Remember when you said: "O Musa (Moses)!
We cannot endure one kind of food; call on your Rabb to
give us a variety of food which the earth produces,
such as green-herbs, cucumbers, garlic, lentils,
and onions." ‘What?’ Musa asked. ‘Would you exchange the
better for the worse? If that’s what you want, go
back to some city; there you will find what you have asked
for. Gradually they became so degraded that shame and misery
were brought upon them and they drew upon themselves the
wrath of Allah; this was because they went on rejecting
the commandments of Allah and killed His prophets unjustly,
furthermore, it was the consequence of their disobedience
Rest assured that Believers (Muslims), Jews, Christians
and Sabians - whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day
and performs good deeds - will be rewarded by their Rabb;
they will have nothing to fear or to regret.
Remember O Children of Israel when
We took a covenant from you and when We lifted the Mount
(Tür) over your heads saying: "Hold firmly to what
We have given you (Torah) and follow the commandments
therein, so that you may guard yourself against evil."
But even after that you backed out; if there would not have
been the Grace and Mercy of Allah upon you, you surely would
have been among the losers.
You very well know the story of those of you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath; We ordered them: "Be detested apes". Thus, We made their fate an example to their own people and to succeeding generations, and a lesson to those who are God-conscious.
Remember the incident when Musa (Moses) said to his
people: "Allah commands you to sacrifice a cow," they replied,
"do you ridicule us?" Musa answered, "I seek the protection
of Allah from being one of the ignorant." "Request your
Rabb," they said, "to give us some details of that cow."
Musa replied: "Allah says, the cow should neither be too
old nor too young but of middle age;" do, therefore, what
you are commanded! "Request your Rabb again" they said,
"to clarify for us her color." Musa replied: "Allah says,
the said cow should be of a rich and deep yellow color pleasing
to the eyes." Again they said: "Request your Rabb to
clarify for us the exact type of cow she should be, for
to us all cows look alike; if Allah wills, we shall be rightly
guided." Musa replied: "Allah says, the said cow should
have neither been used to till the soil nor water the fields;
a healthy one free from any blemish." "Now you have brought
us the accurate description," they said. Then they slaughtered
her, after they had nearly declined.