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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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Mar 18, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 142-163. These verses discuss the qiblah or the direction of prayers and the order to face the Ka'bah during prayer. Also covered, a prescription to seek Allah's help, the assertion that martyrs are not really dead, the establishment of Safã and Marwah as symbols of Allah and the curse of Allah, the angels and all mankind on those who conceal the Truth. 

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Mar 17, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 71-82. These verses discuss the story of Prophet Noah and his people and how Messengers of God were sent to his descendants such as Prophets Moses and Aaron were sent to the Pharaoh of Egypt. 

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Mar 16, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 54-70. These verses talk about the Day of Judgment, the blessing that is the Qur'an, Allah's witnessing all that we do and how the mushrikeen are wrong and spread falsehood. 

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Mar 15, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is Surah 61, As-Saff or the Battle Array, which is 14 verses in total. It enjoins believers to keep your word or practise what you preach. It recounts Prophet Jesus' foretelling of a Prophet of God after him. That Prophet of course was Muhammad (pbuh). Lastly, it describes faith as a sort of bargain given the rewards which it produces. 

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Mar 14, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 28, Al-Qasas or the Narrations, verses 76-88. These verses tell the story of Qaroon, a rich man among Prophet Moses' people who rebelled against the guidance of Allah. The revelation of the Qur'an is the mercy of God, so let no one turn you away from it. 

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Mar 13, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 28, Al-Qasas or the Narrations, verses 61-75. These verses make two broad claims. The first - that, on the Day of Judgment, the disbelievers will wish that had accepted God's guidance. And second - God has not allowed those who associate others with Him to assign His powers to whomever they want. 

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Mar 12, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 73-89. This selection discusses Allah's order to make Jihãd against hypocrites and unbelievers and the behavior of hypocrites relating to the bounty of Allah. In historical context, these people did not join the Tabük expedition and subsequently God decreed a prohibition against offers funerary prayer for these hypocrites. 

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Mar 11, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba, verses 60-72. It concerns categories of distribution for zakat or compulsory charity, hypocritical actions and their punishments and believers' actions and their rewards.

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Mar 10, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 87, Al-A‘lã or the Most High, verses 1-19. The argument of this Surah is that God has made man capable of progress by ordered steps, and by His Revelation will lead him still higher to purification and perfection. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the path of Islam in verse 8 and admonitions to be given in verse 9. 

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Mar 9, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 123-140. These verse talk of Prophet Hüd and his mission to his people, the 'Ad and the destruction of the disbelievers. 

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Mar 8, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 105-122. These verses relate the story of Prophet Noah, his dialogue with his people and the subsequent destruction of the disbelievers. I chose this selection because Prophet Noah's story is about starting over. Maybe you can't destroy every bad thing in the world but think about how you can start over, how you can purge any negative influences and make your life better in the coming year, spiritually and otherwise.

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Mar 7, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

oday's selection concludes Surah 47, Muhammad, verses 20-38. These verses assert that promises of obedience from the believers which are not followed by action will be cursed by God. God tests the believers in order to reveal those who are valiant and resolute. In case of war, God is on the side of the believers. Lastly, the believers are commanded not to be stingy in giving to the cause of Allah. 

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Mar 6, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 47, Muhammad, verses 1-19. In these verses, Allah voids the deeds of the disbelievers. In case war were declared, thoroughly subdue the unbelievers before taking prisoners of war. If you help the cause of Allah, Allah will help and protect you. Believer do not follow their own desires exclusively. Hypocrites are those on whose heart God has set a seal. 

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Mar 5, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 94-108. These verses remind us how adversity and affluence are signs from God. The stories of prior nations teach us a lesson, specifically that of Prophet Moses. 

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Mar 4, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 73-93. These verses tell the stories of Prophet Saleh of the Thamüd, Prophet Lüt, and Prophet Shu‘aib of the Madyan and their entreaties to their peoples, respectively, to accept the path of God. 

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Mar 3, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 94-111. These verses tell the story of how Jacob received the news that Joseph was alive and his family's relocation from Ken’ãn to Egypt and Joseph's prayer that he live and die as one who submits to the will of God. It ends with the affirmation that Joseph's story is confirmation of previous scriptures. 

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Mar 2, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 12, Yüsuf or Joseph, verses 80-93. These verses continue the story of Prophet Joseph after he tricked his brothers to let his own brother Benjamin be retained in Joseph's services. Joseph's father sent his wicked brothers back to retrieve him, whereupon they begged for food and charity from Joseph, whom they still had not recognized. 

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Mar 1, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 75, Al-Qiyãmah or The Resurrection, verses 16-40. These verses describe how Allah Himself took responsibility for the Qur'an, the last moments of the disbelievers' lives and how they never took Islam seriously. 

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Feb 28, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 75, Al-Qiyãmah or The Resurrection, verses 1-15. This short selection warns people to beware the Day of Resurrection and Judgment from which there is no escape. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the three stages of the development of the human soul, one of which is mentioned in verse 2. 

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Feb 27, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 78, An-Nabã’ or the Great News, verses 21-40. These verse discuss the resurrection of the dead and man's accountability in the court of God. The righteosu will be well-compensated and the disbelievers will wish that they could turn into mere dust.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the three symbols of the supreme achievement of attaining heaven in verses 32-35. 

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Feb 26, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 78, An-Nabã’ or the Great News, verses 1-20. These short verses posit that the creation of the heavens, earth, mountains and vegetation clearly point towards the Day of Judgment.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the four groups laid out as evidence of Allah and his bounty as well as the Day that the Trumpet shall sound. 

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Feb 25, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 101-110. These verses ask how God could have a son without a spouse and assert that clear proofs have come to mankind if only they could open their eyes to understand. We are instructed not to insult the deities whom the mushrikïn worship. Instead, understand that guidance depends on the attitude of the individual in question. 

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Feb 24, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 91-100. These verses declare that Allah is He who revealed the Torah and the Qur'an. Those who invent a lie against God will face a disgraceful punishment and lastly, there are some examples from God's creation spelled out so that mankind may understand. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the heavens mentioned in 28 and the purpose of night and day mentioned in verse 29. 

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Feb 23, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 92-104. These verses discuss the penalty for one believer killing another believer, the importance of investigating before jumping to a conclusion, the ranks of the muhajideen over the non-mujahideen, leaving a place when you are oppressed there, and shortening of prayers when travelling or at war, also known as Salat-ul-Qasr. 

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Feb 22, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 71-91. These verses advise the believers to keep together in the Brotherhood of Islam, share its joys and sorrows. Strive and fight the good fight and never fear for this life is short and the Hereafter eternal. It admonishes the believers to not allow themselves to be drawn into unbelief and corwardice. Protect yourselves against hypocrites and deceivers but do not pursue them unrelentingly. 

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