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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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May 31, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 192-227. These verses assert that the Qur'an is revealed in plain Arabic through the Angel Gabriel and those who do not want to believe will not believe. Shaitans would not bring the Qur'an for their interest is in descending on slandering sinner who listen to hearsay and lies. 

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May 30, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 176-191. These verses talk of the people of Prophet Shu‘aib, his entreaties to them and the destruction of the disbelievers. 

Tafseer for this selection is some more historical background on the Companions of the Wood, ie Ashab al-Aykah or the People of Aykah. 

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May 29, 2017

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Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 93, Ad-Dhuhã or the Glorious Morning Light. This Surah served as consolation from God to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) during a difficult period in his ministry. 

Tafseer for this Surah concerns the mention of morning and night in verses 1-2. 

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May 28, 2017

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Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 92, Al-Lail or the Night, verses 1-21. This Surah identifies two different ways of life and explains the contrast between their ultimate ends and results. It is stated that these two modes of action, cannot be alike in respect of their results. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the complementarity of the sexes. 

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May 27, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Welcome to a bonus episode of the 17 Verses podcast. As today is the first day of Ramadan (at least in my neck of the woods), I wanted to wish everyone Ramadan Kareem and also re-release a selection from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 183-196. These verses concern fasting and prayer, as well as issues of defending one's faith from aggressors during the month of Ramadan. 

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May 27, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 91, Ash-Shams or the Sun. This surah asserts that success depends on keeping the soul pure and failure depends on corrupting the soul; case in point, the corrupted people of Thamüd who were leveled to the ground. 

Tafseer for this Surah considers the pairs in nature discussed in verses 1-6 and the soul of man in verses 7-10. 

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May 26, 2017

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Summary

Today's selection concludes Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 274-286. These verse discuss the reward for charity, usury, business dealings including loans, debts and credit, witnesses for business transactions and security deposits. It ends with a discussion of the true belief of Prophets and Muslims and a believers supplications to God. 

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May 25, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 261-273. These verses contain a parable about spending in charity, what makes charity worthless, charity vs just showing off, spending the best portion of one's wealth, the advantage of giving in private and lastly, who is eligible for charity. 

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May 24, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 151-165. These verses assert that in Islam, forbidden things are based on fundamental moral principles, detailed in the Qur'an so that there may be no excuse about the true Word of God. Those who divide religion into sects are not Muslims. Lastly, we declare that all prayers, devotion, life and death are for Allah. 

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May 23, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 141-150. These verses instruct us to give a gift (zakat) of agriculture on harvest day, clarifies the proper prohibitions on livestock and concludes by explaining the mushrikeen's excuse for being mushrikeen. 

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May 22, 2017

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Summary

Today's selection concludes Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 104-109. These verses assert that no one other than Allah can harm or benefit you and ends with a declaration that with the guidance of Allah having arrived, it is your choice to follow or not to follow. 

Tafseer for this selection focuses on individual vs group faith in verse 104 and the criterion of right and wrong in verse 108. 

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May 21, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 83-103. These verses rehearse the story of Prophet Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt and how the Children of Israel were delivered from bondage and provided the good things in life. Lastly, we are reminded that forcing someone to convert to Islam is strictly prohibited. 

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May 20, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 249-260. These verses continue the story of King Saul of the Israelites and how his people failed a test of their belief. Next the episode where David killed Goliath. Next we learn about the ranks of the Messengers of God, spending in charity, the famous Ayat al Kursi or the Verse of the Throne, that there is no compulsion in religion and lastly, a story of the confrontation between Prophet Abraham and King Nimrod, and a story about Prophet Ezra. 

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May 19, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 236-248. These verses give commandments relating to dowry in case of divorce, guarding one's Prayers, executing a last will and testament, fighting in the path of Allah without the fear of death and lastly, the beginning of a story about the Israelites and their king Talüt (Saul)

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May 18, 2017

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Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 86, At-Tãriq or the Night Star, verses 1-17. This short Surah discusses the protection afforded to every soul in the darkest period of its spiritual history. The physical nature of humankind may be insignificant, but the soul given by Allah must win a glorious future in the end. 

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May 17, 2017

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Today's selection contains the entirety of Surah 85, Al-Burüj or the Constellations, verses 1-22. This Surah talks of the persecution of Allah's votaries or devoted followers. God watches over His own and will deal with the enemies of Truth as He dealt with them in the past. 

Tafseer for this Surah concerns the Zodiac signs or constellations mentioned in verse 1 and makers of the pit of fire in verse 4.

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May 16, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection covers the entirety of Surah 84, Al-Inshiqãq or the Rending Asunder, verses 1-25. The theme of this surah is the Resurrection and the Hereafter. On Doomsday, the heavens will split asunder and the earth will be spread out. The Books of everyone's deeds will be brought forth; the righteous will be pleased while the disbelievers will wish for death. This Surah was revealed early within the history of Islam, during the days when the Prophet was still living in Makkah and so it concludes with a call to the people to believe in Allah while they still have time to repent. 

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May 15, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 144-155. These verses assert that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is no more than a Messenger of God, but we not disobey the Messenger and follow the disbelievers for there is no escape from death. 

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May 14, 2017

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Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 130-143. These verses deal with the prohibition against usury. Then they move on to Allah's love of charitable people and how believers are promised to have the upper hand though not without encountering trials and tribulations. 

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May 13, 2017

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Today's selection concludes Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 64-75. These verses implore the faithful to worship God and be among His thankful servants. On the Day of Judgment, the Book of Deeds will be laid open and justice will be done with all fairness. After the Judgment, the unbelievers will be driven to Hell and the righteous will enter Paradise. 

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May 12, 2017

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Today's selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 53-63. These verses argue that those who have transgressed against their souls should not despair of God's mercy; they should repent while they can. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the obligation to follow God's course in verse 55. 

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May 11, 2017

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Today's selection concludes Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 163-176. These verses assert that the Qur'an carries the same message as that sent to Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Humans should believe in this revelation if they want to attain felicity but there is no Trinity in Islam as there is in modern Christianity. In Islam, Jesus was a Prophet and worshiper of God. Lastly, there is a legal decision relating to the inheritance of childless persons. 

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May 10, 2017

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Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 148-162. These verses instruct us not to utter evil words or to draw a line between God and his Messengers in terms of obedience. In it, most Jews (of past times) were habitual sinners and violators of God's commandments. It is further asserted that Prophet Jesus was neither killed nor crucified. Those Jews would be punished for their iniquities and their only salvation was to become Muslims.

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May 9, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 100-110. These verses talk of the categories of hypocrites, then the commandment for the collection of Zakat (Charity) and then tell of the time the hypocrites build a mosque but with mischievous motives. 

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May 7, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 90-99. These verses talk of genuine exemptions from staying away from battle and those hypocrites who make excuses to avoid serving in armed struggle. 

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