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al-Hujurat (The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments, The Chambers)
as rendered by Bilal Muhammad (2013 Edition)

Bilal Muhammad (2013 Edition) rendition of Surah The Private Apartments, The Inner Apartments, The Chambers(al-Hujurat)
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49:1 O you who believe, do not put yourselves ahead of God and His messenger, but be conscious of God, for God is He Who hears and knows all things. 
49:2 O you who believe, do not raise your voices above the voice of the messenger, nor speak loudly to him in conversation, as you speak to one another, or your deeds will become vain, though you perceive not. 
49:3 Those who lower their voices in the presence of God's messenger, their hearts has God made evident, contain piety. For them is forgiveness and a great reward. 
49:4 Of those who continued to shout out to you from outside the inner apartments, most of them lack understanding. 
49:5 If only they had patience until you could come out to them, it would be best for them, but God is Oft-Forgiving, Mercifully Redeeming. 
49:6 O you who believe, if a questionable person comes to you with any information, investigate it, or you may harm people unknowingly, and afterwards become full of guilt for what you have done. 
49:7 And know that among you is God's messenger. Were he, in many matters, to follow you, you would certainly have fallen into misfortune, but God has endeared the faith to you, and has made it beautiful in your hearts, and He has made hateful to you unbelief, corruption, and rebellion. Indeed, these are those who walk in righteousness, 
49:8 A grace and favor from God, and God is full of Knowledge and Wisdom. 
49:9 If two groups among the believers fall into a quarrel, make peace between them. But if one of them transgresses beyond bounds against the other, then all of you should argue against the one who transgressed, until it complies with the command of God, but if it complies, then make peace between them with justice and be fair, for God loves those who are fair and just. 
49:10 The believers are a single community. So make peace and reconciliation between your two community members, and be conscious of God, that you may receive mercy. 
49:11 O you who believe, do not let some people among you laugh at others; it may be that the latter are better than the former, nor let some women laugh at others; it may be that the latter are better than the former. Do not defame, or be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by offensive nicknames. Terrible is a name of defamation to be used for one who has believed, and those who do not desist are acting wrongfully. 
49:12 O you who believe, avoid suspicion as much as possible, for suspicion in some cases is harmful. And do not spy on each other or backbite; would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? No, you would abhor it. So be conscious of God, for God is Oft-Returning, the Merciful Redeemer. 
49:13 O humanity, We created you from a single male and female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Indeed the most honored of you in the sight of God, is the most conscious of you, and God has full knowledge and is well acquainted with all things. 
49:14 The desert Arabs say, “We believe.” Say, “You have no faith, just say, ‘We have submitted our wills to God,’ because faith has not yet entered your hearts, but if you follow God and His messenger, He will not deprive you of any of your deeds, for God is Oft-Forgiving, Mercifully Redeeming.” 
49:15 Only those are believers who have believed in God and His messenger, and have never since doubted, but have striven with their belongings and their persons in the cause of God. These are the sincere ones. 
49:16 Say, “What, will you teach God about your way of life, when God knows all that is in the heavens and on earth? He has full knowledge of all things. 
49:17 They consider it a favor to you that they have embraced Al-Islam. Say, “Count not your Islam as a favor upon me, no God has conferred a favor upon you, that He has guided you to the faith, if you were true and sincere. 
49:18 “Indeed God knows the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and God sees well all that you do.” 


   


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