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.

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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religious tolerance illustration interfaith diversity symbol symbols puzzle pieces hands working together team global belief god cross om shanti islam judaism; krtfeatures features; krtnational national; krtreligion religion; krtworld world; krt; mctillustration; belief; faith; values value; REL; 12000000; 12002000; 12006000; 2009; krt2009; parra fr contributed coddington mct mct2009 2009

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.


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. ūüôā


Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 30-40) The Cow

30. When your Lord said to the angels, “I am placing a successor on earth.” They said, “Will You place in it someone who will cause corruption in it and shed blood, while we declare Your praises and sanctify You?” He said, “I know what you do not know.”

31. And He taught Adam the names, all of them; then he presented them to the angels, and said, “Tell Me the names of these, if you are sincere.”

32. They said, “Glory be to You! We have no knowledge except what You have taught us. It is you who are the Knowledgeable, the Wise.”

33. He said, “O Adam, tell them their names.” And when he told them their names, He said, “Did I not tell you that I know the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and that I know what you reveal and what you conceal?”

34. And We said to the angels, “Bow down to Adam.” They bowed down, except for Satan. He refused, was arrogant, and was one of the disbelievers.

35. We said, “O Adam, inhabit the Garden, you and your spouse, and eat from it freely as you please, but do not approach this tree, lest you become wrongdoers.”

36. But Satan caused them to slip from it, and caused them to depart the state they were in. We said, “Go down, some of you enemies of one another. And you will have residence on earth, and enjoyment for a while.”

37. Then Adam received words from his Lord, so He relented towards him. He is the Relenting, the Merciful.

38. We said, “Go down from it, all of you. Yet whenever guidance comes to you from Me, then whoever follows My guidance-they have nothing to fear, nor shall they grieve.

39. But as for those who disbelieve and reject Our signs-these are the inmates of the Fire-wherein they will remain forever.”

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.

My Interpretation:

This is Archangel Gabriel giving Muhammad a glimpse into the past showing him how Adam and the whole world began. There is an interesting relationship that Adam has with God, that the angels do not. Angels are marvelous beings, that God created before humans, but humans were the next design. And the creation to use their mind and imagination to create on their own! Angels are likened to robots, always programmed to be good and to reflect God’s Goodness. But God wanted another creation at this time to exist, and this is where Adam came from. Adam is the next prototype of an Angel, but the difference is he is one who can co-create his reality on his own. I have always thought it was interesting that Adam was so close to the word “Atom” and much like Adam made up the names of the world, Atoms make up the matter of our physical universe.

Satan another type of creation from smokeless fire element was one being that had Free Will as well as Adam and decided to not bow in respect or in “namaste” to Adam. Instead this being chose a different path of hate, jealousy, and dare I say…fear.

Satan refused to bow to Adam and caused Adam and Eve to take from¬†a specific tree God warned them about. Now in the Bible it is the Tree of Knowledge, but in the Quran it was less about the tree’s “gifts” and more about the disobeying and distrust of God. God being a merciful God decided that Adam and Eve still needed to learn and sent them “down” to the earthly physical realm where they had more to learn about trust in God.

But God does not leave Adam, or any part of mankind, and Archangel Gabriel tells Muhammad to let the people of the world know it is never too late and this is only a temporary home until we find our way back to the Gardens and that state of being we were originally in.

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Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 20-30) The Cow

20. The lightning almost snatches their sight away. Whenever it illuminates for them, they walk in it; but when it grows dark over them, they stand still. Had God willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. God is capable of everything.

21. O people! Worship your Lord who created you and those before you, that you may attain piety.

22. He who made the earth a habitat for you, and the sky a structure, and sends water down from the sky, and brings out fruits thereby, as a sustenance for you. Therefore, do not assign rivals to God while you know.

23. And if you are in doubt about what We have revealed to Our servant, then produce a chapter like these, and call your witnesses apart from God, if you are truthful.

24. But if you do not-and you will not-then beware the Fire whose fuel is people and stones, prepared for the disbelievers.

25. And give good news to those who believe and do righteous deeds; that they will have gardens beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with fruit therefrom as sustenance, they will say, “This is what we were provided with before,” and they will be given the like of it. And they will have pure spouses therein, and they will abide therein forever.

26. God does not shy away from making an example of a gnat, or something above it. As for those who believe, they know that it is the Truth from their Lord. But as for those who disbelieve, they say, “What did God intend by this example?” He leads astray many thereby, and He guides many thereby; but He misleads thereby only the evildoers.

27. Those who violate God’s covenant after its confirmation, and sever what God has commanded to be joined, and commit evil on earth. These are the losers.

28. How can you deny God, when you were dead and He gave you life, then He will put you to death, then He will bring you to life, then to Him you will be returned?

29. It is He who created for you everything on earth, then turned to the heaven, and made them seven heavens. And He is aware of all things.

30. When your Lord said to the angels, “I am placing a successor on earth.” They said, “Will You place in it someone who will cause corruption in it and shed blood, while we declare Your praises and sanctify You?” He said, “I know what you do not know.”

My Interpretation:

At this point Gabriel is coaching Muhammad on what to say to people exactly word for word. And there is no doubt in my mind, this is what he said in public. Muhammad is basically being told that God is a power greater than they can ever imagine and has provided everything for them on earth and in the heavens. There is 7 heavens which I take in two ways: 7 layers of sky, and also 7 layers of dimensions of space that we can not see. This is a curious statement and I am not sure even Muhammad knew what Gabriel was referring to, but he said it in order to show people in public that he has been given wisdom no normal man could have at that time. They did not know about the seven layers of the sky because they could not test at that time and have the science to study the sky in this way. It’s incredible this knowledge is even in the Quran, and is one of the many things that proved how this is truth.

Also to me, when we go deeper, we see that there are 7 chakras and seven layers of “heavens” could refer to dimensions of space that equate to different levels of consciousness. There is a Kabbalah idea about the Tree of Life, and the different dimensions of space. Also the ancient Hindu wisdom about the 7 chakras. Somehow this all fits together and once again shows the deep truth and wisdom in the Quran.

The example of the gnat, is to show how interconnected everything is. We are different from the animals and yet, the same in terms of created from the same Creator, so we need to be respectful of ALL beings on earth aware of this interconnection

There is an idea in these last lines that God is aware of the deception and evil on earth by men, but that it was part of his original plan to test mankind. The angels ask God if He planned to put someone on earth, a destroyer of some sort. God answers with the idea that there is a Great Plan developing that nobody knows except God.


Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 10-20) The Cow

11. And when it is said to them, “Do not make trouble on earth,” they say, “We are only reformers.”

12. In fact, they are the troublemakers, but they are not aware.

13. And when it is said to them, “Believe as the people have believed,” they say, “Shall we believe as the fools have believed?” In fact, it is they who are the fools, but they do not know.

14. And when they come across those who believe, they say, “We believe”; but when they are alone with their devils, they say, “We are with you; we were only ridiculing.”

15. It is God who ridicules them, and leaves them bewildered in their transgression.

16. Those are they who have bartered error for guidance; but their trade does not profit them, and they are not guided.

17. Their likeness is that of a person who kindled a fire; when it illuminated all around him, God took away their light, and left them in darkness, unable to see.

18. Deaf, dumb, blind. They will not return.

19. Or like a cloudburst from the sky, in which is darkness, and thunder, and lightning. They press their fingers into their ears from the thunderbolts, in fear of death. But God surrounds the disbelievers.

20. The lightning almost snatches their sight away. Whenever it illuminates for them, they walk in it; but when it grows dark over them, they stand still. Had God willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. God is capable of everything.

My Interpretation:

This is now coming out very forcefully from Gabriel to Muhammad showing just how unjust these men of Mecca have become, as well as religious leaders from all other nations that have used religions as a means of control. So this is where Muhammad is given a vision of what these elite men in the social structure say to each other. They act as friends and do favors for each other, but they surely do not believe in God. They have taken religion from it’s pure form from spiritual truth and have divided it into sects of control and wealth.

As we know Jesus flipped the tables of the pharisees in the temple, and this is God once again letting Muhammad know the deception has become too much. They lie saying they are creating peace and reformation when they are really creating chaos and destruction due to wars, taxing, and even killing without justice. At this point-God is warning Muhammad these jealous men who are blind to the power and beauty of God themselves, will just mock you when you talk about Islam. Be prepared, Gabriel is saying to Muhammad.

There is also a soothing to Muhammad letting him know that as he is mocked, and possibly even killed for the truth, these men will have a punishment for all the evil they caused through manipulation on religion, about 600 years later after Jesus.


Surah Al-Baqarah: Chapter 2 (line 1-10) The Cow

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

1. Alif, Lam, Meem.

2. This is the Book in which there is no doubt, a guide for the righteous.

3. Those who believe in the unseen, and perform the prayers, and give from what We have provided for them.

4. And those who believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, and are certain of the Hereafter.

5. These are upon guidance from their Lord. These are the successful.

6. As for those who disbelieve-it is the same for them, whether you have warned them, or have not warned them-they do not believe.

7. God has set a seal on their hearts and on their hearing, and over their vision is a veil. They will have a severe torment.

8. Among the people are those who say, “We believe in God and in the Last Day,” but they are not believers.

9. They seek to deceive God and those who believe, but they deceive none but themselves, though they are not aware.

10. In their hearts is sickness, and God has increased their sickness. They will have a painful punishment because of their denial.

My Interpretation:

This is the first message from Archangel Gabriel to Muhammad. “Alif Lam Meem” is the opening of the communication, nobody knows this meaning, but it is at the beginning of each Sura. ¬†It is said that an Angel came to visit Muhammad giving him these messages and gave him a book that he had Muhammad read even when he was illiterate and could not. With God all things are possible.

I imagine Muhammad sitting in a cave, contemplating what has gone wrong with his fellow people of Mecca! Why so many gods and rituals that cause so much bloodshed and confusion in wars. Why so much suffering and torment on this earth at this time? I can envision Muhammad  opening up to the messages and taken aback in pure shock at the sheer justice and mercy found in these words as he received them.

Muhammad must have felt like kneeling down and crying in relief as I do when I just read these words, I can’t imagine how it was to be in the presence of such divine love and justice. When I first read the Quran, I had tears in my eyes as it answered so many of my questions and fears.

Here Muhammad is being told that there has been a great deception on earth in religion, and it is time to try to end it through another human messenger. Islam is here to restore the broken system of religion. The people who take these words to heart have chosen by their own Free Will, or their hearts have been open to God always. The ones who can not see the truth in the Quran are already blinded by lower emotions like hate, greed, envy, and have not yet been able to see the truth revealed to them. Allah/God has made them even blinder in their decision to mock and avoid these words that are about to be given.

So this is Arch Angel Gabriel telling Muhammad this will be a very tough journey for him, but he has a duty to help humanity, and in the End of the world, all justice will be had for the evil people who mocked and laughed at the ideas found in this text.

The way I see it, is that if you purposely avoid the messages of God, your heart has not been in the right place of seeking Him out in the first place, and God knows only the pure of heart will believe in these words given, at this time in history when pagan Arab tribes ruled over Arabia.

An ancient Persian artist’s rendition of Muhammad talking to Gabriel in the cave