All that we know about these people is what Allah Almighty has told us
in the Glorious Quran: Put forward to them a similitude the (story of )
the dwellers of the town, (it is said that the town was Antioch,
Antakiya), when there came Messengers to them.
When We sent them two
Messengers, they belied them both, so We reinforced them with a third and
they said: "Verily! We have been sent to you as Messengers." They (people
of the town) said: "You are only human beings like ourselves and the Most
Beneficent (Allah) has revealed nothing, you are only telling lies." The
Messengers said: "Our Lord knows that we have been sent as Messengers to
you, our duty is only to convey plainly (the Message).
"The people said:
"For us we see an evil omen from you, if you cease not we will surely
stone you and a painful torment will touch you from us." The Messengers
said: "Your evil omens be with you! (Do you call it "evil omen") because
you are admonished? Nay but you are a people Musrifun (transgressing all
bounds by committing all kinds of great sins, and by disobeying Allah)."
And there came running from the farthest part of the town, a man saying:
"O my people! Obey the Messengers obey those who ask no wagers of you (for
themselves) and who are rightly guided.
Why should I not worship Him
(Allah Alone) Who has created me and to Whom you shall be returned. Shall
I take besides Him aliah (gods) if the Most Beneficent (Allah) intends me
any harm, their intercession will be of no use whatsoever, nor can they
save me? Then verily, I should be in plain error. Verily! I have believed
in your Lord, so listen to me!" It was said (to him when the disbelievers
killed him): "Enter Paradise." He said: "Would that my people knew! That
my Lord (Allah) has forgive me, and made me of the honored ones!" We sent
not against his people after him a host from heaven nor do We send (such a
IT was but one shout and lo! They (all) were silent (dead
destroyed). Alas for mankind! There never came a Messenger to them but
they used to mock at him. Do they not see how many of the generations We
have destroyed before them? Verily, they will not return to them. (Ch