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)
full of all manner of noysom smells; they shall be precipitated into the flames, and shall say to them that have obeyed them upon Earth, May ye be perpetually tormented, you have seduced and mis-led us. On the contrary, may your selves be tormented, you have been the cause of our misery, and shall be damned with us. Then shall they say, Lord encrease the punishment of him that is the cause of our misery: Shall we not be able to see them whom we believed on Earth to be Infidels? and whom we derided? cannot our eyes see? Thus shall the damned quarrel. Say (to the people) I am sent only to preach unto you the Unity of God, the Omnipotent Creator of Heaven and Earth, and of all that is between them. Behold, the best Sermon that I can make unto you; nevertheless you despise it. I know not what happened in Heaven when the Angels quarrelled. God hath inspired it into me, and I am sent but to instruct you, and to preach publikely the pains of Hell. Remember thou that God said to his Angels, I will create man of the mire of the Earth; when I have formed him, I will breathe against him, and inspire my Spirit into his body; prostrate your selves before him with humility. The Angels there prostrated themselves, except the Devil; he was proud, and already in the number of the wicked. Thy Lord said unto him. Wherefore dost thou not humble thy self before the work of my hands? Thou art in the number of the proud; he replied, I am better then man, thou hast made me of fire, and hast created him of the dust of the Earth. Then thy Lord said unto him, Get thee hence, thou shalt be chastised on all sides, and my curse be upon thee until the day of Judgment. He answered, Lord, defer my punishment until the day of the Resurrection; he said, I will defer it until the day appointed. He replied, through thy permission I will tempt all the world, except such as shall be zealous in thy Law, and shall obey thy Commandments. He said, I tell thee true, I tell thee true, I will fill Hell with thee, and those that shall follow thee. Say unto the people, I require of you no recompense for my instructions, I am not importunate. Certainly this Book is sent only to instruct men, you shall one day know the truth of what it containeth.