Narrate to them the example of the people of the city when the messengers came to it. (13) Lo! We sent unto them two [apostles,] and they gave the lie to both; and so We strengthened [the two] with a third; and thereupon they said: "Behold, we have been sent unto you [by God]!" (14) They (people of the town) said: "You are only human beings like ourselves, and the Most Beneficent (Allah) has revealed nothing, you are only telling lies." (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) 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 augury be with you! Is it because ye are reminded (of the truth)? Nay, but ye are froward folk! (19) Then, from the furthest part of the city, a man came running. He said, "My people, follow the messengers. (20) "Obey those who ask no reward of you (for themselves), and who have themselves received Guidance. (21) And what aileth me that I should not worship Him who hath created me, and unto whom ye shall be returned. (22) What! Shall I take any deities apart from Him whose intercession will not avail me the least were the Merciful One to bring any adversity upon me, nor will they be able to rescue me? (23) (Had I worshipped things besides God, I would have been in manifest error). (24) Verily! I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me!" (25) (But they stoned him to death.) It was said to him: "Enter Paradise;" and he said: "If only my people knew (26) for what reason Allah has forgiven me and placed me among the honoured ones.” (27) ۞ And We sent not down upon his people, after him, any host out of heaven; neither would We send any down. (28) It was but one Saihah (shout, etc.) and lo! They (all) were silent (dead-destroyed). (29) Ah, the anguish for the bondmen! Never came there unto them a messenger but they did mock him! (30) Are they not aware of how many a generation We have destroyed before their time, [and] that those [that have perished] will never return to them, (31) And without exception, all of them will be brought forth before Us. (32)