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The 17 Verses Podcast: Distilling the Qur'an One Day at a Time

The 17 Verses podcast is a short, daily recitation of the Qur'an in spoken English. Our purpose is to enable busy Muslims (or non-Muslims) to be exposed to the Qur'an each day, delivered to their phones/iPads/etc. If you average approximately 17 verses per day, you can get through the entire Qur'an in about a year. The Qur'an can definitely feel intimidating but if it's taken in small pieces, it needn't be so. So join us as we go through the Qur'an every day.
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Jun 23, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 109 Al-Kãfirün or Those Who Reject Faith. This Surah defines the right attitude towards those who reject faith; in matters of Truth, we make no compromise but there is no need to persecute or abuse anyone for his faith of belief. Tafseer for this selection concerns the matter of personal conviction in Faith.

The second is Surah 110, Al-Nasr or the Help. This Surah defines victory as an occasion to celebrate Allah's praises, not as a reason for exultation.

The third is Surah 110, which goes by two names; either Al-Masad which means The Plaited Rope or Al-Lahab which means the Flame. While directed at a particular person named Abu Lahab, the Surah illustrates that he who rages against holy things is burnt up in his own rage and that women, who are made for nobler emotions, may, if they go wrong, feed unholy rage with fiercer fuel, to their own loss. Tafseer for this Surah contains some historical background on Abu Lahab and his wife. 

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Jun 22, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 167-182. These verses recount that Allah has promise to help His Messengers and His devotees. 

Tafseer for this selection talks about those who complain that the message of Allah had not been sent to their ancestors. 

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Jun 21, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 139-166. These verses tell the story of Prophet Jonah and the whale and address the unbelievers' false claims that the Angels are the daughters of Allah and Jinns are blood relations to Allah. 

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Jun 20, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 151-165. These verses assert that in Islam, forbidden things are based on fundamental moral principles, detailed in the Qur'an so that there may be no excuse about the true Word of God. Those who divide religion into sects are not Muslims. Lastly, we declare that all prayers, devotion, life and death are for Allah. 

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Jun 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 141-150. These verses instruct us to give a gift (zakat) of agriculture on harvest day, clarifies the proper prohibitions on livestock and concludes by explaining the mushrikeen's excuse for being mushrikeen. 

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Jun 18, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 94, Al-Inshirãh or the Expansion of the Breast. This Surah gives a message of hope and encouragement is a time of darkness and difficultry. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) soon after the last Surah (Adh Duha), whose argument it supplements. 

Tafseer for this Surah explains the metaphor for which the breast is used. 

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Jun 17, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 64-75. These verses implore the faithful to worship God and be among His thankful servants. On the Day of Judgment, the Book of Deeds will be laid open and justice will be done with all fairness. After the Judgment, the unbelievers will be driven to Hell and the righteous will enter Paradise. 

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Jun 16, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 163-176. These verses assert that the Qur'an carries the same message as that sent to Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Humans should believe in this revelation if they want to attain felicity but there is no Trinity in Islam as there is in modern Christianity. In Islam, Jesus was a Prophet and worshiper of God. Lastly, there is a legal decision relating to the inheritance of childless persons. 

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Jun 15, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

This episode is being released on Friday, June 15th, which in most of the USA, is Eid ul-Fitr. So I wanted to wish you all Eid Mubarak, Ramzan Kareem, etc. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Today's episode consists of several Hadith regarding Eid as well as the last three Surahs of the Qur'an. Surah 112, Al-Ikhlas or The Purity of Faith. Surah 113, Al-Falaq or the Daybreak. And lastly, Surah 114, An-Nas or Mankind.

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Jun 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 100, Al-‘Ãdiyãt or Those That Run. This Surah talks about the irresistible nature of spiritual power and knowledge, contrasted with man's ingratitude, pettiness, helplessness and ignorance. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the metaphors and and symbols enforcing this surah in verses 1-5. 

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Jun 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is Surah 108, Al-Kawthar or The Abundance. 

Tafseer for this Surah is a short meditation on sacrifice and thankfulness. 

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Jun 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 182-206. These verse declare that those who deny God's revelations are inching closer and closer to destruction. The Prophet himself (pbuh) has no power to benefit or to harm anyone. Allah, not those other deities which people worship, created mankind from a single soul. As such God is the protecting friend of the righteous. Lastly, we are implored to show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant. 

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Jun 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 163-181. These verses discuss a past Jewish violation of the Sabbath and their mistaken belief about Allah's forgiveness. Next, mankind's ancient testimony that God is their Lord, an example of those who deny God's revelations and a comparison that misguided people are like animals, only worse. 

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Jun 10, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 94-111. These verses tell the story of how Jacob received the news that Joseph was alive and his family's relocation from Ken’ãn to Egypt and Joseph's prayer that he live and die as one who submits to the will of God. It ends with the affirmation that Joseph's story is confirmation of previous scriptures. 

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Jun 9, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 80-93. These verses continue the story of Prophet Joseph after he tricked his brothers to let his own brother Benjamin be retained in Joseph's services. Joseph's father sent his wicked brothers back to retrieve him, whereupon they begged for food and charity from Joseph, whom they still had not recognized. 

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Jun 8, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 96, Al-‘Alaq or the Clinging Clot, verses 1-19. The first part consists of the very first revelation ever sent down to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The second part comes from the priod when the Prophet began to perform Salat (or Prayer) in the vicinity of the Ka'bah and Abu Jahl, a Quraysh chief, tried to prevent him by making threats. 

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Jun 7, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 192-227. These verses assert that the Qur'an is revealed in plain Arabic through the Angel Gabriel and those who do not want to believe will not believe. Shaitans would not bring the Qur'an for their interest is in descending on slandering sinner who listen to hearsay and lies. 

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Jun 6, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 176-191. These verses talk of the people of Prophet Shu‘aib, his entreaties to them and the destruction of the disbelievers. 

Tafseer for this selection is some more historical background on the Companions of the Wood, ie Ashab al-Aykah or the People of Aykah. 

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Jun 5, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

This is a re-release of a bonus episode of the 17 Verses podcast, originally aired June 20, 2016 after Muhammad Ali's passing and the Omar Mateen Orlando shooting spree. I’ve still released a Qur’anic recitation for today so feel free to download that episode as well. 
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I've been thinking a lot lately about peace and loss and violence and the myths we teach each other about the existence and lives and beliefs of the "Other". Muhammad Ali, extremism, a total vision of Islam... how do we reconcile ourselves, live our Deen and in Peace.

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Jun 5, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 66, At-Tahrïm or the Prohibition, verses 1-12. The topics covered in this Surah are: do not make something lawful which Allah has made unlawful. The wives of the Prophet (pbuh) are admonished regarding their behavior with him. Believers are commanded to turn to Allah in repentance. And lastly, the example of the wives of Noah and Lot who will go to Hell while the wives of the Pharaoh of Egypt and Maryam, mother of Prophet Jesus, will go to Paradise. 

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Jun 4, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 51, Adh-Dhariyat or The Winds That Scatter Dust, verses 47-60. These verses discuss the mission of Prophet Muhammad as a herald of mankind. 

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Jun 3, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 51, Adh-Dhariyat or The Winds That Scatter Dust, verses 24-46. These verses tell the story of Prophet Ibrâhim and the punishment of the people of Lût as well as lessons in the stories of Pharaoh, the people of 'Ad and the Thamûd and the people of Noah. 

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Jun 2, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 51, Adh-Dhariyat or The Winds That Scatter Dust, verses 1-23. These verses discuss the inevitability of the Day of Judgment. 

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Jun 1, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 101, Al-Qãri‘ah or The Great Calamity, verses 1-11. This Surah describes Judgment Day as the Day of Clamor when men will be distracted and the landmarks of this world will be lost, but every deed will be weight in a just balance, and find its real value and setting. 

Tafseer for this selection expounds on the metaphors of the moths in verse 4 and the mountains in verse 5. 

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May 31, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 181-200. These verses recounts the lies told against God, the tests of the believers, punishment for claiming credit for something you haven't done, signs from nature and a supplication of the believers and lastly an appeal to be patient and excel in patience. 

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