Sep 212017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 31, Luqmân, verses 1-19. These verses contain wisdom given to Luqmân regarding shirk as well as duties to our parents and advice about moral behavior and interaction.

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Sep 202017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection contains the entirety of Surah 90, Al-Balad or the City. This surah contains an admonition to the disbelievers of the city of Makkah. It declares that God has given you one tongue and two lips to control it 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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Sep 192017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, verses 24-42. These verses continue from the previous set, prohibited and permitted marriages, including marrying slave girls. Next is a brief mention of respecting one another’s property rights and a warning to avoid heinous sins and jealousy. Men are declared as the protectors of women and rules of arbitration between family members are established. Lastly there is a discussion of the rights of people such as orphans and the needy, and how the other Messengers of God will be brought forth on the Day of Judgment.

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Sep 182017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s episode of 17 Verses is from Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 23-40. These verses contain commandments to the believers to be obedient and courteous to your parents and relatives and those in your community. It also forbids ending the lives of younglings for fear of want and talks of honoring the property of orphans and enjoins the believers to fulfill all terms of agreements and to be humble and not associate any other deities with God.

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Sep 172017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 1-22. These verses talk of the prophecy made by Allah in the Torah that the Children of Israel would make mischief of one kind or another and twice would they be caught and punished. Next there is a discussion fo the Day of Judgment, when everyone’s deeds will be laid bare – those who sought to do good and those who sought only the transitory things of this earthly life will be judged.

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Sep 162017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 22-39. These verses recount a scene from the Day of Judgment and a ‘treat’ for the wrongdoers. There is a dialogue between the followers and the leaders who misled them.

Tafseer for this selection is a clarification of the first verse, which names the spouses of the wrongdoers as also subject to punishment.

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Sep 152017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 1-21. Verses 1-11 deal with the oneness of God as well as the proposition that Satan (shaitan) will not prevail and cannot even hear the chorus of Angels. Verses 12-21 deal with the disbelief of the unbelievers at the prospect of being brought back to life on the Day of Judgment.  Continue reading »

Sep 142017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spider, Verses 14-30. These verses tell the stories of how Prophet Noah and Prophet Abraham faced persecution and ridicule for preaching God’s word. Prophet Abraham’s nephew, Lot, who became a Prophet himself preached the word of God as well.

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Sep 132017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 29, Al-‘Ankabüt or the Spiders, verses 1-13. These verses assert that Allah tests the believers to see who is truthful and who is a liar. Be kind to your parents but do not obey them if they commit shirk (or associating others with Allah). Lastly, those who claim to be able to alleviate our burdens are liars.

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Sep 122017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 11-29. Today’s seelction discusses how prior nations were destroyed because of the iniquities they committed. If there was more than one God, the heavens and earth would be in a state of disorder and so all of Allah’s Messengers are sent with one message – that there is no God but Allah.

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