With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 43 (Zukhruf – Golden adornments)
Verses 20-22 “(“Ah!”) they say, “If it had been the will of (Allah) Most Gracious, we should not have worshipped such (deities)!” Of that they have no knowledge! they do nothing but lie! What! have We given them a Book before this, to which they are holding fast?.”
In verses 20 – 22 we see the ill effects of blind following. The rejecters were comfortable with the status quo and were not prepared to change as this would compromise their vested interests. As a result they reasoned that Allah would not have allowed them to commit shirk if this wasn’t acceptable to Him. In essence they are saying that Allah has approved their polytheistic practices. Allah’s answer to them is that these practices are not approved in Scripture and exposes the fact that they are simply blindly following the practices of their forefathers. We should be mindful not to fall into a similar trap by ensuring that we always check our practices against Allah’s clear instructions in the Quran.