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Tafseer Al-Baqarah Ayaat 72 – 73

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Ayaat 72 – 73 – Bringing the murdered Man back to Life


The reason that Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala commanded them to slaughter a cow was to settle the dispute about the murdered man. They were blaming one another for the murder. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala instructed then to strike a piece of the cow on the dead man. The scholars say either the Children of Israel were commanded to strike any piece of the cow or a specific piece such as, striking the leg of the cow on the leg of the dead man. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala does not explicitly tell us because knowing it will not benefit us in any way.

“Thus does Allah bring the dead to life,” meaning this incident not only settled their dispute, but Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala also showed them how He is going to resurrect the dead in the Hereafter. This was because, as mentioned earlier, their belief about the Hereafter had gone corrupt. They had doubts about the resurrection. And Allah knows best.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala made this incident a proof against the Jews that the Resurrection shall definitely occur.

Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala mentioned His bringing the dead back to life in five instances in Surah Al-Baqarah: in ayaat 55-56, in the story of the cow and in the story of those who escaped death in their land while they were numbering in the thousands. He also mentioned the story of the Prophet who passed by a village that was destroyed, the story of Ibraheem ‘alayhi salaam and the four birds, and the land that comes back to life after it has died. All these incidents and stories alert us to the fact that bodies shall again become whole, after they were rotten. The proof of Resurrection is also reiterated in Allah’s statement,

وَءَايَةٌ لَّهُمُ الاٌّرْضُ الْمَيْتَةُ أَحْيَيْنَـهَا وَأَخْرَجْنَا مِنْهَا حَبّاً فَمِنْهُ يَأْكُلُونَ – وَجَعَلْنَا فِيهَا جَنَّـتٍ مِّن نَّخِيلٍ وَأَعْنَـبٍ وَفَجَّرْنَا فِيهَا مِنَ الْعُيُونِ – لِيَأْكُلُواْ مِن ثَمَرِهِ وَمَا عَمِلَتْهُ أَيْدِيهِمْ أَفَلاَ يَشْكُرُونَ

“And a sign for them is the dead land. We give it life, and We bring forth from it grains, so that they eat thereof. And We have made therein gardens of date palms and grapes, and We have caused springs of water to gush forth therein. So that they may eat of the fruit thereof ـ and their hands made it not. Will they not then give thanks?” (Ya-Seen 36:33-35)

May Allah subhanahu wa t’ala allow us to live and die on the correct aqeedah, and protect us from corruption, ameen.

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رَبَّنَا تَقَبَّلْ مِنَّا ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ السَّمِيعُ الْعَلِيم
“Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.” [Al-Baqarah 2: 127]


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