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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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Oct 18, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 41 (Fussilât), Verses 19-32

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 punsihed while those who affirm their fidelity to Allah will be assigned angels for their protection. 

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Oct 17, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 63 (Al-Munãfiqün)

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 63, Al-Munãfiqün or the Hypocrites, verses 1-11. This Surah has 3 major themes. 1) Hypocrisy is such a sin against ISlam and Muslism that even the Prophet's prayer cannot obtain forgiveness against it. 2) Don't let riches and children divert you from remembrance of Allah. 3) Spend in the Way of Allah before death approaches you. 

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Oct 16, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 15 (Al-Hijr), Verses 16-44

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 16-44. These verses assert that Allah created and decorated the heavens and created everything suitable for human life on Earth. Next is told the story of Adam's creation, how the Angels kneeled before Adam, except for Iblis or Satan. He and his followers are destined for Hell. 

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Oct 15, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 24 (An-Nûr), Verses 41-57

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 prases 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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Oct 13, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 36 (Yâ-Sin), Verses 33-50

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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Oct 12, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 30 (Ar-Rüm), Verses 28-40

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 30, Ar-Rüm or the Romans, verses 28-40. In these verses, we are reminded that the wrongdoers are led by their own desires without true knowledge. When an affliction befalls a people, they cry out to God but after God helps them, they commit shirk instead. Lastly, we hear the commandment to give one's relatives their due and likewise to the poor and travelers in need. 

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Oct 11, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 30 (Ar-Rüm), Verses 20-27

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 30, Ar-Rüm or the Romans, verses 20-27. These verses discuss the creation of man, his consort, the heavens and the earth, languagee, race, sleep, work, lightning ran and the growth of vegetations - all sure signs of Allah. 

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Oct 7, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 19 (Maryam), Verses 16-40

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 19, Maryam or Mary, verses 16-40. These verses recount the story of Maryam, or Mary, and the immaculate birth of Isa or Jesus who later became a Prophet of God. 

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Oct 6, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 60 (Mumtahinah)

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 60, Mumtahinah or That Which Examines, verses 1-13. This Surah deals with social relations with Unbelievers. A distinction is made between those who persecute you for your Faith and want to destroy you and your Faith and those who those who have no such rancour. For the latter, there is hope of mercy and forgiveness. The question of women and cross-marriages is also dealt with. 

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Oct 5, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 3 (Âli-‘Imrân), Verses 42-54

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 3, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 11 (Hüd), Verses 36-49

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 11, Hüd, verses 36-49. These verses continue the story of Prophet Noah when he was commanded to build the Ark and gather on board the believers and a pair from each species. Lastly, there is a dialogue between Prophet Noah, his son and God. 

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Oct 1, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 9 (At-Tauba), Verses 30-42

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 30-42. These verses assert Jews and Christians, who call Ezra and Jesus the sons of God, respecitvely, are mushrikeen. Do not be like the rabbis and priests who misappropriate the wealth of people. Four of the 12 months in the Qur'an are declared sacred and God orders the faithful to bear arms against the unbelievers, if necessary. 

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Sep 29, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 5 (Al-Mâ‘idah), Verses 51-66

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 5, Al-Mâ‘idah or the Repast, verses 51-66. These verses advise the believers not to take Jews or Christians as protectors for only Allah, his Messenger and your fellow believers can protect you. Do not befriend those who make a mockery of your religion nor those who slander and deceive. If only the People of the Book had believed, they would have had the best of both world. 

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Sep 27, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 57 (Al-Hadeed), Verses 20-29

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 57, Al-Hadeed or the Iron, with verses 20-29. This selection asserts that our earthly lives are just play and an illusion. We must not grieve for posessions lost, nor be overjoyed at what we gain. It links Prophets Noah, Abraham and Jesus and also speaks of monastic life. 

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Sep 26, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 57 (Al-Hadeed), Verses 1-19

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Today's selection is from Surah 57, Al-Hadeed or the Iron, verses 1-19. This selection begins with a devotional to Allah, the almighty and wise. It praises those spend of their wealth in charity. It speaks of the Day of Judgment when believers and hypocrites will get their just rewards, respectively, and closes with more praise for those who spent out of their substance in charity.

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Sep 25, 2016

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 45-58. These verses tell the story of the people of Thamud and the secret plot against the Prophet Salih who teaching they thought brought them bad luck. Their plot was foiled and the whole community, which was involved in evil, was destroyed. 

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Sep 19, 2016

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 16, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 32 (As-Sajdah), Verses 15-30

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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Sep 15, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 32 (As-Sajdah), Verses 1-14

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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Sep 14, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 6 (Al-An‘âm), Verses 42-55

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 42-55. These verses assert that prosperity in this world is not a reward but a respite. Messengers of God never claim that they know the unseen or that they are Angels. True belief is a favor bestowed by God, irrespective of one's worldly status. 

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Sep 12, 2016

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary

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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Sep 11, 2016

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today marks the second day of the Hajj, which is the pilgrimage to Mecca that all Muslims must make once in their lifetime. It is also known as the Day of Arafah or Yawm al-Arafah. Today, we will be relaying to you, Du'a Arafah, which is a Shi'a prayer recited on this day, and the Prophet's Last Sermon which was given on this day in the 9th year of the Islamic calendar.

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Sep 8, 2016

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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Sep 6, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 45 (Al-Jâthiya), Verses 22-37

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 45, Al-Jâthiya or the Kneeling Down, verses 22-37. These verses condemn those who have made their desires as their God and then moves on to Allah's address to the disbelievers on the Day of Judgment. 

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Sep 5, 2016
Year 2 - Surah 45 (Al-Jâthiya), Verses 1-21

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 45, Al-Jâthiya or the Kneeling Down, verses 1-21. These verses question what will the sinners believe in if they do not believe in Allah and his revelations. The seas and all that lie between the heavens and earth are made subject to man by Allah. The Israelites created sects or divisions in their relgion after the Torah was revealed. Finally, the wrongdoers protect one another while Allah protects the righteous himself. 

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