you worship, You and your forefathers! Lo! they are (all) anenemy to me, except the Lord of the Worlds. Who createdme, and He guides me, And Who feeds me and waters me.And when I sicken, then He heals me. And Who causes meto die, then gives me lift (again) And Who, I ardently hope,will forgive me my sin on the Day of judgement. (Koranxxvi.70-82)One day, while all the townspeople were out, Abrahamangrily smashed all the idols with his right hand except forone which was very large. When the people returned theywere furious. They remembered the things Abraham hadsaid about the idols. They had him brought forth beforeeveryone and demanded, 'Is it you who did this to our gods,0 Abraham?' Abraham replied, But this their chief did it. Askthem, if they are able to speak.' The people exclaimed, 'Youknow they do not speak.' 'Do you worship what youyourselves have carved when Allah created you and whatyou make?' Abraham continued, 'Do you worship instead of Allah that which cannot profit you at all, nor harm you?'(Koran xxxvii.95-6)(Koran xxi.66)Finally, Abraham warned them, Serve Allah, and keepyour duty unto Him; that is better for you if you did butknow. You serve instead of Allah only idols, and you onlyinvent a lie. Lo! those whom you serve instead of Allah ownno provision for you. So seek your provision from Allah, andserve Him, and give thanks unto Him, (for) unto Him youwill be brought back.(Koran xxix. 16-17)The people of Ur decided to give Abraham the worstpunishment they could find: he was to be burnt to death. Onthe chosen day all the people gathered in the centre of thecity and even the King of Ur was there. Abraham was thenplaced inside a special building filled with wood. The woodwas lit. Soon the fire became so strong that the people werepushed back by the flames. But Allah said: “O fire, becoolness and peace for Abraham”. (Koran xxi.69)The people waited until the fire had completely dieddown, and it was then that they saw Abraham still sittingthere as though nothing had happened! At that moment theywere utterly confused. They were not, however, moved bythe miracle that had just happened before their very eyes.