By the wise Qur´an,
Lo! thou art of those sent
On a straight path,
A revelation of the Mighty, the Merciful,
That thou mayst warn a folk whose fathers were not warned, so they are heedless.
Already hath the judgment, (for their infidelity) proved true of most of them, for they believe not.
Lo! We have put on their necks carcans reaching unto the chins, so that they are made stiff-necked.
And We have set a bar before them and a bar behind them, and (thus) have covered them so that they see not.
Whether thou warn them or thou warn them not, it is alike for them, for they believe not.
Thou warnest only him who followeth the Reminder and feareth the Beneficent in secret. To him bear tidings of forgiveness and a rich reward.
Lo! We it is Who bring the dead to life. We record that which they send before (them, and their footprints. And all things We have kept in a clear Register.
Coin for them a similitude: The people of the city when those sent (from Allah) came unto them;
When We sent unto them twain, and they denied them both, so We reinforced them with a third, and they said: Lo! we have been sent unto you.
They said: Ye are but mortals like unto us. The Beneficent hath naught revealed. Ye do but lie!
They answered: Our Lord knoweth that we are indeed sent unto you,
And our duty is but plain conveyance (of the message).
(The people of the city) said: We augur ill of you. If ye desist not, we shall surely stone you, and grievous torture will befall you at our hands.
They said: Your evil augury be with you! Is it because ye are reminded (of the truth)? Nay, but ye are froward folk!
And there came from the uttermost part of the city a man running. He cried: O my people! Follow those who have been sent!