Moses and the cow behind Surah Baqara

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Not only the Golden Calf, the experience of Moses with the bovine world will also have positive sides, to the point that one of these will give its name to the second Surah of the Quran, or the “surah of the cow”

The surah of the cow

After the events of the Golden Calf, cattle will once again manifest themselves in the Quranic scene, this time with a decidedly positive and interesting role, to the point of deserving the title of the second Qur’an surah.


Tradition has it that there was a poor but honest man who, once he was dying, gathered his wife, his young son and his only possession: a cow. He entrusted everything to Allah and asked his wife to free the cow in the forest, confident that she would return at the appropriate time.

Moses and the miraculous cow

Once the son had grown up he returned to the woods and it, as expected, showed up of his own free will, indissolubly binding his fate to that of this family. In the meantime, an elderly nobleman had died leaving all his luck to his son, who mysteriously died shortly thereafter. Part of the relatives came to Moses in search of answers and the latter ordered him to take a cow and kill it, placing the latter’s tongue on the young man’s body.


Initially they accused him of madness, but after the prophet’s insistence they began to ask for more details regarding the sacrificial beast, almost going to miss what the holy man said. After careful research, they discovered that the only beast with the correct characteristics was that of the family at the beginning of our story. Initially wary, the mother decided to sell the cattle only on condition that the coat was filled with gold, thus obtaining an incredible sum of gold. Once the body of the young man was touched by the tongue of the animal, the latter rose to indicate the culprits. From this event takes its name Surah Baqara, called, precisely “Surah of the cow”.

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