Give them an example ˹O Prophet˺ of the residents of a town, when the messengers came to them.
We sent them two messengers, but they rejected both. So We reinforced ˹the two˺ with a third, and they declared, “We have indeed been sent to you ˹as messengers˺.”
The people replied, “You are only humans like us, and the Most Compassionate has not revealed anything. You are simply lying!”
The messengers responded, “Our Lord knows that we have truly been sent to you.
And our duty is only to deliver ˹the message˺ clearly.”
The people replied, “We definitely see you as a bad omen for us. If you do not desist, we will certainly stone you ˹to death˺ and you will be touched with a painful punishment from us.”
The messengers said, “Your bad omen lies within yourselves. Are you saying this because you are reminded ˹of the truth˺? In fact, you are a transgressing people.”
Then from the farthest end of the city a man came, rushing. He advised, “O my people! Follow the messengers.
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