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Dhul-Qarnayn and the Sun Setting in a Muddy Spring

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The precise meaning of the opening phrases in verses 86 and 90 in the 18th chapter of the Qur’an, Sura al-Kahf, or “The Cave”, is a matter of considerable controversy. Our analysis shows that the various interpretations that have been proposed for verses 18:86 and 18:90 in the Qur’an to reconcile them with scientific facts do not stand up to detailed scrutiny.

The evidence overwhelmingly supports the clear and obvious interpretation that this is intended to be understood as a historical account in which Dhu’l Qarnayn travelled until he reached the place where the sun sets and actually found that it went down into a muddy spring near to where a people were, and that he then travelled until he reached the place where the sun rises and actually found that it rose up above a people who lived close to the place where the sun rises. (read more)