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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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Jun 30, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 1-20. In these first verses, the Qur'an is introduced as a guide for those who are conscious of God. Next proceeds a discussion of hypocrites and the consequences of their actions, concluding with examples of the hypocrites' deeds. 

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Jun 29, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, verses 15-23. These verses deal with the punishment for women found guilty of fornication (or sex outside of marriage). It deal with acceptable and unacceptable forms of repentance. It talks about the treatment of women in inheritance matters - that they are not to be viewed as belonging to anyone's estate. It admonishes the believers from taking back a woman's dowry. Lastly, there is a lengthy list of those women whom a believer is prohibited from marrying. 

There are controversial parts of this selection and this Surah with which not everyone will agree. But still, I think it's important for people to read and hear what is written. What you do with it is your business. 

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Jun 28, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, verses 1-14. These verses deal with the property and conduct with orphans, multiple marriages, dowry, inheritance by children or family, and inheritance of spouse's property. 

There are controversial parts of this selection and this Surah with which not everyone will agree. But still, I think it's important for people to read and hear what is written. What you do with it is your business. 

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Jun 27, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 21-40. These verses speak of how people call upon God when their are only suffering but do not do so when they are comfortable and safe. Examples of this worldly life are given. The dieties worshipped by the mushrikeen are not even aware they are being worshipped. Reason and trusth about Allah are pitted against these so-called Gods as the Qur'an is the basis for Allah's revelation. 

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Jun 26, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 1-20. These verses set up Allah as the supreme being who created the universe in six days. There are many signs of His manifestation in the heavens and earth. Next, the behaviors of the wrongdoers towards Allah and the revelations is detailed and lastly, it is mankind which was one undivided nation until they themselves invented different creeds.

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Jun 25, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today is the last day of our 365 day journey and we will finish the Qur'an at the beginning with Surah 1, Al-Fatiha or The Opening. It is theorized that this was the first complete Surah revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It is meant to instruct the reader that if he/she wants to sincerely benefit from the Qur'an, they should offer this prayer to the Lord of the Universe. Tafseer for this Surah further expounds on this Surah's significance.

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Jun 24, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 105, Al-Fil or the Elephant. This Surah briefly recounts the what happened to the Abyssinian govern Abrahah Ashram when he tried to destroy the Kabah in the same year that the Prophet was born. Tafseer for this Surah is a further historical background. 

The second is Surah 106, Quraysh which was the Prophet's tribe. This Surah admonishes Prophet Muhammad's tribe to be grateful to Allah for the profit, position and security they enjoyed from living in Makkah. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the historical prestige of the Quraysh. 

The third is Surah 107 Al-Mã‘ün or the Small Kindnesses. This Surah concerns true worship, the helping and love of those in need and true sincerity in devotion and charity. Tafseer for this Surah concerns helping the indigent and our neighbors. 

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Jun 23, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 109 Al-Kãfirün or Those Who Reject Faith. This Surah defines the right attitude towards those who reject faith; in matters of Truth, we make no compromise but there is no need to persecute or abuse anyone for his faith of belief. Tafseer for this selection concerns the matter of personal conviction in Faith.

The second is Surah 110, Al-Nasr or the Help. This Surah defines victory as an occasion to celebrate Allah's praises, not as a reason for exultation.

The third is Surah 110, which goes by two names; either Al-Masad which means The Plaited Rope or Al-Lahab which means the Flame. While directed at a particular person named Abu Lahab, the Surah illustrates that he who rages against holy things is burnt up in his own rage and that women, who are made for nobler emotions, may, if they go wrong, feed unholy rage with fiercer fuel, to their own loss. Tafseer for this Surah contains some historical background on Abu Lahab and his wife. 

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Jun 22, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 167-182. These verses recount that Allah has promise to help His Messengers and His devotees. 

Tafseer for this selection talks about those who complain that the message of Allah had not been sent to their ancestors. 

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Jun 21, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 139-166. These verses tell the story of Prophet Jonah and the whale and address the unbelievers' false claims that the Angels are the daughters of Allah and Jinns are blood relations to Allah. 

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Jun 20, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 151-165. These verses assert that in Islam, forbidden things are based on fundamental moral principles, detailed in the Qur'an so that there may be no excuse about the true Word of God. Those who divide religion into sects are not Muslims. Lastly, we declare that all prayers, devotion, life and death are for Allah. 

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Jun 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 141-150. These verses instruct us to give a gift (zakat) of agriculture on harvest day, clarifies the proper prohibitions on livestock and concludes by explaining the mushrikeen's excuse for being mushrikeen. 

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Jun 18, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 94, Al-Inshirãh or the Expansion of the Breast. This Surah gives a message of hope and encouragement is a time of darkness and difficultry. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) soon after the last Surah (Adh Duha), whose argument it supplements. 

Tafseer for this Surah explains the metaphor for which the breast is used. 

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Jun 17, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 64-75. These verses implore the faithful to worship God and be among His thankful servants. On the Day of Judgment, the Book of Deeds will be laid open and justice will be done with all fairness. After the Judgment, the unbelievers will be driven to Hell and the righteous will enter Paradise. 

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Jun 16, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 163-176. These verses assert that the Qur'an carries the same message as that sent to Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Humans should believe in this revelation if they want to attain felicity but there is no Trinity in Islam as there is in modern Christianity. In Islam, Jesus was a Prophet and worshiper of God. Lastly, there is a legal decision relating to the inheritance of childless persons. 

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Jun 15, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

This episode is being released on Friday, June 15th, which in most of the USA, is Eid ul-Fitr. So I wanted to wish you all Eid Mubarak, Ramzan Kareem, etc. I hope you all have a wonderful day.

Today's episode consists of several Hadith regarding Eid as well as the last three Surahs of the Qur'an. Surah 112, Al-Ikhlas or The Purity of Faith. Surah 113, Al-Falaq or the Daybreak. And lastly, Surah 114, An-Nas or Mankind.

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Jun 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 100, Al-‘Ãdiyãt or Those That Run. This Surah talks about the irresistible nature of spiritual power and knowledge, contrasted with man's ingratitude, pettiness, helplessness and ignorance. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the metaphors and and symbols enforcing this surah in verses 1-5. 

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Jun 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is Surah 108, Al-Kawthar or The Abundance. 

Tafseer for this Surah is a short meditation on sacrifice and thankfulness. 

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Jun 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 182-206. These verse declare that those who deny God's revelations are inching closer and closer to destruction. The Prophet himself (pbuh) has no power to benefit or to harm anyone. Allah, not those other deities which people worship, created mankind from a single soul. As such God is the protecting friend of the righteous. Lastly, we are implored to show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant. 

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Jun 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 163-181. These verses discuss a past Jewish violation of the Sabbath and their mistaken belief about Allah's forgiveness. Next, mankind's ancient testimony that God is their Lord, an example of those who deny God's revelations and a comparison that misguided people are like animals, only worse. 

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Jun 10, 2018

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Today's selection concludes Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 94-111. These verses tell the story of how Jacob received the news that Joseph was alive and his family's relocation from Ken’ãn to Egypt and Joseph's prayer that he live and die as one who submits to the will of God. It ends with the affirmation that Joseph's story is confirmation of previous scriptures. 

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Jun 9, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 80-93. These verses continue the story of Prophet Joseph after he tricked his brothers to let his own brother Benjamin be retained in Joseph's services. Joseph's father sent his wicked brothers back to retrieve him, whereupon they begged for food and charity from Joseph, whom they still had not recognized. 

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Jun 8, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 96, Al-‘Alaq or the Clinging Clot, verses 1-19. The first part consists of the very first revelation ever sent down to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The second part comes from the priod when the Prophet began to perform Salat (or Prayer) in the vicinity of the Ka'bah and Abu Jahl, a Quraysh chief, tried to prevent him by making threats. 

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Jun 7, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 192-227. These verses assert that the Qur'an is revealed in plain Arabic through the Angel Gabriel and those who do not want to believe will not believe. Shaitans would not bring the Qur'an for their interest is in descending on slandering sinner who listen to hearsay and lies. 

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Jun 6, 2018

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Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 176-191. These verses talk of the people of Prophet Shu‘aib, his entreaties to them and the destruction of the disbelievers. 

Tafseer for this selection is some more historical background on the Companions of the Wood, ie Ashab al-Aykah or the People of Aykah. 

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