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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Jun 13, 2017

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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

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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

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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

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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

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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

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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

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters. 

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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