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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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Now displaying: January, 2018
Jan 31, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 68, Al-Qalam or the Pen, verses 17-33. These verses tell the story of the arrogant, stingy owners of a garden who did not want to pay charity. 

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Jan 30, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 68, Al-Qalam or the Pen, verses 1-16. In this selection, Allah declares Muhammad (pbuh) to be of the highest moral character and admonishes us not to believe any oath-monger, slanderer or wicked person. 

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Jan 29, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 61-77. These verses tell of Shaitan's (or Satan or Iblis or Lucifer) enmity towards human beings and his vow to seduce them to the dark side. And so on the Day of Judgment, every community and its leaders will be held accountable for their deeds for no compromise is allowed in matters of Islamic law and principles. 

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Jan 28, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 41-60. These verses posit that if any other Gods existed, they would have tried to dethrone the one God, Allah. Belief in the hereafter is mentioned as a necessary trait for understanding the Qur'an. Lastly, it is posited that invented Gods have no power to relieve people from distress and also gives God's reasons for not sending the same signs or miracles to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as were sent to other Prophets. 

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Jan 27, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 109-129. These verses tell of Prophet Moses' confrontation with the magicians of the Pharaoh of Egypt and the Pharaoh's revenge against the people of Moses. 

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Jan 26, 2018

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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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Jan 25, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 51-75. These verses tell the story of how Prophet Abraham questions the idol worshiping of his father and his people. Abraham broke all their idols to show them that their so-called gods couldn't defend themselves and would be of no help to the people. Abraham's people decided to burn him alive but God made the fire feel cool and comfortable to Abraham. God then blessed Prophet Abraham with Isaac and Jacob, both of whom became Prophets. 

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Jan 24, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 30-50. These verses tell the story of how God split the skies and earth apart and created all living things from water. Allah has not granted immortality to any human beings and invented Gods cannot defend themselves. So how can they defend the unbelievers against Allah? Lastly On the Day of Atonement, the scales of justice will be setup to render judgment . 

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Jan 23, 2018

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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Jan 22, 2018

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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Jan 21, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 110-120. These verses assert that the Muslim Nation is the best designed to enjoy good and forbid evil. It discusses some of the righteous among the People of the Book, condemns hypocritical charity and claims that intimate friendship should only exist among believers. 

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Jan 20, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 102-109. These verses counsel the faithful to live Islam, die as a Muslim and not to be divided amongst ourselves for there is punishment for those who divide Muslims into sects. 

Tafseer for this selection the "fear" of God in verse 102 and the characteristics of a Muslim community in verse 104-105. 

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Jan 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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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Jan 18, 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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Jan 17, 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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Jan 16, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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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Jan 15, 2018

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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Jan 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 177-182. These verses give an Islamic definition of righteousness, laws of equality and the commandment of Allah to execute a last will and testament. 

Tafseer for this selection expounds upon using the word equality rather than retribution or retaliation in verse 178 as well as the use of the word "brother" to represent an aggrieved party.

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Jan 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 58-79. These verses continue the story of Prophet Joseph after he had been appointed as a member of the King's cabinet. Joseph's brother's had to come to Egypt to get food and grain. Joseph, who was unrecognized by his brothers, commanded them to bring Benjamin, his younger brother. Joseph's brothers convinced their father to let them bring Benjamin, to whom Joseph revealed his identity and then hatched a plan to retain Benjamin in his services. 

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Jan 12, 2018

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As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 36-57. These verses continue the story of Prophet Joseph after he was falsely accused of trying to seduce his master's wife and thrown into jail. In jail, he interpreted his fellow inmates' dreams. One was subsequently released and several years later, he came to Joseph to interpret the King of Egypt's dreams, which told of a famine to come. With the help of his former inmate, Joseph was exonerated of his crimes and then brought before the King and given a special place by the King's side. 

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Jan 11, 2018

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Today's selection is from Surah 70, Al-Ma‘ãrij or the Ways of Ascent, verses 1-18. This selection discusses how the Day of Judgment will be equal to 50,000 years and how the sinners will so wish they could save themselves that they would sell out their own kin, to no avail. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the analysis of Sin in verses 17-18.

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Jan 10, 2018

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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Jan 9, 2018

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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Jan 8, 2018

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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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Jan 7, 2018

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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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