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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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Sep 22, 2017

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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Sep 21, 2017

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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Sep 20, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection contains the entirety of Surah 90, Al-Balad or the City. This surah contains an admonishment to the disbelievers of the city of Makkah. It declares that God has given you one tongue and two lips to control and then speaks of the qualities of a righteous person. 

Tafseer for this selection examines the two "highways" mentioned in verse 10. 

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Sep 19, 2017

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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Sep 18, 2017

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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Sep 17, 2017

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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Sep 16, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 22-39. These verses recount a scene from the Day of Judgment and a 'treat' for the wrongdoers. There is a dialogue between the followers and the leaders who misled them. 

Tafseer for this selection is a clarification of the first verse, which names the spouses of the wrongdoers as also subject to punishment. 

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Sep 15, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 1-21. Verses 1-11 deal with the oneness of God as well as the proposition that Satan (shaitan) will not prevail and cannot even hear the chorus of Angels. Verses 12-21 deal with the disbelief of the unbelievers at the prospect of being brought back to life on the Day of Judgment. 

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Sep 14, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spider, Verses 14-30. These verses tell the stories of how Prophet Noah and Prophet Abraham faced persecution and ridicule for preaching God's word. Prophet Abraham's nephew, Lot, who became a Prophet himself preached the word of God as well. 

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Sep 13, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary 

Today's selection is from Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spiders, verses 1-13. These verses assert that Allah tests the believers to see who is truthful and who is a liar. Be kind to your parents but do not obey them if they commit shirk (or associating others with Allah). Lastly, those who claim to be able to alleviate our burdens are liars. 

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Sep 12, 2017

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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Sep 11, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary 

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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Sep 10, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 87-96. These verses tell of the advent of Prophet Jesus. It recounts how the Jews knowingly rejected the truth, their love for the calf outpacing their love for God, the nature of their beliefs and how their claim of exclusive right to inherit paradise has been put to the test. 

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Sep 9, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 1-15. These verses discuss how, on the Day of Judgment, the unbelievers will wish that they themselves were Muslim and that Allah has taken personal responsibility for preserving the Qur'an. 

Tafseer for this selection regards the name of this Surah - Al Hijr or the Rocky Tract. 

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Sep 8, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 21-35. These verses continue the story of Prophet Joseph when he was sold into slavery in Egypt. The wife of his master attempted to seduce him but he resisted her advances. Prophet Joseph was falsely accused of trying to seduce her. At first, he was exonerated but later, even though further evidence was presented, he was still throw into jail. 

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Sep 7, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 1-20. These verses begin the story of Prophet Joseph, who was sent on a hunting trip with his evil stepbrothers, who threw him into a dark well. He was eventually rescued but sold as a slave in Egypt. 

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Sep 6, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 17-29. These verses cover a number of subjects. The Mushrikeen (or those who associate others with Allah cannot be caretakes of mosques. Service to pilgrims who come on the Haaj is not equal to true beleive in God. Do not take your fathers and brothers as friends if they prefer Kufr (unbelief) over Imaan (belief). Lastly, God only helps the qualities of followers, not the quantity of them. 

Tafseer contains an explanation regarding the treatment of unbelievers, or Pagans, as well as a reveal on something you might miss during the recitation. Can you guess what it is?

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Sep 5, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or the Repentance, verses 1-16. These verses contain a proclamation to dissolve treaties with Pagans who have broken their terms but four months is given for adjustments or repentance. 

Tafseer contains an explanation regarding the treatment of unbelievers, or Pagans, as well as a reveal on something you might miss during the recitation. Can you guess what it is?

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Sep 4, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 22, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 39-48. These verses grant permission to the believers to fight in self-defense and for the cause of Allah. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not the only Prophet who wasn't believed. All the others were as well. And finally, a day of Allah's is equal to 1,000 years of human calculation. 

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Sep 3, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 22, Al-Hajj or the Pilgrimmage, verses 26-38. These verses talk of how Prophet Ibrâhim (or Abraham) built the Kabah and called all to come for pilgrimage. The verses also speak of the good of sacrificing animals in Allah's name and how only your piety, not the blood of the animals, reaches God. 

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Sep 2, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 22, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 11-25. These verses discuss the behavior of those standing at the verge of faith, God's help to his Messengers, a description of the disbelievers' garments in hell, and the rights of natives and foreigners to access Al Masjid-al-Harãm, or the Kabah. 

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Sep 1, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 1-10. These verses discuss a scene from the Hour of Doom, the cycle of life in this world and life in the Hereafter and yet people invoke other deities besides Allah. 

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Aug 31, 2017

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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Aug 30, 2017

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 21-37. These verses claim that those who denied the Prophets and God's revelations were all destroyed, case in point, the Pharaoh of Egypt and his leaders, Haman, and Qaroon. The Pharaoh intended to kill Prophet Moses but even one of his relatives gave a speech in favor of the Prophet. 

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Aug 29, 2017

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 1-20. These verses encourage all to believe in God for he is perfect in knowledge and power, forgives sin and accepts repentance and justly enforces His law. Those who reject Him are in deceit. His glory is sung by the highest and purest. Give all devotion to Him alone. 

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