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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, 2017

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 29, 2017

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 28, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 36 (Yâ-Sin), Verses 68-83. These verses assert that the Qur'an is a intended to warn those who are alive and establish a charge against the unbelievers. Allah will give life to Man again to hold him accountable on the Day of Judgment for his actions. 

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Nov 27, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 36 (Yâ-Sin), Verses 51-67. These verses depict a scene from the day of Judgment, Allah's greeting to the residents of Paradise, and then to the sinners. 

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Nov 26, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 94-108. These verses remind us how adversity and affluence are signs from God. The stories of prior nations teach us a lesson, specifically that of Prophet Moses. 

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Nov 25, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 73-93. These verses tell the stories of Prophet Saleh of the Thamüd, Prophet Lüt, and Prophet Shu‘aib of the Madyan and their entreaties to their peoples, respectively, to accept the path of God. 

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Nov 24, 2017

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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Nov 23, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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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Nov 22, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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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Nov 21, 2017

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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Nov 20, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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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Nov 19, 2017

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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Nov 18, 2017

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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Nov 17, 2017

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 16, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 46, Al-Ahqãf or the Winding Sand-Tracts, Verses 1-20. These verses discuss creation as a manifestation of truth, which no diety but Allah can confirm. The Qur'an is the word of God, not the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and conforms with the revelations given to Prophet Moses. Lastly, we are enjoined to treat our parents with kindness lest we be rebuked by Allah. 

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Nov 15, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 41, Fussilât (or Expounded), verses 33-54. This selection starts by praising those who call others towards God, do good deeds and declares their submission to Allah. Next are some examples of Allah's signs. Lastly, nothing has been revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which was not said to prior Messengers and it is affirmed that the holy book given to Prophet Moses (pbuh) (the Torah) was similar to the Qur'an. 

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Nov 14, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 41, Fussilât (or Expounded), verses 19-32. These verses details the proceedings of the Day of Judgment when people's own body parts (ears, eyes, etc) will bear witness against them for their misdeeds. These people who do not heed the Qur'an will be punsihed while those who affirm their fidelity to Allah will be assigned angels for their protection. 

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Nov 13, 2017

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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Nov 12, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 30-42. These verses assert Jews and Christians, who call Ezra and Jesus the sons of God, respecitvely, are mushrikeen. Do not be like the rabbis and priests who misappropriate the wealth of people. Four of the 12 months in the Qur'an are declared sacred and God orders the faithful to bear arms against the unbelievers, if necessary. 

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Nov 11, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 55, Ar-Rahmân or the Most Gracious, with verses 46-78. In this selection, we learn that the righteous will be justly rewarded in heaven as well as the content of that reward, while the unfaithful are still questioned as to which of these aspects of God's providence they still choose to deny. 

There is also a quick tafseer concerning "hur" or "huri", which has been misinterpreted many times by the mainstream western media.

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Nov 10, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 55, Ar-Rahmân or the Most Gracious, verses 26-45. In this selection, we are admonished to remember that all things will come to an end except Allah. None can escape Allah's judgment and sinners will be punished in Hell. 

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Nov 9, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection begins Surah 55, Ar-Rahmân or the Most Gracious, verses 1-25. In this Surah, we are presented with piece upon piece of evidence of God's bounty and asked over and over again, which of these favors do we deny. In this selection, we are reminded of the bounty of Nature and God's laws which benefit mankind. 

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Nov 8, 2017

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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Nov 7, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 16-44. These verses assert that Allah created and decorated the heavens and created everything suitable for human life on Earth. Next is told the story of Adam's creation, how the Angels kneeled before Adam, except for Iblis or Satan. He and his followers are destined for Hell. 

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Nov 6, 2017

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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