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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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Nov 30, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 10 (Yûnus), Verses 21-40

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 21-40. These verses speak of how people call upon God when their are only suffering but do not do so when they are comfortable and safe. Examples of this worldly life are given. The dieties worshipped by the mushrikeen are not even aware they are being worshipped. Reason and trusth about Allah are pitted against these so-called Gods as the Qur'an is the basis for Allah's revelation. 

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Nov 29, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 40 (Ghãfir/Al-Mu’min), Verses 38-50

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 40, which goes by two names, Ghãfir which means Forgiver or Al-Mu’min or the Believer, verses 38-50. These verses continue the story of Prophet Moses confrontation with the Pharaoh of Egypt. In the previous selection, a believer from the Pharaoh's own family had spoken out in favor of Prophet Moses' message. In this selection, God saved that believer from the plots of Pharaoh and destroyed his people; they are then presented at the fires of Hell, morning and evening. 

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Nov 28, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 40 (Ghãfir/Al-Mu’min), Verses 21-37

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 40, which goes by two names, Ghãfir which means Forgiver or Al-Mu’min or the Believer, verses 21-37. These verses claim that those who denied the Prophets and God's revelations were all destroyed, case in point, the Pharaoh of Egypt and his leaders, Haman, and Qaroon. The Pharaoh intended to kill Prophet Moses but even one of his relatives gave a speech in favor of the Prophet. 

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Nov 27, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 43 (Az-Zukhruf), Verses 16-35

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 43, Az-Zukhruf or the Golden Adornments, verses 16-35. These verses tell of how some of unbelievers regard the Angels to be female divinities being the daughters of God. Next we are told the story of how Prophet Abraham recognized the Oneness of God and rejected polytheism. 

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Nov 26, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 6 (Al-An‘âm), Verses 71-90

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 71-90. These verses establish that believers are commanded to submit to God's will, to establish Prayer and to fear God. Prophet Abraham learned faith through studying nature. The mushrikeen's arguments against Prophet Abraham and the existence of Allah are laid out. Lastly, the descendants of Prophet Abraham, including Moses, Jesus and Muhammad were not mushrikeen, or those who associate others with God. 

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Nov 25, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 6 (Al-An‘âm), Verses 56-70

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 56-70. These verses posit that only Allah has judgment authority and only Allah sees the unseen. God appoints guardians angels over mankind and is the one who saves mankind from calamities. Believers are counseled not to associate with those who argue about God's revelations or those who take religion as a matter of amusement. 

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Nov 24, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 68 (Al-Qalam), Verses 34-52

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 68, Al-Qalam or the Pen, verses 34-52. This selection explains why Allah will not treat Muslims in the same manner as the guilty and how those who do not believe in Allah's revelations are led towards their spiritual destruction. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the phrase "The Day that the Shin shall be laid bare" in verse 42 as well as commentary on Prophet Jonah as mentioned in verses 48-50. 

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Nov 23, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 68 (Al-Qalam), Verses 17-33

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 68, Al-Qalam or the Pen, verses 17-33. These verses tell the story of the arrogant, stingy owners of a garden who did not want to pay charity. 

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Nov 22, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 68 (Al-Qalam), Verses 1-16

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 68, Al-Qalam or the Pen, verses 1-16. In this selection, Allah declares Muhammad (pbuh) to be of the highest moral character and admonishes us not to believe any oath-monger, slanderer or wicked person. 

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Nov 21, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 53 (An-Najm), Verses 33-62

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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Nov 20, 2016

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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Nov 18, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 23 (Al-Mu’minun), verses 23-50

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 23, Al-Mu'minun or the Believers, verses 23-50. These verses recount how God sent Prophet Noah to guide his people and drown all the disbelievers in the great flood. Afterward, God sent Prophet Hüd whose people were destroye by a mighty blast after calling him an impostor. After Hüd, God sent Prophet Moses to minister to Pharaoh and his chiefs. 

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Nov 17, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 39 (Az-Zumar), Verses 42-52

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 42-52. These verses assert that it is God who recalls who recalls the souls of people upon their death and the living people during their sleep. Furthermore, if the wrongdoers possess all the treasures of the earth and even more, they would gladly offer it as ransom to redeem themselves on the Day of Judgment. 

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Nov 16, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 39 (Az-Zumar), Verses 22-41

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 22-41. In this selection we learn that the Qur'an is consistent in its verses but repeats its teachings in different ways. God has cited every kind of parable in the Qur'an so that people may clearly understand. Who can be more wicked than the one who invents a lie against God? Lastly, if God intends to harm you, no one can save you and if God intends to bless you, no one can prevent that either. 

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Nov 15, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 50 (Qâf), Verses 16-45

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

 

Today's selection is from Surah 50, Qâf, verses 16-45. Broadly speaking, this Surah deals with the the reality of the afterlife and God's judgment of our earthly deeds. This latter part of Surah Qâf details how how angels are assigned to each person to record his/her deeds, good and bad and directs the believers to admonish the unbelievers with the Qur'an and to have patience with them. 

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Nov 14, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 50 (Qaf), Verses 1-15

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 50 (Qaf), verses 1-15. These verses deal with life after death and the unbelievers reactions to the possibility of resurrection and hereafter. Highlighted cases are previous tribes who did not believe their Messengers.

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Nov 13, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 5 (Al-Mâ‘idah), Verses 67-77

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 5, Al-Mâ‘idah or the Repast, verses 67-77. This selection covers a number of topics - the Messenger's mission is to deliver God's message, the attitude of the Jews towards the Messengers, those who say Jesus is God are disbelievers, who was Jesus the son of Mary. 

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Nov 12, 2016

p>As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary 

Today's selection concludes Surah 25, Al-Furqân or The Criterion, verses 61-77. These verses describe the characteristics of the True Servants of God. 

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Nov 11, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 25 (Al-Furqân), Verses 45-60

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 25, Al-Furqân or The Criterion, verses 45-60. These verses discuss how Allah has made the night a mantle, sleep to rest and the day to work. Do not yield to the unbelievers, strive against them with the Qur'an and put your trust in the ever-living Allah. 

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Nov 10, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 25 (Al-Furqân), Verses 21-44

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary 

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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Nov 9, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 64 (At-Taghâbun)

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 64, At-Taghâbun or the Mutual Loss and Gain, Verses 1-18. This is the entire surah, which speaks of the mutual gain and loss of Good and Evil, contrasted in this life and in the Hereafter. 

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Nov 8, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 37 (As-Sãffãt), Verses 40-74

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 40-74. These verses discuss one of the scenes of heaven and an example of a conversion from a resident of heaven, and then concludes with a scene from hell where the wrongdoers languish. 

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Nov 7, 2016

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 22-39. These verses recount a scene from the Day of Judgment and a 'treat' for the wrongdoers. There is a dialogue between the followers and the leaders who misled them. 

Tafseer for this selection is a clarification of the first verse, which names the spouses of the wrongdoers as also subject to punishment. 

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Nov 6, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 46 (Al-Ahqãf), Verses 21-35

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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Nov 5, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 44 (Adh-Dukhân), Verses 43-59

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 44, Adh-Dukhân or the Smoke, with verses 43-59. These verses lays out the food and drink which will be given to the sinners in Hell and the food and entertainment for the righteous who will go to Heaven.

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