With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Sura 43 (Zukhruf – Golden adornments)
Verse 32-33 “Also, they say: “Why is not this Qur’an sent down to some leading man in either of the two (chief) cities?” Is it they who would portion out the Mercy of thy Lord? It is We Who portion out between them their livelihood in the life of this world: ….”
We see here the attitude displayed by those blessed with material prowess and stature. The kufr standard was based on materialism and mutual regard but Allah’s standard was based on moral excellence. The rejecters could not accept, due to their pride and arrogance, that someone whom they didn’t consider amongst their own rank could be chosen for Prophethood. Hence Allah SWT reminds them in the next verse that material excellence comes from Him. A similar response is given to Musa (AS) by Pharoah in verses 51-53. This teaches us that material excellence or social status should not hinder us from the Truth nor should it be a standard to determine righteousness but instead it should serve to bring us closer to Allah SWT.
Cross reference : 3:14 and 28:77