وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوْمِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَنْ تَذْبَحُوا بَقَرَةً ۖ قَالُوا أَتَتَّخِذُنَا هُزُوًا ۖ قَالَ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ أَنْ أَكُونَ مِنَ الْجَاهِلِينَ
And [recall] when Moses said to his people, "Indeed, Allah commands you to slaughter a cow." They said, "Do you take us in ridicule?" He said, "I seek refuge in Allah from being among the ignorant."
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وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَى لِقَوْمِهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَن تَذْبَحُواْ بَقَرَةً قَالُواْ أَتَتَّخِذُنَا هُزُوًا قَالَ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ أَنْ أَكُونَ مِنَ الْجَـهِلِينَ
(67. And (remember) when Musa said to his people: "Verily, Allah commands you that you slaughter a cow.'' They said, "Do you make fun of us'' He said, "I take Allah's refuge from being among Al-Jahilin (the ignorant or the foolish).'')
Allah said, `O Children of Israel! Remember how I blessed you with miracle of the cow that was the means for discovering the identity of the murderer, when the murdered man was brought back to life.' Ibn Abi Hatim recorded `Ubaydah As-Salmani saying, "There was a man from among the Children of Israel who was impotent. He had substantial wealth, and only a nephew who would inherit from him. So his nephew killed him and moved his body at night, placing it at the doorstep of a certain man. The next morning, the nephew cried out for revenge, and the people took up their weapons and almost fought each other. The wise men among them said, `Why would you kill each other, while the Messenger of Allah is still among you' So they went to Musa and mentioned the matter to him and Musa said,
إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُكُمْ أَن تَذْبَحُواْ بَقَرَةً قَالُواْ أَتَتَّخِذُنَا هُزُوًا قَالَ أَعُوذُ بِاللَّهِ أَنْ أَكُونَ مِنَ الْجَـهِلِينَ
("Verily, Allah commands you that you slaughter a cow.'' They said, "Do you make fun of us'' He said, "I take Allah's refuge from being among Al-Jahilin (the ignorant or the foolish)).'' "Had they not disputed, it would have been sufficient for them to slaughter any cow. However, they disputed, and the matter was made more difficult for them, until they ended up looking for the specific cow that they were later ordered to slaughter. They found the designated cow with a man, only who owned that cow. He said, `By Allah! I will only sell it for its skin's fill of gold.' So they paid the cow's fill of its skin in gold, slaughtered it and touched the dead man with a part of it. He stood up, and they asked him, `Who killed you' He said, `That man,' and pointed to his nephew. He died again, and his nephew was not allowed to inherit him. Thereafter, whoever committed murder for the purpose of gaining inheritance was not allowed to inherit.'' Ibn Jarir reported something similar to that. Allah knows best.
Yakni ketika di antara mereka ada yang membunuh seseorang, lalu mereka saling tuduh-menuduh dalam hal itu. Kemudian mereka membawa persoalan itu kepada Musa 'alaihis salam, maka Allah menyuruh mereka menyembelih seekor sapi betina agar orang yang terbunuh itu dapat hidup kembali dan menerangkan siapa yang membunuhnya setelah dipukul dengan sebagian tubuh sapi itu sebagaimana diterangkan dalam ayat 73 dan 74. Mudah, hanya seekor sapi betina, dan seharusnya mereka langsung mengerjakannya, tetapi mereka banyak bertanya seperti yang disebutkan pada ayat di atas sehingga semakin susah dan memberatkan.
Hikmah Allah menyuruh menyembelih sapi ialah supaya hilang rasa penghormatan mereka terhadap sapi yang pernah mereka sembah.
Dengan nada sombong dan menunjukkan kejahilannya.
Yakni mana mungkin Nabi Musa 'alaihis salam memerintahkan sesuatu yang tidak ada faedahnya, karena hanya orang bodoh yang berkata-kata tanpa faedah. Di samping itu, orang yang berakal menganggap bahwa termasuk aib jika sampai mengejek antara sesama meskipun ia diberikan kelebihan, karena kelebihan yang diberikan kepadanya menghendaki untuk bersyukur kepada Allah dan berkasih sayang antara sesama hamba Allah.