And present to them an example: the people of the city, when the messengers came to it –

( 14 ) 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.”
( 15 ) They said, “You are not but human beings like us, and the Most Merciful has not revealed a thing. You are only telling lies.”
( 16 ) They said, “Our Lord knows that we are messengers to you,
( 17 ) And we are not responsible except for clear notification.”
( 18 ) 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.”
( 19 ) They said, “Your omen is with yourselves. Is it because you were reminded? Rather, you are a transgressing people.”
( 20 ) And there came from the farthest end of the city a man, running. He said, “O my people, follow the messengers.
( 21 ) Follow those who do not ask of you [any] payment, and they are [rightly] guided.
( 22 ) And why should I not worship He who created me and to whom you will be returned?
( 23 ) 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?
( 24 ) Indeed, I would then be in manifest error.
( 25 ) Indeed, I have believed in your Lord, so listen to me.”
( 26 ) It was said, “Enter Paradise.” He said, “I wish my people could know
( 27 ) Of how my Lord has forgiven me and placed me among the honored.”


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