Friday 3 February 2023

Surah Al Hujuraat الۡحُجُرٰتِ (The Private Apartments): Teaching Mannerism to Believers

Each religion teaches its followers to be peaceful with its followers. However, Islam goes a step further as it lays down guidelines not only to support and look after the poor and the downtrodden and various laws that regulate the functioning of the society, but also lays down elaborate instructions to teach manners and etiquette to the believers in order to create a well-balanced and harmonious inter-personal and inter-community relationship. 

These instructions and guidelines are spread all over the 114 chapters of the Qur'an. In fact, each chapter has a specific theme or set of themes for the guidance of the believers. Surah Al Hujuraat, the 49th Chapter of the Qur'an, is one such chapter solely aimed at teaching mannerism to the believers. 

We are sharing these manner specific verses fro Surah Al Hujuraat for easy reference. Readers may click on the highlighted text to read details / explanation / tafsir of these verses. Some of the followings have already been shared, while others will be shared in time:

Verse 1: Do not advance before Allah and His Messenger
Verse 9. make peace between two warring parties 
Verse 10. Set things right between your brothers
  • Do not scoff others
  • Do not taunt one another
  • Do not revile one another by nicknames
  • Avoid being excessively suspicious of others
  • Do not spy
  • Do not backbite
Now you may listen to the following video in which eminent Muslim scholar Nouman Ali Khan explains the entire surah with special reference to the selected verses related to mannerism:
May Allāh (سبحانه و تعالى‎) help us understand Qur'ān and follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ, which is embodiment of commandments of Allah contained in the Qur'ān. May Allah help us to be like the ones He loves and let our lives be lived helping others and not making others' lives miserable or unlivable. May all our wrong doings, whether intentional or unintentional, be forgiven before the angel of death knocks on our door. 
وَمَا عَلَيۡنَاۤ اِلَّا الۡبَلٰغُ الۡمُبِيۡنُ‏ 
(36:17) and our duty is no more than to clearly convey the Message.”
That is Our duty is only to convey to you the message that Allah has entrusted us with. Then it is for you to accept it or reject it. We have not been made responsible for making you accept it forcibly, and if you do not accept it, we shall not be seized in consequence of your disbelief, you will yourselves be answerable for your actions on Day of Resurrection.

Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully. It will also help the Muslims to have grasp over social issues and their answers discussed in the Qur'an and other matter related to inter faith so that they are able to discuss issues with non-Muslims with authority based on refences from Qur'an.

May Allah forgive me if my posts ever imply a piety far greater than I possess. I am most in need of guidance.

Note: When we mention God in our posts, we mean One True God, we call Allah in Islam, with no associates. Allah is the Sole Creator of all things, and that Allah is all-powerful and all-knowing. Allah has no offspring, no race, no gender, no body, and is unaffected by the characteristics of human life.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Reference Pages  and Understanding Al Qur'an for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.
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An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that the exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi.  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided, additional input has been interjected from the following sources: 
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Translation Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Qur'an Wiki
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
In addition, references of other sources which have been explored have also been given above. Those desirous of detailed explanations and tafsir (exegesis), may refer to these sites.

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