Hazrat Imam Ali ibne Musa Ar-Reza (as) said:

“One of the men from the Children of Israel killed one of his relatives. He then took the corpse and put it along the path of one of the noblest of the offspring of Israel and then went and demanded blood money.

The Children of Israel told Moses (as), ‘Such and such a tribe has killed so and so. Tell us who has killed the man.’

Then Moses (as) said, ‘Bring me a cow.’

{They said, ‘Do you take us in ridicule?’ He (Musa) said, “I seek refuge in Allah from being among the ignorant.”} (Surah Baqarah, ayah 67)

The Imam (as) added, “Had they brought forth a cow, things would have ended and the killer would have been found. But they were stern so God was stern with them.

{They said, “Call upon your Lord to make clear to us what it is.” [Moses] said, “[Allah] says, ‘It is a cow which is neither old nor virgin} meaning neither small or large {but median between that} (Surah Baqarah, ayah 68)

Had they brought forth a cow, things would have ended and the killer would have been found. But they were stern so God was stern on them, {They said, “Call upon your Lord to show us what is her color.” He said, “He says, ‘It is a yellow cow, bright in color – pleasing to the observers.’”} (Surah Baqarah, ayah 69)

Had they brought forth a cow, things would have ended and the killer would have been found. But they were stern so God was stern with them. {They said, “Call upon your Lord to make clear to us what it is. Indeed, [all] cows look alike to us. And indeed we, if Allah wills, will be guided.” He said, “He says, ‘It is a cow neither trained to plow the earth nor to irrigate the field, one free from fault with no spot upon her.’ ” They said, “Now you have come with the truth.”} (Surah Baqarah, ayah 70-71)

Then they looked for such a cow and found one belonging to a young man from the Israelites. However, the young man said, ‘I will not sell it unless you fill its skin with gold for me as the price.”

The Children of Israel went to Moses (as) and told him about that. Moses (as) said, “You have no choice but to buy it.” Thus they bought it and took it to Moses (as).

Moses (as) ordered that the cow be slaughtered. Then he (as) ordered that they hit the corpse of the dead person with the cow’s tail.

When they did that the dead man became alive and said, “O Messenger of God! My cousin killed me, not the one who has been accused.” That was how they got to know the murderer.

Then God’s Messenger – Prophet Moses, the son of Imran (as) told one of his companions, “There is an interesting story about this cow!” The companion asked, “What is it?”

Prophet Moses (as) said, “One of the young men from the Children of Israel was very kind to his father. Once he bought a small calf and took it home. His father was asleep and the stable key was under his head. The young fellow felt sorry for his father and did not wake him up. He just let the calf go. When his father woke up and heard the story, he admired his son, gave him a cow and told him, ‘Take this cow instead!’”

Prophet Moses (as) added, “Thus look and see what the final result of doing good deeds is, and how far a good deed will take its doer.

Source: `Uyoun Akhbaar al-Ridha (as), Volume 2, Chaper 30, Hadith #31; Bihar al-Anwar, Volume 71, Pages 68-69, Hadith #41

 

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