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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


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

Ali Unal

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.
  • Whatever God and His Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings, will and decree on a matter, believers must accept and obey it. Believers must always take the Qur’ān and the Sunnah as the standard to which they must conform in their thoughts and actions. In addition, they must show utmost respect to God and His Messenger, upon him be peace and blessings.