Sep 102017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 87-96. These verses tell of the advent of Prophet Jesus. It recounts how the Jews knowingly rejected the truth, their love for the calf outpacing their love for God, the nature of their beliefs and how their claim of exclusive right to inherit paradise has been put to the test.

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Aug 142017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s 17 Verses episode is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 72-86. These verses recount the miracle of bringing a dead person back to life and the Israelites’ reaction to the miracle. It accuses them of hypocrisy in faith and taking credit for the word of God. It recounts the punishment of the Children of Israel for breaking their covenants with God.

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Aug 132017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 60-71. These verses recount several stories of Prophet Moses (pbuh) and the Children of Israel. Included are when Prophet Moses (pbuh) found water by striking a rock, the Israelites’ covenants with Allah, punishment for violating the Sabbath, and their attitude toward sacrificing a cow in the name of God.

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Aug 052017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 40-59. These verses deal with Allah’s covenants with the Children of Israel, how God delivered them from Pharaoh and their trials and tribulations afterwards. This includes the period when they worshiped the calf, repented, and then questioned the Lord again.

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Jul 032017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah, Verses 21-39. These verses detail the rewards for believers, how Allah might use a gnat as a parable which only believers will understand, and the story of Adam and his fall from grace and subsequent repentance.

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Jul 022017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 1-20. In these first verses, the Qur’an is introduced as a guide for those who are conscious of God. Next proceeds a discussion of hypocrites and the consequences of their actions, concluding with examples of the hypocrites’ deeds.

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May 272017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

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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May 262017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 274-286. These verses discuss the reward for charity, as well dealing with usury, loans, debts and credit, witnesses for business transactions, and security deposits. It ends with a discussion of the true belief of Prophets and Muslims and a believers’ supplication to God.

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May 252017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 261-273. These verses contain a parable about spending in charity, what makes charity worthless, charity vs just showing off, spending the best portion of one’s wealth, the advantage of giving in private and lastly, who is eligible for charity.

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May 202017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

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 of Prophet Abraham and King Nimrod, and a story about Prophet Ezra.

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