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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: March, 2018
Mar 31, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 70, Al-Ma‘ãrij or the Ways of Ascent, verses 19-35. These verses describe the characteristics of the practicing believers as opposed to those who are impatient and lose hope easily. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the true nature of charity discussed in verse 25. 

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Mar 30, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes from Surah 70, Al-Ma‘ãrij or the Ways of Ascent, verses 36-44. These verses assert that Paradise is not for the disbelievers and that their eyes will be downcast and their countenances distorted with shame on the Day of Judgment. 

Tafseer for this selection addresses the animal part of man in verse 39 and the tone of this set of verses. 

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Mar 29, 2018

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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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Mar 28, 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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Mar 27, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 116-126. These verses remind us that shirk is an unforgivable sin. Such a practice leads Shaitãn to create false desires in men. Only Allah can grant Paradise to the righteous and only to true Muslims. 

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Mar 26, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 105-115. These verses talk about establishing justice based on Divine guidance, warn against slander and falsely accusing innocents, Allah's special favors to the Prophet and prohibition of secret counsels except in limited circumstances. 

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Mar 25, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 160-175. These verses talk of the message of Prophet Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Tafseer for this selection connects the Muslim telling of Prophet Lot to the Biblical narrative in the Book of Genesis.

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Mar 24, 2018

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Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 141-159. These verses talk of Prophet Saleh and his mission to his people, the Thamüd and the destruction of theose disbelievers. 

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Mar 23, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection consists of two short Surahs. The first is Surah 102, At-Takãthur or The Piling Up. This Surah gives a warning against piling up material wealth or temporal power rather than pursuing the higher spiritual rewards in life. Tafseer for this Surah talks about the three kinds of yaqin (certainty of knowledge) in verse 5. 

The second is Surah 103, Al-‘Asr or Time Through the Ages. This Surah reminds us that history shows that Evil comes to an evil end and time is always in favor of those who have Faith. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the meaning of the Surah's name and its significance. 

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Mar 22, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 72, Al-Jinn or the Spirits, verses 16-28. In these verses, it is asserted that mosques are built for the worship of Allah, so no one else should be invoked. Prophets do not have the power to harm of benefit anyone; they only convey God's message. Only God knows the unseen and reveals it to those Prophets. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the deeper meaning behind the use of "rain" in verse 16.

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Mar 21, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 72, Al-Jinn or the Spirits, verses 1-15. These verses discuss a beautiful speech of the Jinns who embraced Islam after hearing the Qur'an and how they also have difference religions and sects and some who submit to the will of God and others who deviate from the truth. 

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Mar 20, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 76, which goes by two names names, Al-Insan which mean Man or Adh-Dahr which means the Times, verses 13-31. These verses describe how an exemplary life in heaven awaits those who choose to believe. Finally, it is explained that Allah sent the Qur'an gradually according to the issues facing mankind. 

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Mar 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 76, which goes by two names names, Al-Insan which mean Man or Adh-Dahr which means the Times, verses 1-12. These verses detail that the Universe existed before mankind existed. Then God created Man and provided him with free will, ie the ability to believe or disbelieve. 

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Mar 18, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 83-110. These verses tell the story of King Zul-Qarnain then discuss the fates of the mushrikin and the believers of the Day of Judgment and end by reminding us the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is a human being like all of us. 

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Mar 17, 2018

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Today's selection is from Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 71-82. This selection concludes the story of Prophet Moses and a man named Khizr, whom the Prophet had sought out so as to learn some wisdom which God had imparted upon Khizr. 

Tafseer for this selection elaborates on two additional points we are to take from this story. 

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Mar 16, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 60-70. This selection begins the story of Prophet Moses travelling to find a man named Khidr, whom Allah had imported with some knowledge. Khidr warned Prophet Moses that he would not be able to bear with him. 

Tafseer for this selection explains how this story is to illustrate 2 of 4 specific points. 

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Mar 15, 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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Mar 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 43, Az-Zukhruf or the Golden Adornments, verses 68-78. These verses discribe a scene from Heaven and a separate scene from Hell. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the descriptions of the gardens of Heaven and its delights. 

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Mar 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 43, Az-Zukhruf or the Golden Adornments, verses 57-67. These verses talk of Prophet Isa or Jesus and how he was only a mortal man and serves as a harbinger of the End Times. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the view of Jesus as a God or Son of God in early Christianity and in Arabia as well his role in the End Times.

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Mar 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 79, An-Nazi‘ãt or Those Who Tear Out, verses 27-46. These verses talk of the difficulty, or ease, as it were, of the creation of man as compared to the creation of the heavens and earth and then ends with with a missive on punishment and reward on the Day of Judgment. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the heavens mentioned in 28 and the purpose of night and day mentioned in verse 29. 

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Mar 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 79, An-Nazi‘ãt or Those Who Tear Out, verses 1-26. These verses talk of the end times when the righteous and the wicked will face the ultimate judgment of Hell. Next is a lesson about arrogance from the time of Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt. 

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Mar 10, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 130-141. These verses talk of the scourge of God against the Pharaoh of Egypt and his chiefs and their final destruction. God then rescued the Children of Israel but they still disbelieved in one God. 

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Mar 9, 2018

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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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Mar 8, 2018

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Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 121-129. These verses talk about the lessons from the early Muslims' battles at Badr and Uhud. 

Tafseer for this selection is a further explanation of the significance of those battles.

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Mar 7, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection consists of three very short surahs.

The first is Surah 97, Al-Qadr or the Night of Power or Honour. This surah deals with Laylatul Qadr, one of the most important nights in the Muslim calendar. 

The second is Surah 98, Al-Bayyinah or the Clear Evidence. This Surah is about how the People of the Book were united until they received the guidance of Allah as well as the commandment to establish prayers and pay charity. 

The third is Surah 99, Al-Zalzalah or the Earthquake. This short Surah reports on how an earthquake (metaphorically speaking) will herald the Day of Judgment and on that day, men will be shown the record of their acts. 

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