Strike for them a similitude -- the inhabitants of the city, when the Envoys came to it; (13) What time We sent unto them two, then they belied the twain, wherefore We strengthened them with a third, and they said: verily we are unto you the sent ones. (14) They said: You are naught but mortals like ourselves, nor has the Beneficent Allah revealed anything; you only lie. (15) They said: Our Lord knows that we are most surely apostles to you. (16) And our duty is but plain conveyance (of the message). (17) Said [the others]: "Truly, we augur evil from you! Indeed, if you desist not, we will surely stone you, and grievous suffering is bound to befall you at our hands!" (18) They (Messengers) said: "Your evil omens be with you! (Do you call it "evil omen") because you are admonished? Nay, but you are a people Musrifun (transgressing all bounds by committing all kinds of great sins, and by disobeying Allah). (19) And there came from the uttermost part of the city a man running. He cried: O my people! Follow those who have been sent! (20) Follow such as ask no wage of you, that are right-guided. (21) Why should I not worship Him who has originated me and to whom you shall all be returned? (22) Should I take other gods apart from Him, who would neither be able to intercede for me nor save me if Ar-Rahman brings me harm? (23) In that case I would surely be in clear error. (24) Verily! I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me!" (25) We said to him, "Enter paradise," and he exclaimed: "Would that my people knew (26) how my Sustainer has forgiven me [the sins of my past,] and has placed me among the honoured ones!" (27) ۞ And We sent not against his people after him a host from heaven, nor have We been sending down any such. (28) There was but a single Blast and suddenly they became silent and still. (29) How regretful for the servants. There did not come to them any messenger except that they used to ridicule him. (30) Have they not seen how many generations We destroyed before them, which will not return to them? (31) All of them, gathered together, will certainly be brought before Us. (32)