Musa PBUH - A Murder and a Cow
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Kaan Ya Makaan, Fee Qadeem Al-Zamaan…
There was a Place, in Times of Old…

Where lived an elderly Israelite man who, though he had a great deal of wealth, had no children. When he died, his brother's son would inherit all he had. Unfortunately for the elderly man, the nephew loved his uncle's wealth more than he loved his uncle and he waited with barely veiled impatience for his uncle to die.

After a long, long wait, his nephew lost the little patience that he had, went out into the night and killed his uncle. Then he took the body and placed it before someone else's home. The sooner the body was discovered, the murderer thought, the sooner he could inherit.

When morning came, as it inevitably does, the old man's body was discovered and a great fuss was raised. The old man's nephew showed up and took to shrieking and bewailing his uncle's tragic fate. He cried out that it was clearly murder and he demanded justice for his slain uncle. Soon people were at each other's throats and accusations flew like arrows.

"Wait!" some exclaimed, "Why fight when there is a Messenger of God among us?!"

The people approached Musa PBUH and explained what had happened. They then asked him to help them expose the murderer and bring him to justice.

Deciding to start simply, Musa PBUH appealed to anyone who had any information about the murder to come forward. Complete silence descended on the crowd and it was obvious that no one was willing or able to shed light on the events of the night before.

Musa PBUH therefore consulted God about the murder and then returned to tell the crowd that they had to slaughter a cow and use a piece of it to strike the dead man once. The people greeted this news with derision, they wanted to be told who the murderer was without expending any effort, instead they were being told to slaughter a cow?!

At this point they could have chosen any cow and followed God's instructions and found the murderer without further delay. Instead, they said sarcastically, "Ask your God, what kind of cow?"

Thus Musa PBUH found himself stuck in the middle. After a great deal of back and forth between God and the unfriendly crowd, the details of the cow in question were threshed out: It was to be a cow that was neither young nor old, was a bright yellowish-red in color that was pleasing to the eye, was not used for plowing or irrigation, and it must be whole, unblemished and uniform in color.

Finally the people stopped their endless questioning and agreed to seek out such a specific cow and slaughter it. After a great deal of searching, they found just such a cow. It belonged to a young man who resolutely refused to part with it. The negotiations and wheedling went on for some time until finally the young man agreed to sell the cow for its weight in gold.

Once the cow was slaughtered, the specified piece of it was taken and used to strike the murdered man once. Miraculously, and to the crowd's awe and delight, the murdered man came sputtering back to life.

"Who murdered you?" Musa PBUH hurriedly asked the man.

The murdered man looked around and declared, "My nephew murdered me," then he slipped peacefully back into death.

The treacherous nephew was immediately detained and brought to justice for his greedy and heartless actions. His impatience, and murderous deed, only served to deprive him of the great wealth he would have inherited had he been a patient, better and kinder man.

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  1. Names, Translations and Aliases:
    • Musa (aka Moses) PBUH: موسى عليه السلام.

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