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)
A Summary of the Religion of
The Turks believe one sole God, in one sole Person, Creator of heaven and earth, the rewarder of the good, and punisher of the wicked; who hath created Paradise for the recompense of the righteous, and Hell for the last punishment of crimes. They believe that Mahomet was a very great Prophet, whom God sent into the world to teach men the way of salvation, and call themselves Musulmans, that is to say, recommended to God, or saved.
They believe the Decalogue of Moses, and are obliged to observe it; they celebrate Friday as the Christians Sunday, that day they assemble in Temples at noon, to pray.
They are obliged to pray five times a day, viz. in the morning, at noon, at the evening, when the Sun setteth, and an hour within night. They fast the moneth, or moon, which they call Ramazan; during this moneth, they neither drink nor eat all the day, until the Sun be set, but in the night drink and eat, according to their appetites, flesh and fish, except the flesh of swine, and wine, that is at all times forbidden them; after this fast they have the feast of great Bairan, as the Christians Easter after Lent.