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al-Hujurat (The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments, The Chambers)
as rendered by N J Dawood (draft)

N J Dawood (draft) rendition of Surah The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments, The Chambers(al-Hujurat)
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49:1 Believers, Do not behave presumptuously in the presence of God and His Apostle. Have fear of God: God hears all and knows all.
49:2 Believers, do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor shout aloud when speaking to him as you do to one another, lest your labours should come to nothing without your knowledge.
49:3 Those who speak softly in the presence of God's apostle are the men whose hearts God has tested for piety. Forgiveness and a rich reward await them.
49:4 Those who call out to you while you are in your chambers are for the most part foolish men.
49:5 If they waited until you went out to them, it would be better for them. But God is forgiving and merciful.
49:6 49:6 Believers, if an evil–doer brings you a piece of news, inquire first into its truth, lest you should wrong others unwittingly and then regret your action.
49:7 Know that God's apostle is among you. If he obeyed you in many matters, you would surely come to grief. But God has endeared the Faith to you and beautified it in your hearts, making unbelief, wrongdoing; and disobedience abhorrent to you. Such are those who are rightly guided
49:8 through God's grace and bounty. God is all–knowing and wise.
49:9 If two parties of believers take up arms the one against the other, make peace between them. If either of them unjustly attacks the other, fight against the aggressors till they submit to God's judgement. When they submit, make peace between them in equity and justice; God loves those who exercise justice.
49:10 The believers are a band of brothers. Make peace among your brothers and fear God, so that you may be shown mercy.
49:11 Believers; let no man mock another man, who may perhaps be better than himself. Let no woman mock another woman, who may perhaps be better than herself. Do not defame one another, nor call one another by nicknames. It is an evil thing to be called by a bad name after embracing the true Faith. Those that do not repent are wrongdoers.
49:12 Believers, avoid immoderate suspicion, for in some cases suspicion is a crime. Do not spy on one another, nor backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Surely you would loathe it. Have fear of God. God is forgiving and merciful.
49:13 You people! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you might get to know one another. The noblest of you in God's sight is he who is most righteous. God is all–knowing and wise.
49:14 The Arabs of the desert declare: 'We are true believers.' Say: 'Believers you are not. Rather say: "We profess Islam," for faith has not yet found its way into your hearts. If you obey God and His Apostle, He will not deny you the reward of your labours. God is forgiving and merciful.'
49:15 The true believers are those that have faith in God and His Apostle, and never doubt; and who fight with their wealth and with their persons in the cause of God. Such are those whose faith is true.
49:16 Say: 'Would you tell God of your religion, when God knows what the heavens and the earth contain? God has knowledge of all things.'
49:17 They think they have conferred on you a favour by embracing Islam. Say: 'In accepting Islam you have conferred on me no favour. It was God who bestowed a favour on you in guiding you to the true Faith. Admit this, if you are men of truth.
49:18 God knows all that is hidden in the heavens and the earth. God is cognizant of all your actions.'


   


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