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Sura 49
Aya 1

Chapter 49

Apartmentsal-Ḥujurāt ( الحجرات )

18 verses • revealed at Medinan

»The surah that criticized as ill-mannered and uncouth those who would stand behind the Apartments of the Prophet’s wives and call him forth for discourse with raised voices. It takes its name from the word “apartments” (ḥujurāt) in verse 4. The surah guides the believers on how to behave with proper respect towards their leader (verse 1 ff.), and with mutual respect and trust towards each other (verse 9 ff.). It stresses the unity of mankind and God’s intention that people should live together in harmony (verse 13). It criticizes the desert Arabs for their presumptuous attitude to their faith and to God (verse 14 ff.).«

The surah is also known as The (Inner) Apartments, The Chambers, The Inner Apartments, The Private Quarters, The Private Rooms

بِسمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحمٰنِ الرَّحيمِ

Yusuf Ali: In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

يا أَيُّهَا الَّذينَ آمَنوا لا تُقَدِّموا بَينَ يَدَيِ اللَّهِ وَرَسولِهِ ۖ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ سَميعٌ عَليمٌ

Yusuf Ali

O Ye who believe! Put not yourselves forward1 before God and His Messenger. but fear God. for God is He Who hears and knows all things.
  • Several shades of meaning are implied: (1) do not make yourselves conspicuous in word or deed when in the presence of God (e.g. in a Mosque, or at Prayers or religious assemblies); (2) do not anticipate in word or deed what your Leader (God’s Messenger) may say or do; (3) do not be impatient, trying to hasten things before the time is ripe, of which the best Judge is God, Who speaks through His Messenger. Be reverent in all things, as in the presence of God: for He hears and sees all things. (4) Look to the Qur-ān and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be on him) for guidance and let nothing else take precedence over them. (R).