think they rule Heaven, but they don't. The most grounded way to understand this is that they have taken rockets and actually shot their rockets to space and reached there. An ancient person could only think of shooting an arrow as something to liken to a rocket. And besides, who can shoot an arrow to the sky? Clearly the meaning is meant to be taken as something else.

    Read the story of Pharaoh in the Holy Qur'an:
    40:36 Pharaoh said: "O Haman! Build me a lofty palace, that I may attain the ways and means-
    40:37 "The ways and means of (reaching) the heavens, and that I may mount up to the god of Moses: But as far as I am concerned, I think (Moses) is a liar!" Thus was made alluring, in Pharaoh's eyes, the evil of his deeds, and he was hindered from the Path; and the plot of Pharaoh led to nothing but perdition (for him).

    This is related to the doing of Gog and Magog in the Ahadith. They will seek to turn God out of Heaven but will find themselves smitten, by having boils grow in their necks, dying off by a widespread disease. Whatever happens, if evil becomes widespread enough, even good people will be dragged in that punishment as well, though their reward will be given by Allah.
    The explanation given by Sheikh Imran in his book Islamic View of Gog and Magog is exactly the same as yours and makes perfect sense, especially the part of their 'Coming down from every slope' in the Hadith which implies they'll spread Fasad like none has spread before and 'Their shooting arrows' in the hadith which implies in our times, Rockets and space wars.


    But I would like to correct you on the Russia theory. Sheikh Imran Hosein himself, even though pointed towards Wester Europe being Gog, he mentioned Russia being Magog, a mistake which he has admitted in several of his lectures in recent years after the publishing of his book.

    I can give you a quick example to disprove this theory that Russia is part of Gog and Magog World Order today. Russia rather is very much Anti Gog and Magog, and when I say Russia I mean RUssia of today and NOT USSR, Soviet Russia of the Past.

    Gog and Magog will not only corrupt mankind but will do Opposite of What Dhul Qarnayn Did:

    (Al Kahf 18:90) “. . until when he (eventually) came to the rising sun (i.e. to the farthest point eastwards that he could go since there was no land beyond and it appeared like the end of the Earth and that the sun was rising from beyond that land); he found it rising on a people for whom We had provided no covering (for protection from sunshine, weather, environment) other than (the natural) covering.

    (18:91) “Thus (did he meet them and thus did he wisely and compassionately leave them undisturbed in their natural way of life); and We (i.e. Allah Most High) did encompass with Our knowledge his grasp of the situation (and his response to it).


    Muhammad Asad comments: With no covering relates to the primitve, natural state of those people who needed no clothes to protect them from Sun, and to the implied fact that Dhul Qarnayn left them as he had found them, being mindful not to upset their mode of life.

    But guess what Gog and Magog Rule does to those who want to live in their traditional old style and natural way of life and who want to give up the fast and materialistic lifestyle of modern cities:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish_way_of_life

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...ally/?page=all

    If you do some research, you'll see that Amish Communities in US are not safe from authorities, they even arrested them for practicing polygamy, which is what Islam says as well.
    http://religionvirus.blogspot.com/20...-to-drugs.html

    But something happened in Russia, recently, and rather than giving this lady a hard time they're helping her in continuing her primitive lifestyle:

    Agafia’s story: Old hermit lives alone deep in Siberian forest, seeks help

    http://rt.com/news/188532-russia-aga...berian-forest/

    http://rt.com/news/new-cult-uncovered-in-penza/

    None of these people have been forced or arrested for practicing what they believe to be a natural way of life.


    Rather, as Western Europe has accepted Gay Marriages and legalized them, Russia has rejected them:

    The urge of Western countries to impose their neoliberal system of values on the other members of the international community as a universal basis of living can only cause concern. This is especially noticeable on the background of their aggressive promotion of the sexual minorities’ rights,” said the Foreign Ministry’s plenipotentiary for human rights, Konstantin Dolgov, while addressing the International Human Rights Forum, currently underway in Beijing.

    http://rt.com/politics/russia-blasts...promotion-820/
    http://rt.com/politics/putin-law-gay-religious-457/

    Gog and Magog are trying to bring Russia to its knees and force Globalization down their throats but Russia is resisting.


    Dhul Qarnayn represent belief in Allah (swt) and the Rule of Justice on Earth which is Islamic World Order, while Gog and Magog represent Rule of Fasad and Oppression, so is Islam being attacked by Modern Western World Order or Russia? The answer is simple when you look around the Muslim World, we're not under attack from Russia and China. In their bid to save Israel's illegitimate rule in Middle East, Western Powers are willing to come and jump on mankind from every Height or Hadab.


    Consider RT's role vs BBC and CNN's or Western Media role that they play when it comes to new of Islam and Muslims. CNN and BBC and Western Media is known to demonize Islam and Muslims, while RT, if you do have the chance of viewing it, will surprise you that they are playing the Role of defending Islam i.e. the Religion of Dhul Qarnayn i.e. Faith in Allah.

    RT never demonizes Muslims, other than obviously reporting on atrocities committed by ISIS, Dajjal's warriors.
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    "Alexander the Great" was a Incestous Sodomite, a Kaafir according to all Historical records,

    not one account of him being a Muslim,

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    Re: Who is Dhul Qarnayn?

    My personal understanding is that many personalities in the Quran have not been detailed for us because the purpose of them is learning lessons from their lives rather than living off their legacy.

    What do you guys think?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caller الداعي View Post
    ...... many personalities in the Quran have not been detailed for us because the purpose of them is learning lessons from their lives rather than living off their legacy.

    What do you guys think?
    Can't argue with you there. . .

    But the story of Dhul Qarnayn is different. Knowing who is Dhul Qarnain is not the real point, but the story of the past has a bearing on the future with regards to certain aspects. Along with the fact the the Jews know who he is, hence asking the question with their motive(s) and getting an account of Dhul Qarnayn's actions, thus confirming. But they did not reveal who the person was. But the task was done.

    In recent times Alexander the Great became associated as being Dhul Qarnayn. For a while maybe it was okay to finally have a real figure to that name, and he was a mighty leader! But he was a pagan! Surely Allah would not have been describing Alexander the Great!

    Hence the quest to find the 'real' Dhul Qarnayn. Not that it is essential, but it cannot be Alexander, surely.


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    Quote Originally Posted by syed_z View Post
    @ Bro Scimi,

    Thanks for sharing all those details, I thought that Scythians were one of those Wild Tribes of Central Asia and Eastern Europe, but what you've shared, if it is correct that Scythians are one of the lost tribes of Israel, then I say Wallahu Alim, I don't know much about it.
    Good to read you again bro Syed

    THe Scythians were notably not just one tribe - but were many tribes who were nomadic, like their cousins the tartar-mongoloid nomads. Some historians such as Herodotus and Josephhus as well as others have said they consist of 24 tribes together (both the Scythians and the Tartar-Mongol) and co-existed out of necessity, even intermingled in a point of history where racial interbreeding was frowned upon.

    Amongst the Scythians, were the Ashkenazi - who were supposedly one of the lost tribes of Israel. They had adopted the lifestyle of the nomads of Scythia out of necessity but didn't venture further than what geographically known as Khazaria today.

    The Greek historian Herodotus reported three contradictory versions as to the origins of the Scythians, but considered the following to be most likely.


    “There is also another different story, now to be related, in which I am more inclined to put faith than in any other. It is that the wandering Scythians once dwelt in Asia, and there warred with the Massagetae, but with ill success; they therefore quitted their homes, crossed the Araxes, and entered the land of Cimmeria.”


    Josephus continues with further mistakes in relation to the Gomerites [source], in fact, much of Josephus’ work, in this particular area, not only contradicts other historians, but also contradicts Bible scripture in many places. [J. Miller and J. Hayes, A History of Ancient Israel and Judah, Philadelphia, 1986, pp. 316, 334, 408, and 470]. Many of these mistakes were not found in an Arabic copy of the book. Possibly implying that the few original copies of the Greek version of this book, limited as they were, were doctored in some places by servants of Satan, who were helping to forge evidence that would later be used to help promulgate Satan’s End Times counterfeiting of the Gog and Magog war.
    [Above paragraph based on information found in The Comets of God]



    It seems that 'Scythians' was a blanket term to describe a whole group of peoples.


    Colonel J.C. Gawler’s book Our Scythian Ancestors supplies the answer: "Scythia proper, then, in the times of Herodotus (book iv. cap.101) is described as lying between the Danube and the Don. The Scythian nation was made up of various tribes having different names, though all are classed under one general name. Herodotus distinguishes, moreover, between tribes belonging to the Scythian nation, and tribes living among them having Scythian habits, but who were not Scythians by tradition or language". This distinction is not drawn by all writers.


    “The ancient Greeks,” says Strabo, (book i. ii. 27) “classed all the northern nations with which they were familiar under the one name of Scythians, or according to Homer, Nomades.”


    Strabo (book vii. iii. 9) seems to account for this by again pointing out how diverse races inhabiting those parts were all classed by the Greek writers under the name of Scythians. ‘Ephorus, in the fourth book of his history, which is entitled ‘of Europe,’ concludes by saying that there is a great difference in the manner of life, both of the Sauromatae (a mixed race, Herod. iv. 110-117) and the other Scythians; for while some of them are exceedingly morose, and are indeed cannibals (see Herod. iv. 106) others abstain even from the flesh of animals. (See Strabo, xvi. ii. 37, regarding superstitious innovations-abstinence from meat, &c.,- among the followers of Moses.)” (p.3). One of the peoples of the mixed race who were Not Scythian, but were classified, or grouped together with the Scythians was Magog! <-Ashkenaz: Strabo, 1st century AD.

    My personal opinion is that the Scythian fit the example of Gog whereas the tartar Mongoloid fit the Magog identity.

    Further, these two were essentially separated by a distinct racial feature - the colour of hair. The Scythians were the fair haired race (blonde, auburn, red and light brown - whereas the Tartar-Mongoloid were black haired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caller الداعي View Post
    My personal understanding is that many personalities in the Quran have not been detailed for us because the purpose of them is learning lessons from their lives rather than living off their legacy.

    What do you guys think?

    Asalaam O Alaikum Brother Caller...

    I completely agree with you, personally I don't think that any one other than Cyrus, the Great best fits the personality of Dhul Qarnayn if we try really really hard to determine who might've been Dhul Qarnayn. But in the end we should take guidance from this brief account in the Quran, guidance which can help us in this Age or Qarn of ours.

    I believe that Tawil (Interpretation) of the Story of Dhul Qarnayn is more important for us to understand, even though the search for the personality is also important, but if we've figured out the man then we should move on.

    The Tawil as explained by Sheikh Imran, that Dul Qarnayn, one of the 2 'Ages' i.e. Qarn means Age and Qarnayn would mean '2 Ages', which means the 'One of 2 Ages' meaning his story had significance in that Age (Qarn) which was when he actually lived and created the Wall and now the Story of Yajuj and Majuj is important for us in the Second Age (Qarn) when they would be released, in fact they have been released.

    Now we need to identify them and spread the word.

    We cannot forget that there are in total 4 Walls which Scholars and Thinkers of Islam in the past have thought to be as Walls of Gog and Magog:

    Four being the most famous:

    1) The Great Wall of China which was built by the Chinese King Faghfur 3460 years after Prophet Adam.
    2) This 2nd Wall was located in Central Asia between Tirmiz and Bukhara, called Darband. It is said it existed during the time of Taimur Lang (Tamerlane) the Muslim King. The German confidant of Roman King, Cellar Berger, has mentioned him in his book. Kilafchu, the emissary of Castille, The King of Andalusia has also referred to him in his Travelogue. When he presented himself as the emissary of his king before Taimur, he had passed by this spot. He writes that the Wall of Bab Al Hadid (Iron Gate) is situated on the route coming from Mosul and which lies between Samarkand and India
    (Maariful Quran, Tafsir of Surah Kahf)

    3) The Third Wall is located in Dagestan in Russia. This too is famous by name Darband (blocked passage) and Bab Al Abwab (The Gate of the Gates) situated on the Western Shores of Caspian Sea.

    4) Fourth Wall is located in higher parts of Caucasia towards the West of the Bab Al Abwab, where in between 2 Mountain Passes is there is a pass called Dariyal Pass. This fourth is called Wall of Qafqaz (Caucasus) or Mount Qoqa. This may have been build by people of Faris (Persia) to protect themselves against the Northern Barbarians. Some say it was built by Alexander but others attribute it to Cyrus and Nausherwan. Yaqut says it was constructed with Molten Copper, which is mentioned in the Verse of Surah Kahf.

    (Maariful Quran)

    I personally believe it to be the 4th One, Mount Qoqa, suprisingly the Hindu Scriptures also mention these Characters Koka Vikoka (Gog and Magog), see the similarity between Mount Qoqa and Koka?

    But Sheikh Imran Hosein in his book Islamic View of Gog and Magog has given ample historical, geographical, geological and Quranic evidence for us that the 4th One certainly is none other than the Wall of Gog and Magog.

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    Thanks Bro Scimi,

    I used to think that Pashtuns and Afghans were the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel and the reason for that is because I live in Pakistan and Pashtuns and Afghans living here have names similar to those of Children of Israel.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_...rom_Israelites

    For example they have a tribe of Pashtuns here known as Yusuf Zais (Sons of Josephs) and Koh I Suleimani, the Mountain Range of Suleiman in Afghanistan. Also Takhti Suleimani (Throne of Solomon).

    Also Barak Zai (Barak is a Jewish Name) Barak Zai is a famous Tribe of Pashtuns.

    http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/...ns-jewish-261/
    http://www.sharnoffsglobalviews.com/...ali-torah-269/

    But you could very well be right, may be a couple out of the 10 settled in Afghan and Pashtun and Northern Gilgit Baltistan Area of Pakistan, but others maybe mingled with Scythian and Mongol Nations.

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    the lost tribes spread far and wide bro. When Allah scattered the tribes away from jerusalem, they moved to whatever they climate they felt was best. They went into Africa and Southern Arabia, Central Arabia, Persia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northwards into Ashkenaz and from there, Europe... Some reached Europe from Greece and Rome as they identified with the thriftiness of the empire's pragmatism circa the time of Isa AS... it is only in this modern age do we see them return to the holy land as non semitic and semitic Jews... reminds me of this:

    “But there is a ban on a town which We have destroyed: that they (the people of the town) shall not return (to reclaim that town as their own); until Gog and Magog are let through (their barrier), and they swiftly spread out in every direction (replicating themselves amongst all the peoples of the world).”
    (Qur’an, al-Anbiyah, 21:95-96)

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    Re: Who is Dhul Qarnayn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scimitar View Post
    ofcourse it is... the romance of alexander was written over and over again, each time getting more and more flagrant -- in the end it included the plagiarised version of ayahs 83-99 of Al Kahf, albeit in romanticised form.

    Just look up "The Alexander Romance" and you will see exactly how it started to pick up momentum within the Muslim world - all engineered I tell you.

    Worse - one Muslim scholar copied the romance and replaced Zeus with Allah to make it fit with Al Kahf - that's how the legend got so much traction within Islam.

    Contextually - the whole story is plagiarised to confuse Muslims as to the real identity of Dhul Qarnayn. The jews are still reeling from the shock of the verses in Al Kahf ayah 83-99. They knew they had no leg left to stand on. During the lifetime of the Prophet - the jews of Yathrib - Some accepted Islam - others didn't. The Munafiqoon.

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    Salaam Bro.

    Regardless of who Dhul Qarnayn is, I have begun to think that it is really Divine Wisdom why Allah (Swt) chose not to reveal the real name of Dhul Qarnayn, cause had He (swt) done it by mentioning the person by name, it could've caused much confusion for Muslims Thinkers and Commentators in understanding this subject.

    When the name isn't mentioned then it is Divine Wisdom, because then the Scholars of Islam only focus on finding the Wall and study the region in the light of Surah Kahf Verses, this keeps them focused on the chore of the subject i.e. Yajuj and Majuj and their Fasad. This way MashA'Allah scholars such as Sheikh Imran Hosein from our times and Maulana Kashmiri who as I have posted in my below post, agreed to the 4th Wall being the Wall of Gog and Magog.

    The Source which I have quoted, Maariful Quran says that other than pointing out which Wall is the Wall of Dhul Qarnayn, one thing has been determined that All Four Walls prove that these Walls were made in one point of time in history to protect the Civilized people by their Kings from Barbarian Tribes of the North. All of them have been built in such a way to protect them from attacks originating from Central Asia and North of Caspian Sea and Black Sea, they are built in the Southern parts to protect themselves from the North.

    Now if Dhul Qarnayn had been mentioned by name by Allah (swt), then may be the Scholars of Islam would've held on to just one Wall, knowing how we Muslims sometimes are when reading Quran and Hadith, very strict when it comes to holding on to something clearly spelled out. The search and the pondering would not have been done by Islamic Thinkers, because the pondering led them to discovered other Walls in addition to the actual Wall and this way they figured out and shared extensive knowledge which helped later generations built on the same, and Allah (swt) knows best.

    We have to also keep this in Mind that If Allah (Swt) had mentioned Dhul Qarnayn by name for example if it is indeed Cyrus the Great, then while collecting historical data on this individual nowehere do we have hard evidence that anyone of the Walls were even made by Cyrus? We have NONE!

    So there is Divine Wisdom, probably even much more than what I have discussed, behind not mentioning the name and just call him Dhul Qarnayn.

    Everytime an event is mentioned in the Quran, with the exception of a very few commentators, most of them go searching for details of that particular event thus causing them to drift away from the real chore of that message that Allah (swt) is trying to teach. For example the story of the young men in Surah Kahf. Multiple accounts and details have been shared about the town and their time period, unfortunately most of the commentators view it as a story of Christian Background, while forgetting that it was the Jews who posed the question to the Prophet (saw). Why would they even care to ask this if their account belongs to Christian History?

    So as Brother Caller also mentioned, lets focus on the Chore Subject, Yajuj and Majuj.

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    Re: Who is Dhul Qarnayn?

    Sure, The Subject of the identity for DQ is a closed one for me anyhow.

    As for ya'juj Ma'juj, the etymology of the words should be looked at again. I believe the phenomena of Linguistic Borrowing has occurred with those two words.

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    the lost tribes spread far and wide bro. When Allah scattered the tribes away from jerusalem, they moved to whatever they climate they felt was best. They went into Africa and Southern Arabia, Central Arabia, Persia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and northwards into Ashkenaz and from there, Europe... Some reached Europe from Greece and Rome as they identified with the thriftiness of the empire's pragmatism circa the time of Isa AS... it is only in this modern age do we see them return to the holy land as non semitic and semitic Jews... reminds me of this:

    “But there is a ban on a town which We have destroyed: that they (the people of the town) shall not return (to reclaim that town as their own); until Gog and Magog are let through (their barrier), and they swiftly spread out in every direction (replicating themselves amongst all the peoples of the world).”
    (Qur’an, al-Anbiyah, 21:95-96)

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    Thanks Bro.

    But don't you see that even if those Lost Tribes did mingle with other nations then they have lost their Jewish Heritage and have become the same as the ones within whom they've assimilated. So if they settled in Pashtun Areas, and became Muslims, they woudln't be coming back to reclaim the Holy Land as their own? Right?

    So if they for example, mingled with Mongols as you explained earlier, then they lost their Jewish identity and became Mongolian, then the Mongolians aren't coming back to reclaim the Holy Land or if we think they settled in Africa and then their African descendents aren't coming back, unless they kept themselves Jewish and held on to Judaism, which is almost impossible to do so when your generations live in an environment or culture which is not Jewish.

    If you have a chance to read Abdullah Hakim Quick lectures, he explains that Muslims lived the land of USA long before Christopher Columbus so called discovered America. He even gives out their family names, unfortunately today most of their descendent hardly even know that their ancestors were practicing Muslims.

    The ONLY nation that has no Jewish roots, no tribal ancestry with any one of the tribes of Jews and Quran calls them Yajuj and Majuj, and who have accepted Judaism in Large Numbers in one point of time in history and have come to reclaim the Holy Land as their Own are none other than Ashkenazi Jews or Khazarian Jews, belonging to Khazaria Kingdom, who were pagans before and have no relation with Abraham (a.s) grandson Jacob or Israel. Something they themselves have agreed to in the Book 13th Tribe by one of their own. It was their tribes who used to attack nations living South of the Caucasus, for loot and plunder.

    The 13th Tribe Book accepts the same:

    This fortified defile, called by the Arabs Bab al Abwab, the Gate of Gates, was a kind of historic turnstile through which the Khazars and other marauding tribes had from time immemorial attacked the countries of the south and retreated again. Now it was the turn of the Arabs. Between 642 and 652 they repeatedly broke through the Darband Gate and advanced deep into Khazaria, attempting to capture Balanjar, the nearest town, and thus secure a foothold on the European side of the Caucasus. They were beaten back on every occasion in this first phase of the Arab-Khazar war; the last time in 652, in a great battle in which both sides used artillery (catapults and ballistae). Four thousand Arabs were killed, including their commander, Abdal-Rahman ibn-Rabiah; the rest fled in disorder across the mountains.

    Maulana Madudi mentions this event as well:

    Ibn Jarir Tabari and Ibn Kathir have recorded the event, and Yaqut has mentioned it in his Mu jam-ul-Buldan that when after the conquest of Azerbaijan, Umar sent Suraqah bin Amr, in 22 A.H. on an expedition to Derbent, the latter appointed Abdur Rehman bin Rabiah as the chief of his vanguard. When Abdur Rehman entered Armenia, the ruler Shehrbraz surrendered without fighting. Then when Abdur Rehman wanted to advance towards Derbent, Shehrbraz informed him that he had already gathered full information about the wall built by Zul-Qarnain, through a man, who could supply all the necessary details and then the man was actually presented before Abdur Rehman. (Tabari, Vol. III, pp. 235-239; AIBidayah wan-Nihayah, Vol. VII, pp. 122-125, and Mujamul- Buldan, under Bab-ul-Abwab: Derbent).


    The Ashkenazi Jews, descendents of Khazars were responsible for bringing the Sephardic or the real descendents of Abraham (a.s) back to the Holy Land. The Eastern European jews after their migration to the Holy Land by Britain (also the part of the Gog and Magog) created their militias and intelligence services to spread Fasad in and around the holy land.


    1950 Zionist agents threw bombs at a synagogue in Baghdad, Iraq, and other Jewish targets in order to pressure Jews into emigrating to Israel.
    http://www.radioislam.org/historia/z...rror39_74.html

    The killing of Jews by Zionist terrorists was no accident. Ever since the creation of the Zionist entity, Irgun and Stern Gang successor Mossad frequently attacked Jewish assets such as synagogues in Muslim countries, to influence public opinion in believing that Muslims were violent extremists and terrorising ‘Diaspora Jews’ into taking refuge in the Jews-only state. Mossad has always been particularly generous in sacrificing Jewish blood, if it was that of Oriental or Sephardic Jews, who are considered second class citizens in AshkeNazi dominated IsraHell.

    http://z10.invisionfree.com/Loose_Ch.../ar/t20520.htm

    So If you read these Verses in the light of the above Article then I think it points towards Khazar European Jews as being Yajuj and Majuj, who brought the real Jews i.e. the people of the town (Jerusalem) back to the holy land to reclaim it as their own.

    “And there is a ban on (the people of) a town which We destroyed: that they (the people of the town) shall not return (to reclaim their town) until
    Gog and Magog are released and (eventually) they spread out in every direction (or descend from every height to occupy every position of advantage).”

    (Qur’ān, al-Anbiyāh’, 21:95-6)

    You know, I've actually had this same discussion with you before I remember , sometime a go though.

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    Thanks Bro.

    But don't you see that even if those Lost Tribes did mingle with other nations then they have lost their Jewish Heritage and have become the same as the ones within whom they've assimilated. So if they settled in Pashtun Areas, and became Muslims, they wouldn't be coming back to reclaim the Holy Land as their own? Right?
    Yes precisely my point when I say "semitic as well as non semitic Jews returned to Jerusalem"

    It had to inevitable, that with the passage of time, blood lines had to mix in order to ensure survival and continuity.

    This hadeeth: "Those who imitate a people are from them" kinda spells it clear for me.

    Most of the so-called Jews in Israel are secular and not religious, in fact, I saw a video recently where a guy asks Jews in Israel if they are religious and most of them answered they were atheist. A friend of mine confirmed for me that real Judaism is rare in Israel and the norm is the neo-hellenistic and secular lifestyle of the western countries - compromising the very idea of an Holy Israel.

    As Shaikh Imran Hosein has told us many times - Appearance and Reality are not the same.

    So yes, we are not in disagreement, except for one small part - namely that it is not just the Khazar jews who would be part and parcel of G&M solely as a race, no... it would be the whole region, historically speaking - stretching up to the borders of China.

    But today, even an Arab can be a G&M, if he or she is secular, irreligious, and craves the trinkets of dunya and would do anything to achieve their desires. The essential characteristic of G&M, as told to us in the Quran, is that they cause "corruptions in the land". And as we know from hadeeth mentioned above, "Those who imitate a people are of them" - this hadeeth was narrated on behalf of 4 different companions of the Prophet pbuh: Abdullah bin 'Umar / Abu Hurairah / Hudhayfah / Anas bin Malik - may Allah be pleased with them all. Ameen.

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    Re: Who is Dhul Qarnayn?

    Quote Originally Posted by Scimitar View Post
    This hadeeth: "Those who imitate a people are from them" kinda spells it clear for me.
    MashA'Allah thats a very important hadith, never thought about it, this supports the Hadith of 999 being Gog and Magog out of every 1000 from Adam's progeny will be chosen for the Hellfire, May Allah (swt) protect us from being one of those . Naauzubillah.


    Quote Originally Posted by Scimitar View Post
    But today, even an Arab can be a G&M, if he or she is secular, irreligious, and craves the trinkets of dunya and would do anything to achieve their desires. The essential characteristic of G&M, as told to us in the Quran, is that they cause "corruptions in the land". And as we know from hadeeth mentioned above, "Those who imitate a people are of them" - this hadeeth was narrated on behalf of 4 different companions of the Prophet pbuh: Abdullah bin 'Umar / Abu Hurairah / Hudhayfah / Anas bin Malik - may Allah be pleased with them all. Ameen.
    Yes very true, this reminds me a bit about Phase 3 Series by Wakeup Project. Sheikh Imran Hosein has been explaining this in all his lectures on Gog and Magog, he calls such like minded ones as Blue Jeans Jamaat.

    About Israel, they are a secular state and actually it is easy for every Zionist Govt to rule over them if the people are secular minded.

    Do you have any Idea about the Arrows that Gog and Magog will be 'throwing' in to the Heavens, which we have come to understand that they are Space Rockets and Satellites but the part of that same Hadith mentions their Rockets will return besmeared with 'Blood' and they will say before shooting their 'arrows' that 'lets conquer those in the heavens'. Do you have think if Prophet Muhammad (saw) was referring to Mars Planet, which is also known as Red Planet, when mentioning their spears returning with 'Blood'? A lot of hype has been created through Hollywood already about alien invasion.... may be they might be able to land on Mars and bring back some pieces from the Red Planet or may be hit it with a space missile. Allah (swt) knows best.

    Please share your thoughts.

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    So yes, we are not in disagreement, except for one small part - namely that it is not just the Khazar jews who would be part and parcel of G&M solely as a race, no... it would be the whole region, historically speaking - stretching up to the borders of China.
    I've had this discussion with you before, and I remember you are very much inclining towards that Vikings are also Gog and Magog, and I also think that they are, if you've read the 13th Tribe, in addition to the Khazar's several wild tribes existed like the Huns Etc that lived in bordering regions where Khazars were located, and they lived off the same i.e. plundering and looting.

    But one thing is for sure that Khazars were the only one's to accept Judaism, and none others, like Vikings or Huns or Gokturks etc, and they are the only one's to be found in large numbers in the holy land, because as you know the Sepahrdic Jews were living side by side with Muslims peacefully throughout their diaspora without trying to plot to over throw and take over the Holy Land, UNTIL the Khazars started to migrate.

    But then the Vikings also have a major role to play, after they made inroads in to Western Europe and established themselves in those lands after accepting Christianity, became 'civilized' Rulers and launched the Crusades in the Holy Land.

    So yes I don't believe that Khazars are part and parcel of GOG and Magog, rather they are those who would stand near Lake Tiberias 'last of those who would say that there was once water here...'

    And guess what, India has also launched its spacecraft for Mars Mission, that would be observing Mars i.e. Red Planet. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_Orbiter_Mission

    Koka Vikoka (Gog and Magog predicted in Hindu Scriptures) in India are multiplying fast, especially with the Bolly Wood culture, it is replicating Holly Wood in everything and sadly Bolly Wood fans and followers are not only in India but in Pakistan in large numbers. Its movies gossip and music is heard in every celebration Pakistanis do, private or cultural, sadly. I myself used to be a big fan of Bollywood Movies

    Alhamdulillah, Allah (swt) put some sense in to me.

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    Re: Who is Dhul Qarnayn?

    Quote Originally Posted by syed_z View Post
    Do you have any Idea about the Arrows that Gog and Magog will be 'throwing' in to the Heavens, which we have come to understand that they are Space Rockets and Satellites but the part of that same Hadith mentions their Rockets will return besmeared with 'Blood' and they will say before shooting their 'arrows' that 'lets conquer those in the heavens'. Do you have think if Prophet Muhammad (saw) was referring to Mars Planet, which is also known as Red Planet, when mentioning their spears returning with 'Blood'? A lot of hype has been created through Hollywood already about alien invasion.... may be they might be able to land on Mars and bring back some pieces from the Red Planet or may be hit it with a space missile. Allah (swt) knows best.

    Please share your thoughts.
    I have deliberated on the hadeeth about the arrows returning with something like blood on them from time to time, and truth be told brother - this hadeeth is one which poses 2 possibilities which I can think of.

    1) if technology is defunct in the future due to electromagnetic pulse radiation (this could be cause by an interplanetary body moving close to our own) shutting down all electronics, then we probably will go back to more traditional means of living, disregarding technology - this would make all nations on the earth feel "vulnerable" without their techy war machines. Is there a possibility of an interplanetary body moving near earth?

    In the final 10 major signs, we find that "the rising of the sun from the west (3 days and nights of darkness)" could very well be a possibility if an interplanetary body came between the sun and earth, effectively eclipsing the sun... if same interplanetary body interferes with the electromagnetic signals from satellites and the technologies on earth - you can imagine the rest I believe. We'd be right back to the Seima Turbino Phenomena - people will be melting metals and forging weapons... the most effective and least expensive to produce would be "arrows"...

    The final wave of Gog Magog is also a part of the major ten signs. These are said to happen in such frequency that none know their ordering... I think you know what I am getting at here bro Syed. Sun rising from west, gog magog final wave. Allah knows best.

    2) There is also a possibility that the arrows mentioned in the hadeeth refer to modern weapons also. As you have quite rightly estimated - these could refer to rockets which are shot into the air, then come down and cause collateral damage - blood on them.

    As for the "we have killed the inhabitants of the heavens, now we will kill the inhabitants of the earth" line - that could be a ploy of utilising Jinn (alien hype) or, it could be a massive hologram show to deceive us. As we know, hologram tech has taken a vast leap of improvement in our current age.

    See following video - the tools dajjal will have at his disposal are going to woo many into disbelief,



    The video is 10 years old... imagine the leaps and bounds they have made since then. I have watched this video many times and that last part where the helicopter is flown over the heads of the audience - is really giving the game away.

    Deception has taken on a whole new facade - dajjal's time of appearance is closer now than it's ever been.

    Allah knows best.

    Scimi
    Last edited by Scimitar; 11-10-2014 at 07:38 PM.
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