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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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Jun 13, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 96, Al-‘Alaq or the Clinging Clot, verses 1-19. The first part consists of the very first revelation ever sent down to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The second part comes from the priod when the Prophet began to perform Salat (or Prayer) in the vicinity of the Ka'bah and Abu Jahl, a Quraysh chief, tried to prevent him by making threats. 

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Jun 12, 2017

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Summary

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 95, At-Tin or The Fig, verses 1-8. This Surah appeals to four sacred symbols to show that God created man in the best of molds but that man is capable of the utmost degradation unless he has Faith and leads a good life. 

Tafseer concerns the four sacred symbols mentioned in verse 1-3. 

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Jun 11, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 182-206. These verse declare that those who deny God's revelations are inching closer and closer to destruction. The Prophet himself (pbuh) has no power to benefit or to harm anyone. Allah, not those other deities which people worship, created mankind from a single soul. As such God is the protecting friend of the righteous. Lastly, we are implored to show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant. 

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Jun 10, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 163-181. These verses discuss a past Jewish violation of the Sabbath and their mistaken belief about Allah's forgiveness. Next, mankind's ancient testimony that God is their Lord, an example of those who deny God's revelations and a comparison that misguided people are like animals, only worse. 

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Jun 9, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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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Jun 8, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 101, Al-Qãri‘ah or The Great Calamity, verses 1-11. This Surah describes Judgment Day as the Day of Clamor when men will be distracted and the landmarks of this world will be lost, but every deed will be weight in a just balance, and find its real value and setting. 

Tafseer for this selection expounds on the metaphors of the moths in verse 4 and the mountains in verse 5. 

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Jun 7, 2017

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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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Jun 6, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 181-200. These verses recounts the lies told against God, the tests of the believers, punishment for claiming credit for something you haven't done, signs from nature and a supplication of the believers and lastly an appeal to be patient and excel in patience. 

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Jun 5, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 172-180. These verses concern the character of believers during the Battle of Uhud, punishment for trading belief for unbelief, and punishments for those who are stingy. 

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Jun 4, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 156-171. These verses talk about how Allah confers life and death and how we must put our trust in the Messenger of God. Lastly, there are some lessons from the Battles of Badr & Uhud and how the righteous dead are not really dead. 

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Jun 3, 2017

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Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 94, Al-Inshirãh or the Expansion of the Breast. This Surah gives a message of hope and encouragement is a time of darkness and difficultry. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) soon after the last Surah (Adh Duha), whose argument it supplements. 

Tafseer for this Surah explains the metaphor for which the breast is used. 

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Jun 2, 2017

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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Jun 1, 2017

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 31, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 192-227. These verses assert that the Qur'an is revealed in plain Arabic through the Angel Gabriel and those who do not want to believe will not believe. Shaitans would not bring the Qur'an for their interest is in descending on slandering sinner who listen to hearsay and lies. 

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May 30, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 176-191. These verses talk of the people of Prophet Shu‘aib, his entreaties to them and the destruction of the disbelievers. 

Tafseer for this selection is some more historical background on the Companions of the Wood, ie Ashab al-Aykah or the People of Aykah. 

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May 29, 2017

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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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May 28, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 92, Al-Lail or the Night, verses 1-21. This Surah identifies two different ways of life and explains the contrast between their ultimate ends and results. It is stated that these two modes of action, cannot be alike in respect of their results. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the complementarity of the sexes. 

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May 27, 2017

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Welcome to a bonus episode of the 17 Verses podcast. As today is the first day of Ramadan (at least in my neck of the woods), I wanted to wish everyone Ramadan Kareem and also re-release a selection 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 27, 2017

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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May 26, 2017

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Summary

Today's selection concludes Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 274-286. These verse discuss the reward for charity, usury, business dealings including loans, debts and credit, witnesses for business transactions and security deposits. It ends with a discussion of the true belief of Prophets and Muslims and a believers supplications to God. 

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May 25, 2017

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Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 261-273. These verses contain a parable about spending in charity, what makes charity worthless, charity vs just showing off, spending the best portion of one's wealth, the advantage of giving in private and lastly, who is eligible for charity. 

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May 24, 2017

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Today's selection concludes Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 151-165. These verses assert that in Islam, forbidden things are based on fundamental moral principles, detailed in the Qur'an so that there may be no excuse about the true Word of God. Those who divide religion into sects are not Muslims. Lastly, we declare that all prayers, devotion, life and death are for Allah. 

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May 23, 2017

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Summary

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 141-150. These verses instruct us to give a gift (zakat) of agriculture on harvest day, clarifies the proper prohibitions on livestock and concludes by explaining the mushrikeen's excuse for being mushrikeen. 

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May 22, 2017

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Summary

Today's selection concludes Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 104-109. These verses assert that no one other than Allah can harm or benefit you and ends with a declaration that with the guidance of Allah having arrived, it is your choice to follow or not to follow. 

Tafseer for this selection focuses on individual vs group faith in verse 104 and the criterion of right and wrong in verse 108. 

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May 21, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 83-103. These verses rehearse the story of Prophet Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt and how the Children of Israel were delivered from bondage and provided the good things in life. Lastly, we are reminded that forcing someone to convert to Islam is strictly prohibited. 

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