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Zulqarneyn, the one with two horns, is mentioned in Qur'an in Surat ul Kahf. He is the one who built the wall to prevent an attack from Yajooj - Majooj ( Yecüc - Mecüc ). It is unknown who Zulqarneyn is but it's believed that he might be the King of Persia, Cyrus The Great or Darius. Another possibility is that Zulqarneyn is Alexander the Great, who was often depicted with two rams' horns following his identification with the Egyptian god Amon. Some Islamic scholars suggested that he was an ancient king from Yemen called the Tubba', while others suggested that he lived during the time of prophet Abraham. The Quran (Arabic: al-qurān; its literal meaning is the recitation and is often called Al Qurān Al Karīm: The Noble Quran or The Glorious Qurān, also transliterated as Quran, Koran, and less commonly Alcoran) is the holy book of Islam. ... Surat is a port city in the Indian state of Gujarat. ... Gog and Magog are, respectively, the names of a mysterious Biblical land and its people, who feature in apocalyptic prophecy. ... Persia and Persian can refer to: the Western name for the state of Iran. ... The name Cyrus (or Koroush in Farsi) may refer to: Cyrus I of Anshan -- King of Persia around 650 B.C. Cyrus the Great -- King of Persia 576 B.C. - 529 B.C. Cyrus the Younger -- died 401 B.C. This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists... The name of three kings of ancient Persia: Darius the Great or Darius I of Persia. ... Bust of Alexander III in the British Museum. ... Amon can refer to: Amun, Egyptian god, also known sometimes as Amon In the Bible, the governor of Samaria in the time of Ahab (1 Kings 22:26; 2 Chr. ... Islam ( Arabic al-islām الإسلام,  listen?) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith and the worlds second-largest religion. ... Abraham (אַבְרָהָם Father/Leader of many, Standard Hebrew Avraham, Tiberian Hebrew ʾAḇrāhām; Arabic ابراهيم Ibrāhīm) is the patriarch of Judaism, recognized by Christianity, and a very important prophet in Islam. ...


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In the Qur'an, in Surah Al Kehf (83-98), it is written that Zulqarneyn (the one with two horns) travelled in three directions: first, to where the sun rises (to the east); second, to where the sun sets (to the west); and a third direction, which is not specified in the Qur'an.
When Zulqarneyn arrives at the third location, he meets some people who are complaining about the tribes of Yajooj and Majooj (sometimes transliterated from Arabic as Yajuj and Majuj).
Two sources may have influenced this story: one is the classical legend, from the Alexander Romance, of the Gates of Alexander "which keep back the wild peoples behind the Caucasus" (as Saint Jerome put it http://www.ccel.org/fathers/NPNF2-06/letters/letter77.htm); the other is the fortification built by the Sassanid Khosrau I Anushirvan across the pass of Derbent.
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