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Sura 49: The Chambers
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Qur'an 49:1[edit]

O you who believe! Do not place your opinions above that of God and His Messenger, and fear God. God is Hearing and Knowing.

Qur'an 49:1 Notes[edit]

Independent thought can be terrible

Qur'an 49:2[edit]

O you who believe! Do not raise your voices above the voice of the Prophet, and do not speak loudly to him, as you speak loudly to one another, lest your works be in vain without you realizing.

Qur'an 49:2 Notes[edit]

You shouldn't question the sayings of a man meditating in a cave. So stop or you'll look like a fool.

Qur'an 49:3[edit]

Those who lower their voices before God’s Messenger—those are they whose hearts God has tested for piety. They will have forgiveness and a great reward.

Qur'an 49:3 Notes[edit]

Keep your mouth shut and you'll get a prize

Qur'an 49:4[edit]

Those who call you from behind the chambers—most of them do not understand.

Qur'an 49:4 Notes[edit]

If you question what the guy meditating in a cave said, it's because you are stupid.

Qur'an 49:5[edit]

Had they remained patient until you came out to them, it would have been better for them. But God is Forgiving and Merciful.

Qur'an 49:5 Notes[edit]

No...God is not forgiving and murciful to the billions who will be blowtorched in hell.

Qur'an 49:6[edit]

O you who believe! If a troublemaker brings you any news, investigate, lest you harm people out of ignorance, and you become regretful for what you have done.

Qur'an 49:6 Notes[edit]

Those trouble makers being rational independent thinkers. When they tell you good things that could constructively improve your lives...make sure they don't conflict with the many strange and inhuman demands this book puts on you. That would not be favourably seen.

Qur'an 49:7[edit]

And know that among you is the Messenger of God. Had he obeyed you in many things, you would have suffered hardship. But God has given you the love of faith, and adorned it in your hearts, and made disbelief, mischief, and rebellion hateful to you. These are the rightly guided.

Qur'an 49:7 Notes[edit]

Isn't it great how in so many countries utterly full of people who find disbelief, michief and rebellion hateful...all live in countries free of mischief and rebellion?

Qur'an 49:8[edit]

A Grace and Favor from God. God is Knowing and Wise.

Qur'an 49:8 Notes[edit]

The being who obsesses over your sexual activity is quite wise.

Qur'an 49:9[edit]

If two groups of believers fight each other, reconcile between them. But if one group aggresses against the other, fight the aggressing group until it complies with God’s command. Once it has complied, reconcile between them with justice, and be equitable. God loves the equitable.

Qur'an 49:9 Notes[edit]

It's just some people are more equitable than others, like, men over women.

Qur'an 49:10[edit]

The believers are brothers, so reconcile between your brothers, and remain conscious of God, so that you may receive mercy.

Qur'an 49:10 Notes[edit]

Said the Shia to the Sunni in Iraq.

Qur'an 49:11[edit]

O you who believe! No people shall ridicule other people, for they may be better than they. Nor shall any women ridicule other women, for they may be better than they. Nor shall you slander one another, nor shall you insult one another with names. Evil is the return to wickedness after having attained faith. Whoever does not repent—these are the wrongdoers.

Qur'an 49:11 Notes[edit]

And yet, where this religion is embraced...you'll have no problem finding tons of slander, insults and ridicule. In fact...has even a dent been made in it?

Qur'an 49:12[edit]

O you who believe! Avoid most suspicion—some suspicion is sinful. And do not spy on one another, nor backbite one another. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would detest it. So remain mindful of God. God is Most Relenting, Most Merciful.

Qur'an 49:12 Notes[edit]

It's pretty shocking that you need to document in a book...that it's not good form to eat the flesh of one's dead brother.

Qur'an 49:13[edit]

O people! We created you from a male and a female, and made you races and tribes, that you may know one another. The best among you in the sight of God is the most righteous. God is All-Knowing, Well-Experienced.

Qur'an 49:13 Notes[edit]

I thought that races and tribes form naturally and don't need the micromanagement of an all mighty God.

Qur'an 49:14[edit]

The Desert-Arabs say, “We have believed.” Say, “You have not believed; but say, ‘We have submitted,’ for faith has not yet entered into your hearts. But if you obey God and His Messenger, He will not diminish any of your deeds. God is Forgiving and Merciful.”

Qur'an 49:14 Notes[edit]

No...he is not forgiving. He takes pleasure in burning off your skin for eternity over a petty ungodly grudge against a puny human who didn't believe. There is no forgiveness in the billions who would suffer if there was any shred of truth to this book.

Qur'an 49:15[edit]

The believers are those who believe in God and His Messenger, and then have not doubted, and strive for God’s cause with their wealth and their persons. These are the sincere.

Qur'an 49:15 Notes[edit]

No one can read this book and not have doubt. That asks too much of humans...even the sheeple.

Qur'an 49:16[edit]

Say, “Are you going to teach God about your religion, when God knows everything in the heavens and the earth, and God is aware of all things?”

Qur'an 49:16 Notes[edit]

I don't know if I could teach God anything. Would he even listen?

Qur'an 49:17[edit]

They regarded it a favor to you that they have submitted. Say, “Do not consider your submission a favor to me; it is God who has done you a favor by guiding you to the faith, if you are sincere.”

Qur'an 49:17 Notes[edit]

Graciousness and gratitude is a quality the all perfect being entirely lacks.

Qur'an 49:18[edit]

God knows the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and God is seeing of everything you do.

Qur'an 49:18 Notes[edit]

God is the ultimate spy who watches every little thing you do...even when you're in your room and the lights are off.