I have asked this question in a different context. Now I need to know its authenticity. Google search gives various slightly different versions. For example:

The people of Mecca asked the Prophet to change [Mount] Safa into gold, and to move away the hills for them so that they could cultivate the land. Thus, he was told [through revelation]: "If you so desire, We shall give them respite for a time [and] perhaps some of them will choose [to believe]; and if you so desire, We shall give them what they want, but if they were to disbelieve, they shall be doomed as were those before them." The Prophet said, "Rather give them time."

Or from Imam Ahmad.

What is the authenticity of this hadith? What is the most reliable version?

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