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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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Aug 31, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 55 (Ar-Rahmân), Verses 1-25

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection begins Surah 55, Ar-Rahmân or the Most Gracious, verses 1-25. In this Surah, we are presented with piece upon piece of evidence of God's bounty and asked over and over again, which of these favors do we deny. In this selection, we are reminded of the bounty of Nature and God's laws which benefit mankind. 

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Aug 30, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 51 (Adh-Dhariyat), Verses 1-23

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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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Aug 29, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 33 (Al-Ahzãb), Verses 1-20

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary

Today's selection is from Surah 33, Al-Ahzãb or the Confederates, verses 1-20. These verses claim that neither wives nor sons become your mothers nor real sons, the Prophet's wives are like the believers' mothers, and blood relations have greater claims than others in the Book of God. Next it discuss the Battle of the Trench, the attitudes of Hypocrites during that time and the punishment for those who discourage others from participating in the fight against the unbelievers. 

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Aug 28, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 2 (Al-Baqarah), Verses 40-59

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah, Verses 40-59. These verses deal with Allah's covenants with the Children of Israel, how God delivered them from Pharaoh and their trials and tribulations afterwards. This includes the period when they worshiped the calf, repented, and then questioned the Lord again.

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Aug 27, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 69 (Al-Hâqqah), Verses 38-52

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 69, Al-Hâqqah or the Sure Reality, verses 38-52. These verses conclude this Surah. They emphasize that the Qur'an is the word of God and not of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). And it is a reminder for those who fear Allah. 

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Aug 26, 2016

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 69, Al-Hâqqah or the Sure Reality, verses 19-37. These verses continue the story of the Day of Judgment when every person will be judged by his/her Book of Deeds and rewarded or punished according to that record. 

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Aug 25, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 69 (Al-Hâqqah), Verses 1-18

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 69, Al-Hâqqah or the Sure Reality, verses 1-18. These verses deal with the Day of Resurrection and the Day of Judgment. 

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Aug 24, 2016

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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Aug 23, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 30 (Ar-Rüm), Verses 1-19

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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Aug 22, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 4 (An-Nisâ), Verses 15-23

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, verses 15-23. These verses deal with the punishment for women found guilty of fornication (or sex outside of marriage). It deal with acceptable and unacceptable forms of repentance. It talks about the treatment of women in inheritance matters - that they are not to be viewed as belonging to anyone's estate. It admonishes the believers from taking back a woman's dowry. Lastly, there is a lengthy list of those women whom a believer is prohibited from marrying. 

There are controversial parts of this selection and this Surah with which not everyone will agree. But still, I think it's important for people to read and hear what is written. What you do with it is your business. 

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Aug 21, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 31 (Luqmân), Verses 20-34

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 31, Luqmân, verses 20-34. These verses discuss the danger of blindly following our forefathers, the inexhaustible nature of Allah's guidance and how even parents won't be able to intervene on our behalfs on the Day of Judgment. 

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Aug 20, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 31 (Luqmân), Verses 1-19

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 31, Luqmân, verses 1-19. These verses contain wisdom given to the Prophet Luqmân regarding shirk as well as duties to our parents and advice about moral behavior and interaction. 

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Aug 19, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 46 (Al-Ahqãf), Verses 1-20

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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Aug 18, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 42 (Ash-Shura), Verses 1-19

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 42, Ash-Shura or the Consultation, verses 1-19. These verses tell of how the heavens might have broken apart those who elevate Allah's creatures to His rank if the Angels had not begged for forgiveness of the residents of Earth. Furthermore, Islam is the same Deen or Way of Life which was embraced by Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. There was all ordered to establish the worship of God and not to create divisions or sects. 

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Aug 17, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 41 (Fussilât), Verses 1-18

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 41, Fussilât (or Expounded), verses 1-18. These verses show that the Qur'an is the giver of good news and warns those who do not believe in the hereafter and do not pay charity. It goes into detail on the story of the creation of the earth, mountains, seasons, sky and the heavens. Lastly, there is a warning to the disbelievers in the examples of the 'Ad and the Thamud who were punished for their arrogance and defiance towards God. 

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Aug 16, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 5 (Al-Mâ‘idah), Verses 20-34

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 5, Al-Mâ‘idah or the Repast, verses 20-34. These verses inform us of the behavior of the people of Prophet Moses towards their messenger and the curse which God placed on the Jews for 40 years. Next, the story of Adam's sons, one of whom committed murder. Lastly the decree of God regarding the killing of another human being and the punishment for waging war against God and his Messenger. 

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Aug 11, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 37 (As-Sãffãt), Verses 1-21

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 1-21. Verses 1-11 deal with the oneness of God as well as the proposition that Satan (shaitan) will not prevail and cannot even hear the chorus of Angels. Verses 12-21 deal with the disbelief of the unbelievers at the prospect of being brought back to life on the Day of Judgment. 

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Aug 7, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 43 (Az-Zukhruf), Verses 1-15

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 43, Az-Zukhruf or the Golden Adornments, verses 1-15. These verses assert that the Qur'an is a transcript of sorts from the Mother of all Books, which Allah keeps. Even those who associate others with Allah must believe that the heavens and earth an all in-between were created by Allah. 

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Aug 4, 2016

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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Aug 3, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 12 (Yüsuf), Verses 1-20

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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Aug 1, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 58 (Al-Mujãdalah)

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection covers the entirety of Surah 58, Al-Mujãdalah or the Pleading, verses 1-22. In this Surah, all false pretenses and superstitions, especially those which degrade the position of women such as divorce through Zihar (or calling one's wife as one's mother), are condemned, - as well as secret consultations between men and intrigues with falsehood, mischief and sedition. 

Tafseer for this Surah covers the background which led to the outlawing of the pagan practice of divorce through Zihar. 

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