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Muhammad in Hell

Dante's Inferno Canto 28, verses 30-31; Illustration by Gustave Dore

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Before we find out how Muhammad described hell for non-Muslims, here is how Dante described hell for Muhammad...
Muhammad in Hell; Dante's Inferno Canto 28, verses 30-31; Illustration by Gustave Dore

Muhammad in Hell; Dante's Inferno Canto 28, verses 30-31; Illustration by Gustave Dore

Source: Gutenberg Project

A cask by losing centre-piece or cant
Was never shattered so, as I saw one
Rent from the chin to where one breaketh wind.

Between his legs were hanging down his entrails;
His heart was visible, and the dismal sack
That maketh excrement of what is eaten.

While I was all absorbed in seeing him,
He looked at me, and opened with his hands
His bosom, saying: "See now how I rend me;

How mutilated, see, is Mahomet;
In front of me doth Ali weeping go,
Cleft in the face from forelock unto chin;

And all the others whom thou here beholdest,
Disseminators of scandal and of schism
While living were, and therefore are cleft thus.

A devil is behind here, who doth cleave us
Thus cruelly, unto the falchion's edge
Putting again each one of all this ream,

When we have gone around the doleful road;
By reason that our wounds are closed again
Ere any one in front of him repass.

- Dante's Inferno, Canto 28

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