Ask them: ‘To whom belongs all that is in the heavens and on the earth?’ Say: ‘Everything belongs to Allah.’ He has bound Himself to the exercise of mercy (and thus does not chastise you for your disobedience and excesses instantly). Surely He will gather you all together on the Day of Resurrection – the coming of which is beyond doubt; but those who have courted their own ruin are not going to believe. And to Him belongs all that dwells in the night and the day. He is All-Hearing, All-Knowing. Say: ‘Shall I take for my guardian anyone other than Allah - the Originator of the heavens and earth; He Who feeds and Himself is not fed?’ Say: ‘Surely I have been commanded to be the first among those who submit (to Allah) and not to be one of those who associate others with Allah in His divinity (even though others may do so).’
(Al-Qur’an – 6:12-14)
Here the unbelievers are asked to whom belongs whatever exists in either the heavens or on earth. Those questioned are themselves convinced that all belongs to God, yet while they dare not respond falsely, they are nevertheless not prepared to give the correct answer. At this, the inquirer is told to answer the question himself and to say that all belongs to God.
Far from providing sustenance to their followers, the beings whom the polytheists set up as deities beside the true God were dependent upon them for their sustenance. No deity can attract worshippers unless some of its devotees make an idol, place it in some magnificent temple, and decorate it lavishly. All these gods are totally dependent upon their own servants. It is the Lord of the Universe alone Who is the True God, Whose Godhead rests solely upon His own power; Who needs the help of no one, whereas no one can dispense with His.