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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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Feb 23, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection contains the entirety of Surah 85, Al-Burüj or the Constellations, verses 1-22. This Surah talks of the persecution of Allah's votaries or devoted followers. God watches over His own and will deal with the enemies of Truth as He dealt with them in the past. 

Tafseer for this Surah concerns the Zodiac signs or constellations mentioned in verse 1 and makers of the pit of fire in verse 4.

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Feb 22, 2019

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 21, 2019

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 20, 2019

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 19, 2019

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 18, 2019

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, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 5, Al-Mâ‘idah or the Repast, verses 67-77. This selection covers a number of topics - the Messenger's mission is to deliver God's message, the attitude of the Jews towards the Messengers, those who say Jesus is God are disbelievers, who was Jesus the son of Mary. 

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Feb 16, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 197-210. These verses first talk of the Hajj, or Pilgrimage, to Mecca and then discuss the matter of hypocrisy vs belief and conclude with an admonition to enter into Islam completely. 

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Feb 15, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 183-196. These verses concern fasting and prayer, as well as issues of defending one's faith from aggressors during the month of Ramadan. 

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Feb 14, 2019

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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Feb 13, 2019

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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Feb 12, 2019

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 69-85. These verses assert that those who argue about the revelations in the Qur'an will soon learn the truth. God has sent many Messengers before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh); some are mentioned in the Qur'an and some are not. In another example, cattle are held up as a sign for people of understanding. Belief after seeing the scourge of God will not avail the disbelievers. 

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Feb 11, 2019

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 51-68. These verses assert that God does help his Messengers and the believers in this world's life and will help them in the hereafter. We must call on God to answer our prayers. But no one has the right to be worshipped except Allah, Creator and Lord of the worlds. 

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Feb 10, 2019

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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Feb 9, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 91, Ash-Shams or the Sun. This surah asserts that success depends on keeping the soul pure and failure depends on corrupting the soul; case in point, the corrupted people of Thamüd who were leveled to the ground. 

Tafseer for this Surah considers the pairs in nature discussed in verses 1-6 and the soul of man in verses 7-10. 

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Feb 8, 2019

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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Feb 7, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 43, Az-Zukhruf or the Golden Adornments, verses 36-56. These verses declare that he who turns away from remember of Allah, Allah will appoint a Shaitan (or evil one) to be his intimate friend. Hold fast to the Qur'an if you want to be right guided. Lastly, a quick vignette of Prophet Moses' fight with the Pharaoh of Egypt and the Pharaoh's fate for ridiculing Moses. 

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Feb 6, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 84-95. These verses talk of Prophet Shu'aib's address to hise people who were cheating in their business transactions and the consequences of their negative response. 

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Feb 5, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 69-83. These verses tell of the good news sent to Prophet Abraham of the coming births of a son, Isaac, and later, his grandson Jacob. Next the story of Prophet Lot and his mission and challenges with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns Lot's daughters in verse 78 and a further explanation of the fates of Sodom and Gomorrah told in verse 83. 

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Feb 4, 2019

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 3, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 94-108. These verses remind us how adversity and affluence are signs from God. The stories of prior nations teach us a lesson, specifically that of Prophet Moses. 

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Feb 2, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 73-93. These verses tell the stories of Prophet Saleh of the Thamüd, Prophet Lüt, and Prophet Shu‘aib of the Madyan and their entreaties to their peoples, respectively, to accept the path of God. 

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Feb 1, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 56, Al-Wãqi‘a or the Inevitable, verses 75-96. This selection concludes the Surah with a testimony of Allah about the Qur'an. 

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Jan 31, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 56, Al-Wãqi‘a or the Inevitable, verses 57-74. These verses contain an admonition to the disbelievers complete with examples of God's creation. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the example of the external nature around us as evidence of God in verse 63. Also, the example of Fire as a fit memorial of God's handiwork in nature in 71-73. 

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Jan 30, 2019

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 64, At-Taghâbun or the Mutual Loss and Gain, Verses 1-18. This is the entire surah, which speaks of the mutual gain and loss of Good and Evil, contrasted in this life and in the Hereafter. 

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