So he brought forth for them a calf, a sculpture, which had a mooing sound. So they said (Sâmirî and his supporters): “This is your god and the god of Moses, but he forgot”.
Could they not see that it did not return to them an answer, and that it had no power either to harm them or to benefit them?
And certainly Aaron had said to them before: “O my people! You are only tried by it, and surely The Most Beneficent is your Lord, therefore follow me and obey my order”.
They said: “We will by no means cease to keep to its worship until Moses returns to us”.
(Moses) said: “O Aaron! What prevented you (from warning them) when you saw them falling into Misguidance”?
Why did not you follow me? Did you then rebel against my order?
(Aaron) said: “O son of my mother! Do not seize me by my beard, or by my head. Surely I was afraid that you should say: “You have caused a division (disagreement, enmity) among the Children of Israel and you have not observed (carried out) my word”.
(He) said: “Then, O Sâmirî, what was your address (to them) (what did you say to them)”?
(Sâmirî) said: “I saw what they did not see. I took a handful (of the dirt) from where the Messenger (Gabriel) stepped and flung it (into melted metal) thus did my soul make it fair-seeming to me”.
(Moses) said: “Go away at once! Surely for you it will be in this life to say: ‘Do not touch (me)’. Surely there is a promise (punishment) for you, which shall not be made to fail, and look at your (so-called) god to whose worship you kept persistently! We will certainly burn it, then we will certainly scatter its ash, scattering in the sea”.
Your God is only Allah, there is no god but He. He comprehends (surrounds) all things in (His) Knowledge.