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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: February, 2018
Feb 28, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 23, Al-Mu'minun or the Believers, verses 51-77. In these verses Allah declares that there is but one religion and but one Lord. God does not charge any soul with more than it can bear. Lastly, those who do not believe in the hereafter will stray further and further away from the Right Path. 

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Feb 27, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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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Feb 26, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 25, Al-Furqân or The Criterion, verses 61-77. These verses describe the characteristics of the True Servants of God. 

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Feb 25, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 25, Al-Furqân or The Criterion, verses 45-60. These verses discuss how Allah has made the night a mantle, sleep to rest and the day to work. Do not yield to the unbelievers, strive against them with the Qur'an and put your trust in the ever-living Allah. 

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Feb 24, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 54, Al-Qamar or the Moon, verses 41-55. These verses repeat the theme of the previous two sections. This time, it was the people of the Pharaoh of Egypt who were punished for disblieving God's warnings. Now the question is asked of us, will we not heed God's admonitions? 

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Feb 23, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 54, Al-Qamar or the Moon, verses 23-40. These recount the stories of the people of Thamud and the people of Prophet Lot. Both groups of people called their Prophets liars despite the clarity of God's warnings and were visited with a terrible scourge as a result. 

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Feb 22, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 54, Al-Qamar or the Moon, verses 1-22. These verses discuss the drawing near of the Day of Judgment and how the unbelievers do not pay attention to the signs of Allah. It asserts that the Quran's admonitions have been made easy to understand so are there any who would take its admonitions? 

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Feb 21, 2018

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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Feb 20, 2018

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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Feb 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 83-93. These verses depict a scene from the Doomsday and assert that those who accept guidance do so to their own good whereas those who go astray do so at their own peril. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the night and day mentioned in verse 86 and accepting Islam and preaching the word in verse 92. 

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Feb 18, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 5, Al-Mâ‘idah or the Repast, verses 78-93. These verses recount how the disbelievers among the Children of Israel were cursed by the words of Prophets David and Jesus. We are instructed not to make halal things haram on our own, not to break oaths or drink alcohol, take drugs or gamble. 

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Feb 17, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 30, Ar-Rüm or the Romans, verses 41-60. These verses tell of how mischief in the land is the result of Man's own misdeeds. God sent his Messengers to guide the people; Allah helped the believers and those who rejected the message faced God's retribution. Lastly, it is God who has created you and will bring you to justice on the Day of Judgment. 

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Feb 16, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 30, Ar-Rüm or the Romans, verses 28-40. In these verses, we are reminded that the wrongdoers are led by their own desires without true knowledge. When an affliction befalls a people, they cry out to God but after God helps them, they commit shirk instead. Lastly, we hear the commandment to give one's relatives their due and likewise to the poor and travelers in need. 

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Feb 15, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 111-121. These verses speak of the opposition encountered by all Messengers of God from Shaitãn and his minions and counsels Muslims only to eat meat on which Allah's name has been pronounced. 

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Feb 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 101-110. These verses ask how God could have a son without a spouse and assert that clear proofs have come to mankind if only they could open their eyes to understand. We are instructed not to insult the deities whom the mushrikïn worship. Instead, understand that guidance depends on the attitude of the individual in question. 

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Feb 13, 2018

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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Feb 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 44, Adh-Dukhân or the Smoke, with verses 43-59. These verses lays out the food and drink which will be given to the sinners in Hell and the food and entertainment for the righteous who will go to Heaven.

The Tafseer for this selection is an explanation of the Tree of Zaqqum in verse 43 and the besetting sin discussed in this Surah. 

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Feb 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 44, Adh-Dukhân or the Smoke, verses 30-42. These verses tell of the deliverance of the Children of Israel by God and how they were chosen above the nations of the world in spite of their weaknesses. 

This is a very short series of verses so I also included a short tafseer about the people of Tubba who are mentioned in verse 37 as well as an explanation of the "Day of Sorting Out" in verse 40. 

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Feb 10, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 24, An-Nûr or The Light, verses 58-64. These verses discuss the etiquette of seeking permission to the enter the rooms of married couples, eating at houses other than your own and the requirement to attend meetings which require collective action. 

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Feb 9, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 24, An-Nûr or The Light, verses 41-57. These verses declare that everything in the heavens and earth glorifies and praises Allah. Those who claim to be true believers must demonstrate it through their actions as well. True believers respond to their Lord and his Messenger by saying, "We hear and we obey!" 

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Feb 8, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spider, verses 45-69. These verses talk of Prayer as a way to keep away from shameful deeds. Furthermore, do no argue with the People of the Book except in good taste. As proof, we are asked to consider how many creatures do not carry their provisions with them. Allah provides for them as he provides for us. The list of this world is nothing but a past time; real life is the life of the hereafter. Lastly, those who strive in the cause of Allah, will be guided to the right way. 

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Feb 7, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spider, verses 31-44. These verses tell of how the people of Prophet Lot and the nations of 'Ad, Thamüd and Madyan as well as the Pharaoh of Egypt and his people rejected the Messengers of God and were destroyed as a result. Also told is the parable of those who take protectors other than God. 

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Feb 6, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection covers the entirety of Surah 58, Al-Mujãdalah or the Pleading, verses 1-22. In this Surah, all false pretenses and superstitions, especially those which degrade the position of women such as divorce through Zihar (or calling one's wife as one's mother), are condemned, - as well as secret consultations between men and intrigues with falsehood, mischief and sedition. 

Tafseer for this Surah covers the background which led to the outlawing of the pagan practice of divorce through Zihar. 

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Feb 5, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 14, Ibrâhim or Abraham, verses 35-52. It recounts the prayer of Prophet Abraham for the city of Mecca and its residents. It admonishes mankind to never think that God is unaware of those who are unjust or that Allah will ever break the promises made to his Messengers. 

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Feb 4, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 40, which goes by two names, Ghãfir which means Forgiver or Al-Mu’min or the Believer, verses 38-50. These verses continue the story of Prophet Moses confrontation with the Pharaoh of Egypt. In the previous selection, a believer from the Pharaoh's own family had spoken out in favor of Prophet Moses' message. In this selection, God saved that believer from the plots of Pharaoh and destroyed his people; they are then presented at the fires of Hell, morning and evening. 

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