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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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Mar 31, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary

Today's selection concludes from Surah 70, Al-Ma‘ãrij or the Ways of Ascent, verses 36-44. These verses assert that Paradise is not for the disbelievers and that their eyes will be downcast and their countenances distorted with shame on the Day of Judgment. 

Tafseer for this selection addresses the animal part of man in verse 39 and the tone of this set of verses. 

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Mar 30, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 66, At-Tahrïm or the Prohibition, verses 1-12. The topics covered in this Surah are: do not make something lawful which Allah has made unlawful. The wives of the Prophet (pbuh) are admonished regarding their behavior with him. Believers are commanded to turn to Allah in repentance. And lastly, the example of the wives of Noah and Lot who will go to Hell while the wives of the Pharaoh of Egypt and Maryam, mother of Prophet Jesus, will go to Paradise. 

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Mar 29, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 81, At-Takwïr or the Folding Up, verses 1-29. This Surah serves up a series of graphic images portraying the break-up of the world and the enforcement of personal responsibility for each soul. This is followed by a passage showing how the Qura'nic revelation is true and revealed through the Angel Gabriel. Revelation is given for man's spiritual guidance. 

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Mar 28, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 20, Tâ-Hâ, verses 116-135. These verses tell the story of Adam's creation and Satan's temptation of him. Yet God forgave Adam and guided him to the right way. Those who do not read the Qur'an and follow its guidance will be raised as blind on the Day of Resurrection. Do not envy others' worldly benefits; rather seek Allah's pleasure instead. . 

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Mar 27, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary

Today's selection is from Surah 20, Tâ-Hâ, verses 105-115.These verses recount a scene from the Day of Judgment and reasserts that the Qur'an was sent to teach and remind Mankind of God. 

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Mar 26, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 20, Tâ-Hâ, verses 90-104. These verses continue the story of Prophet Moses & Aaron after their escape from the Pharaoh and Moses's inquiry about idol worshipping among the Children of Israel, his decision about Samiri and his address to his people. Finally, we are reminded that the life of this world is fleeting and nothing in length compared to life in the hereafter. 

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Mar 25, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 83-110. These verses tell the story of King Zul-Qarnain then discuss the fates of the mushrikin and the believers of the Day of Judgment and end by reminding us the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is a human being like all of us. 

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Mar 24, 2017

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Today's selection is from Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 71-82. This selection concludes the story of Prophet Moses and a man named Khizr, whom the Prophet had sought out so as to learn some wisdom which God had imparted upon Khizr. 

Tafseer for this selection elaborates on two additional points we are to take from this story. 

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Mar 23, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 60-70. This selection begins the story of Prophet Moses travelling to find a man named Khidr, whom Allah had imported with some knowledge. Khidr warned Prophet Moses that he would not be able to bear with him. 

Tafseer for this selection explains how this story is to illustrate 2 of 4 specific points. 

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Mar 22, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection covers the entirety of Surah 65, At-Talãq or Divorce, verses 1-12. These verses discuss how to conduct oneself during 'Iddat or the period before a divorce takes effect, so as to be equitable and charitable to both parties. 

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Mar 21, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 90, Al-Fajr or the Dawn, verses 15-30. These verses deal with trials and tribulations of Man and how he takes good fortune for granted and mistakenly wails in indignation when things don't go his way when in reality, he did not deserve glad tidings. The Day of Judgment will be too late for him to change his ways. 

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Mar 20, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 90, Al-Fajr or the Dawn, verses 1-14. These 14 verses deal with the mystic symbols which call our attention to God and contrasts them with examples of ancient nations and people who defied the will of God and thus were visited with terrible punishments. 

Tafseer for this 14 verses deals with the mystic symbols which call our attention to God and contrasts them with examples of ancient nations and people who defied the will of God and thus were visited with terrible punishments. 

 

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Mar 19, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 164-176. These verse give us signs from nature to recognize God, discusses the punishments of the mushrikeen, regretting one's actions on the Day of Judgment, advises us not to follow inthe footsteps of Shaitan, not to profess faith blindly, instructs us on forbidden foods and finally admonishes us that those who hide the truth for worldly gains swallow nothing but fire. 

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Mar 18, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 142-163. These verses discuss the qiblah or the direction of prayers and the order to face the Ka'bah during prayer. Also covered, a prescription to seek Allah's help, the assertion that martyrs are not really dead, the establishment of Safã and Marwah as symbols of Allah and the curse of Allah, the angels and all mankind on those who conceal the Truth. 

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Mar 17, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 71-82. These verses discuss the story of Prophet Noah and his people and how Messengers of God were sent to his descendants such as Prophets Moses and Aaron were sent to the Pharaoh of Egypt. 

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Mar 16, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 54-70. These verses talk about the Day of Judgment, the blessing that is the Qur'an, Allah's witnessing all that we do and how the mushrikeen are wrong and spread falsehood. 

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Mar 15, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is Surah 61, As-Saff or the Battle Array, which is 14 verses in total. It enjoins believers to keep your word or practise what you preach. It recounts Prophet Jesus' foretelling of a Prophet of God after him. That Prophet of course was Muhammad (pbuh). Lastly, it describes faith as a sort of bargain given the rewards which it produces. 

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Mar 14, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 28, Al-Qasas or the Narrations, verses 76-88. These verses tell the story of Qaroon, a rich man among Prophet Moses' people who rebelled against the guidance of Allah. The revelation of the Qur'an is the mercy of God, so let no one turn you away from it. 

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Mar 13, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 28, Al-Qasas or the Narrations, verses 61-75. These verses make two broad claims. The first - that, on the Day of Judgment, the disbelievers will wish that had accepted God's guidance. And second - God has not allowed those who associate others with Him to assign His powers to whomever they want. 

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Mar 12, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 73-89. This selection discusses Allah's order to make Jihãd against hypocrites and unbelievers and the behavior of hypocrites relating to the bounty of Allah. In historical context, these people did not join the Tabük expedition and subsequently God decreed a prohibition against offers funerary prayer for these hypocrites. 

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Mar 11, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba, verses 60-72. It concerns categories of distribution for zakat or compulsory charity, hypocritical actions and their punishments and believers' actions and their rewards.

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Mar 10, 2017

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Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 87, Al-A‘lã or the Most High, verses 1-19. The argument of this Surah is that God has made man capable of progress by ordered steps, and by His Revelation will lead him still higher to purification and perfection. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the path of Islam in verse 8 and admonitions to be given in verse 9. 

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Mar 9, 2017

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Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 123-140. These verse talk of Prophet Hüd and his mission to his people, the 'Ad and the destruction of the disbelievers. 

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Mar 8, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 105-122. These verses relate the story of Prophet Noah, his dialogue with his people and the subsequent destruction of the disbelievers. I chose this selection because Prophet Noah's story is about starting over. Maybe you can't destroy every bad thing in the world but think about how you can start over, how you can purge any negative influences and make your life better in the coming year, spiritually and otherwise.

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Mar 7, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

oday's selection concludes Surah 47, Muhammad, verses 20-38. These verses assert that promises of obedience from the believers which are not followed by action will be cursed by God. God tests the believers in order to reveal those who are valiant and resolute. In case of war, God is on the side of the believers. Lastly, the believers are commanded not to be stingy in giving to the cause of Allah. 

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