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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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Feb 28, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 75, Al-Qiyãmah or The Resurrection, verses 1-15. This short selection warns people to beware the Day of Resurrection and Judgment from which there is no escape. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the three stages of the development of the human soul, one of which is mentioned in verse 2. 

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Feb 27, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 78, An-Nabã’ or the Great News, verses 21-40. These verse discuss the resurrection of the dead and man's accountability in the court of God. The righteosu will be well-compensated and the disbelievers will wish that they could turn into mere dust.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the three symbols of the supreme achievement of attaining heaven in verses 32-35. 

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Feb 26, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 78, An-Nabã’ or the Great News, verses 1-20. These short verses posit that the creation of the heavens, earth, mountains and vegetation clearly point towards the Day of Judgment.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the four groups laid out as evidence of Allah and his bounty as well as the Day that the Trumpet shall sound. 

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Feb 25, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 101-110. These verses ask how God could have a son without a spouse and assert that clear proofs have come to mankind if only they could open their eyes to understand. We are instructed not to insult the deities whom the mushrikïn worship. Instead, understand that guidance depends on the attitude of the individual in question. 

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Feb 24, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 91-100. These verses declare that Allah is He who revealed the Torah and the Qur'an. Those who invent a lie against God will face a disgraceful punishment and lastly, there are some examples from God's creation spelled out so that mankind may understand. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the heavens mentioned in 28 and the purpose of night and day mentioned in verse 29. 

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Feb 23, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 92-104. These verses discuss the penalty for one believer killing another believer, the importance of investigating before jumping to a conclusion, the ranks of the muhajideen over the non-mujahideen, leaving a place when you are oppressed there, and shortening of prayers when travelling or at war, also known as Salat-ul-Qasr. 

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Feb 22, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 71-91. These verses advise the believers to keep together in the Brotherhood of Islam, share its joys and sorrows. Strive and fight the good fight and never fear for this life is short and the Hereafter eternal. It admonishes the believers to not allow themselves to be drawn into unbelief and corwardice. Protect yourselves against hypocrites and deceivers but do not pursue them unrelentingly. 

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Feb 21, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 37 (As-Sãffãt), Verses 114-138

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 114-138. These verse talk of the favors bestowed upon Prophet Moses, Aaron, Elias and Lot. 

Tafseer for this selection further explains the mission of Prophet Elias. 

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Feb 20, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 37 (As-Sãffãt), Verses 75-98

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 75-98. These verses tell the story of how Prophet Noah prayed to God and saw his prayers answered. Next we begin a story about Prophet Abraham, the "Friend of Allah". 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the response of the unbelievers to Prophet Abraham's argument in favor God. 

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Feb 19, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 33 (Al-Ahzãb), Verses 53-73

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 33, Al-Ahzãb or the Confederates, verses 53-73. These verses discuss conduct with the Prophet and his wives, blessings for the Prophet, dress code for women, punishment for Hypocrites and scandal mongers, and how the unbelievers will ask for double punishment from their leaders on the Day of Judgment. 

Tafseer concerns the screen or hijab for the Prophet's wives in verses 53-55. 

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Feb 18, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 33 (Al-Ahzãb), Verses 35-52

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 33, Al-Ahzãb or the Confederates, verses 35-52. These verses teach that it is not befitting for believers to have an option in what has been decided by God and his Messenger. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is not a father to the men but a Messenger and Seal of the Prophethood and sent as a bearer of good news and a spreader of light. Lastly, information about divorce without a waiting period, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) marrying more than 4 wives and a restriction on this exception. 

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Feb 17, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 33 (Al-Ahzãb), Verses 21-34

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 33, Al-Ahzãb or the Confederates, verses 21-34. In these verses, we are taught the best model for Muslims is the life of Prophet Muhammad himself. Next, the word that God helped Muslims gain victory over the unbelievers and lastly an admonition to the wives of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and God's commandment to them. 

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Feb 16, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 15 (Al-Hijr), Verses 80-99

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Summary

Today's selection concludes Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 80-99. These verses discuss the fate of the people of Hijr for their disbelief, the seven verses worthy of oft-recitation and an admonition to proclaim the commandments of God publicly. 

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Feb 15, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 15 (Al-Hijr), Verses 61-79

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 61-79. There verses talk of Prophet Lot and how the angels who appeared before him executed Allah's decree of stoning to death his people. 

Tafseer for this selection explains the Companions of the Wood, referenced in verse 78.

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Feb 14, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 15 (Al-Hijr), Verses 45-60

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 45-60. These verses assert that the righteous will be awarded paradise and then tells of the good news of a son given to Prophet Abraham by two angels. 

Tafseer for this selection focuses on the benefits of sincere devotion to Allah mentioned in verse 47. 

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Feb 13, 2017
Year 2 -Surah 77 (Al-Mursalãt), Verses 29-50

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 77, Al-Mursalãt or Those Sent Forth, verses 29-50. These verses speak of the Day of Judgement, when the disbelievers will be asked to walk towards the fires of hell and the righteous will be given all they desire. Finally, a warning is delievered to the disbelievers. 

Tafseer explains the double allegory of the "yellow sparks" contained in verse 32-33. 

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Feb 12, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 77 (Al-Mursalãt), Verses 1-28

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 77, Al-Mursalãt or Those Sent Forth, verses 1-28. In these verses, Allah swears that the Day of Judgment will be established and woe to the disbelievers on that Day. 

Tafseer concerns the parable of life and death mentioned in verses 25 and 26. 

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Feb 11, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 83 (Al-Mutaffifïn), Verses 18-36

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 83, Al-Mutaffifïn or the Dealers in Fraud, verses 18-36. These verses talk of the rewards in store for the righteous and how the disbelievers may laugh today but a Day will come when they will be the ones laughed at. 

Tafseer for this selection explains the "wine" and drinks spoken of in verses 25-28. 

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Feb 10, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 83 (Al-Mutaffifïn), Verses 1-17

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 83, Al-Mutaffifïn or the Dealers in Fraud, verses 1-17. These verses talk of those who defraud others and the punishments they will incur. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the word "fraud" and its definition in verses 1-3. 

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Feb 9, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 79 (An-Nazi‘ãt), Verses 27-46

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 79, An-Nazi‘ãt or Those Who Tear Out, verses 27-46. These verses talk of the difficulty, or ease, as it were, of the creation of man as compared to the creation of the heavens and earth and then ends with with a missive on punishment and reward on the Day of Judgment. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the heavens mentioned in 28 and the purpose of night and day mentioned in verse 29. 

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Feb 8, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 79 (An-Nazi‘ãt), Verses 1-26

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 79, An-Nazi‘ãt or Those Who Tear Out, verses 1-26. These verses talk of the end times when the righteous and the wicked will face the ultimate judgment of Hell. Next is a lesson about arrogance from the time of Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt. 

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Feb 7, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 48 (Al-Fath), Verses 18-29

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 48, Al-Fath or the Victory, verses 18-29. These verses declare that God was well-pleased with those who swore allegiance to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) before the treaty of Hudaibiyah. Had there not been believers in Makkah, God would have allowed the Muslims to fight against the Quraysh. Next, the Qur'an discusses the vision which the Prophet received of conquering Makkah. And lastly, the characteristics of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his followers is laid out. 

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Feb 6, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 48 (Al-Fath), Verses 1-17

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 48, Al-Fath or the Victory, verses 1-17. These verse speak of the great victory of the early Muslims at Hudaibiyah. And the Bedouins who did not go to war with the Prophet (pbuh) are condemned for lagging behind. 

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Feb 5, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 3 (Âli-‘Imrân), Verses 92-101

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 92-101. These verses cover many topics including criteria of righteousness, lawful and unlawful food for the Children of Israel, the first House of Allah on Earth, the disbelief of Jews & Christians, and lastly, a warning not to obey the Jews or Christians. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the "religion of Abraham" mentioned in verse 95. 

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Feb 4, 2017
Year 2 - Surah 3 (Âli-‘Imrân), Verses 72-91

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imrân, verses 72-91. These verses assert that among Jews & Christians, there are hypocrites, bad people and good people. It assert that some of them cheat in quoting their holy books and that Prophet Jesus never instructed them to worship him. It discusses the covenant of God with the other Prophets concerning the appearance of the Last Prophet (Muhammad), peace be upon him, and ties them all together. Those who disbelieve in Allah will be cursed by Allah, the Angels and all mankind. 

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