Dhul-Qarnayn, (Arabicذو القرنين‎ ḏū’l-qarnaynIPA: [ðuːlqarˈnajn]), (Lit.: “He of the Two Horns”), appears in Quran 18:83-101 as one who travels to east and west and erects a wall between mankind and Gog and Magog (called Ya’juj and Ma’juj).[1] Elsewhere the Quran tells how the end of the world would be signaled by the release of Gog and Magog from behind the wall, and their destruction by God in a single night would usher in the Day of Resurrection (Yawm al-Qiyāmah).[2] The story has its origins in legends of Alexander the Great.[3]               In 1905, MGA goes on to claim that he is actually Dhul Qarnain in a pre-published speech, which was never delivered and later converted to a book called “Lecture Lahore”.  This so-called Lecture turned into a riot.

What is Lecture Lahore?
MGA never led a Khutbah Juma, he never led salaat after 1888 (and even before, only for old women and little kids possibly), he never did any public speeches either.  Ahmadiyya INC turned the lectures of Maulvi Abdul Karim in different cities into books wherein they give MGA credit for giving speeches and etc.  However, its a total lie.  In today’s expose’, we are highlighting Lecture Lahore.

Per the earliest Ahmadiyya sources, MGA gave this speech
Per the Review of Religions for Oct-Nov 1904, they tell us that MGA gave this speech to over 10,000 people.  It was titled, “The teaching of Islam and their contrast with other religions”.  There are 2 other essays from this edition of the ROR that are combined to create Lecture Lahore.

When did they finally admit that Maulvi Abdul Karim gave the lecture?
In 1967, after the death of Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad, an old book of his was republished.  In this book, he writes that the entire speech was published and circulated among the people of Lahore and that Maulvi Abdul Kareem gave the speech, not MGA.

The British military was there also, giving MGA protection
MGA seems to have always moved around British-India with the full support of the British military.  Even in 1891, MGA narrowly escaped the crowds of Muslims who wanted to kill him, only because of British support.

In 2008, it was named Lecture Lahore
It was Mirza Masroor Ahmad who decided to turn these speeches by Maulvi Abdul Karim into the book called Lecture Lahore.

MGA’s quoteon Dhul Qarnain

[Lecture Lahore page 73 in PDF | p65 in book]

“””””The meaning which God has disclosed to me is that when this verse is read along with the preceding and following verses, it constitutes a prophecy about the Promised Messiah and specifies the time of his advent. To elaborate this point, let me say that the Promised Messiah is also Dhulqarnain, because the Arabic word qarn connotes a century, and this verse indicates that the birth and advent of the Promised Messiah will span two centuries. And this clearly applies to me, for I have lived in two centuries according to every calendar I know of, be it Islamic, Christian or Bikrami, and my birth and advent have not been confined to a single century, and, in this sense, I am Dhulqarnain. In some Traditions, too, the Promised Messiah has been called Dhulqarnain in this very sense.””””

Notice how he says “some traditions” without giving specific references. Given that there are thousands of traditions that are fabricated, not giving the references makes the claim very weak. It does not allow for double checking. Its just an assertion.

But his argument hinges on the “span 2 centuries” claim. This was not demonstrated but rather just stated as another assertion. If, for the sake of argument, the verse did imply “span 2 centuries”, that is not enough to make a definitive judgement on who is Dhulqarnain. Afterall, it cannot be that simply anyone who claimed to be a messiah at a change of century would qualify.

So the reasons he has given to call himself Dhulqarnain is insufficent as best.

The interpretation of the rest of this verse, which is in the form of a prophecy, is that two major nations have been given the glad tidings of the Coming of the Promised Messiah, and it is to them that the Messiah will primarily address himself. God Almighty says, in the form of a metaphor, that the Promised Messiah, or Dhulqarnain, will encounter two nations in the course of his journey. First, he will find a nation sitting in the dark alongside a foul smelling pool of water that is not fit to drink, and is so full of stinking mud that it can hardly be called water. This metaphor refers to the Christians who are in the dark and have turned the Messianic spring into a pool of stinking mud due to their misdeeds.

So the pool of murky water is a metaphor for the misdeeds of Christians and the sun setting in the pool is a metaphor for the christians being in the dark….

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