I have heard this story, and I was said that probably this story was there in sura'a al bakarah, It goes something like this,
Humans were forbidden to fish on saturday, but some of them didn't care, so they continued cathing fishes on saturday, then as a punishment they were turned into apes/monkeys.
I want to know how much of it is true and if it is true in which verse of qur'aan is it written ?
"And ask them about the town that was by the sea- when they transgressed in (the matter of) the Sabbath- when their fish came to them openly on their Sabbath day, and the day they had no Sabbath they did not come to them . Thus did We give them trial because they were defiantly disobedient." (7:163) (and please keep reading till the verse (7:166)..."and when they were insolent about that which they had been forbidden, We said to them, 'Be apes, despised.'"
(another verse); "And you had already known about those who transgressed among you concerning the Sabbath, and We said to them, 'Be apes, despised.'" "and We made it a deterrent punishment for those who were present and those who succeeded (them) and a lesson for those who fear Allah." (2"65-66)
you can also find them mentioned in verses; (4:154) and in (4:47)
Al Salamaou alaikum
1) it wasnt all humans who were forbidden - it was a community of jews who were fishing on the day of the Sabbath.
2) All of them did not transgress. Rather, they split into 3 groups.
GROUP 1 - went fishing
GROUP 2 - let group 1 go fishing and didn't stop them.
Group 3 - tried to stop group 1 from fishing.
Group 1 was made up of a handful of people, and they were punished. We dont know what Allah did with group 2. Group 3 were saved from the punishment.
3) Allah is ever merciful. He says many times in the quran that if He was to punish people for the crimes they did, no one would be left on earth. Instead, Allah gives us time (to repent) and only on judgement day will judgement be made.
In the case of the Sabbath breakers, if was their mocking of Allah's command that caused the punishment, not the act of fishing itself.
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