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Red or Yellow Heifer? (Qur’an 2:69 vs. Numbers 19:2)

Qur’an 2:69

They said, Call on your Lord for us, to show us what colour she should be. He answered, God says she should be a bright yellow heifer, pleasing to the eye.


Numbers 19:2 King James Version (KJV)

2 This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke:

Who’s right?

Tafsir Ibn Kathir says the following regarding the ayah:

This is also the opinion of Abu Al-`Aliyah, Qatadah and Ar-Rabi` bin Anas. Furthermore, Wahb bin Munabbih said, “If you look at the cow’s skin, you will think that the sun’s rays radiate through its skin.” The modern version of the Tawrah mentions that the cow in the Ayah was red, but this is an error. Or, it might be that the cow was so yellow that it appeared blackish or reddish in color. Allah’s knows best.

Now let us see what Rabbi Sa’adiah Gaon (prominent and influential Rabbi , whose commentaries are still used today) has to say:

Tafsir Rasag, Numbers 19:2
הד֗א רסם אלשריעה אלתי אמר אללה בהא מר בני אסריאל באן יאתוך בבקרה צ֗פרא צחיחה מא ליס פיהא עיב ממא לם יקע עליהא ניר

ذا رسم الشريعة التي امر الله بها مر بني اسريال بان ياتوك ببقرة صفرا صحيحة ما ليس فيها عيب مما لم يقع عليها نير

This is the sharia that Allah has ordered to the children of Israel: Order them to bring an appropriate yellow heifer without any defects and no yoke has been put on it.

Why does this matter? Keeping aside the obvious correction the Qur’an makes, the Jews must also wait for their end-time prophecy of a YELLOW heifer and not a RED one. 🙂


  1. Abdul, thank the only one true Yahweh God that you posted this article to falsity your religion
    So, Bible is right because new archeological evidences are escarvate on daily basis and prophecy of Bible coming true.


  2. The biblical prophecy came true what about the Quranic prophecy


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