When the collars shall be on their necks and the chains to drag them into
hell; then in the fire shall they be burned. Sura Ghafir (xl) 70-3.
As for those who have brought out evil, their recompense shall be evil of like
degree, and shame shall cover themno protector shall they have against God;
as though their faces were covered with deep darkness of night. These shall be
inhabitants of the fire : therein shall they abide for ever. Sura Yunus (x) 28.
All this time Muhammad constantly and continuously reiterated the statement
that he was sent as a Warner; but the Quraish would not listen to his warning:
Say, I am the only plain spoken warner. Sura Al-Hijr (xv) 89.
They marvel that a warner from among themselves hath come. And the Infidels say,
This is a sorcerer and a liar. Sura Sad (xxxviii) 3.
A revelation of the Mighty, the Merciful that thou shouldest warn a people whose
fathers were not warned. Sura Ya-Sin (xxxvi) 5.
Say, I only warn you of what hath been revealed to me. Sura Al-Anbiya' (xxi) 46.
These Suras are all of the middle Meccan period when the Prophet was
extremely anxious to win over the Quraish. There is, however, a similar
expression in a rather late Madina Sura, Sura Al-Fath (xlviii) 8 :
We have sent thee to be a witness, a herald of good and a warner.
The warning is said to be for a special purpose, ' that ye may believe on God
and on His Apostle,' a combination of the objects of belief found almost