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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: October, 2018
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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Oct 21, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 33, Al-Ahzãb or the Confederates, verses 1-20. These verses claim that neither wives nor sons become your mothers nor real sons, the Prophet's wives are like the believers' mothers, and blood relations have greater claims than others in the Book of God. Next it discuss the Battle of the Trench, the attitudes of Hypocrites during that time and the punishment for those who discourage others from participating in the fight against the unbelievers. 

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Oct 20, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's episode of 17 Verses is from Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 23-40. These verses contain commandments to the believers to be obedient and courteous to your parents and relatives and those in your community. It also forbids ending the lives of younglings for fear of want and talks of honoring the property of orphans and enjoins the believers to fulfill all terms of agreements and to be humble and not associate any other deities with God. 

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Oct 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 1-22. These verses talk of the prophecy made by Allah in the Torah that the Children of Israel would make mischief of one kind or another and twice would they be caught and punished. Next there is a discussion fo the Day of Judgment, when everyone's deeds will be laid bare - those who sought to do good and those who sought only the transitory things of this earthly life will be judged. 

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Oct 18, 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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Oct 17, 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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Oct 16, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 44, Adh-Dukhân or the Smoke, verses 1-29. These verses speak of how the Qur'an was revealed during the "Blessed Night" also known as Lailat-ul Qadr and the lessons which mankind can learn from the story of Moses and people of the Pharaoh of Egypt. 

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Oct 15, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 32, As-Sajdah or the Prostration, with verses 15-30. These verses detail the special reward given to those who spend of themselves out of love and fear for theird Lord. Lastly, it links the Qur'an to the Torah, the book given to Prophet Moses. 

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Oct 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 32, As-Sajdah or the Prostration, verses 1-14. These verses deal with the Qur'an as revelation to those whom no Prophet has come before. It talks of the creation the heavens and earth and the creation of Man. Furthermore, on the Day of Judgment, it written that the Unbelievers will at last believe and try to repent but that so-called newfound belief will be of no use to them. 

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Oct 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is Surah 61, As-Saff or the Battle Array, which is 14 verses in total. It enjoins believers to keep your word or practise what you preach. It recounts Prophet Jesus' foretelling of a Prophet of God after him. That Prophet of course was Muhammad (pbuh). Lastly, it describes faith as a sort of bargain given the rewards which it produces. 

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Oct 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 11-29. Today's seelction discusses how prior nations were destroyed because of the iniquities they committed. If there was more than one God, the heavens and earth would be in a state of disorder and so all of Allah's Messengers are sent with one message - that there is no God but Allah. 

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Oct 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 1-10. This short selection concerns the Day of Accountability (or Judgment) and how the unbelievers dispute the admonitions to obey God and argue about whether a human being can be a Messenger of God. 

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Oct 10, 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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Oct 9, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 51, Adh-Dhariyat or The Winds That Scatter Dust, verses 47-60. These verses discuss the mission of Prophet Muhammad as a herald of mankind. 

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Oct 8, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 51, Adh-Dhariyat or The Winds That Scatter Dust, verses 24-46. These verses tell the story of Prophet Ibrâhim and the punishment of the people of Lût as well as lessons in the stories of Pharaoh, the people of 'Ad and the Thamûd and the people of Noah. 

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Oct 7, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 51, Adh-Dhariyat or The Winds That Scatter Dust, verses 1-23. These verses discuss the inevitability of the Day of Judgment. 

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