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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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May 26, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 114-138. These verse talk of the favors bestowed upon Prophet Moses, Aaron, Elias and Lot. 

Tafseer for this selection further explains the mission of Prophet Elias. 

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May 25, 2018

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Today's selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 99-113. These verses continue the story of Prophet Abraham and tell of the time when he was asked to sacrifice his only son as a test of faith. 

Tafseer for this selection compares the Muslim version of this story with the Jewish-Christian version. 

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May 24, 2018

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Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 152-162. These verses tell of how the worshipers of the calf among Prophet Moses' people incurred the wrath of God. Then a slight digression to talk about how Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is a Prophet for all mankind. Lastly, an account of God providing food and water in the desert to the people of Moses. 

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May 23, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 142-151. These verses detail Prophet Moses' communication with God at the top of Mount Tür where he was given the tablets of the Torah. Meanwhile, his people, the Israelites started the calf in his absence. 

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May 22, 2018

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Today's selection concludes Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 94-112. These verses cover three topics. Whoever does good deeds and believes will be rewarded. The Day of Judgment and the fates of the believers and unbelievers. And the blessing that is Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). 

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May 21, 2018

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Today's selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 76-93. These verses discuss the blessings and favors bestowed upon the Prophets Noah, David, Solomon, Job, Ishmael, Idris, Zul-kifl and Jonah by God. 

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May 20, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

First off, I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all. I hope this day, however you celebrate it, is a joyful one. Today's selection concludes Surah 5, Al-Mâ‘idah or the Repast, verses 109-120. Because it's Christmas, I wanted to choose some passages which involve Prophet Jesus. This selection discusses the favors of God upon Prophet Jesus (or Isa) and the miracles he was given. It also discusses the testimony of Prophet Jesus concerning Christians on the Day of Judgment. 

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May 19, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 5, Al-Mâ‘idah or the Repast, verses 94-108. These verses talk of the prohibition of hunting while in Ihram (pilgrim gear) during Hajj and the penalty for doing so. God has made the Ka'bah an eternal sanctuary for mankind. Superstitions are prohibited in Islam. Lastly, there is instruction concerning last wills and testaments and the testimony of witnesses. 

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May 18, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 88, Al-Ghãshiyah or the Overwhelming Event, verses 1-26. This Surah deals with two major themes - the condition of the disbelievers on the Day of Judgment and the wonders of nature, admonition and accountability. 

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May 17, 2018

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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May 16, 2018

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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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May 15, 2018

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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May 14, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 148-162. These verses instruct us not to utter evil words or to draw a line between God and his Messengers in terms of obedience. In it, most Jews (of past times) were habitual sinners and violators of God's commandments. It is further asserted that Prophet Jesus was neither killed nor crucified. Those Jews would be punished for their iniquities and their only salvation was to become Muslims.

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May 13, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 127-147. These verses command us to establish justice for women, orphan girls and helpless children. Be humble and featful in your dealings with God. Stand firm for justice, believe wholeheartedly, and remember that the hypocrites have double standards. 

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May 12, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 100-110. These verses talk of the categories of hypocrites, then the commandment for the collection of Zakat (Charity) and then tell of the time the hypocrites build a mosque but with mischievous motives. 

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May 11, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 90-99. These verses talk of genuine exemptions from staying away from battle and those hypocrites who make excuses to avoid serving in armed struggle. 

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May 10, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 11, Hüd, verses 110-123. These verses discuss what happened when differences of opinion arose about the Torah, which was given to Prophet Moses. Next we are reminded that God does not let the reward of the righteous be wasted and finally the freedom of choice given to mankind is from God. 

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May 9, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 96-109. Theseverses discuss the fate of the Pharaoh of Egypt and his chiefs whowere warned by Prophet Moses to listen to God's word but gave noheed. 

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May 8, 2018

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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May 7, 2018

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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May 6, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 94-111. In this selection, we are told that God sent a human messenger to humans, just as he would've sent an angel messenger if the dwellers of Earth were angels. Only disbelievers doubt life after death. Moses, himself, was given nine signs but people didn't believe him. Now, the Qur'an has been revealed in section to suit each occasion. Lastly, we are counseled to offer Prayers in a moderate voice, neither too loud, nor too soft. 

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May 5, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 78-93. These verses concern the commandment to establish prayers throughout the day, as well as the Tahajjud prayers. They also talk of Ar-Ruh or the Soul and the different methods used in the Qur'an to make people understand God's message. 

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May 4, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 104, Al-Humazah or the Scandalmonger. This Surah condemns all sorts of scandal, backbiting, and selfish hoarding of wealth as destroying the hearts and affection of men. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the Hutamah or That which Breaks to Pieces in verses 4 and 5 and the Fire of punishment in verses 6-8. 

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May 3, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 111-128. These verses talk of the Day of Judgment, that only Allah can declare what is lawful (halal) and unlawful (haram), that Prophet Abraham was a worthy model and leave us with the admonition to call others towards the Way of Allah. 

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May 2, 2018

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 90-110. These verses discuss the good deeds which Allah commands and the evil which he forbids. What is with you is transitory and what is with Allah is everlasting. Unbelievers accused Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) of learning the Qur'an from another man but that man was a non-Arab while the Qur'an was revealed in Arabic. 

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