Second Point: The lessons in the story of the sacrificing the cow by the children of Israel.
SECOND POINT: Although the Land of Egypt is a part of the Greater Sahara Desert, through the blessing of the Nile, it has become like an extremely fertile arable field. Such a blessed heavenly place being found adjacent to the hellish Sahara has made its agriculture highly sought after by its people and has so fixed it in their characters that for them it has become sacred, and the cow and the bull, the means of agriculture, have also become sacred, and even objects of worship. The people of Egypt of that time considered the cow and bull to be so holy they worshipped them. Thus, it is understood from the question of ‘the Calf’ that the Children of Israel of that time, who grew up in Egypt, had come to have a share of that custom.
Thus, the All-Wise Qur’an makes understood through the sacrifice of a cow that through his messengership, Moses excised and destroyed the concept of cow-worship, which had become a part of that nation’s character and worked in their very natures.
Thus, through this minor incident, it expounds with an elevated miraculousness a universal principle which is essential instruction in wisdom for everyone at all times.
Making an analogy with this, you may understand that certain minor incidents in the Qur’an which are mentioned in the form of historical events, are the tips of universal principles. Even, in Lemeat, in the section on the Miraculousness of the Qur’an, taking the seven sentences of the Story of Moses, which is mentioned and repeated in many Suras, we have explained how each part of those particular sentences comprises an important universal principle. If you wish, you may refer to that treatise.
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- First Station: Answers to some objections and delusions about the Qur'an.
- The Twentieth Word: Some questions and answers on the Qur'an and some examples from the miracles of the Qur'an.
- First Point: How does the Qur'an point to the major and universal laws in the events which seem minor and unimportant?
- Fourth Glow: The conciseness of the Qur'an that express general laws in simple events.
- Prophet Musa [Moses] & Harun [Aaron] (Peace be upon them)
- Cow is mentioned in the Quran. Does this not overshadow the universality of the Quran?
- Third Point: The lessons given by the verse concerning stones.
- Second Fundamental Point: The proofs about the eternal happiness in the hereafter.
- Why are stories about unbelievers and Pharaohs narrated in the Quran? Do we have to read them up to the Day of Judgment?
- How many nations and tribes were destroyed? Where, how and why?