After MGA died in May of 1908, the new Khalifa, Maulvi Noorudin ordered the publishing of many books, Jesus in India was published (as an incomplete book) and the Barahin-e-Ahmadiyya Vol. 5 was finally published in October of 1908. In fact, in 1906, in Haqiqatul Wahy, MGA and his team of writers were arguing that since the Quran took 23 years to be revealed, the same was true in terms of the 5th volume of the Barahin, which was like the Quran per MGA. Nevertheless, in this book, MGA claims to be Dhul-Qarnain. He claims that the Quranic verses of Chapter 18, verses 83–103 (see page 151 of the online english version of BA5) are all about himself (MGA), specifically, 18:83, which would be 18:84 in the Qadiani-Ahmadi quran, since they add a verse to every chapter. MGA and his team of writers mention the word Dhul-Qarnain 28 times in this book. Historically, MGA first made the claim that he is Dhulqarnain in Lecture Lahore, which is also in Essence of Islam Vol. 3 (1904). His name is also spelled as such Dhulqarnain. The ROR of February-1913 also claims that MGA is the same Dhul Qarnain who was mentioned in the Quran.
MGA never mentioned Dhul qarnain in any book until 1904.
Lecture Lahore page 73
“””””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. After all, it cannot be that simply anyone who claimed to be a messiah at a change of century would qualify.
Quotes from BA5
“”””God Almighty has also named me Dhul-Qarnain, for God’s revelation regarding me says:
جری الّٰل فی حُلَلِ الانبیاء
which means, ‘The Messenger of God in the mantle of all the past Prophets as’, requires that I should also have the characteristics of Dhul- Qarnain, since it is proven from Surah al-Kahf that he, too, was a recipient of revelation. God says concerning him:
قُلْنَا يٰذَا الْقَرْنَيْنِ1
So, in keeping with the revelation:
جری الّٰل فی حُلَلِ الانبیاء
[The Messenger of God in the mantle of all the past Prophets, may peace and blessings of Allah be upon them.]
I have come as Dhul-Qarnain for this Ummah. And the Holy Quran””””””
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