While the Syriac story tells a specific version of the Alexander Romance, many aspects of this legend draw from earlier materials. The implication is that Persia is the longer and newer of the two horns, since Persia was more powerful and rose in ascension later than Media. This article or section is being renovated. Today a hole has been opened in the dam of Gog and Magog like this." Related concepts are highlighted in blue. Dhu l-Qarnayn Literal Meaning. , Alexander appears to have believed himself a deity, or at least sought to deify himself. As regards Gog and Magog, it has been nearly established that they were the wild tribes of Central Asia who were known by different names: Tartars, Mongols, Huns and Scythians, who 'had been making inroads on settled kingdoms and empires from very ancient times. Dhul Qarnayn is referred to in verse of chapter (18) sūrat l-kahf (The Cave):. The Qur'anic story next gives the reader a cryptic speech by Dhul-Qarnayn where he says that "whoever does wrong" will be sent back to the Lord (i.e. 149-150, 152, When Alexander had heard what the old men said, he marveled greatly at the great sea which surrounded all creation; and Alexander said to his troops, " Do ye desire that we should do something wonderful in this land?" But actually, the Qur’an responded to serve its own purpose of admonition. After leaving the muddy sea, The Qur'an tells us that Dhul-Qarnayn travels to the east where the sun rises.  Since the work was composed as a piece of propaganda, its intentional dissemination makes sense of its rapid adoption and popularity in the region. Here he finds a large gate, guarded by scorpion-people who protect the sun and forbidden anyone to enter through the gate without their permission.. It is also known that strong bulwarks had been built in southern regions of Caucasia, though, Tafhim al-Qur'an, Introduction to Chapter 18, Narrated Zainab bint Jahsh: Then, he must have been a righteous (see verse 86/87) and godly (see verses 87/88, 94/95 and 97/98) sovereign. "As to the thing, my lord, which thy majesty (or thy greatness) desires to go and see, namely, upon what the heavens rest, and what surrounds the earth, the terrible seas which surround the world will not give thee a passage'; because there are eleven bright seas, on which the ships of men sail, and beyond these there is about ten miles of dry land, and beyond these ten miles there is the fetid sea, Oceanus (the Ocean), which surrounds all creation. However, linking Cyrus explicitly to both of the "two horns" is problematic. It is in this very ancient mythology, that we have the basic outline of the adventure found in the Qur'an and the Alexander legends: a powerful hero, who travels from west to east, the setting and rising of the sun, two mountains and a gate. This was especially true in the early centuries after the founding of Islam when the legends of Alexander were still widely known and popular. You can sign in to add a message if this information could be improved or requires discussion. "Alexander's Sex Life". According to Muslim scholars, Al-Kahf (The Cave) was generally revealed in Mecca, except verse 28 and verses 83-101 which were revealed in Medina. Another problem with identifying Cyrus as the ram is that the ram is defeated and disgraced by the goat. Dhu al-Hijjah translation in English-Arabic dictionary. These were: (1) Who were "the Sleepers of the Cave"? 138–140. He is portrayed as a godly and righteous man, he shows generosity to the people harassed by the Huns, and he builds a wall of iron and brass. (2002) [?-767 AD]. We are told that they will swarm across the earth and surround the "camp of God's people" who have been gathered together in the "city he loves" (namely Jerusalem). // Predicate logic relations for the ontology concept dhul-qarnayn. Oxford University Press. Zulqarnain / Dhul-Qarnayn Dhul-Qarnayn was a well-known figure in the folklore of the Arabian Peninsula. Conquered kings thronged his court, "East and west he ruled", yet he sought. Dhul-Qarnayn (Arabic: ذو القرنين ḏū al-qarnayn, ), literally "the possessor of two horns" is a figure mentioned in the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of Islam, where he is described as a great and righteous ruler who built the wall that keeps Gog and Magog from attacking the people whom he met on his journey to the east (i.e., the rising of the sun). It is important to note that these rejections of Alexander as Dhul-Qarnayn are primarily motivated by theological concerns and are not based on any convincing evidence. Apologists then argue that the identity of Dhul-Qarnayn must have been well known to the Jews and should therefore be found in the Bible. Al-Qutb al-Rawandi mentions that his name was Ayaash, and that after Nuh he was the first ruler whose kingdom included (all) the countries of the east and west. From the Quranic Arabic Corpus - Ontology of Quranic Concepts. ), Rebecca Edwards. We are told that the people who live near the location where the sun "enters the window of heaven" (i.e. The issue of "Dhu l-Qarnayn" in the Islamic culture originates from the Qur'an.  Coins depicting Alexander with ram horns on his head were first minted shortly after his death. These alternative theories have major deficiencies and fall short of the strong parallels between the Qur'anic story and legends of Alexander that date to the early 7th century. The Qur'an also says the wall of iron will not be destroyed until the Day of Judgement; unless apologists are willing to admit that this Qur'anic prophecy has failed, then this cannot be the wall described in Surat 18. : "He of the Two Horns"), appears in Quran 18:83-101 as one who travels to east and west and erects a wall between In his second book, "The Wars of the Jews", he further details that these people are held behind a wall of iron that has been built by Alexander the Great. 6, p. 738. His story is recounted in the chapter of the Quran named "The Cave". Imitation coins were issued by an Arab ruler named Abi'el who ruled in the south-eastern region of the Arabian Peninsula and other minting of these coins occurred throughout Arabia for another thousand years. (2) What is the real story of Khidr? After his death, Alexander apparently left instructions in his will for a monumental temple to Athena be built at Troy. Here we see a very clear connection of Alexander to an iron gate and the tribes of Magog being prevented from plundering the land. Found 0 sentences matching phrase "Dhu al-Hijjah".Found in 0 ms. The other is the "Life of Alexander" and two orations "On the Fortune or the Virtue of Alexander the Great" , by the Greek historian and biographer Plutarch of Chaeronea. said: "Gog and Magog...". Visual Concept Map. While these legendary stories were popular in the 7th century, they are virtually unknown outside of academic circles today. That one day Allah's Apostle entered upon her in a state of fear and said, "None has the right to be worshipped but Allah! In these depictions of Cyrus, a set of horns can be seen at the bottom of an elaborate head dress. While he is never mentioned explicitly by name, the story is clearly based upon a legendary account of Alexander the Great. When treating the Dhul-Qarnayn story, Azad beings by setting forth that it follows from verse 82/83 that the hero's epithet was familiar to the Jews, being an expression used by the questioners. They project a modern understanding of the cannon of scripture back upon the people of that time. We have no other physical engravings or any other archaeological evidence that connects Cyrus with the epithet "two horns". The most prominent alternative theory among modern apologists is that Dhul-Qarnayn was Cyrus the Great of Persia. Alexander may have been bisexual, and while no ancient sources state that Alexander had homosexual relationships, many historians have speculated that Alexander's relationship with Hephaestion, his life long friend and companion, was of a romantic nature. As early as the 399 CE, local stories of Alexander building a wall against the Huns had made their way into Christian writings as well. This wall cannot be same as the one described in the story of Dhul-Qarnayn for a number of reasons. In order to connect Cyrus to the epithet Dhul-Qarnayn (i.e. These were popular across most of Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Persia and even India and China. The parallels between the Syriac Legend and the Qur'an are obvious and striking and both accounts are clearly telling the same story. In number they are like the sand on the seashore. From "Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series", Vol. The legend identifies the first two kings of this tribe as Gog and Magog, the exact same names used in the Qur'anic account. These included the "Anabasis Alexandri" or "the Campaigns of Alexander" by Arrian. Alexander's deeds and exploits were almost universally admired. Alexander's association with two horns and with the building of the gate against Gog and Magog occurs much earlier than the Quran and persists in the beliefs of all three of these religions Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This page was last edited on 13 November 2020, at 02:25.