Is it not to Allah that sincere devotion is due? But those who take for protectors other than Allah (say): “We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allah.” Truly Allah will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But Allah guides not such as are false and ungrateful.
Worshippers of Idols or of deities other than
Allah, e.g., saints or perhaps Wealth and Power, Science
or Selfish Desire, may pretend that these are symbols
that may get them nearer to their self-development,
nearer to the goal of their life, nearer to Allah, but they
are altogether on the wrong track.
This departure of theirs from true worship, this
divergence from the right way, produces endless
disputations and sects. Allah will judge between them.
But if they are determined to go after falsehoods and
forget the gratitude and service which they owe to Allah,
and Allah alone, they are putting themselves on a Path
where they will get no guidance. They are cutting
themselves off from revealed Truth.
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 39 verse 3). Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)