As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s selection is from Surah 49, Al-Hujurât or the Chambers. Al-Hujurât is only 18 verses so we’ll do the entire Surah. This Surah deals with the manners to be observed by the Muslim community among its members and towards its leaders. Manners spring from morals and mutual respect & confidence are a duty and a privilege in Islam.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
O believers! Do not put yourselves ahead of Allah and His Messenger. Fear Allah; surely, Allah hears all and knows all. O believers! Do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet, nor speak aloud when talking to him as you speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds should come to nothing while you do not even perceive it. Those who lower their voices and speak softly in the presence of Allah’s Messenger are the ones whose hearts Allah has tested for piety; they shall have forgiveness and a great reward. Those who call out to you, O Muhammad, from outside the private apartments, most of them lack common sense. If only they had patience until you could come out to them, it would certainly be better for them. Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. O believers, if an evildoer comes to you with some news, verify it (investigate to ascertain the truth), lest you should harm others unwittingly and then regret what you have done. And know that Allah’s Messenger is among you. If he were to follow you in most affairs, you would certainly be in trouble. But Allah has endeared this faith to you and beautified it in your hearts, making unbelief, wrongdoing, and disobedience abhorrent to you. It is they who are rightly guided through Allah’s grace and blessing. Allah is All-Knowledgeable, All-Wise. 49:[1-8]
If two parties among the believers fall into a fight, make peace between them. Then if either of them transgresses against the other, fight the transgressors until they return to the commands of Allah. Then, if they return, make peace between them with justice and be fair; for Allah loves those who are fair and just. The believers are brothers to one another, therefore, make reconciliation between your brothers and fear Allah, so that you may be shown mercy. 49:[9-10]
Oh you who believe! Let not some men 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 through sarcastic remarks about one another, nor call one another by offensive nicknames. It is an evil thing to be called by a bad name after being a believer, and those who do not repent are the ones who are the wrongdoers. O believers! Avoid immoderate suspicion, for, in some cases, suspicion is a sin. Do not spy on one another, nor backbite one another (to say something about another behind ones back that if one hears it, dislikes it). Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Surely, you would abhor it. Fear Allah; for Allah is the Accepter of repentance, Merciful. O mankind! We created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes that you might get to know one another. Surely, the noblest of you in the sight of Allah, is he who is the most righteous. Allah is All-Knowledgeable, All-Aware. 49:[11-13]
The bedouins say: “We have believed.” Tell them: “You have not believed; rather say ‘We have become Muslims;’ for faith has not yet found its way into your hearts. If you obey Allah and His Messenger, He will not deny you the reward of your deeds; surely, Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.” The true believers are those who believe in Allah and His Messenger, then never doubt; and make Jihad with their wealth and their persons in the cause of Allah. They are the ones who are truthful in their claim to be the believers.  O Prophet say to those who claim to have believed: “Do you apprise Allah of your religion? Whereas, Allah knows all that is in the heavens and the earth and He has full knowledge of everything.” They think they have conferred upon you a favor by embracing Islam. Tell them: “You have conferred upon me no favor by accepting Islam. It was Allah Who has conferred a favor upon you in guiding you to the true faith; admit this, if you are truthful in your claim of having faith.  Surely, Allah knows the secrets of the heavens and the earth; and Allah is watching all your actions.” 49:[14-18]
This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.
Thank you and be well.