17 Verses is based on a very simple premise – a daily recitation of the Qur’an in spoken English. I want to enable busy Muslims (or non-Muslims) to be exposed to the Qur’an each day, delivered to their phones/iPads/etc.
Some days, the selection will be random. On certain days, there may be a theme. For instance, during Ramadan, selections about fasting and sacrifice and willpower. On Isra & Miraj, something about that journey. On Mother’s Day (though not limited only to Mother’s Day), something related to women in Islam.
I listen to a lot of diff podcasts during my commute, at the gym, or when I’m doing chores. Like many, I also spend a lot of time reading emails and consuming different online content.
If one averages just around 17 ayahs 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.
With that framework, each episode of the podcast will be around 4-5 minutes long. You can probably read ~17 verses in the same amount of time.
Allow me to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Maher Hoque. I’m a Bangladeshi-American Muslim (not always in that order) living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was taught that we’re supposed to read and think about the Qur’an for ourselves.
Occasionally, I might try to cite some context but I won’t claim any authoritative opinion or insert any jurisprudence. It’s just the Word. I ain’t the one trying to be wise – that’s in the Qur’an itself.
Personally, I’m a very irreverent guy and there are few things I can stand more than cloying piety. You won’t get that from this endeavor. Listen to the podcast or read the daily excerpts and make up your own mind.
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