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Dr. Munir Munshey

al-Hujurat (The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments, The Chambers)
as rendered by Dr. Munir Munshey

Dr. Munir Munshey rendition of Surah The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments, The Chambers(al-Hujurat)
49:1 Oh you who believe! Do not place yourself ahead of Allah, and His messenger. Fear Allah! Indeed Allah hears all and knows all.
49:2 Oh you who believe! Do not raise your voice, (or stress your views), over that of the prophet. Do not shriek, or snap at him like you (often) do with each other; lest you might, without knowing, lose the worth of all your (good) deeds.
49:3 Those who lower their voices, (and their views), in the presence of the messenger of Allah are actually the ones whose hearts Allah has inspected and approved for piety. There is forgiveness and a tremendous reward for them.
49:4 Of course, most of those who call out to you from outside your chamber have no sense.
49:5 Had they waited patiently till you came out to (see) them, it would have been better for them. Allah is the most Forgiving, and the most Merciful!
49:6 Oh those of you who believe, if someone wicked brings you a report, investigate (and ascertain the facts). Else, you might attack a people out of ignorance, and later get to regret your actions.
49:7 And beware! Amongst you is the messenger of Allah. You would certainly be in trouble, had he accepted your advice in most matters. But Allah has endeared faith to you, and He has beautified your heart with it. He aroused in you a disgust for disbelief, depravity and disobedience. Such are the ones following the right course of action.
49:8 An honor from Allah, a favor! Allah is all Knowing and the Wisest!
49:9 If peace breaks down between two groups of believers, and they begin to fight, (call a truce and) bring them to terms. If one of the groups is the transgressor, (all of you should) fight the group that is unjust, until it complies and returns to the commands of Allah. Once that happens, make peace between the groups fairly and equitably. Indeed Allah loves those who are just.
49:10 (All) the believers are brothers. Therefore, promote peace and conciliation between two brothers; and fear Allah. Perhaps you may receive mercy.
49:11 Oh you who believe! Let not one ethnic group ridicule another ethnic group. It may just be that those being mocked are actually better. Similarly, do not let (some) women deride other women, because the women being laughed at, may happen to be better. Do not defame or slander each other. Do not yell (racial, ethnic or other) slurs and epithets at each other. After entering faith, it is not right to insult others with disdainful names. Those who fail to repent and desist are really the evildoers.
49:12 Oh you who believe! Avoid being overly suspicious. Some suspicions are, in fact, outright sins. Do not engage in (unwarranted) curiosity; and do not speak ill of others behind their back. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? (Surely) you would feel disgust (at such a thought). So fear Allah! Indeed, Allah accepts repentance and is the most Kind.
49:13 Oh you people! We have certainly created you from one man, and a woman. Then We (multiplied you and) formed you into nations and tribes, (just) so you may identify and recognize each other. Indeed, according to Allah the nobler among you is (none other than) the one who fears Allah the most! Indeed, Allah is all-Knowing and well-Aware of everything.
49:14 The Bedouins say, "We believe!" Tell them, "No, you do not believe! Rather say that you have submitted (to Islam). Belief has not even entered your hearts, yet!" Still if you obey Allah and His messenger, He will not take away anything at all from the reward you deserve for your deeds. Of course, Allah is the most Forgiving, and the most Merciful!
49:15 The (true) believers are actually those who believe in Allah and His messenger and then do not waver (and do not entertain doubts). With their wealth and their lives, they strive for the sake of Allah. Such are truly the sincere ones.
49:16 Say, "Are you trying to inform Allah about your beliefs? Allah knows everything in the heavens and on earth. Allah is well-Aware of every single thing!"
49:17 Because they have submitted to Islam, they boast of having done you a favor. Say, "Do not hold your (faith in) Islam to be a favor upon me. Rather, Allah has shown you a favor; He has guided you to faith, if you are truthful!"
49:18 Undoubtedly, Allah knows the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and Allah watches what you do.


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