[Zukhruf 43:23] And similarly, whenever We sent a Herald of Warning before you (O dear Prophet Mohammed - peace and blessings be upon him) into any town, its wealthy people said, “We found our forefathers upon a religion, and we are following their footsteps.”
[Zukhruf 43:24] The prophet said, “What! Even if I bring to you a path better than what you found your forefathers following?”; they said, “We do not believe in whatever you have been sent with.”
[Zukhruf 43:25] So We took revenge from them - therefore see what sort of fate befell those who denied!
[Zukhruf 43:26] And when Ibrahim said to his father and his people, “I have no relation whatsoever with your deities.”
[Zukhruf 43:27] “Except Him Who has created me, for He will soon direct me.” (To my place of migration.)
[Zukhruf 43:28] And Ibrahim kept this declaration among his progeny, in order that they may desist.
[Zukhruf 43:29] In fact I gave them and their forefathers the usage of this world until the truth and the Noble Messenger who conveyed the message clearly, came to them.
[Zukhruf 43:30] And when the truth came to them they said, “This is magic, and we disbelieve in it.”
[Zukhruf 43:31] And they said, “Why was the Qur’an not sent down upon some chieftain of these two great towns?” (The chiefs of Makkah and Taif).
[Zukhruf 43:32] Are they the distributors of your Lord’s mercy? We have distributed among them their comforts in the life of this world, and gave high status to some over others so that they mock at each other; and the mercy of your Lord is better than all what they hoard.
[Zukhruf 43:33] And were it not for that all people be
on one religion, We would have made for the disbelievers of the Most Gracious,
roofs and stairs of silver which they would climb.