May 172017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection contains the entirety of Surah 85, Al-Burüj or the Constellations, verses 1-22. This Surah talks of the persecution of Allah’s votaries or devoted followers. God watches over His own and will deal with the enemies of Truth as He dealt with them in the past.

Tafseer for this Surah concerns the Zodiac signs or constellations mentioned in verse 1 and makers of the pit of fire in verse 4.

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May 102017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 148-162. These verses instruct us not to utter evil words or to draw a line between God and his Messengers in terms of obedience. In it, most Jews (of past times) were habitual sinners and violators of God’s commandments. It is further asserted that Prophet Jesus was neither killed nor crucified. Those Jews would be punished for their iniquities and their only salvation was to become Muslims.

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Mar 262017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 20, Tâ-Hâ, verses 90-104. These verses continue the story of Prophets Moses & Aaron after their escape from the Pharaoh and Moses’s inquiry about idol worshiping among the Children of Israel, his decision about Samiri and his address to his people. Finally, we are reminded that the life of this world is fleeting and nothing in length compared to life in the hereafter.

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Mar 182017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 142-163. These verses discuss the qiblah or the direction of prayers and the order to face the Ka’bah during prayer. Also covered, a prescription to seek Allah’s help, the assertion that martyrs are not really dead, the establishment of Safã and Marwah as symbols of Allah and the curse of Allah, the angels and all mankind on those who conceal the Truth.

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Mar 172017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 10, Yûnus or Jonah, verses 54-70. These verses talk about the Day of Judgment, the blessing that is the Qur’an, Allah’s witnessing of all that we do and how the mushrikeen are wrong and spread falsehood.

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Dec 272016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 113-121. These verses cover a number of short topics in rapid succession: the religious prejudice of the Jews & Christians, an order not to prevent people from coming to Mosque, Allah having a son, the Qur’an as the knowledge of truth and how the Jews & Christians will never be pleased with Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and the Muslims.

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Nov 132016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 5, Al-Mâ‘idah or the Repast, verses 67-77. This selection covers a number of topics – the Messenger’s mission is to deliver God’s message, the attitude of the Jews towards the Messengers, those who say Jesus is God are disbelievers, who was Jesus the son of Mary.

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Nov 042016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 44, Adh-Dukhân or the Smoke, verses 30-42. These verses tell of the deliverance of the Children of Israel by God and how they were chosen above the nations of the world in spite of their weaknesses.

This is a very short series of verses so I also included some tafseer about the people of Tubba’ who are mentioned in verse 37 as well as an explanation of the “Day of Sorting Out” in verse 40.

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Nov 022016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s episode of 17 Verses is from Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 43-59. These verses start off with the second recorded prohibition against drinking alcohol, then move to a discussion of the People of the Book (Jews, Christians). It invites the People of the Book to Islam, while reminding them that those who make false idols will not be forgiven. Lastly, it talks about the forces of Shaitan and his allies and the fates of the unbelievers and believers.

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Oct 092016
 

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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