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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 15, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 56, Al-Wãqi‘a or the Inevitable, verses 1-38. These verses talk of the inevitable Doomsday of Manink when they will be divided into three group. This selection describes the first two groups. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the "companions" of the Righteous in Heaven. 

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Nov 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 22-39. These verses recount a scene from the Day of Judgment and a 'treat' for the wrongdoers. There is a dialogue between the followers and the leaders who misled them. 

Tafseer for this selection is a clarification of the first verse, which names the spouses of the wrongdoers as also subject to punishment. 

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Nov 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 1-21. Verses 1-11 deal with the oneness of God as well as the proposition that Satan (shaitan) will not prevail and cannot even hear the chorus of Angels. Verses 12-21 deal with the disbelief of the unbelievers at the prospect of being brought back to life on the Day of Judgment. 

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Nov 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 22-41. In this selection we learn that the Qur'an is consistent in its verses but repeats its teachings in different ways. God has cited every kind of parable in the Qur'an so that people may clearly understand. Who can be more wicked than the one who invents a lie against God? Lastly, if God intends to harm you, no one can save you and if God intends to bless you, no one can prevent that either. 

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Nov 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 1-21. In this selection, the mushrikeen try to justify their worship of saints by saying, 'they bring us closer to Allah'. On the Day of Judgment, no one shall bear the burdens of another. Believers who cannot practice their faith should immigrate to a place where they can practice. Lastly, no one can be rescued from punishment once the sentence has been decreed by God. 

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Nov 10, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Today's selection is from Surah 19, Maryam or Mary, verses 41-65. These verses recount the stories of Prophets Abraham, Moses, Ishmael and Idrees and then discusses how all the Prophets of God were divinely chosen and guided by Allah.

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Nov 9, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 19, Maryam or Mary, verses 16-40. These verses recount the story of Maryam, or Mary, and the immaculate birth of Isa or Jesus who later became a Prophet of God. 

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Nov 8, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 19, Maryam or Mary, verses 1-15. These verses recount the story of Prophet Zakariyya and the birth and youth of his son, Yahya, also known as John. 

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Nov 7, 2018

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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Nov 6, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 67, Al-Mulk, verses 1-14. These verses talk about of the Kingdom of the Universe, which belongs to Allah. The lower heaven is decorated with lamp or stars. Lastly, there is a conversation between the dwellers of hell and its guards. 

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Nov 5, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 60, Mumtahinah or That Which Examines, verses 1-13. This Surah deals with social relations with Unbelievers. A distinction is made between those who persecute you for your Faith and want to destroy you and your Faith and those who those who have no such rancour. For the latter, there is hope of mercy and forgiveness. The question of women and cross-marriages is also dealt with. 

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Nov 4, 2018

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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Nov 3, 2018

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 2, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 59, Al-Hashr or the Mustering, verses 18-24. These verses assert that the revelations of God could even affect a mountain and then concludes with the unique attributes of Allah. 

Tafseer for this selection focuses on the affect God's word would have on a mountain itself in verse 21 and the summation of God's attributes in verse 22. 

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Nov 1, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 59, Al-Hashr or the Mustering, verses 1-17. These verses tell of the Jewish tribe of Banu Al-Nadeer and their exile. It talks of the good qualities of immigrants and the true Ansar (the residents of Madinah). Lastly it speaks of a conspiracy among the hypocrites and the People of the Book and a parable of Satan and a Disbeliever. 

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Oct 31, 2018

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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Oct 30, 2018

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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Oct 29, 2018

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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Oct 28, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 43-59. These verses start off with the second recorded prohibition against drinking alcohol, then move to a discussion of the People of the Book (Jews, Christians). It invites the People of the Book to Islam, while reminding them that those who make false idols will not be forgiven. Lastly, it talks about the forces of Shaitan and his allies and the fates of the unbelievers and believers. 

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Oct 27, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, verses 24-42. These verses continue from the previous set, prohibited and permitted marriages, including marrying slave girls. Next is a brief mention of respecting one another's property rights and a warning to avoid heinous sins and jealousy. Men are declared as the protectors of women and rules of arbitration between family members are established. Lastly there is a discussion of the rights of people such as orphans and the needy, and how the other Messengers of God will be brought forth on the Day of Judgment.

I would highly recommend looking up the expert commentary for these passages as some of it may seem a bit controversial to a modern ear.

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Oct 26, 2018

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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Oct 25, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 42-54. These verses tell the story of Mary, who was chosen by God and exalted above all the women of the world. She gave birth to Prophet Isa or Jesus. It recounts the miracles of Prophet Jesus and asserts that followers of Prophet Jesus are Muslim, which literally means, "one who bows to the will of God". 

Also, a short tafseer concerning the Qur'anic story of Prophet Jesus. 

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Oct 24, 2018

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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Oct 23, 2018

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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Oct 22, 2018

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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