The Wall of Dhul Qarnayn  
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The Wall of Dhul Qarnayn

By Mizanur Rahman

Dhul Qarnayn

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The book tells the story of Dhul Qarnayn as he travelled the world from the west to the east ruling by the commands of Allah and how he saved the oppressed people from the monstrous Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj.

Book 3 of the Qur'an Heroes Series

Further Reading:
This book contains further reading materials at the end of the story including colour pictures.

Notes & References

This story about Dhul Qarnayn has been adapted for children and is not taken directly from the Qur’an, though it is based on Qur’anic verses.

For more accurate elaborations of this story, you can refer to the following verses of the Qur’an:

  • Chapter no.18 of the Qur’an “Surah al Kahf”,
    verses 83 to 99


Further reading:

Other details of the life of Dhul Qarnayn (peace be upon him) and of the Ya'jooj and Ma'jooj can be found in the ahaadith of the prophet Muhammad (saw).

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References from the Qur'an

The Following verses of the Qur'an were used to write this book.

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وَيَسْأَلُونَكَ عَن ذِي الْقَرْنَيْنِ قُلْ سَأَتْلُو عَلَيْكُم مِّنْهُ ذِكْرًا (18:83)
Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

18:83 (Asad) AND THEY will ask thee about the Two-Horned One. Say: "I will convey unto you something by which he ought to be remembered."

  • إِنَّا مَكَّنَّا لَهُ فِي الْأَرْضِ وَآتَيْنَاهُ مِن كُلِّ شَيْءٍ سَبَبًا (18:84)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:84 (Asad) Behold, We established him securely on earth, and endowed him with [the knowledge of] the right means to achieve anything [that he might set out to achieve];

  • فَأَتْبَعَ سَبَبًا (18:85)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:85 (Asad) and so he chose the right means [in whatever he did].

  • حَتَّى إِذَا بَلَغَ مَغْرِبَ الشَّمْسِ وَجَدَهَا تَغْرُبُ فِي عَيْنٍ حَمِئَةٍ وَوَجَدَ عِندَهَا قَوْمًا قُلْنَا يَا ذَا الْقَرْنَيْنِ إِمَّا أَن تُعَذِّبَ وَإِمَّا أَن تَتَّخِذَ فِيهِمْ حُسْنًا (18:86)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:86 (Asad) [And he marched westwards] till, when he came to the setting of the sun, it appeared to him that it was setting in a dark, turbid sea; and nearby he found a people [given to every kind of wrongdoing]. We said: "O thou Two-Horned One! Thou mayest either cause [them] to suffer or treat them with kindness!"

  • قَالَ أَمَّا مَن ظَلَمَ فَسَوْفَ نُعَذِّبُهُ ثُمَّ يُرَدُّ إِلَى رَبِّهِ فَيُعَذِّبُهُ عَذَابًا نُّكْرًا (18:87)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:87 (Asad) He answered: "As for him who does wrong [unto others ] - him shall we, in time, cause to suffer; and thereupon he shall be referred to his Sustainer, and He will cause him to suffer with unnameable suffering.

  • وَأَمَّا مَنْ آمَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُ جَزَاء الْحُسْنَى وَسَنَقُولُ لَهُ مِنْ أَمْرِنَا يُسْرًا (18:88)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:88 (Asad) But as for him who believes and does righteous deeds - he will have the ultimate good [of the life to come] as his reward; and [as for us,] we shall make binding on him [only] that which is easy to fulfill."

  • ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَ سَبَبًا (18:89)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:89 (Asad) And once again he chose the right means [to achieve a right end].

  • حَتَّى إِذَا بَلَغَ مَطْلِعَ الشَّمْسِ وَجَدَهَا تَطْلُعُ عَلَى قَوْمٍ لَّمْ نَجْعَل لَّهُم مِّن دُونِهَا سِتْرًا (18:90)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:90 (Asad) [And then he marched eastwards] till, when he came to the rising of the sun he found that it was rising on a people for whom We had provided no coverings against it:

  • كَذَلِكَ وَقَدْ أَحَطْنَا بِمَا لَدَيْهِ خُبْرًا (18:91)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:91 (Asad) thus [We had made them, and thus he left them; and We did encompass with Our knowledge all that he had in mind

  • ثُمَّ أَتْبَعَ سَبَبًا (18:92)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:92 (Asad) And once again he chose the right means (to achieve a right end].

  • حَتَّى إِذَا بَلَغَ بَيْنَ السَّدَّيْنِ وَجَدَ مِن دُونِهِمَا قَوْمًا لَّا يَكَادُونَ يَفْقَهُونَ قَوْلًا (18:93)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:93 (Asad) [And he marched on] till, when he reached [a place] between the two mountain-barriers, he found beneath them a people who could scarcely understand a word [of his language].

  • قَالُوا يَا ذَا الْقَرْنَيْنِ إِنَّ يَأْجُوجَ وَمَأْجُوجَ مُفْسِدُونَ فِي الْأَرْضِ فَهَلْ نَجْعَلُ لَكَ خَرْجًا عَلَى أَن تَجْعَلَ بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَهُمْ سَدًّا (18:94)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:94 (Asad) They said: "O thou Two-Horned One! Behold, Gog and Magog" are spoiling this land. May we, then, pay unto thee a tribute on the understanding that thou wilt erect a barrier between us and them?"

  • قَالَ مَا مَكَّنِّي فِيهِ رَبِّي خَيْرٌ فَأَعِينُونِي بِقُوَّةٍ أَجْعَلْ بَيْنَكُمْ وَبَيْنَهُمْ رَدْمًا (18:95)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:95 (Asad) He answered: "That wherein my Sustainer has so securely established me is better [than anything that you could give me]; hence, do but help me with [your labour's] strength, [and] I shall erect a rampart between you and them!

  • آتُونِي زُبَرَ الْحَدِيدِ حَتَّى إِذَا سَاوَى بَيْنَ الصَّدَفَيْنِ قَالَ انفُخُوا حَتَّى إِذَا جَعَلَهُ نَارًا قَالَ آتُونِي أُفْرِغْ عَلَيْهِ قِطْرًا (18:96)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:96 (Asad) Bring me ingots of iron!" Then, after he had [piled up the iron and] filled the gap between the two mountain-sides, he said: "[Light a fire and] ply your bellows!" At length, when he had made it [glow like] fire, he commanded: "Bring me molten copper which I may pour upon it."

  • فَمَا اسْطَاعُوا أَن يَظْهَرُوهُ وَمَا اسْتَطَاعُوا لَهُ نَقْبًا (18:97)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:97 (Asad) And thus [the rampart was built, and] their enemies were unable to scale it, and neither were they able to pierce it.

  • قَالَ هَذَا رَحْمَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّي فَإِذَا جَاء وَعْدُ رَبِّي جَعَلَهُ دَكَّاء وَكَانَ وَعْدُ رَبِّي حَقًّا (18:98)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:98 (Asad) Said [the King]: "This is a mercy from my Sustainer! Yet when the time appointed by my Sustainer shall come, He will make this [rampart] level with the ground: and my Sustainer's promise always comes true!"

  • وَتَرَكْنَا بَعْضَهُمْ يَوْمَئِذٍ يَمُوجُ فِي بَعْضٍ وَنُفِخَ فِي الصُّورِ فَجَمَعْنَاهُمْ جَمْعًا (18:99)
    Baset - Hussari - Minshawi

    18:99 (Asad) AND ON that Day" We shall [call forth all mankind and] leave them to surge like waves [that dash] against one another; and the trumpet [of judgment] will be blown, and We shall gather them all together.

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