The Iron Wall



Long long ago, during the sixth century B.C. there was a magnificent king whose name was Dhul Qarnayn.

He made military conquests from the Aegean Sea to the Indus River. His sway extended over East and West.  

He was just and righteous, protecting the weak and punishing the law-breakers.

When Dhul Qarnayn took his armies to the north-east of Iran, he reached the Caucasus mountain range which runs between the Caspian and the Black Seas.

On these journeys he met different tribes in different places. Once he met a tribe whose members were hardly able to communicate with him. Once, in that region, he met a tribe who begged him to protect them from the wild tribes, the Yajuj and Majuj (Gog and Magog) who kept coming through the mountain passes, and attacking them.

Dhul Qarnayn said, "Lend me a body of men, and I will raise a wall between you and them. Come, bring me blocks of iron."

He told them to ply their bellows and when the iron blocks which they brought became red hot, Dhul Qarnayn asked them to pour molten brass on them.

In this way he helped in damming up the valley between the two mountains. In this way, Dhul Qarnayn erected an Iron Wall to save them from Yajuj and Majuj.

After conquering a major part of the then inhabited world and building an iron wall, Dhul Qarnayn lost none of his humility.

He gave the entire credit for these feats to the blessing of Allah. Of the iron wall he had built, he said: "This is a blessing from my Lord. But when the promise of my Lord will come to pass, He will make it to dust. And the promise of my Lord is true."

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