« on: April 03, 2011, 04:17:09 AM »
I would like to ask you about Dhul Quarnain who is mentionned in sura 18.
Here are the verses where he is mentionned :
[18:83] They ask you about Zul-Qarnain. Say, "I will narrate to you some of his history."
[18:84] We granted him authority on earth, and provided him with all kinds of means.
[18:85] Then, he pursued one way.
[18:86] When he reached the far west, he found the sun setting in a vast ocean, and found people there. We said, "O Zul-Qarnain, you can rule as you wish; either punish, or be kind to them."
[18:87] He said, "As for those who transgress, we will punish them; then, when they return to their Lord, He will commit them to more retribution.
[18:88] "As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, they receive a good reward; we will treat them kindly."
[18:89] Then he pursued another way.
[18:90] When he reached the far east, he found the sun rising on people who had nothing to shelter them from it.
[18:91] Naturally, we were fully aware of everything he found out.
[18:92] He then pursued another way.
[18:93] When he reached the valley between two palisades, he found people whose language was barely understandable.
[18:94] They said, "O Zul-Qarnain, Gog and Magog are corruptors of the earth. Can we pay you to create a barrier between us and them?"
[18:95] He said, "My Lord has given me great bounties. If you cooperate with me, I will build a dam between you and them.
[18:96] "Bring to me masses of iron." Once he filled the gap between the two palisades, he said, "Blow." Once it was red hot, he said, "Help me pour tar on top of it."
[18:97] Thus, they could not climb it, nor could they bore holes in it.
[18:98] He said, "This is mercy from my Lord. When the prophecy of my Lord comes to pass, He will cause the dam to crumble. The prophecy of my Lord is truth."
[18:99] At that time, we will let them invade with one another, then the horn will be blown, and we will summon them all together.
[18:100] We will present Hell, on that day, to the disbelievers.
[18:101] They are the ones whose eyes were too veiled to see My message. Nor could they hear.
By reading this would you say 100% sure that Dhul Quranain is mentionned as a 'messenger of God'? In my opinion he is not explicitly mentionned as a messenger send by God to fulfill a particular mission, he 'only' seems to be an important charachter in history who was inspired by God to make what he made (or will make?). The verse 18:86 show us that he was inspired by God thru angels: "We said, "O Zul-Qarnain, you can rule as you wish; either punish, or be kind to them." but is it sufficient to say that Dhul Quarnain was or will be a messenger of God? Mary was also inspired by God as we can see in some verses (3:36; 3:42; 3:45), this inspiration does not make her a messenger.
Is there another example in the Quran which doesn't mention explicitly that a messenger is a messenger of God send by God to transmit a particular message? And, as a messenger have to show, thanks to God, a miracle, what is the miracle of Dhul Quarnain?
What do you think?