George Sale, The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed, translated into English immediately from the original Arabic; with Explanatory Notes, taken from the most approved Commentators. To which is prefixed A Preliminary Discource (1734)
Intitled, The Cow a; revealed partly at Mecca, and partly at Medina.
A. L. M. b There is no doubt in this book; it is a direction to the pious, who believe in the mysteries c of faith, who observe the appointed times of prayer, and distribute alms out of what we have bestowed on them; and who believe in that revelation, which hath been sent down unto thee, and that which hath been sent down unto the prophets before thee d, and have firm assurance in the life to come e: these are directed by their Lord, and they shall prosper. As for the unbelievers, it will be equal to them whether thou admonish them, or do not admonish them; they will not believe. God hath sealed up their hearts and their hearing; a dimness covereth their fight, and they shall suffer a grievous punishment. There are some who say. We believe in God, and the last day; but are not really believers: they seek to deceive God, and those who do believe, but they deceive themselves only, and are not sensible thereof. There is an infirmity in their hearts, and God hath increased that infirmity f; and they shall suffer a most painful punishment, because they have disbelieved. When one faith unto them, Act not corruptly g in the earth; they reply, Verily we are men of integrity h. Are not they themselves