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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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Aug 2, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 31, Luqmân, verses 20-34. These verses discuss the danger of blindly following our forefathers, the inexhaustible nature of Allah's guidance and how even parents won't be able to intervene on our behalfs on the Day of Judgment. 

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Aug 1, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 31, Luqmân, verses 1-19. These verses contain wisdom given to the Prophet Luqmân regarding shirk as well as duties to our parents and advice about moral behavior and interaction. 

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Jul 31, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 24, An-Nûr or The Light, verses 27-40. These verses discuss etiquette for entering other people's houses, required behavior in mixed gender settings, marriage, and granting freedom to slaves. Next a series of inspirational passages asserting that Allah is the Light is the heavens and earth, Allah's light is found in places of worship and the deeds of the unbelievers are like a mirage in a sandy desert. 

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Jul 30, 2018

 As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 24, An-Nûr or The Light, verses 1-26. This selection deal with the punishments for both men and women found guilty of fornication (or sex outside of marriage). It also hands down punishments for men who falsely accuse women of fornication and women who falsely accuse a man of fornication as well as what to do with accusations of adultery. An instance of these rules is highlighted when a false accusation was brought against one of the Prophet's wives, 'Aisha, who was ultimately cleared. Lastly, the believers are exhorted not to follow Satan or take part in false accusations and calumny or slander. 

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Jul 29, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 50, Qâf, verses 16-45. Broadly speaking, this Surah deals with the the reality of the afterlife and God's judgment of our earthly deeds. This latter part of Surah Qâf details how how angels are assigned to each person to record his/her deeds, good and bad and directs the believers to admonish the unbelievers with the Qur'an and to have patience with them. 

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Jul 28, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 50, Qâf, verses 16-45. Broadly speaking, this Surah deals with the the reality of the afterlife and God's judgment of our earthly deeds. This latter part of Surah Qâf details how how angels are assigned to each person to record his/her deeds, good and bad and directs the believers to admonish the unbelievers with the Qur'an and to have patience with them. 

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Jul 27, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 49, Al-Hujurât or the Chambers. Al-Hujurât is only 18 verses so we'll do the entire Surah. This Surah deals with the manners to be observed by the Muslim community among its members and towards its leaders. Manners spring from morals and mutual respect & confidence are a duty and a privilege in Islam. 

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Jul 26, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle verses 21-41. These verses assert that prejudice has caused people to commit shirk, which is to associate other deities with Allah and describes some scenes from life after death. Those who deny the ministry of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), deny God's revelations whereas those who accept the word of Allah, accept truth and can use their common sense to see the God's handiwork in nature. 

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Jul 25, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle verses 1-20. These verses deal with the reactions of those who received the revelations and with the obstinacy of the unbelievers. It talks of the mercy of God in not punishing the misdeeds of humans right away. Lastly, it discusses the punishments of the Day of Judgment and asserts the Qur'an as the source of God's testimony. 

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Jul 24, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 28, Al-Qasas or the Narrations, verses 22-42. These verses continue the story of Prophet Musa (or Moses) after he fled from Pharaoh for killing a man, his arrival in the city of Madyan and his marriage. Later, we learn of his ascent of Mt Tûr, his conversation with God and his appointment as a Messenger of God. Lastly, the story of Moses' struggle with Pharaoh and his chiefs and their defeat. 

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Jul 23, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 28, Al-Qasas or the Narrations, verses 1-21. These verses begin the story of Prophet Musa (Moses), including Pharaoh's plot to kill the sons of the Israelites, and Prophet Moses' youth and how he escaped retribution after killing a man. 

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Jul 22, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 21-41. These verses warns Jews and Christians of being deceived by their own self-invented beliefs. It prohibits taking disbelievers as protectors and commands the people to follow and obey Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It recounts the birth and life of Maryam, mother of Prophet Jesus and the prayers of Prophet Zakkariyah to grant him a son, who was then named Yahya (or John). 

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Jul 21, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân, or the Family of Imran, verses 1-20. This section deals with the revelation of the Torah, the Gospels and the Qur'an. It talks about the decisive and allegorical nature of the verses. It also discusses the excuses which people feel will save them from the hell-fire, the Battle of Badr as one of the main signs of Allah's favor, and the comforts of this life vs the Al-Akhirah or the Hereafter. Lastly, the view of God that Islam is the true religion. 

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Jul 20, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 36 (Yâ-Sin), Verses 33-50. These verses assert that Allah has created all things in pairs, the fact that day, night, sun and moon are all regulated by Allah and finally the disbelievers' attitude towards spending in the cause of Allah. 

Tafseer deals with the phrase, "withdrawing the day from the night" in verse 36. 

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Jul 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 36, Yâ-Sin, verses 1-32. These are pretty short verses so this episode won't take longer than the normal time. This selection reveals that the Qur'an was sent as a warning to those who fear Allah and seek forgiveness. An example is given of the time when Allah sent three Prophets to one town but the entire town rejected them except one man. It is told Allah blessed that believer with paradise and destroyed the wicked who opposed God. 

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Jul 18, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 18-31. These verses concludes the story of the Companions of the Cave, a group of men who took refuge in a cave to escape persecution for their beliefs. The point of the story is to resolve the disputed issue of life after death but instead people got caught up in debating numbers and years but not the main point of the story. The next section talks about how no one is authorized to change the Word of God and lastly, how the Qur'an invites us to make a choice - believe or disbelieve. 

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Jul 17, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 18, Al-Kahf or the Cave, verses 1-17. The first few verses contain an admonition against those who say that Allah has begotten any progeny, specifically a son. Then we begin to the story of the Companions of the Cave, a group of young men who were forced to take refuge in a cave to escape persecution for their beliefs in God. 

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Jul 16, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A'râf or the Heights, verses 26-39. These verses warns the Children of Adam not to fall into the same traps which befell their progenitor, Adam, and asserts that Allah never commands what is shameful. It instructs people to dress decently and eat the good food of the earth. Lastly, the Children of Adam are directed to the follow the examples provided by the Messengers of Allah. 

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Jul 15, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘râf or the Heights, verses 1-25. These verses assert that the Messengers of God, as well as the people to whom they were sent, will be questioned on the Day of Judgment. Next it begins the story of Iblis (or Satan), who vowed to mislead Adam and his descendants and led them away from the straight path. 

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Jul 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 23, Al-Mu'minun or the Believers, verses 23-50. These verses recount how God sent Prophet Noah to guide his people and then drowned all the disbelievers in the great flood. Afterward, God sent Prophet Hüd whose people were destroyed by a mighty blast after calling him an impostor. After Hüd, God sent Prophet Moses to minister to the Pharaoh of Egypt and his chiefs.

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Jul 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 23, Al-Mu'minun or the Believers, verses 1-22. These verses cover the characteristics of true believers, the creation of humanity and the purpose of heaven and earth. 

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Jul 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 41, Fussilât (or Expounded), verses 19-32. These verses details the proceedings of the Day of Judgment when people's own body parts (ears, eyes, etc) will bear witness against them for their misdeeds. These people who do not heed the Qur'an will be punished while those who affirm their fidelity to Allah will be assigned angels for their protection. 

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Jul 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 41, Fussilât (or Expounded), verses 1-18. These verses show that the Qur'an is the giver of good news and warns those who do not believe in the hereafter and do not pay charity. It goes into detail on the story of the creation of the earth, mountains, seasons, sky and the heavens. Lastly, there is a warning to the disbelievers in the examples of the 'Ad and the Thamud who were punished for their arrogance and defiance towards God. 

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Jul 10, 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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Jul 9, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 14, Ibrâhim, verses 18-34. These verses relay the message that God has created the heavens and the earth based on an understanding of immutable Truth. Satan has no power over human beings - he can only invite people to follow him away from the Path and those who are ungrateful towards their Lord will be cast into the fires of Hell. 

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