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So he smashed them up to pieces with the exception of the biggest, so that they may turn to it.

They asked (on return): "Who has done this to our gods? He is surely a mischief-monger."

They said: "We heard a youth talk about them. He is called Abraham."

"Bring him before the people," they said, "that they may bear witness."

"Did you do this to our gods, O Abraham?" they enquired.

"No," he said. "It was done by that chief of theirs. Ask him in case they can speak."

Then they thought and observed: "Surely you are yourselves unjust."

Then crestfallen (they confessed): "Truly, as you know, they cannot speak."

(So Abraham) said: "Then why do you worship something apart from God that cannot profit you or do you harm?

Fie on you and those you worship besides God! Will you not understand?"

They said: "Burn him, and save your gods, if you are men of action."

"Turn cold, O fire," We said, "and give safety to Abraham."

They wished to entrap him, but We made them greater losers.

So We delivered him and Lot, and brought them to the land We had blessed for all the people.

And We bestowed on him Isaac, and Jacob as an additional gift, and made them righteous.