Surely those who believe (who are “âmenû”), and those who are Jews and the Christians and the Sabians, whoever (amongst those) believes in Allah and the Last Day and does righteous deeds (purifies their soul’s heart), they shall have their Reward with their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.
And (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 in it so that you may become the pious (Al-Muttaqûn, those who want to reach Allah while they are living)”.
Then after that (after I took your covenant) you turned back (away). Had it not been for the (lights of) virtue (Fazl) and mercy (Rahmet) upon you, indeed you would have been among the losers.
And indeed you knew those among you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath (the prohibition of the fishing on Saturday), so We said to them: “Be detested apes! (Be you monkeys, despised and rejected)”.
So We made (this punishment) an example to their own and to succeeding generations and an admonition to those who are the pious [the owners of takvâ (piety)].
And (remember) when Moses (Mûsâ) said to his people: “Verily, Allah commands you that you should sacrifice a cow”. They said: “Are you making fun of us”? He said: “I take Allah’s Refuge from being one of the Ignorant (the foolish)”.
They said: “Call on your Lord for us that He may make plain to us what it is”! He (Moses) said: “He says: “Verily, it is a cow neither too old nor too young, of middle age between that (and this); do therefore what you are commanded”.
They said: “Call on your Lord for our sake to make it plain to us what her color is”, He (Moses) said: “He (Allah) says: It is a yellow cow, bright in its color, giving delight to the beholders”.