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Dhul Qarnayn Is Cyrus the Great-(undeniable evidence)

{And they ask you about Dhul-Qarnain. Say: “I shall recite to you something of his story.” Verily, We established him in the earth, and We gave him the means of everything. So he followed a way. Until, when he reached the setting place of the sun, he found it setting in a spring of black (murky) water. And he found near it a people. We (Allah) said (by inspiration): “O Dhul-Qarnain! Either you punish them, or treat them with kindness.” He said: “As for him (a disbeliever in the Oneness of Allah) who does wrong, we shall punish him, and then- he will be brought back unto his Lord, Who will punish him with a terrible torment (Hell).”But as for him who believes (in Allah’s Oneness) and works righteousness he shall have the best reward, (Paradise), and we (Dhul-Qarnain) shall speak unto him mild words (as instructions).” Then he followed another way. Until, when he came to the rising place of the sun, he found it rising on a people for whom We (Allah) had provided no shelter against the sun. So (it was)! And We knew all about him (Dhul-Qarnain). Then he followed (another) way. Until, when he reached between two mountains, he found, before (near) them (those two mountains), a people who scarcely understood a word. They said: “O Dhul-Qarnain! Verily Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog) are doing great mischief in the land. Shall we then pay you a tribute in order that you might erect a barrier between us and them?” He said: “That (wealth, authority and power) in which my Lord had established me is better (than your tribute). So help me with strength (of men),] will erect between you and them a barrier. “Give me pieces of iron;” then, when he had filled up the gap between the two mountain-cliffs, he said: “Blow;” then when he had made them (red as) fire, he said: “Bring me molten copper to pour over them.” So they (Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog))) could not scale it or dig through it. Dhul- Qarnain) said: “This is a mercy from my Lord, but when the Promise of my Lord comes, He shall level it down to the ground. And the Promise of my Lord is ever true.”} (Al-Kahf, 83-98)

Dhul Qarnayn is Cyrus the Great. One need only consider the building methods cited in the Quran; the use of metal to build a wall or barrier to confirm this fact. According to Wikipedia: “Large metal staples dating from the 6th century BC have been found in the masonry works of the Persian empire (ancient Iran). For the construction of the Pasargadae and later Ka’ba-ye Zartosht, these staples, which are known as “dovetail” or “swallowtail” staples, were used for tightening stones together.” The staples portrayed in the image below are iron staples.

Dovetail Staples from Pasargadae. Pasargadae is the location of Cyrus’ tomb.

The technique described in the above surah of coating iron with copper or bronze in order to slow the corrosion of the iron has been known since the Early Iron Age or the 9th to the 7th Century BCE. One of the artifacts of the Voulokaliva tomb unearthed by archaeologists in Central Greece was an iron bowl plated with a high-tin bronze covering. “The composition of the bronze coating is very similar across all three samples, with around 64 wt% copper, about 33 wt% tin, and a few weight percent iron.”

In addition, Cyrus had himself depicted wearing the 2 horned crown or hemhe crown of Egypt, which he conquered.

Cyrus the Great with a Hemhem crown, or four-winged Cherub tutelary divinity, from a relief in the residence of Cyrus in Pasagardae

Cyrus was a monotheist who worshipped Ahura Mazda only. Ahura Mazda means Wise Lord and Dhul Qarnayn addresses Allah (swt) as ‘lord’. The Achaemenid Dynasty (Cyrus’ dynasty) reverted to polytheism after the death of Cyrus. Cyrus was recognized by the Jews as a messiah (Isa 45:1). So, if he were a ‘pagan’, he would not have been named a messiah by the Jews. Dhul Qarnayn ruled an empire that stretched east and west of his kingdom. Cyrus’ empire stretched from modern day Pakistan in the East to modern day Turkey and Egypt in the West. The spring of murky water described in the above narrative can be found in Quran 18:86 and describes the eastern most reach of Cyrus’ conquest, ancient Smyrna, Turkey now named Izmir. The murky spring-fed lake is Lake Kara. Cyrus the Great conquered this area in 545 BCE. The word Kara means black in Turkish.

As for the westernmost conquest and the construction of a barrier, it appears that the barrier Dhul Qarnayn built was located in the Khyber pass which became a major part of the Silk Road 300 years after the death of Cyrus when the Chinese opened the area to trade. In 1221, Genghis Khan led his Grand Mongol Army into the Khyber Pass through the Torkham Gap. This may indicate that the Yjuj and Majuj were the Mongols.

Dhul Qarnayn means two horned. A depiction of Cyrus at Pasargadae shows him wearing the ram-horned crown of Egypt (hem hem crown). Dhul Qarnayn conquered the ancient city of Smyrna, now located in Turkey, where was located the spring fed-lake and he built the barrier in the Khyber Pass using iron staples covered with a copper alloy to stabilize the stones. This type of construction was used in the construction of Cyrus’ tomb in Pasargadae. The only other empire to use iron staples was the Roman empire which came into existence 400 years after the death of Cyrus.

Cyrus has been accused of ordering the manufacture of the ‘Cyrus Cylinder’, a cylinder in which he supposedly recognizes the Babylonian god, Marduk. However, there is no documentation that Cyrus ordered the manufacture of the ‘Cyrus cylinder’, which was likely issued by the conqueror and governor of Babylon, Gobyras (Gubaru).

There is absolutely no doubt. Cyrus the Great is Dhul Qarnayn of the Quran. It is another miracle of the Quran that Allah (swt) described his conquests to the East and West and his two-horned crown as well as the building methods invented by the Persians in the 6th Century BCE and used in the construction of the barrier. The Quran is a miracle!!! Subhanallah!!!

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