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al-Hujurat (The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments, The Chambers)
as rendered by [Al-Muntakhab]

[Al-Muntakhab] rendition of Surah The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments, The Chambers(al-Hujurat)
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49:1 O you who believe with hearts reflecting the image of religious and spiritual virtues and with works imprinted with wisdom and piety: Do not precede Allah and His Messenger in expressing judgment or belief, view or notion and entertain the profound reverence dutiful to Allah; He is Sami'un (Omnipresent with unlimited audition) and Alimun (Omniscient)
49:2 O you who believe with hearts impressed with the image of religious and spiritual virtues and deeds with wisdom and piety: Do not raise your voices above the voice of the Messenger, nor speak to him loudly in the manner you speak to one another lest unawares your hopes should be doomed to disappointment and your deeds to worthlessness.
49:3 Indeed, those who lower their voices when they have audience with the Messenger of Allah arc those whose style in discourse reveals their character which is imbued with Grace divine, and whose breast has Allah filled with reverence and piety; they merit forgiveness and a great reward.
49:4 Those who call you O Muhammad, from without the chambers of your wives; most of them do not have the sense nor the knowledge of how to act under given conditions.
49:5 If they had reconsidered it and decided more wisely to wait quietly until you have come out, it would have been better for them, but Allah is Ghafurun (Forgiving) and Rahimun (Merciful).
49:6 O you whose hearts reflect the image of religious and spiritual Virtues and their deeds wisdom and piety: If ever there comes to you someone known to be immoral or potentially harmful, pernicious, malicious or mischievous, and relates to you a message or an event, an incident or something he heard, then be objectively certain of the truth to preclude risk of error and the consequence of wrong action and of injuring the reputation of a people or defaming them in ignorance, and later be pitifully regretful for what you have done.
49:7 And you must realize that the Messenger of Allah is in your midst. If he were to a submit to your wishes and yield to you in many of the matters, you would be befallen with misfortunes, But Allah has touched your hearts with the divine hand to create in them affection for the Faith and to make you regard it with an eye of favour, He made you hate disbelief, immorality and disobedience with heart and hand. Such persons arc those who follow the path of safety and righteousness.
49:8 This is Allah's divine influence operating in men to regenerate and sanctify, to impart strength to endure trial and resist temptation; an efficacious grace effecting the end for which it is given; Allah is Alimun and Hakimun (Wise).
49:9 If two parties, bodies, states or nations in their corporate character, among those who sincerely believe in Allah should engage in warfare against each other, then you reconcile them and bring about peace between them. And if one of them wrongs the other, then you fight against the one exercising injustice, prejudice or harshness, until they conform to divine commands If they do, then reconcile one to the other in accordance with reason and justice, and exercise authority in maintenance of right. Allah entertains a great regard for those who vindicate the right.
49:10 Indeed, the believers whose hearts reflect the image of religious and spiritual virtues and their deeds wisdom and piety are fellow-members of the Faith; an association of brothers. So reconcile your brothers with one another and entertain the profound reverence dutiful to Allah that you may merit His mercy.
49:11 O you who believe with hearts reflecting the image of religious and spiritual virtues and with deeds of wisdom and piety: Men must not laugh at other men with the intention of producing a specified deriding, or ridiculing, or contemptuous effect upon one another. It may be that the laughees are better than the laughers in many aspects. Nor should women laugh at other women with the intention of producing a specified deriding or ridiculing, or contemptuous effect upon one another. It may be that the laughees are better than the laughers in many aspects. Moreover do not defame one another nor nickname each other by insulting or repulsive derogatory names. How bad it is to be called malicious or wicked after having professed the Faith with hearts impressed with the image of religious and spiritual virtues and deeds with wisdom and piety! And he who does not change his mind with regard to past conduct, then such persons are guilty of wrongful actions. "The man that dares traduce because he can, with safety to himself, is not a man " "Cowper" Suspicion in some instances is indeed a sin.
49:12 O you who believe with hearts reflecting the image of religious and spiritual virtues and their deeds wisdom and piety. Avoid suspicion in many instances and the conjecture of the existence of something evil or wrong without proof; suspicion in some instances is indeed a sin. Nor play the spy upon each other or peer inquisitively and impertinently into the nature of other peoples' actions, nor traduce or slander one another by speaking evil or falsehood or speaking maliciously behind his or her back. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother! Indeed you would shrink from it with horror. Therefore, keep Allah in mind and entertain the profound reverence dutiful to Him, Allah is indeed Tawabun (Relenting) and Rahimun (Merciful). Allah indicates to people that He weighs them not by their parentage, lineage, descent or rank in life, but by the image their hearts reflect.
49:13 O you people; We created you from the union of a twain, male and female, and We divided you into nations and communities and dispersed you over the earth to get to know each other and not to boast your descent or rank. The one among you whom Allah values most and is held precious in His esteem is he who keeps Allah in mind and acquaints his heart with wisdom, and regards Allah with breast filled with reverential awe. Allah is Alimun, and Khabirun (intimately acquainted with all things). A tribe named Banu Asad went to Madinab, where the Messenger had emigrated, seeking relief for their families by reason whereof a famine had ensued that year. They had conformed to Islam, but they thought at that stage that they had become absorbed in the Faith, which they were not. Consequently, Allah defines to them and to the people at large the stages they go through.
49:14 (The desert Arabs say to the Messenger); "We are strongly disposed to believe in Allah and obey His ordinances." Say to them O Muhammad: "You have not yet been absorbed in the Faith, but you may say; "We have conformed to Islam". But not yet have your hearts been impressed with the image of religious and spiritual virtues. If you obey Allah and the voice and reason of His Messenger, Allah will not depreciate the reward of your good deeds; Allah is Ghafurun and Rahimun.
49:15 Indeed, true believers are those who have solemnly believed in Allah and His Messenger with hearts reflecting the image of religious and spiritual virtues and their deeds wisdom and piety and never since have they had a reason to occasion doubt or uncertainty. They strove with their money and their lives in the cause of Allah Whose purpose has been the heart of their purpose. These are indeed the true to their promises and to their Faith and as true as the needle to the pole.
49:16 Ask to them O Muhammad: "Are you going to inform Allah of what operates on your character and will, and what accrued from your apprehension of Allah knows fully all in all in the heaven; and on earth and He is Alimun of the divine truth all in all?."
49:17 They oblige you O Muhammad and make you feel indebted to them for having conformed to Islam. Say to them: "Do not obligate me for conforming to Islam, but Allah rather is He Who obligates you for opening your hearts' ears and your minds' eyes and influencing your appetite to Faith if indeed you are true to your promises and to your Faith.
49:18 Allah is indeed Omniscient of all that is invisible and unknown and of all that is secretly disposed in the heavens and the earth and He holds prescience of all events and of all private thoughts and feelings that are reposited in the breasts. He is Bassirun and (He sees all that you do.)


   


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