In order to be free from guilt before your Lord
7.164 . And when a community among them said : Why preach ye to a folk whom Allah is about to destroy and punish with an awful doom , they said : In order to be free from guilt before your Lord , and that haply they may ward off ( evil ) .
7.165 . And when they forgot that whereof they had been reminded , We rescued those who forbade wrong , and visited those who did wrong with dreadful punishment because they were evil livers .