﴿18﴾ وَإِن تُكَذِّبُوا فَقَدْ كَذَّبَ اُمَمٌ مّـِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَمَا عَلَي الرَّسُولِ إِلاَّ الْبَلاَغُ الْمُبِينُ
18. “ And if you reject (the Message), so did generations before you and nothing is incumbent on the messenger but a plain delivery (of the message).”
The rejection of the opponents should not hinder the act of propagation.
In this verse, as a threat and also as heedlessness to them, Abraham (a.s.) says:
And, of course, they were punished severely with a painful chastisement. The verse continues saying:
delivery (of the message).”
The objective of “generations before you” is the people of Noah and the nations who came to live after them.
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