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)
to observe the Commandments of God. We have destroyed whatsoever is round about Mecca, and have made the effects of our omnipotency to appear; peradventure the inhabitants thereof will be converted. The Idols that they worshipped, and those to whom they sacrificed, did not save them; on the contrary, they forsook them, because of their blasphemies. Remember thou, that we sent to thee devils, that desired to hear a Lecture of the Alcoran; when they heard thee, they said, Heark, he begins; and when thou madest an end, they returned with exceeding great fear, and said to their companions, we have heard a Lecture of a Book sent from heaven after the book of Moses, it confirmeth the ancient Scriptures, teacheth the truth, and guideth the people into the way of salvation. O people! hear him that calleth you to the Law of God, and to the observance of his Commandments; believe him, God shall pardon your sins, and deliver you from the pains of hell: such as shall not hearken to him, shall not escape the punishment of their crimes, and shall be deprived of protection at the day of Judgment; such men are seduced from the way of salvation. Consider they not that God, who created heaven and earth, did not labour in creating them? that he is able to give life and death, and is omnipotent? Be thou mindful of the day that the Infidels shall desire to get out of the fire of hell; it shall be said unto them, are not the pains that were preached to you true? they shall say, yes Lord; it shall be said to them, taste then the torments which ye have merited through your impiety. Persevere thou, as the Prophets thy predecessors persevered. Be not impatient, till thou see the punishment of Infidels; they shall see it when they shall rise again, and shall believe that they have been but an hour in their sepulchres: This is that which God hath commanded to preach; he shall destroy those only that disobey his Commandments.