Tell them the story of the people of the town to whom Messengers came. (13) When We sent two of them they called them liars; so We sent a third to strengthen them. "We have been sent to you," they said. (14) But they said: 'You are only humans like ourselves. The Merciful has not sent down anything, your speech is but lies' (15) They answered, “Our Lord knows that surely, without doubt, we have been sent towards you.” (16) And nothing devolves on us but a clear deliverance (of the message). (17) They answered: 'We predict evil of you. If you do not desist, we will stone you and a painful punishment from us will befall you' (18) (The messengers) said: "The augury is within your own selves. Do you (consider it a bad omen) that you should be warned? You are a people guilty of excess." (19) At that, a man came running from the farthest end of the city, [and] exclaimed: "O my people! Follow these message-bearers! (20) Follow those who ask not of you any hire, and who are rightly guided. (21) Why should I not worship Him who has originated me and to whom you shall all be returned? (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) In that case I shall most surely be in clear error: (24) Surely I believe in your Lord, therefore hear me. (25) (Eventually they killed him and he was told): “Enter Paradise.” The man 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 did not send down to his nation after him any army from heaven, neither would We send any down. (28) It was only a single blast which made them extinct. (29) Ah! Alas for (My) Servants! There comes not a messenger to them but they mock him! (30) Have they not considered how many generations We destroyed before them - that they to them will not return? (31) And without exception, all of them will be brought forth before Us. (32)