03 Nov Sūratu’l-Baqarah [The Cow] : (2:73)
فَقُلْنَا اضْرِبُوهُ بِبَعْضِهَا ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ يُحْيِي اللَّهُ الْمَوْتَىٰ
So We commanded: ‘Strike him (the corpse) with part of it (the sacrificed cow).’ (So they did and the corpse, brought to life, informed of the murderer.) Even so God brings to life the dead. (Al-Baqarah 2:73)
A person had been killed, and a serious debate over the identity of the killer had ensued among the Children of Israel. The corpse’s coming to life as the result of striking it with part of the sacrificed cow and its informing of the murderer were miracles. Striking the corpse with part of a dead cow was the apparent cause, which could never explain the revival of the person murdered. Their revival was a miracle of God executed at the hand of Prophet Moses, peace be upon him.
However, this miraculous event has a message for us in the name of science.
It should be studied whether it is possible to receive a message from a dead person.
▪At present it is known that the brain cells remain alive for some time following one’s death. Therefore, since the miracles of Prophets indicate the final limit of scientific developments, it is worth studying to learn whether any information can be derived from a dead body.
Eventually, the community of Moses surrendered to God, and they received the blessings of obeying His command. Not only did those people stop quarreling among themselves as they had identified the murderer, but also they discarded the materialist thoughts that had captured their souls.
Consequently, they became convinced of the Resurrection and the Hereafter, and a vast window was opened unto the revival after death through part of a sacrificed cow.
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