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Was Dhil-Qarnayn an idol-worshiping pagan?
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Was Dhil-Qarnayn an idol-worshiping pagan? If he were, wouldn't that refute Islam's Miracle regarding him?
following link, the Divine Miracle of the
sunset-less North Pole,
in the Glorious Quran, had been thoroughly
But if Dhil-Qarnyn, who was the chief person in this Miracle, was a pagan, wouldn't that totally contradict the Glorious Quran?
Islam began with Adam and ended with Muhammad, peace be upon all of the Prophets and Messengers of Allah Almighty (Not even Jesus was given the Book according to the Glorious Quran). Muslims (Isaiah 56:5: Muslim is the future believers' name. Sons and daughters titles will be "no more") lived among pagans in the past. Not every person living among pagans was one. Many were Unitarians and spirituals. They believed in GOD Almighty, and either never bowed to idols or they stopped bowing to idols and became spiritual with GOD Almighty.
Asya, Pharaoh's wife for example, lived with him while she was a Muslim, even though everyone, - including her, - were bowing to and worshiping her husband, the Pharaoh:
[066:011] And for the believers. Allah cites the example of the pharaoh’s wife. She said, “Lord, (please) build me a house in paradise under your (auspicious) care. Save me from the pharaoh and his (evil) deeds, and save me from (such) an unjust nation.”
So while she probably lived a pagan life under Pharaoh, but in her heart, she was a true Muslim.Assuming that Alexander the Great is Dhil Qarnayn, he could've became a Muslim, like Asya, during his life while ruling. And so the Quran's Divine Claim about his inclination to being a just ruler and God-fearing makes sense. Even if people deified him and made idols out of him during his life and after his death, if in his heart he was a genuine Muslim, - especially before and during this expedition, - then there is no contradiction here, especially if he couldn't change the way of life that his nation and his ruling line were on.
I hope this helps, insha'Allah.
Here are some of my favorite Stunning Numerical and Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran that are listed in the main sections, below:
1- The root for message and all of its derivatives, such as messenger and others occurs 513 times throughout the Glorious Quran. The Prophets' and Messengers', peace be upon them, actual names (Muhammad, Moses, Noah, Abraham, Lot etc....) were also all combined mentioned 513 times in the Glorious Quran. The detailed breakdown of all of this is thoroughly listed here.
Coincidence? See 1,000s of examples! . (zip file).
Quran's Stunning Numerical & Scientific Miracles.
Stunning Prophecies  
2- The Great Miracle. Allah Almighty in the Holy Quran called the Number 19 Miracle "One of the Mighty Ones (Miracles)" (74:30-37)  . See the 100s of Noble Verses that clearly testify to this Great Miracle. Also, did you know that Allah Almighty Said in Surat Nuh (that's Noble Chapter Nuh (Noah)) that Prophet Noah lived for 950 years among his people.
Yet, all Praise and Glory are due to Allah Almighty Alone, the entire Noble Surah is exactly written in 950 Letters  ! You can thoroughly see this in the scanned images that thoroughly verify every single Noble Letter, in the links. Click on the links to see the many other Numerical Miracles in the Holy Quran. Also, see the Numerical Miracles section along with all of the other great sections. Also, 1,000s of examples in zip & PDF (fonts) files all demonstrated in this article.
4- The Glorious Quran has 114 Chapters. The sum of those Chapters is 6555 (1+2+...+114 = 6555). There are also 6236 Noble Verses in the Glorious Quran. Now, if you add each Chapter's number with the number of its Verses, then you get a list of numbers. So 1 (first Chapter) + 7 (# of its Verses) = 8. Do this for all Chapters.
The sum of the odd numbers from the list =
See the XLS file for 100% confirmation. Also, see the ample STUNNING Numerical Miracles in the Glorious Quran, with 1,000s of examples!  (zip file).. See also the ample Textual Miracles  in the Glorious Quran, where Noble Words are spelled in certain ways depending on their certain historical and geographical context and timing in the Noble Verse.
5- Please also checkout the many hundreds (1,000s) of Great Numerical Miracles, and the many tens (10s) of other Great Scientific Miracles:
1- The explosion
of the Universe,
Stars bring about
As we also see from the picture, Noble Verse 55:37
declares that the
6- The Glorious Quran's Perfect Preservation despite all of the odds and the many challenges to corrupt It.
7- Prophet Muhammad, and Divine Islam, and the New Covenant from Arabia were thoroughly prophesied in previous scriptures.
The sunsetless North Pole miracle in the Glorious Quran. Includes the story of Dhil-Qarnayn (aka Dhul-Qarnayn).
The overwhelming Numerical and Scientific Miracles in the Glorious Quran.
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