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And they argue, “Had the Most Compassionate willed, we would have never worshipped them.” They have no knowledge ˹in support˺ of this ˹claim˺. They do nothing but lie.

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Or have We given them a Book ˹for proof˺, before this ˹Quran˺, to which they are holding firm?

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In fact, they say, “We found our forefathers following a ˹particular˺ way, and we are following in their footsteps.”

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Similarly, whenever We sent a warner to a society before you ˹O Prophet˺, its ˹spoiled˺ elite would say, “We found our forefathers following a ˹particular˺ way, and we are walking in their footsteps.”

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Each ˹warner˺ asked, “Even if what I brought you is better guidance than what you found your forefathers practicing?” They replied, “We totally reject whatever you have been sent with.”

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So We inflicted punishment upon them. See then what was the fate of the deniers!

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˹Remember, O  Prophet˺ when Abraham declared to his father and his people, “I am totally free of whatever ˹gods˺ you worship,

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except the One Who originated me, and He will surely guide me.”

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And he left this enduring declaration among his descendants, so they may ˹always˺ turn back ˹to Allah˺.1 

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In fact, I had allowed enjoyment for these ˹Meccans˺ and their forefathers, until the truth came to them along with a messenger making things clear.

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˹But˺ when the truth came to them, they said, “This is magic, and we totally reject it.”

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