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Story of a Mudered man and the Cow

Posted on: Monday, May 4, 2009

Reading Tafseer of Quran has always filled me with endless wonder, One doesnt need to look far to search for miracles of Allah; a look at the sky is enough, a look at the firm ground is enough. Ever wondered what keeps the sky in its place ? what keeps the ground from collapsing ? How firm the mountains stand ? All these are nothing but miracles of Allah, which are held by Allah’s wish and will crumble down by Allah’s wish alone.

Among the various interesting stories I happen to read, I am sharing a story from Surah Al Bakhara (verse # 67-71) which talks about how a dead man was raised from death by Allah, (a miracle on its own) to identify his murderer among his tribe people.

Ibn Abi Hatim recorded `Ubaydah As-Salmani saying, “There was a man from among the Children of Israel who was impotent. He had substantial wealth, and only a nephew who would inherit from him. So his nephew killed him and moved his body at night, placing it at the doorstep of a certain man. The next morning, the nephew cried out for revenge, and the people took up their weapons and almost fought each other. The wise men among them said, `Why would you kill each other, while the Messenger of Allah is still among you’ So they went to Musa and mentioned the matter to him and Musa said, “Verily, Allah commands you that you slaughter a cow.” They said, “Do you make fun of us” He said, “I take Allah’s refuge from being among Al-Jahilin (the ignorant or the foolish).”

Had they not disputed about the cows specific, it would have been sufficient for them to slaughter any cow. However, they disputed, and the matter was made more difficult for them, until they ended up looking for the specific cow that they were later ordered to slaughter. They found the designated cow with a man, only who owned that cow. He said, `By Allah! I will only sell it for its skin’s fill of gold.’ So they paid the cow’s fill of its skin in gold, slaughtered it and touched the dead man with a part of it. He stood up, and they asked him, `Who killed you’ He said, `That man,’ and pointed to his nephew. He died again, and his nephew was not allowed to inherit him. Thereafter, whoever committed murder for the purpose of gaining inheritance was not allowed to inherit.”

Ibn Jarir reported something similar to that. Allah knows best. They said, “Call upon your Lord for us that He may make plain to us what it is!” He said, “He says, `Verily, it is a cow neither too old nor too young, but (it is) between the two conditions’, so do what you are commanded.” They said, “Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us its colour.” He said, “He says, `It is a yellow cow, bright in its colour, pleasing the beholders. They said, “Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us what it is. Verily, to us all cows are alike. And surely, if Allah wills, we will be guided.” He (Musa) said, “He says, `It is a cow neither trained to till the soil nor water the fields, sound, having no blemish in it.’ ” They said, “Now you have brought the truth.” So they slaughtered it though they were near to not doing it.

In Islam, it is strongly disliked to be disputable and not following the commands laid down by Allah without further questioning. May Allah make us among the ones to be blessed with Jannah, Ameen.

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1 Response to "Story of a Mudered man and the Cow"

beautiful sharing Maryam … 🙂

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