Set forth to them, by way of a parable, the (story of) the Companions of the City. Behold!, there came messengers to it. (13) When We sent to them two Messengers, they belied them both, so We reinforced them with a third, and they said: "Verily! We have been sent to you as Messengers." (14) They said: Ye are but mortals like unto us. The Beneficent hath naught revealed. Ye do but lie! (15) They said: our Lord knoweth that we are surely unto you the sent ones. (16) And it is only for us to deliver a Clear Message' (17) The people said, "We have ill omens about you. If you will not desist, we shall stone you and make you suffer a painful torment". (18) They said: "Your evil omens are with yourselves: (deem ye this an evil omen). If ye are admonished? Nay, but ye are a people transgressing all bounds!" (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 those who do not ask you for any reward and who are rightly guided. (21) "Why should I not worship Him who has brought me into being, and to whom you shall all be recalled? (22) Shall I take beside Him gods when, if the Compassionate should intend me any harm, their intercession will avail me not at all, nor would they save me? (23) Surely in that case I should be in manifest error. (24) "For me, I have faith in the Lord of you (all): listen, then, to me!" (25) It was said (to him when the disbelievers killed him): "Enter Paradise." He said: "Would that my people knew! (26) Of that on account of which my Lord has forgiven me and made me of the honored ones! (27) ۞ We sent not down against his people after him a host from heaven, nor do We ever send. (28) It was no more than a single mighty Blast, and behold! they were (like ashes) quenched and silent. (29) Alas for My servants! Never does a Messenger come to them but they mock him. (30) Have they not seen how many generations We destroyed before them? They shall never return to them, (31) And indeed, all of them will yet be brought present before Us. (32)