And present to them an example: the people of the city, when the messengers came to it -
When We sent to them two but they denied them, so We strengthened them with a third, and they said, |Indeed, we are messengers to you.
They said, |You are not but human beings like us, and the Most Merciful has not revealed a thing. You are only telling lies.
They said, |Our Lord knows that we are messengers to you,
And we are not responsible except for clear notification.
They said, |Indeed, we consider you a bad omen. If you do not desist, we will surely stone you, and there will surely touch you, from us, a painful punishment.
They said, |Your omen is with yourselves. Is it because you were reminded? Rather, you are a transgressing people.
And there came from the farthest end of the city a man, running. He said, |O my people, follow the messengers.
Follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided.
And why should I not worship He who created me and to whom you will be returned?
Should I take other than Him [false] deities [while], if the Most Merciful intends for me some adversity, their intercession will not avail me at all, nor can they save me?
Indeed, I would then be in manifest error.
Indeed, I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me.
It was said, |Enter Paradise.| He said, |I wish my people could know
Of how my Lord has forgiven me and placed me among the honored.