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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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Sep 22, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 46, Al-Ahqãf or the Winding Sand-Tracts, Verses 21-35. These verses discuss the ancient nation of the 'Ad, who rejected Allah's message and faced destruction. A story of a group of jinns is related, who heard the message of Allah and became preachers of his message. Lastly, believers are encouraged to keep on passing the message of God and be patient in the face of the disbelievers. 

Tafseer for this Surah is an explanation of the meaning behind the phrase Al-Ahqãf. 

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Sep 21, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 46, Al-Ahqãf or the Winding Sand-Tracts, Verses 1-20. These verses discuss creation as a manifestation of truth, which no diety but Allah can confirm. The Qur'an is the word of God, not the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and conforms with the revelations given to Prophet Moses. Lastly, we are enjoined to treat our parents with kindness lest we be rebuked by Allah. 

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Sep 20, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 34, Sabã’ or Sheba, verses 22-36. These verses prevails upon the believers that no intercession before God can prevail except that which He permits. Those who do not believe in the message will have yokes placed around their necks before being ushered in to hell. Lastly, wealth and children in this world are not indications of Allah's pleasure with us. 

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Sep 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 34, Sabã’ or Sheba, verses 1-21. These verses assert that the Hour of Judgment is sure to come and those who do not believe in the Hereafter are doomed. It tells the story of how the mountains and birds used to sing God's praises to Prophet David and the winds and Jinns were subjected to Prophet Solomon by the will of Allah. Lastly, the people of Sabã’, or Sheba, rejected God's blessings and so were turned into old legends and tales of the past. 

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Sep 18, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 21-35. These verses continue the story of Prophet Joseph when he was sold into slavery in Egypt. The wife of his master attempted to seduce him but he resisted her advances. Prophet Joseph was falsely accused of trying to seduce her. At first, he was exonerated but later, even though further evidence was presented, he was still throw into jail. 

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Sep 17, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 1-20. These verses begin the story of Prophet Joseph, who was sent on a hunting trip with his evil stepbrothers, who threw him into a dark well. He was eventually rescued but sold as a slave in Egypt. 

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Sep 16, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 87-96. These verses tell of the advent of Prophet Jesus. It recounts how the Jews knowingly rejected the truth, their love for the calf outpacing their love for God, the nature of their beliefs and how their claim of exclusive right to inherit paradise has been put to the test. 

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Sep 15, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 87-96. These verses tell of the advent of Prophet Jesus. It recounts how the Jews knowingly rejected the truth, their love for the calf outpacing their love for God, the nature of their beliefs and how their claim of exclusive right to inherit paradise has been put to the test. 

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Sep 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 13, Ar-Ra'd or The Thunder, verses 19-37. These verses discuss the fates of those who fulfill their pledges to God vs those who do not. It is the remembrance of God which provides tranquility to one's heart for there is no God but Him and all things are subject to his command. and Allah watches every soul minutely. 

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Sep 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 13: Ar-Ra'd or The Thunder, verses 1-18. This selection deals with the creation of the heavens and the earth and the proof of Allah's work in the trees, fruits and foods which populate the world. Every nation of the world has been sent a Messenger of God in the past and Allah demands worship alone, not with other deities or creatures as he will not change the circumstances of a people until they change themselves, or else they will have no escape from his wrath. 

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Sep 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 54, Al-Qamar or the Moon, verses 23-40. These recount the stories of the people of Thamud and the people of Prophet Lot. Both groups of people called their Prophets liars despite the clarity of God's warnings and were visited with a terrible scourge as a result. 

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Sep 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 54, Al-Qamar or the Moon, verses 1-22. These verses discuss the drawing near of the Day of Judgment and how the unbelievers do not pay attention to the signs of Allah. It asserts that the Quran's admonitions have been made easy to understand so are there any who would take its admonitions? 

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Sep 10, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 25, Al-Furqân or The Criterion, verses 21-44. Topics in this selection include: The unbelievers who ask for angels today will ask for a stone barrier between them and the angels of punishment. An explanation of the wisdom behind revealing the Qur'an piecemeal rather than all at once. All nations which rejected Allah's revelations and his Messengers were destroyed. Finally, those who take their desires as their Gods are nothing but animals. 

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Sep 9, 2018

Today's selection is from Surah 25, Al-Furqân or The Criterion, verses 1-20.

These verses discuss the criterion for distinguishing between right and wrong, and the wrongdoers who refuse to believe the Messengers of God simply because the Messengers themselves are human. It is told that on the day of Judgment, these disbelievers will be held accountable for associating others with God. 

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Sep 8, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 53, An-Najm, verses 33-62. These verses reinforce the point that no soul will bear the burdens of another and there will be nothing left for a person except that for which he strove. 

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Sep 7, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 53, An-Najm, verses 26-32. These verses talk of the Angels of God and how they have no share in God's divinity, nor can take action without permission. People are urged not to claim piety for themselves, for Allah knows who is God-fearing and pious. 

Tafseer for this section concerns the female names given to the Angels by the Arab unbelievers of the Prophet's (pbuh) time in verse 26, the materialists vs those with a spiritual outlook in verses 29 and 30, and the nature and consequences of good and evil deeds mentioned in verse 31. 

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Sep 6, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 53, An-Najm or the Star, verses 1-25. These verses detail the first revelations of God to Prophet Muhammad told by the Angel Jibreel (Gabriel). It also talks about the Prophet's journey to the heavens and lastly, it deals with the Pagan Arab Goddesses - Lât, Uzza and Manât. 

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Sep 5, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 30, Ar-Rüm or the Romans, verses 20-27. These verses discuss the creation of man, his consort, the heavens and the earth, languagee, race, sleep, work, lightning ran and the growth of vegetations - all sure signs of Allah. 

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Sep 4, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 30, Ar-Rüm or the Romans, verses 1-19. At the time this Surah was revealed, the defeat of the Christian Romans at the hands of the pagan Syrians was seen as a sign that the Muslims would be defeated by the Arab unbelievers. In response, God sent glad tidings of a future Roman victory in the coming years as a herald of future Muslim victories. 

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Sep 3, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 8, Al-Anfâl or the Spoils of War, verses 20-37. These verses assert the importance of common sense in determining one's faith - those do not use their common sense will not see Allah. It counsels the believers to guard themselves against temptation and be God-fearing in order to be granted the wisdom to judge between right and wrong. Lastly, the lawful guardians of the Ka'bah are those who fear God.

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Sep 2, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 8 Al-Anfâl, verses 1-19. These verses discuss the Battle of Badr and the spoils that went with it.

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Sep 1, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 34-51. These verses continue the story of Prophet Moses' encounter with Pharaoh wherein the latter took Moses' miracles as magic and summoned his magicians. However, the magicians all converted upon seeing Prophet Moses' miracles. 

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Aug 31, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 1-33. These are very, very short verses so that's why we're nearly doubling our average of 17 today. This selection speaks of the dedication of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to the guidance of mankind. Then it discusses the assignment of Prophet Moses as a Messenger and his dialogue with the Pharaoh of Egypt as well as Moses' miracles. 

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Aug 30, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 17-29. These verses cover a number of subjects. The Mushrikeen (or those who associate others with Allah cannot be caretakes of mosques. Service to pilgrims who come on the Haaj is not equal to true beleive in God. Do not take your fathers and brothers as friends if they prefer Kufr (unbelief) over Imaan (belief). Lastly, God only helps the qualities of followers, not the quantity of them. 

Tafseer contains an explanation regarding the treatment of unbelievers, or Pagans, as well as a reveal on something you might miss during the recitation. Can you guess what it is?

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Aug 29, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or the Repentance, verses 1-16. These verses contain a proclamation to dissolve treaties with Pagans who have broken their terms but four months is given for adjustments or repentance. 

Tafseer contains an explanation regarding the treatment of unbelievers, or Pagans, as well as a reveal on something you might miss during the recitation. Can you guess what it is?

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