Who broke the idols ?


[Taken from Quranic verses from 51 to 70 of Surah Al-Anbiyah (17)]

And indeed We (Allah) bestowed aforetime on Ibr‚him (Abraham) his (portion of) guidance, and We were Well-Acquainted with him (as to his Belief in the Oneness of All‚h, etc.).

When he said to his father and his people: "What are these images, to which you are devoted?". They said:"We found our fathers worshipping them." He said: "Indeed you and your fathers have been in manifest error."

They said: "Have you brought us the truth, or are you one of those who play about?" He said: "Nay, your Lord is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, Who created them and of that I am one of the witnesses. "And by All‚h, I shall plot a plan (to destroy) your idols after you have gone away and turned your backs." So he broke them to pieces, (all) except the biggest of them, that they might turn to it.

They said: "Who has done this to our ‚liha (gods)? He must indeed be one of the wrong-doers." They said: "We heard a young man talking (against) them who is called Ibr‚him (Abraham)." They said: "Then bring him before the eyes of the people, that they may testify."

They said: "Are you the one who has done this to our gods, O Ibr‚him (Abraham)?" [Ibr‚him (Abraham)] said: "Nay, this one, the biggest of them (idols) did it. Ask them, if they can speak!"

So they turned to themselves and said: "Verily, you are the Z‚limŻn (polytheists and wrong-doers)." Then they turned to themselves (their first thought and said): "Indeed you [Ibr‚him (Abraham)] know well that these (idols) speak not!"

[Ibr‚him (Abraham)] said: "Do you then worship besides All‚h, things that can neither profit you, nor harm you? "Fie upon you, and upon that which you worship besides All‚h! Have you then no sense?"

They said: "Burn him and help your ‚liha (gods), if you will be doing."

We (All‚h) said: "O fire! Be you coolness and safety for Ibr‚him (Abraham)!" And they wanted to harm him, but We made them the worst losers.