May 152017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 144-155. These verses assert that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is no more than a Messenger of God, but we not disobey the Messenger and follow the disbelievers for there is no escape from death.

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May 142017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 130-143. These verses deal with the prohibition against usury. Then they move on to Allah’s love of charitable people and how believers are promised to have the upper hand though not without encountering trials and tribulations.

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Apr 102017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 121-129. These verses talk about the lessons from the early Muslims’ battles at Badr and Uhud.

Tafseer for this selection is a further explanation of the significance of those battles.

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Apr 092017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 110-120. These verses assert that the Muslim Nation is the best designed to enjoin good and forbid evil. It discusses some of the righteous among the People of the Book, condemns hypocritical charity and claims that intimate friendship should only exist among believers.

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Feb 052017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 92-101. These verses cover the criteria of righteousness, lawful and unlawful food for the Children of Israel, the first House of Allah on Earth, the disbelief of Jews & Christians, and lastly, a warning not to obey the Jews or Christians.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the “religion of Abraham” mentioned in verse 95.

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Feb 042017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imrân, verses 72-91. These verses assert that among Jews & Christians, there are hypocrites, bad people and good people. It assert that some of them cheat in quoting their holy books and that Prophet Jesus never instructed them to worship him. It discusses the covenant of God with the other Prophets concerning the appearance of the Last Prophet (Muhammad), peace be upon him, and ties them all together. Those who disbelieve in Allah will be cursed by Allah, the Angels and all mankind.

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Dec 042016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 55-71. These verses contain the Muslim conception of Prophet Jesus’ birth, as contrasted with the modern Christian telling. It calls on Jews & Christians to come together over the things they share with Muslims, as Islam is one of the religions of people of Abraham.

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Oct 052016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 42-54. These verses tell the story of Mary, who was chosen by God and exalted above all the women of the world. She gave birth to Prophet Isa or Jesus. It recounts the miracles of Prophet Jesus and asserts that followers of Prophet Jesus are Muslim, which literally means, “one who bows to the will of God”.

Also, a short tafseer concerning the Qur’anic story of Prophet Jesus.

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Verses

There came the time when angels said: “O Mary! Surely, Allah has exalted you, purified you, and preferred you for His service over all the women of the worlds.[42] O Mary! Be obedient to your Lord, prostrate and bow down in worship with other worshippers.”[43] O Muhammad, this is the news from the Unseen which We are revealing to you. You were not present with them when priests of the temple cast their pens to decide which of them should be the guardian of Mary; nor were you with them when they argued about it.[44] 3:[42-44]

When the angels said “O Mary! Allah gives you the good news with a Word from Him that you will be given a son: his name will be Al-Maseeh (Messiah), Isa (Jesus Christ), the son of Mary. He will be noble in this world and the Hereafter; and he will be from those who are very close to Allah. [45] He will speak to the people in the cradle and in his maturity and he will be among the righteous.”[46] 3:[45-46]

quran-header-2015Hearing this, Mary said, “O my Lord! How can I have a son when no man has ever touched me?” He replied, “Even so, Allah creates however He wants; whenever He decides to do anything, He only says to it, ‘Be,’ and it is![47] Allah will teach your son the Book, the Wisdom, the Tawrât (Torah), and the Injeel (Gospel) [48] and send him forth as a Messenger to the Children of Israel with this message: ‘I have brought you signs of my appointment from your Lord. I shall make for you the likeness of a bird from clay; I shall breathe into it and, with Allah’s leave, it will become a living bird. I shall heal him who was born blind and the leper, and raise the dead to life, by Allah’s leave. Furthermore, I will tell you what you have eaten and what you have stored in your houses. Surely, these are the signs to convince you, if you are believers.[49] I am appointed to confirm that which is before me from the Tawrât (Torah) and to make lawful to you some of the things forbidden to you. I have brought you the signs from your Lord, therefore, fear Allah and obey me.[50] In fact, Allah is my Lord as well as your Lord, therefore, worship Him; this is the Right Way.'”[51] 3:[47-51]

When Isa (Jesus) found out that they (most of the children of Israel) had no faith, he asked: “Who will help me in the cause of Allah?” The Disciples replied: “We will help you in the cause of Allah. We believe in Allah. Be our witness that we are Muslims.”[52] Then they invoked Allah and said: “Our Lord! We believe in what you have revealed and we follow Your Messenger. Please count us with those who bear witness.”[53] 3:[52-53]

The unbelievers plotted to kill Isa and Allah also devised a plan to raise him up, and Allah is the best in planning.[54] 3:[54]

Ameen.

Tafseer

From the noted translator, A. Yusuf Ali, regarding verse 52.

The story of Jesus is told with special application to the time of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). Note the word helpers (Ansar) in this connection and the references to plotters in 3:54. It was the one religion – the religion of Allah, which was in essence the religion of Abraham, Moses, and Jesus. The argument runs: who do you then now make divisions and reject the living Teacher? Islam is: bowing to the will of Allah. All who have faith should bow to the Will of Allah and [therefore] be Muslims.

This concludes today’s episode of the 17 Verses Podcast. I hope that this selection has helped increase your understanding of the holy Qur’an just a little bit.

Thank you and be well.

Oct 042016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s 17 Verses episode is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 21-41. These verses warns Jews and Christians of being deceived by their own self-invented beliefs. It prohibits taking disbelievers as protectors and commands the people to follow and obey Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It recounts the birth and life of Maryam, mother of Prophet Jesus and the prayers of Prophet Zakkariyah to grant him a son, who was then named Yahya (or John).

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Jul 042016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 3, Âli-‘Imrân or the Family of Imran, verses 102-109. These verses counsel the faithful to live Islam, die as a Muslim and not to be divided amongst ourselves for there is punishment for those who divide Muslims into sects.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the “fear” of God in verse 102 and the characteristics of a Muslim community in verse 104.

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