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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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Dec 31, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 70 (Al-Ma‘ãrij), Verses 1-18

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 70, Al-Ma‘ãrij or the Ways of Ascent, verses 1-18. This selection discusses how the Day of Judgment will be equal to 50,000 years and how the sinners will so wish they could save themselves that they would sell out their own kin, to no avail. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the analysis of Sin in verses 17-18.

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Dec 30, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 52 (At-Tûr), Verses 29-49

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 52, At-Tûr or Mount Tûr, verses 29-49. These verses discuss the mission of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the response to the disbelievers' arguments. 

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Dec 29, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 52 (At-Tur), Ayahs 1-28

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 52 (At-Tûr), Verses 1-28. These verses detail how the deniers of truth will be put to the fire as well as the rewards for the righteous. 

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Dec 28, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 2 (Al-Baqarah), Verses 122-141

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah, verses 122-141. These verses discuss Prophet Abraham's appointment as Leader of Mankind, the importance of the Ka'bah, and his and Prophet Isma'il's prayer for a Prophet from Mecca. It discusses Prophet Abraham's and Prophet Jacob's advice to their sons, respectively, how one should believe in all the Prophets without discriminating among them and how Prophet Abraham and his sons were neither Jews nor Christians. 

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Dec 27, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 2 (Al-Baqarah), Verses 113-121

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 113-121. These verses cover a number of short topics in rapid succession: the religious prejudice of the Jews & Christians, an order not to prevent people from come to Mosque, Allah having a son, the Qur'an as the knowledge of truth and how the Jews & Christians will never be pleased with Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Muslims. 

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Dec 26, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 51 (Adh-Dhariyat), Ayahs 47-60

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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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Dec 25, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 51 (Adh-Dhariyat), Ayahs 24-46

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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Dec 24, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 24 (An-Nûr), Verses 58-64

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 24, An-Nûr or The Light, verses 58-64. These verses discuss the etiquette of seeking permission to the enter the rooms of married couples, eating at houses other than your own and the requirement to attend meetings which require collective action. 

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Dec 21, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 80 ('Abasa), Verses 17-42

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 80, ‘Abasa or He Frowned, verses 17-42. This verses counsel the faithful to recognize their creator and fulfill all obligations. On the Day of Judgment, no one will heed their own kin. 

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Dec 20, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 80 ('Abasa), Verses 1-16

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Today's selection is from Surah 80, 'Abasa or He Frowned, verses 1-16. These verses explain that seekers of guidance should be given preference in conveying God's message. 

Tafseer for this selection is an explanation of the incident which led to this Surah. 

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Dec 19, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 20 (Tâ-Hâ), Verses 77-89

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 20, Tâ-Hâ, verses 77-89. These verses tell of the deliverance of the Children of Israel from the bondage of the Pharaoh of Egypt, and their backsliding when Prophet Moses went up Mount Tür. 

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Dec 18, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 20 (Tâ-Hâ), Verses 55-76

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 20, Tâ-Hâ, Verses 55-76. These verses continue the story of Prophet Moses' struggle against the Pharaoh of Egypt. It details how Pharaoh did not believe in Moses' miracles, the confrontation between Moses and Pharaoh's magicians and then Pharaoh's conversation with his magicians after they had witnessed the miracles of Moses. 

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Dec 17, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 8 (Al-Anfâl), Verses 65-75

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 8, Al-Anfâl or the Spoils of War, verses 65-75. These verses deal with the treatment of prisoners of war, the duties and obligations of Muslim government and Muslims living in non-Muslim countries. 

Tafseer for this selection further elaborates on the Qur'anic points regarding prisoners of war and general conduct. 

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Dec 16, 2016

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 8, Al-Anfâl or the Spoils of War, verses 49-64. These verses talk of the victory of the believers and the painful death of the unbelievers. It further talks of God's blessings, honoring treaties of war, remaining prepared for war and making peace if the enemy is inclined towards peace. 

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Dec 15, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 8 (Al-Anfâl), Verses 38-48

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 8, Al-Anfâl or the Spoils of War, verses 38-48. These verses declare that unbelievers who embrace Islam will have their past forgiven. Next, the Qur'an delineates rules about the distribution of spoils of war and lastly, an order from Allah to remain firm during combat against the enemy. 

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Dec 14, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 16 (An-Nahl), Verses 61-76

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

oday's selection is from Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 61-76. These verses assert that if God were to punish mankind for its wrongdoings, he would not leave even an animal around the wrongdoers. Just as water gives life to the dead, so does the Qur'an give life to the human soul. There are lessons to be learned from the lives of animals and in the process of creation. Why believe in deities with no power to create anything and disbelieve in God. 

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Dec 13, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 16 (An-Nahl), Verses 41-60

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 41-60. In this selection, God promises a good abode for those who migrate for his sake. Whenever the unbelievers are in distress, they call upon Allah but resume committing shirk afterward. 

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Dec 12, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 13 (Ar-Ra'd), Verses 38-43

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 13, Ar-Ra'd or The Thunder, verses 38-43. These verses discuss the Messengers of God and the powers they do and don't possess. When God commands, there is no reversing it for God is the Master of all planning. 

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Dec 10, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 9 (At-Tauba), Verses 43-59

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 43-59. These verses assert that those who do not participate in Jihad or struggle are hypocrites and then lists the excuses of the hypocriates for not bearing arms against the unbelievers. This latter part of Surah At- Tauba was revealed after the Tabūk expedition in the late summer of A.H. 9 (around October 630 AD in the modern Gregorian calendar). 

Tafseer for this selection is a short historical exposition on the Tabūk region of northwestern Arabia. 

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Dec 9, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 29 (Al-‘Ankabüt), Verses 45-69

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spider, verses 45-69. These verses talk of Prayer as a way to keep away from shameful deeds. Furthermore, do no argue with the People of the Book except in good taste. As proof, we are asked to consider how many creatures do not carry their provisions with them. Allah provides for them as he provides for us. The list of this world is nothing but a past time; real life is the life of the hereafter. Lastly, those who strive in the cause of Allah, will be guided to the right way. 

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Dec 8, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 29 (Al-‘Ankabüt), Verses 31-44

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spider, verses 31-44. These verses tell of how the people of Prophet Lot and the nations of 'Ad, Thamüd and Madyan as well as the Pharaoh of Egypt and his people rejected the Messengers of God and were destroyed as a result. Also told is the parable of those who take protectors other than God. 

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Dec 6, 2016

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 69-104. These verses relate the story of Prophet Abraham and his arguments against idol worship, and the Prophet's prayer for this life and the hereafter. 

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Dec 5, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 26 (Ash-Shu‘arã), Verses 52-68

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 52-68. These verses conclude this Surah's telling of Prophet Moses' and his battle against the Pharaoh of Egypt. It talks of the deliverance of the deliverance of the Children of Israel and the destruction of the Pharaoh and his chiefs. 

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Dec 4, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 3 (Âli-‘Imrân), Verses 55-71

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 55-71. These verses contain the Muslim conception of Prophet Jesus' birth, as contrasted with the modern Christian telling. It calls on Jews & Christians to come together over the things they share with Muslims, as Islam is one of the religions of people of Abraham. 

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Dec 3, 2016

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 67, Al-Mulk or the Dominion, verses 15-30. These verses provide several warnings to the believers and unbelievers: No one can help you against Allah. No one can provide you sustenance besides Allah. And no one can save you from the punishment of Allah. 

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