Jun 252017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today is the last day of our 365 day journey and we will finish the Qur’an at the beginning with Surah 1, Al-Fatiha or The Opening. It is theorized that this was the first complete Surah revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It is meant to instruct the reader that if he/she wants to sincerely benefit from the Qur’an, they should offer this prayer to God. Tafseer for this Surah further expounds on this Surah’s significance.

Since 2016 is a leap year, I will be taking one day off before starting Year 2 of the 17 Verses Podcast on June 25th. The reason to continue the podcast is because we’re not meant to read the Qur’an just once and put it down. It is a life-long journey so we will continue to release an episode each day so that they are delivered fresh to your podcast apps. I will try to explore different pieces of tafseer from time to time but by and large, I invite you to consider the Qur’an anew in this second year.

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Jun 242017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 109, Al-Kãfirün or Those Who Reject Faith. This Surah defines the right attitude towards those who reject faith; in matters of Truth, we make no compromise but there is no need to persecute or abuse anyone for his faith or belief. Tafseer for this selection concerns the matter of personal conviction in Faith.

The second is Surah 110, Al-Nasr or the Help. This Surah defines victory as an occasion to celebrate Allah’s praises, not as a reason for exultation.

The third is Surah 111, which goes by two names; either Al-Masad which means The Plaited Rope or Al-Lahab which the Flame. While directed at a particular person named Abu Lahab, the Surah illustrates that he who rages against holy things is burnt up in his own rage and that women, who are made for nobler emotions, may, if they go wrong, feed unholy rage with fiercer fuel, to their own loss. Tafseer for this Surah contains some historical background on Abu Lahab and his wife.

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Jun 232017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 104, Al-Humazah or the Scandalmonger. This Surah condemns all sorts of scandal, backbiting, and selfish hoarding of wealth as destroying the hearts and affection of men. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the Hutamah or That which Breaks to Pieces in verses 4 and 5 and the subsequent Fire of punishment in verses 6-9.

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Jun 222017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 88, Al-Ghãshiyah or the Overwhelming Event, verses 1-26. This Surah deals with two major themes – the condition of the disbelievers on the Day of Judgment and the wonders of nature, admonition and accountability.

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Jun 212017
 

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Summary

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 202017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

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 192017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

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 182017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

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 172017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

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 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 162017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

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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