006 - Soorah al-An'aam - (The Cattle) - [Makkee]

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[006:143] Eight pairs: of the sheep two (male and female), and of the goats two (male and female). Say: "Has He forbidden the two males or the two females, or (the young) which the wombs of the two females enclose? Inform me with knowledge if you are truthful."

 

[006:144] And of the camels two (male and female), and of oxen two (male and female). Say: "Has He forbidden the two males or the two females or (the young) which the wombs of the two females enclose? Or were you present when All‚h ordered you such a thing? Then who does more wrong than one who invents a lie against All‚h, to lead mankind astray without knowledge. Certainly All‚h guides not the people who are Z‚limŻn (polytheists and wrong doers)."

 

[006:145] Say (O Muhammad [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam]): "I find not in that which has been revealed to me anything forbidden to be eaten by one who wishes to eat it, unless it be Maitah (a dead animal) or blood poured forth (by slaughtering or the like), or the flesh of swine (pork); for that surely, is impure or impious (unlawful) meat (of an animal) which is slaughtered as a sacrifice for others than All‚h (or has been slaughtered for idols, or on which All‚h's Name has not been mentioned while slaughtering). But whosoever is forced by necessity without wilful disobedience, nor transgressing due limits; (for him) certainly, your Lord is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

 

[006:146] And to those who are Jews, We forbade every (animal) with undivided hoof, and We forbade them the fat of the ox and the sheep except what adheres to their backs or their entrails, or is mixed up with a bone. Thus We recompensed them for their rebellion [committing crimes like murdering the Prophets and eating of Rib‚ (usury)]. And verily, We are Truthful.

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(V.6:143) Narrated Abu Hurairah [radhi-yAll‚hu 'anhu]: I heard All‚h's Messenger [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] saying, "While a shepherd was amongst his sheep, a wolf attacked them and took away one sheep. When the shepherd chased the wolf, the wolf turned towards him and said, 'Who will be its guard on the day of wild animals when nobody except I will be its shepherd'*. And while a man was driving a cow with a load on it, it turned towards him and spoke to him saying, 'I have not been created for this purpose, but for ploughing.' "The people said, "Glorified is All‚h." The Prophet [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] said, "But I believe in it and so does Abu Bakr and 'Umar [radhi-yAll‚hu 'anhumaa]."

[Sahih Al-Bukh‚ri, 5/3663 (O.P.15)]

* It has been written that a wolf also spoke to a shepherd during the Prophet's lifetime near Al-Madinah, as narrated in Musnad Imam Ahmad in the Musnad of Abu Sa'Ód Al-Khudri [radhi-yAll‚hu 'anhu] (Vol. 3): Narrated Abu Sa'Ód Al-Khudri [radhi-yAll‚hu 'anhu]: (While a shepherd was in his herd of sheep), suddenly a wolf attacked a sheep and took it away, the shepherd chased the wolf and took back the sheep, the wolf sat on its tail and addressed the shepherd saying: "Be afraid of All‚h, you have taken the provision from me which All‚h gave me." The shepherd said: "What an amazing thing! A wolf sitting on its tail speaks to me in the language of a human being." The wolf said: "Shall I tell you something more amazing than this? There is Muhammad [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] the Messenger of All‚h in Yathrib (Al-Madinah) informing the people about the news of the past." Then the shepherd (after hearing that) proceeded (towards Al-Madinah) driving his sheep till he entered Al-Madinah, cornered his sheep in a place, and came to All‚h's Messenger (Muhammad ) and informed the whole story. All‚h's Messenger [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] ordered for the proclamation of a congregational Sal‚t, then he [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] came out and asked the shepherd to inform the people (about the story), and he informed them. Then All‚h's Messenger [sal-All‚hu 'alayhi wa sallam] said: "He (the shepherd) has spoken the truth. By Him (All‚h) in Whose Hand my soul is, the Day of Resurrection will not be established till beasts of prey speak to the human beings, and the stick lash and the shoelaces of a person speak to him and his thigh informs him about his family as to what happened to them after him.

 

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