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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 20, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 249-260. These verses continue the story of King Saul of the Israelites and how his people failed a test of their belief. Next the episode where David killed Goliath. Next we learn about the ranks of the Messengers of God, spending in charity, the famous Ayat al Kursi or the Verse of the Throne, that there is no compulsion in religion and lastly, a story of the confrontation between Prophet Abraham and King Nimrod, and a story about Prophet Ezra. 

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May 19, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 236-248. These verses give commandments relating to dowry in case of divorce, guarding one's Prayers, executing a last will and testament, fighting in the path of Allah without the fear of death and lastly, the beginning of a story about the Israelites and their king Talüt (Saul)

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May 18, 2017

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Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 86, At-Tãriq or the Night Star, verses 1-17. This short Surah discusses the protection afforded to every soul in the darkest period of its spiritual history. The physical nature of humankind may be insignificant, but the soul given by Allah must win a glorious future in the end. 

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May 17, 2017

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 16, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection covers the entirety of Surah 84, Al-Inshiqãq or the Rending Asunder, verses 1-25. The theme of this surah is the Resurrection and the Hereafter. On Doomsday, the heavens will split asunder and the earth will be spread out. The Books of everyone's deeds will be brought forth; the righteous will be pleased while the disbelievers will wish for death. This Surah was revealed early within the history of Islam, during the days when the Prophet was still living in Makkah and so it concludes with a call to the people to believe in Allah while they still have time to repent. 

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May 15, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 144-155. These verses assert that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is no more than a Messenger of God, but we not disobey the Messenger and follow the disbelievers for there is no escape from death. 

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May 14, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 130-143. These verses deal with the prohibition against usury. Then they move on to Allah's love of charitable people and how believers are promised to have the upper hand though not without encountering trials and tribulations. 

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May 13, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 64-75. These verses implore the faithful to worship God and be among His thankful servants. On the Day of Judgment, the Book of Deeds will be laid open and justice will be done with all fairness. After the Judgment, the unbelievers will be driven to Hell and the righteous will enter Paradise. 

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May 12, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 39, Az-Zumar or the Crowds, verses 53-63. These verses argue that those who have transgressed against their souls should not despair of God's mercy; they should repent while they can. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the obligation to follow God's course in verse 55. 

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May 11, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 163-176. These verses assert that the Qur'an carries the same message as that sent to Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Humans should believe in this revelation if they want to attain felicity but there is no Trinity in Islam as there is in modern Christianity. In Islam, Jesus was a Prophet and worshiper of God. Lastly, there is a legal decision relating to the inheritance of childless persons. 

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May 10, 2017

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 9, 2017

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 7, 2017

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 6, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 100, Al-‘Ãdiyãt or Those That Run, verses 1-11. This Surah talks about the irresistible nature of spiritual power and knowledge, contrasted with man's ingratitude, pettiness, helplessness and ignorance. 

Tafseer for this selection concerns the metaphors and and symbols enforcing this surah in verses 1-5. 

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May 5, 2017

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Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 62, Al-Jumu‘ah or Friday, verses 1-11. This surah makes 3 major points. Allah has appointed Muhammad (pbuh) as his Messenger. God has rebutted the claims of the Jews to be the favorites of Allah to the exclusion of others. And finally a commandment relating to the obligation of Friday Prayers. 

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May 4, 2017

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Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 160-175. These verses talk of the message of Prophet Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. 

Tafseer for this selection connects the Muslim telling of Prophet Lot to the Biblical narrative in the Book of Genesis.

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May 3, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 26, Ash-Shu‘arã or the Poets, verses 141-159. These verses talk of Prophet Saleh and his mission to his people, the Thamüd and the destruction of theose disbelievers. 

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May 2, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection concludes Surah 76, which goes by two names names, Al-Insan which mean Man or Adh-Dahr which means the Times, verses 13-31. These verses describe how an exemplary life in heaven awaits those who choose to believe. Finally, it is explained that Allah sent the Qur'an gradually according to the issues facing mankind. 

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May 1, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 76, which goes by two names names, Al-Insan which mean Man or Adh-Dahr which means the Times, verses 1-12. These verses detail that the Universe existed before mankind existed. Then God created Man and provided him with free will, ie the ability to believe or disbelieve. 

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Apr 30, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is the entirety of Surah 82, Al-Infitãr or the Cleaving Asunder, verses 1-19. This Surah covers three major points - a description as to what will happen on the Day of Judgment; the fact that guardian angels are assigned to each individual, recording each and every action; and finally, Allah Himself will be the Judge on that Day. 

Tafseer covers personal vs collective responsibility. 

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Apr 29, 2017

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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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Apr 28, 2017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 130-141. These verses talk of the scourge of God against the Pharaoh of Egypt and his chiefs and their final destruction. God then rescued the Children of Israel but they still disbelieved in one God. 

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Apr 27, 2017

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Today's selection is from Surah 7, Al-A‘rãf or the Heights, verses 109-129. These verses tell of Prophet Moses' confrontation with the magicians of the Pharaoh of Egypt and the Pharaoh's revenge against the people of Moses. 

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Apr 26, 2017

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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Apr 25, 2017

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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