Zulqarnain: Alexander or Cyrus?

The Express Tribune: Khaled Ahmed.

Sunday’s column by Salman Rashid on Alexander as Zulqarnain/Cyrus has taught me a great deal as usual. But he has also triggered my own curiosity. Since this is a vague subject, I must assert that I do not claim to be right about anything.

We all believe that there was once a good king called Zulqarnain whom Allah made powerful on earth. The Holy Quran says (18:83-94) he travelled to where the sun set in a muddy well, after which he went east where the sun rises. He then went north where he built a wall to protect the world against Yajuj-Majuj or Gog-Magog.


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