Revealed in Madīnah and consisting of 18 verses, this sūrah takes its name from the word hujurāt (private apartments) that occurs in verse 4. It is concerned with how the believers must behave toward the Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, and among themselves. It lays down important principles concerning how to deal with any report we receive; internal fighting in a Muslim community; the assessment of individuals; and the avoidance of racism. It also focuses on the difference between true faith and submitting to a Muslim authority (or being Muslim outwardly or in the sight of law).
O you who believe! Do not be forward in the Presence of God and His Messenger.1 Keep from disobedience to God in piety and reverence for Him, so that you may deserve His protection. Surely God is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.