al-Hujur‚t: The Chambers

1. O you who believe! Do not put (yourselves) forward before All‚h and His Messenger, and fear All‚h. Verily! All‚h is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.

2. O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud to him in talk as you speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds may be rendered fruitless while you perceive not.

3. Verily! Those who lower their voices in the presence of All‚h's Messenger, they are the ones whose hearts All‚h has tested for piety. For them is forgiveness and a great reward.

4. Verily! Those who call you from behind the dwellings, most of them have no sense.

5. And if they had patience till you could come out to them, it would have been better for them. And All‚h is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.

6. O you who believe! If a rebellious evil person comes to you with a news, verify it, lest you harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful to what you have done.

7. And know that, among you there is the Messenger of All‚h. If he were to obey you (i.e., follow your opinions and desires) in much of the matter, you would surely be in trouble, but All‚h has endeared the Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts, and has made disbelief, wickedness and disobedience (to All‚h and His Messenger) hateful to you. These! They are the rightly guided ones,

8. (This is) a Grace from All‚h and His Favour. And All‚h is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

9. And if two parties or groups among the believers fall to fighting, then make peace between them both, but if one of them rebels against the other, then fight you (all) against the one that which rebels till it complies with the Command of All‚h; then if it complies, then make reconciliation between them justly, and be equitable. Verily! All‚h loves those who are equitable.

10. The believers are nothing else than brothers (in Isl‚mic religion). So make reconciliation between your brothers, and fear All‚h, that you may receive mercy.

11. O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former; nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former, nor defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. How bad is it, to insult one's brother after having Faith [i.e., to call your Muslim brother (a faithful believer) as: "O sinner", or "O wicked", etc.]. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed Z‚limŻn (wrong-doers, etc.).

12. O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear All‚h. Verily, All‚h is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.

13. O mankind! We have created you from a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know one another. Verily, the most honourable of you with All‚h is that (believer) who has At-Taqwa [i.e., one of the MuttaqŻn (piousósee Verse 2:2)]. Verily, All‚h is All-Knowing, All-Aware.

14. The bedouins say: "We believe." Say: "You believe not but you only say, 'We have surrendered (in Isl‚m),' for Faith has not yet entered your hearts. But if you obey All‚h and His Messenger, He will not decrease anything in reward for your deeds. Verily, All‚h is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."

15. Only those are the believers who have believed in All‚h and His Messenger, and afterward doubt not but strive with their wealth and their lives for the Cause of All‚h. Those! They are the truthful.

16. Say: "Will you inform All‚h about your religion? While All‚h knows all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth, and All‚h is All-Aware of everything.

17. They regard as favour upon you (O Muhammad) that they have embraced Isl‚m. Say: "Count not your Isl‚m as a favour upon me. Nay, but All‚h has conferred a favour upon you, that He has guided you to the Faith, if you indeed are true.

18. Verily, All‚h knows the unseen of the heavens and the earth. And All‚h is the All-Seer of what you do.

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