31. The reason due to which Zulqarnain was named as ‘Zulqarnain’ (one with two horns)

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أبى رحمه الله قال: حدثني محمد بن يحيى العطار، عن الحسين بن الحسن ابن أبان عن محمد بن أرومة قال: حدثنى القاسم بن عروة، عن بريد العجلي عن الاصبغ بن نباتة قال: قام ابن الكواء إلى علي عليه السلام وهو على المنبر فقال: يا أمير المؤمنين أخبرني عن ذي القرنين، أنبيا كان أم ملكا؟ وأخبرني عن قرنه أمن ذهب كان أم من فضة؟ فقال له: لم يكن نبيا ولا ملكا، ولم يكن قرناه من ذهب ولا فضة ولكنه كان عبدا أحب الله فاحبه الله ونصح لله فنصحه الله، وإنما سمى ذاالقرنين لانه دعا قومه إلى الله عزوجل فضربوه على قرنه فغاب عنهم حينا ثم عاد إليهم فضرب على قرنه الآخر، وفيكم مثله.


1. My father said, ‘Muhammad Bin Yahya Al Ataar narrated to me, from Al Husayn Bin Al Hassan Ibn Aban, from Muhammad Bin Arwama, from Al Qasim Bin Urwat, from Bureyd Al Ajaly, from Al Asbagh Bin Nabata who said, ‘Ibn Al-Kawa stood up to Ali (asws) whilst he (asws) was upon the Pulpit, so he said, ‘O Amir Al-Momineen (asws)! Inform me about Zulqarnain, was he as Prophet (as) or a king? And inform me about his horn, was it of gold or was it from silver?’ So Imam (asws) said to him: ‘He was neither a king nor a Prophet (as), nor was his horn of gold nor of silver, but, he was a righteous servant who loved Allah (azwj) and Allah (azwj) Loved him. So he used to advise (people) for the Sake of Allah (azwj), so Allah (azwj) Advised him. But rather, he was named as Zulqarnain (One with two horns), because he invited his people to Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic. So they struck upon his (head and it became like a) horn and he was absent from them for some time. Then he returned to them, but they struck upon his (head and it became like a) other horn. And among you is his example’.