Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 80-90) The Cow

80. And they say, “The Fire will not touch us except for a number of days.” Say, “Have you received a promise from God-God never breaks His promise-or are you saying about God what you do not know?”

81. Indeed, whoever commits misdeeds, and becomes besieged by his iniquities-these are the inmates of the Fire, wherein they will dwell forever.

82. As for those who believe and do righteous deeds-these are the inhabitants of Paradise, wherein they will dwell forever.

83. We made a covenant with the Children of Israel: “Worship none but God; and be good to parents, and relatives, and orphans, and the needy; and speak nicely to people; and pray regularly, and give alms.” Then you turned away, except for a few of you, recanting.

84. And We made a covenant with you: “You shall not shed the blood of your own, nor shall you evict your own from your homes.” You agreed, and were all witnesses.

85. But here you are, killing your own, and expelling a group of your own from their homes-conspiring against them in wrongdoing and hostility. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although it was forbidden to you. Is it that you believe in part of the Scripture, and disbelieve in part? What is the reward for those among you who do that but humiliation in this life? And on the Day of Resurrection, they will be assigned to the most severe torment. God is not unaware of what you do.

86. Those are they who bought the present life for the Hereafter, so the punishment will not be lightened for them, nor will they be helped.

87. We gave Moses the Scripture, and sent a succession of messengers after him. And We gave Jesus son of Mary the clear proofs, and We supported him with the Holy Spirit. Is it that whenever a messenger comes to you with anything your souls do not desire, you grew arrogant, calling some impostors, and killing others?

88. And they said, “Our hearts are sealed.” Rather, God has cursed them for their ingratitude. They have little faith.

89. And when a scripture came to them from God, confirming what they have-although previously they were seeking victory against those who disbelieved-but when there came to them what they recognized, they disbelieved in it. So God’s curse is upon the disbelievers.

90. Miserable is what they sold their souls for-rejecting what God has revealed, out of resentment that God would send down His grace upon whomever He chooses from among His servants. Thus they incurred wrath upon wrath. And there is a demeaning punishment for the disbelievers.

My Interpretation:

Archangel Gabriel is still telling Muhammad what happened to the Jewish nation after Moses gave commandments. This must have take place many years after Moses, where the commandments, Sabbath, and other rituals of worship has been altered by the Jewish priesthood. There is also a very sad idea that those in power and influence sold their own people into slavery. So once again this is proof to me that they are not speaking about all Jews, but are speaking to the wealthy elite class that once again lost their humility in their social status.

How sad for the Jews did Muhammad feel in his heart! I actually cry as I type this because I think it is so wrong for a class of people to create a caste system when we are all equal under God. Islam brings the idea that a good slave is loved and equal to a good king. There is no distinction in men in terms of wealth or power, there is only distinction in the hearts.

I will say looking at the Quran you learn that the poor class of Jews have been poorly treated in life, and I do believe they are part of the People of the Book, and will receive their rewards in heaven where they can finally have peace. I am crying still as I think of the Holocaust and how it was only the poor Jews that they saw as “undesirable” to be selected to work in the factories of Germany. So they put poor , old and disabled Jews into the fire. Well I will say with passionate conviction, God will put them in the fire that they showed others.

Everything is reflected back and your karma is REAL. God is saying in these passages that the pain that the leader Jews created for their own people will cause a suffering they can not escape from, even if this life allows them the freedom to live lavishly standing on the backs of others.

The Jewish elders rejected the Gospel coming to them only claiming the truth of the Torah, but God sent down this book as a test and as a support for the book they held as truth. This is why they plotted to kill Jesus later, threatened by the truth that they did not hold Heaven as monopoly.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 70-80) The Cow

70. They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us which one; the heifers look alike to us; and God willing, we will be guided.”

71. He said, “He says she is a heifer, neither yoked to plow the earth, nor to irrigate the field; sound without blemish.” They said, “Now you have brought the truth.” So they slew her; though they almost did not.

72. And recall when you killed a person, and disputed in the matter; but God was to expose what you were hiding.

73. We said, “Strike him with part of it.” Thus God brings the dead to life; and He shows you His signs, that you may understand.

74. Then after that your hearts hardened. They were as rocks, or even harder. For there are some rocks from which rivers gush out, and others that splinter and water comes out from them, and others that sink in awe of God. God is not unaware of what you do.

75. Do you hope that they will believe in you, when some of them used to hear the Word of God, and then deliberately distort it, even after understanding it?

76. And when they come across those who believe, they say, “We believe,” but when they come together privately, they say, “Will you inform them of what God has disclosed to you, so that they might dispute with you concerning it before your Lord?” Do you not understand?

77. Do they not know that God knows what they conceal and what they reveal?

78. And among them are uneducated who know the Scripture only through hearsay, and they only speculate.

79. So woe to those who write the Scripture with their own hands, and then say, “This is from God,” that they may exchange it for a little price. Woe to them for what their hands have written, and woe to them for what they earn.

80. And they say, “The Fire will not touch us except for a number of days.” Say, “Have you received a promise from God-God never breaks His promise-or are you saying about God what you do not know?”

My Interpretation:

Muhammad is being told what happened to his fellow Jewish neighbors of the Middle East, in terms of their disbelief about God. For some reason, a faction of them were skeptical of God and kept questioning about the cow. Eventually they killed the cow, but they almost did not do it due to their disbelief. Next a murder took place and there was an argument about it without a proper trial, and so God brought this man back to life to show them what they have done.

line 77 is so meaningful, that even if people speak nice words or act as one thing on the surface, God knows what is underneath. So never be good for rewards, the intention has to come from a honest place otherwise God will see that.

Many atheists like to argue that religious people do things for rewards from God. This is not true, and in these verses is the ultimate argument to that idea. When you do things with a reward or exterior motivation in mind, then it cancels out the good you do and God sees this.

There is a idea, that many people in high places (not just Jewish leaders, but instead many pagan, christian, or other faiths seem to come together under the same hatred for the truth. Misery loves company. However, they are still lying to each other, as well as to Muhammad by saying sweet words, but really meaning something else.

So they play with the words of God altering it for their own enjoyment and approval and tell their ideas to others. This is the start of the manipulations in the holy books. Some things were written, some not at all, some things were taken out and changed to something else. It is hard to decipher the truth unless you have a good compass that points the way.

The Quran acts as a compass and helps show the truth.

The ones who created the mischief on earth with say that they will live long anyways, and not have to worry about the punishment they will get, if ever. Gabriel lets Muhammad know how wrong they are and they can not escape their fate. Human life is a millisecond compared to God’s infinite existence, and when you think you have lots of time to do good, and procrastinate good deeds, that’s when you start to see time slip by.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 60-70) The Cow

61. And recall when you said, “O Moses, we cannot endure one kind of food, so call to your Lord to produce for us of what the earth grows: of its herbs, and its cucumbers, and its garlic, and its lentils, and its onions.” He said, “Would you substitute worse for better? Go down to Egypt, where you will have what you asked for.” They were struck with humiliation and poverty, and incurred wrath from God. That was because they rejected God’s revelations and wrongfully killed the prophets. That was because they disobeyed and transgressed.

62. Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Christians, and the Sabeans-any who believe in God and the Last Day, and act righteously-will have their reward with their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

63. And recall when We received a pledge from you, and raised the Mount above you: “Take what We have given you earnestly, and remember what is in it, that you may attain righteousness.”

64. But after that you turned away. Were it not for God’s grace and mercy towards you, you would have been among the losers.

65. And you surely knew those of you who violated the Sabbath. We said to them, “Be despicable apes!”

66. Thus We made it a deterrent for their generation, and for subsequent generations, and a lesson for the righteous.

67. And recall when Moses said to his people, “God commands you to sacrifice a heifer.” They said, “Do you make a mockery of us?” He said, “God forbid that I should be so ignorant.”

68. They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us which one.” He said, “He says she is a heifer, neither too old, nor too young, but in between. So do what you are commanded.”

69. They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us what her color is.” He said, “He says she is a yellow heifer, bright in color, pleasing to the beholders.”

70. They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us which one; the heifers look alike to us; and God willing, we will be guided.”

My Interpretation:

Muhammad at this point is still being shown the past of what happened to cause such a division in Judaism and what happened to the first People of the Book. It’s a sad story to see that after being in Egypt as slaves, somehow because they were not satisfied with the food given to them in the particular land Moses walked the people to for 40 days, they were sent back to Egypt and incurred hostility and perhaps enslavement once again. This is all suggested that this is a natural consequence to them not being satisfied with the freedom given to them and instead wanting more types of food to grow.

There is an idea that other prophets of God have been killed and quite possibly this is evil from the division. So God punished them in their disobedience to not allow them to find their way back to this free land that Moses was lead to for their safety. There was a violation with the Sabbath, that was not worshipped on the right day and so it was another way that the Jewish leaders lead their people astray.

God then sends another test to teach them a lesson and to see where they were consciously. God told them to go kill a cow for food, which is how God prescribed sacrifice. God was not being sacrificed to, the cow was supposed to sacrifice itself in order to feed the people, however animals don’t kill themselves so humans had to do the actual sacrifice. But once again they mocked Moses and started to ask for specifics in the cow, out of disbelief and suspicion.

I can see it clearly. They hated Moses for taking away all the fun in their sinful pleasures they used to indulge in. Moses created the commandments to help them and they took him as a threat to their experiences. But they forgot that this not just a place of enjoyment it is a place to learn how to get back to God from the state that we all fell from.

But they wanted it to be more difficult to find this cow, so it became so.

This is the lesson I take to heart. When you ask for something to be more difficult or make things more difficult than they are, your reality appears that way around you. God sent them specific instructions for this cow that kept getting narrower and narrower of categories..only because they kept asking more and more questions.

At line 62, this is where my heart opened up to Islam because it showed me the unity people of all faiths have. NO ONE religion has monopoly or claim on Heaven and it is up to God to reflect on the goodness of a person, not the religion you claim to be part of. Labels can be different, but paths to God are similar in terms of devotion and positive energy given back to the world.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 50-60) The Cow

50. And recall that We parted the sea for you, so We saved you, and We drowned the people of Pharaoh as you looked on.

51. And recall that We appointed for Moses forty nights. Then you took to worshiping the calf after him, and you turned wicked.

52. Then We pardoned you after that, so that you might be grateful.

53. And recall that We gave Moses the Scripture and the Criterion, so that you may be guided.

54. And recall that Moses said to his people, “O my people, you have done wrong to yourselves by worshiping the calf. So repent to your Maker, and kill your egos. That would be better for you with your Maker.” So He turned to you in repentance. He is the Accepter of Repentance, the Merciful.

55. And recall that you said, “O Moses, we will not believe in you unless we see God plainly.” Thereupon the thunderbolt struck you, as you looked on.

56. Then We revived you after your death, so that you may be appreciative.

57. And We shaded you with clouds, and We sent down to you manna and quails: “Eat of the good things We have provided for you.” They did not wrong Us, but they used to wrong their own souls.

58. And recall that We said, “Enter this town, and eat plentifully from it whatever you wish; but enter the gate humbly, and say, ‘Pardon.’ We will forgive your sins, and give increase to the virtuous.”

59. But the wrongdoers among them substituted words other than those given to them, so We sent down on the wrongdoers a plague from heaven, because of their wicked behavior.

60. And recall when Moses prayed for water for his people. We said, “Strike the rock with your staff.” Thereupon twelve springs gushed out from it, and each tribe recognized its drinking-place. “Eat and drink from God’s provision, and do not corrupt the earth with disobedience.”

My Interpretation:

Here Gabriel continues to give Muhammad a glimpse into the past of what happened after Moses gave his commandments on the mount. As I said before, the wrath of God on these Jewish leaders is brought on by after saving them as a worthy people, they decided to turn their back on God. They were slaves of Egypt and were rescued by a messenger of God, yet they still didn’t believe. After Moses caught them in the act of ritual to this other god, they were caught by sheer surprise at the power of God when lighting struck.

The death and resurrection here to me is more symbolic that they died spiritually when they worshiped another deity, but were brought back to life when God showed them the awe and the power He has. There must have been a wild lighting storm that made them cower in fear, and some may have died from this storm, and it made them rethink their acts of worship to a powerless idol.

After they redeemed themselves fully (some of them), they started to spread out amongst the land and 12 tribes is an idea that the Israelites came from those different tribes. It’s an interesting concept and shows the diversity, but unity in people represented by the water flowing in different directions from the same source.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 40-50) The Cow

40. O Children of Israel! Remember My blessings which I bestowed upon you, and fulfill your pledge to Me, and I will fulfill My pledge to you, and fear Me.

41. And believe in what I revealed, confirming what is with you; and do not be the first to deny it; and do not exchange My revelations for a small price; and be conscious of Me.

42. And do not mix truth with falsehood, and do not conceal the truth while you know.

43. And attend to your prayers, and practice regular charity, and kneel with those who kneel.

44. Do you command people to virtuous conduct, and forget yourselves, even though you read the Scripture? Do you not understand?

45. And seek help through patience and prayer. But it is difficult, except for the devout.

46. Those who know that they will meet their Lord, and that to Him they will return.

47. O Children of Israel! Remember My favor which I bestowed upon you, and I that favored you over all nations.

48. And beware of a Day when no soul will avail another in the least, nor will any intercession be accepted on its behalf, nor will any ransom be taken from it, nor will they be helped.

49. And recall that We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh. They inflicted on you terrible persecution, killing your sons and sparing your women. Therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord.

50. And recall that We parted the sea for you, so We saved you, and We drowned the people of Pharaoh as you looked on.

My Interpretation:

At this point in the revelations, Gabriel is still instructing on exactly what to say to the public and to the Jewish leaders he will need to go up against at some point to show them the error of their ways. This of course is where Jews get mad and see an extreme prejudice against the Jewish people, but if you look closely and listen to the words of the Quran as you speak them, you see that this is only a call to the leaders of the Jewish people who lead their people astray and omit and alter God’s words with their own.

Historically even in the Bible, it states there was a division of Moses’s followers and a party of Jews that never believed Moses or simply didn’t want to follow God’s commandments to have One unseen God. So they decided to pray and worship to their pagan deities, and all we know is it was a golden calf idol or statue, that represented some god of theirs of old. I believe after this event, Moses lost control of some of his followers and the Jewish nation was divided-half followed Moses and his commandments from the Torah and the other half followed the Pagan leaders or “elders” as they called them. The thing I discovered with this, is the poor followed Moses because wealth was not a conquest for them. And usually the wealthy and the well connected followed the pagan worshipers because it allowed them more of the freedom to create the frivolous society they wanted to build. One of the major perks of pagan religions is you can make up ANY god and goddess, and follow ANY man made law you wish to create, and usually the elite class did this.

So once again this is NOT a call out to all Jews, it is only to those who are in high seats of power that have altered the words of God that Moses had given them originally. We know that there is the Torah, and there is the Talmud. Historically the Talmud was the one written after the Torah and are the Oral Laws given based off the Torah, but it is from rabbis and men’s minds…not God’s. It will be the equivalent to following only my interpretation as a new book, which I don’t intend to do-I only interpret what was already sent down.

I really hope my blog reaches many Jews and they will see WHO archangel Gabriel is chastising for God, and they will stop projecting themselves on this judgment. Good Jews who follow Moses’s teachings will earn their place in Heaven just as much as a muslim. 🙂

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