And present to them an example: the people of the city, when the messengers came to it - (13) When We sent them two messengers, they rejected them both, so We strengthened them with a third. They said, "Truly, we have been sent to you [by God] as messengers." (14) The (people) said: "Ye are only men like ourselves; and (Allah) Most Gracious sends no sort of revelation: ye do nothing but lie." (15) They said: "Our Lord doth know that we have been sent on a mission to you: (16) Our duty is to convey the message clearly." (17) but they answered, "We see an evil omen in you. If you do not stop, we shall certainly stone you, and you will suffer a painful punishment at our hands." (18) They said: Your evil fortune is with you; what! if you are reminded! Nay, you are an extravagant people. (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 for any recompense of you, and are rightly guided. (21) "[As for me,] why should I not worship Him who has brought me into being, and to whom you all will be brought back? (22) “What! Shall I appoint Gods other than Allah? So that if the Most Gracious should wish me any harm, their intercession would be of no use to me, nor would they be able to save me?” (23) Surely in that case I should be in manifest error. (24) Indeed, I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me." (25) [And] he was told, "[Thou shalt] enter paradise!" - [whereupon] he exclaimed: "Would that my people knew (26) that my Lord has forgiven me, and caused me to be amongst the receivers of generosity' (27) ۞ And We did not send down to his nation after him any army from heaven, neither would We send any down. (28) It was but one shout, and lo! they were extinct. (29) Ah! Alas for (My) Servants! There comes not a messenger to them but they mock him! (30) Have they not seen how many generations have We destroyed before them who will not return again? (31) But each one of them all - will be brought before Us (for judgment). (32)