Alexander Ross, The Alcoran of Mahomet, translated out of Arabick into French, by the Sieur Du Ryer, Lord of Malezair, and resident for the French king, at Alexandria. And newly Englished, for the satisfaction of all that desire to look into the Turkish vanities. (1649)
The Chapter of Thunder, containing forty three Verses, written at Mecca.
IN the Name of God, gracious and merciful; I am the most wise and merciful God. These precepts are the precepts of the Book sent to thee from thy Lord; it is a thing most true, but few men incline to believe it. It is sent from God, who raised Heaven without a prop, and with a column, that appeareth, and sitteth on his throne, disposing all things. He causeth the Sun and Moon to move, until the day appointed; he disposeth all things at his will, and manifesteth to men the signes of his omnipotency. Peradventure you will believe in the Resurrection of the flesh. He it is that hath extended the Earth, raised the Mountains, caused the Rivers to flow, who created of all sorts of Fruits, the Male and Female, and covereth the day with the obscurity of the night. These things are signes of his unity to such as consider them. He hath created many fields of divers sorts, and Gardens filled with Grapes, and many different Fruits; he created Date-trees, thick as Groves, and Forests, and others that are scattered through the fields; some are moistened with waters, and others have a more pleasing taste. These things are signs of his unity to such as consider them. Thou art amazed at the lies of Infidels, be astonished at their discourses; when they deny the Resurrection, and say, What, shall God yet once again create us of the dust of the Earth? when we shall be Earth, shall we be a new people? They are impious, they shall have Oaks upon their necks, and shall remain eternally in the fire of Hell; they precipitate themselves into eternal pains, and contemn the mercy of God, so did their predecessors; but God is gracious to such as convert. Chastise severely the obstinate Infidels. They have said, We will not believe in the Prophet, unless we see some miracle to appear. Say unto them, I am not sent but to preach the word of God. He hath sent persons to every Nation, to teach them
See Gelaldin and Bedaoi.