And just like this, We did not send before you a Warner in a country, but those who led easy (comfortable) lives in it did not say: “Surely we found our fathers on a way (religion), and surely we are followers of their footsteps”.
(All Warners) said: “Even if I had brought to you which will make you reach Hidayet better than that (the religion) on which you found your fathers”? (They) said: “Surely we are the disbelievers in that with which you are sent”.
Upon that We took revenge on them. Now see how the end of the beliers was!
And Abraham had said to his father and his people: “Surely I am clear (far off) of what you worship”.
Except Him Who did create me. Because verily He will deliver me to Hidayet.
And He made it a Word lasting within his offspring. It is hoped that they may turn (from the idols).
Nay, I gave them and their fathers sustenance until there came to them the truth (the Qur’ân) and a Messenger explaining it.
And when the truth (the Qur’ân) came to them, they said: “This is magic and without a doubt we are the disbelievers in it”.
And they said: “Should not this Qur’ân have been sent down to one great man of the two cities”?
Is it they who distribute the Mercy of your Lord? We distributed their livelihood between them in the life of this world. We have exalted some of them above others in degrees, that some of them may take (employ) others in their work. And the Mercy of your Lord is better than what they collect (than the money they save by not employing others).
And were it not that all people had become a single nation; We would certainly have made the houses of those who disbelieve in the Most-Beneficent with roofs of silver and the stairways by which they ascend in them.