Mariam (Mary) - Chapter 19: Verse 73
The elders of the Quraysh at the time of the Prophet used to listen to God’s revelations being recited to them, but then they would behave arrogantly towards the believers, branding them as poor and weak, and boasting about their own wealth and petty social values. Had the message preached by Muhhammad been any good, would his followers be those who had no power or influence in the Quraysh society? Would they have met in a humble place like al-Arqam’s house? Would his opponents be those who enjoyed all the luxuries and social prominence?
Such is worldly logic, advanced by those who have no aspiration to any truly high horizon. It is divine wisdom that keeps faith free of all adornment and superficial attraction, offering no temptation. Thus, only those who take it for its real value, without hope of immediate gain, will accept it. By contrast, those who are after wealth, worldly interests, pleasures and the like will turn away from it.
"In The Shade of The Quran" - Sayyid Qutb, Vol. 11, pp. 370, 371