Quran Chptr 2-67 (Pt-1, Stg-1)(L–100)-درس قرآن
Commandment to sacrifice a cow
Surah ‘Al-Baqarah (The Cow) – Chapter – 2)
In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
67. And when Moses said unto his people: Lo! Allah commandeth you that ye sacrifice a cow, they said: Dost thou make fun of us? He answered: Allah forbid that I should be among the foolish.
67. Wa ‘iz qaala Muusaa li-qawmihiii ‘innallaaha ya’-mu-rukum ‘an- tazbahuu BAQARAH. Qaaluuu ‘a-tattakhi-zunaa huzuwaa Qaala ‘a-uuzu bil-laahi ‘an ‘akuuna minal-jaahiliin.
The cow was very sacred near Children of Israel. When Moses (peace be upon Him) caused to hear them command of God Almighty, they remained aghast. They did not believe that it was really commanded to sacrifice such sacred animal like this. They supposed that Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) was mocking.
Al-jaahiliin – (the foolish, the ignorant, the illiterates) this word has been derived from jahal. Literal meaning of it is “to do any work contrary to its prescribed and correct method”. If it is due to ignorance then the stupidity is simple and if it is done intentionally then the stupidity is compound. Moses (peace be upon Him) asks God Almighty for refuge from the both kinds of foolishness. An individual, who wishes to command over the people, at the name of God, either he is careless from God or foolish, and is unaware of the results of mocking in the religious matters.
A person from the Children of Israel was killed but the killer was not traceable. God Almighty commanded Moses (peace be upon Him) to order the Children of Israel for sacrificing a cow and beat a piece of its flesh at the dead body of the killed. With it the murdered person will come back to life and will tell the name of his killer.
Due to dwelling many centuries in the Egypt, the Children of Israel had begun to deem the cow very sacred, so they supposed that perhaps Moses (peace be upon Him) was mocking with them. Prophet Moses (peace be upon Him) removed their doubt and made them to understand that the Prophets (peace be upon Them) mock never in the religious matters and in the commands of God Almighty. Mocking others is a job of the stupid. Wise people do never commit the acts like this which are contrary to the dignity, honor and glory, and which becomes cause of disgrace of the religion.