002 - Soorah al-Baqarah - (The Cow) - [Makkee]
[002.062] Verily, those who believe and those who are Jews and Christians, and Sabians, whoever believes in Allāh and the Last Day and does righteous good deeds shall have their reward with their Lord, on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
[002.063] And (O Children of Israel, remember) when We took your covenant and We raised above you the Mount (saying): "Hold fast to that which We have given you, and remember that which is therein so that you may become Al-Muttaqūn (the pious. See V.2:2).
[002.064] Then after that you turned away. Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allāh upon you, indeed you would have been among the losers.
[002.065] And indeed you knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath (i.e. Saturday). We said to them: "Be you monkeys, despised and rejected."
[002.066] So We made this punishment an example to their own and to succeeding generations and a lesson to those who are Al-Muttaqūn (the pious. See V.2:2).
[002.067] And (remember) when Mūsā (Moses) said to his people: "Verily, Allāh commands you that you slaughter a cow." They said, "Do you make fun of us?" He said, "I take Allāh's Refuge from being among Al-Jāhilūn (the ignorant or the foolish)."
[002.068] They said, "Call upon your Lord for us that He may make plain to us what it is!" He said, "He says, 'Verily, it is a cow neither too old nor too young, but (it is) between the two conditions', so do what you are commanded."
[002.069] They said, "Call upon your Lord for us to make plain to us its colour." He said, "He says, 'It is a yellow cow, bright in its colour, pleasing the beholders.' "
(V.2:62) A past nation used to live in Musal (Iraq) and say Lā ilāha illallāh (none has the right to be worshipped but Allāh) and used to read Az-Zabur (the Psalms of the Sabians) and they were neither Jews nor Christians.
(V.2:62) This Verse (and Verse 5:69), mentioned in the Qur'ān should not be misinterpreted by the reader as mentioned by Ibn Abbās [radhi-yAllāhu 'anhu] (Tafsīr At-Tabari) that the provision of this Verse was abrogated by the Verse 3:85: "And whosoever seeks a religion other than Islām, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter, he will be one of the losers." [i.e. after the coming of Prophet Muhammad [sal-Allāhu 'alayhi wa sallam] on the earth, no other religion except Islām, will be accepted from anyone].