What was the driving force behind the wish to kill prophets for the sake of handmade idols, if not traditions?
170 – When they are told: “Follow what God has revealed,” they say, “No, we follow only the ways of our fathers.” What if their parents lacked understanding, and were not guided? 2 The Cow, 170
We understand from the above verse that people were obsessed by their ancestral heritage of traditions they could not abandon despite clear injunctions of the Quran to the contrary. The Quran addressed man to use his intelligence and not to follow what he received from his forefathers.