AND SET FORTH unto them a parable - [the story of how] the people of a township [behaved] when [Our] message-bearers came unto them. (13) We sent to them two, but they belied them so We reinforced them with a third. They said: 'We have surely been sent as Messengers to you' (14) The people said, "You are mere mortals like us and the Beneficent God has sent nothing. You are only liars." (15) The Messengers said: "Our Lord knows that we have been sent as Messengers to you, (16) who have been sent to you. Our only duty is to preach clearly to you". (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 fortune is with you; what! if you are reminded! Nay, you are an extravagant people. (19) And from the remote part of the city there came a man running, he said: O my people! follow the apostles; (20) follow those who do not ask any recompense from you and are rightly-guided. (21) And what reason have I that I should not serve Him Who brought me into existence? And to Him you shall be brought back; (22) "Shall I take (other) gods besides Him? If (Allah) Most Gracious should intend some adversity for me, of no use whatever will be their intercession for me, nor can they deliver me. (23) (Had I worshipped things besides God, I would have been in manifest error). (24) Messengers, listen to me. I believe in your Lord." (25) It was said: enter thou the Garden. He said: would that my people knew. (26) that my Lord has forgiven me and that He has placed me among the honoured.' (27) ۞ And after that, no host out of heaven did We send down against his people, nor did We need to send down any: (28) It was only a single blast which made them extinct. (29) Alas for mankind! There never came a Messenger to them but they used to mock at him. (30) Do they not consider how many of the generations have We destroyed before them, because they do not turn to them? (31) But each one of them all - will be brought before Us (for judgment). (32)