Deem not the summons of the Messenger among yourselves like the summons of one of you to another: Allah doth know those of you who slip away under shelter of some excuse: then let those beware who withstand the Messenger’s order, lest some trial befall them, or a grievous penalty be inflicted on them.
Three significations are possible.
- One is that adopted in the Translation, which agrees
with the view of most Commentators.
- Another would be:
‘Do not think that the prayer of the Prophet of Allah
is like your ordinary requests to another: the
Prophet’s prayer will be about serious matters and
will be accepted by Allah’.
- A third interpretation would be:
‘Do not address the Prophet familiarly as you would
address one another: use proper terms of respect for
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. (surah 24 verse 63). Quran Arabic with English Translation & Commentary (Tafsir) by Abdullah Yusuf Ali, Free Download (quran4u.com)