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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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Jul 9, 2017

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 8, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Summary

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 7, 2017

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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Jul 6, 2017

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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Jul 5, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 56, Al-Wãqi‘a or the Inevitable, verses 39-56. These verses talk of the third of three groups into which some of mankind will be divided - the punishment of those who appear on the left-hand. 

Tafseer for this selection contrasts the those in Bliss from the previous episode and those of misery in today's selection as well as a refresher on the Tree of Zaqqûm, which was mentioned in a previous episode.

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Jul 4, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 56, Al-Wãqi‘a or the Inevitable, verses 1-38. These verses talk of the inevitable Doomsday of Manink when they will be divided into three group. This selection describes the first two groups. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the "companions" of the Righteous in Heaven. 

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Jul 3, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah, Verses 21-39. These verses detail the rewards for believers, how Allah might use a gnat as a parable which only believers will understand, and the story of Adam and his fall from grace and subsequent repentance. 

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Jul 2, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 1-20. In these first verses, the Qur'an is introduced as a guide for those who are conscious of God. Next proceeds a discussion of hypocrites and the consequences of their actions, concluding with examples of the hypocrites' deeds. 

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Jul 1, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 15-44. These verses cover the story of Sulaimãn or Solomon on whom God bestowed much wisdom as well as power over jinns, men, birds, ants and the wind. It tells the story of the hoopoe bird which brought him news of the Queen fo Sheba, the communications between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and her eventual embrace of God. 

Tafseer for this Surah contains an explanation of the parable of the Ants and an explanation of the Hoopoe bird. 

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Jun 30, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 1-14. These verses proclaim the Qur'an as a guide and bearing good news for the Believers. Next is told the story of Prophet Moses' selection as a Messenger of God and the nine signs which he showed to the Pharaoh of Egypt. 

Tafseer for this Surah explains the nine signs themselves. 

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Jun 29, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 23, Al-Mu'minun or the Believers, verses 51-77. In these verses Allah declares that there is but one religion and but one Lord. God does not charge any soul with more than it can bear. Lastly, those who do not believe in the hereafter will stray further and further away from the Right Path. 

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Jun 28, 2017

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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Jun 27, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 26-40. These verses discuss how on the Day of Judgment, God will humiliate the arrogant and cast them into Hell while the righteous will enter Paradise. God has sent the Prophets to warn against the unbelievers' excuse that if God wanted, people would not worship anyone else. 

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Jun 26, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 16, An-Nahl or the Bees, verses 1-25.

These verses concern the revelations sent down to warn people of the shahadah - that there is no god but God. It talks of the purpose of animals such as cattle for the benefit of humans, the power of Allah to furnish the earth with rains to sustain agriculture, and the mountains which stabilize the land. There are so many gifts from Allah for mankind yet the unbelievers act reprehensibly and ungratefully in return.

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Jun 25, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today is the last day of our 365 day journey and we will finish the Qur'an at the beginning with Surah 1, Al-Fatiha or The Opening. It is theorized that this was the first complete Surah revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It is meant to instruct the reader that if he/she wants to sincerely benefit from the Qur'an, they should offer this prayer to the Lord of the Universe. Tafseer for this Surah further expounds on this Surah's significance.

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Jun 24, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 109 Al-Kãfirün or Those Who Reject Faith. This Surah defines the right attitude towards those who reject faith; in matters of Truth, we make no compromise but there is no need to persecute or abuse anyone for his faith of belief. Tafseer for this selection concerns the matter of personal conviction in Faith.

The second is Surah 110, Al-Nasr or the Help. This Surah defines victory as an occasion to celebrate Allah's praises, not as a reason for exultation.

The third is Surah 110, which goes by two names; either Al-Masad which means The Plaited Rope or Al-Lahab which means the Flame. While directed at a particular person named Abu Lahab, the Surah illustrates that he who rages against holy things is burnt up in his own rage and that women, who are made for nobler emotions, may, if they go wrong, feed unholy rage with fiercer fuel, to their own loss. Tafseer for this Surah contains some historical background on Abu Lahab and his wife. 

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Jun 23, 2017

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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Jun 22, 2017

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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Jun 21, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 119-129. These verses declare that Believers are those who prefer the life of the Messenger of God over their own. Qur'anic verses increase the faith of the believers. Lastly, there is a prayer taught by Allah. 

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Jun 20, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 111-118. These verses assert that God has purchased the persons and wealth of the Believers and in return has promised them paradise. It is not proper to ask for forgiveness from the mushrikeen for Allah forgives those may lag behind but are sincere in their faith. 

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Jun 19, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is Surah 108, Al-Kawthar or The Abundance. 

Tafseer for this Surah is a short meditation on sacrifice and thankfulness. 

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Jun 18, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 105, Al-Fil or the Elephant. This Surah briefly recounts the what happened to the Abyssinian govern Abrahah Ashram when he tried to destroy the Kabah in the same year that the Prophet was born. Tafseer for this Surah is a further historical background. 

The second is Surah 106, Quraysh which was the Prophet's tribe. This Surah admonishes Prophet Muhammad's tribe to be grateful to Allah for the profit, position and security they enjoyed from living in Makkah. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the historical prestige of the Quraysh. 

The third is Surah 107 Al-Mã‘ün or the Small Kindnesses. This Surah concerns true worship, the helping and love of those in need and true sincerity in devotion and charity. Tafseer for this Surah concerns helping the indigent and our neighbors. 

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Jun 17, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection consists of two short Surahs. The first is Surah 102, At-Takãthur or The Piling Up. This Surah gives a warning against piling up material wealth or temporal power rather than pursuing the higher spiritual rewards in life. Tafseer for this Surah talks about the three kinds of yaqin (certainty of knowledge) in verse 5. 

The second is Surah 103, Al-‘Asr or Time Through the Ages. This Surah reminds us that history shows that Evil comes to an evil end and time is always in favor of those who have Faith. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the meaning of the Surah's name and its significance. 

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Jun 16, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 22, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 65-78. These verses drive home the omnipotence of God - to give you life and death, to cause you to come back to life for his Judgment. And it is only Allah who can create life, even a creature like a fly and choose Messengers to spread his word. 

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Jun 15, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 22, Al-Hajj or Pilgrimmage, verses 49-64. These verses assert that those who accept the truth will be forgiven while others will be punished. On the Day of Judgment, God himself will be the Judge of all. And those who migrate for the sake of Allah will be generously rewarded. 

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