Apr 022017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 21, Al-Anbiyã’ or the Prophets, verses 76-93. These verses discuss the blessings and favors bestowed upon the Prophets Noah, David, Solomon, Job, Ishmael, Jonah and others by God.

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Jan 132017
 

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Summary

Today’s episode of 17 Verses is from Surah 17, Al-Isrâ or the Night Journey, verses 41-60. These verses posit that if any other Gods existed, they would have tried to dethrone the one God, Allah. Belief in the hereafter is mentioned as a necessary trait for understanding the Qur’an. Lastly, it is posited that invented Gods have no power to relieve people from distress and also gives God’s reasons for not sending the same signs or miracles to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as were sent to other Prophets.

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Nov 262016
 

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Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 6, Al-An‘âm or the Cattle, verses 71-90. These verses establish that believers are commanded to submit to God’s will, to establish Prayer and to fear God. Prophet Abraham learned faith through studying nature. The mushrikïn’s arguments against Prophet Abraham and the existence of Allah are laid out. Lastly, the descendants of Prophet Abraham, including Moses, Jesus and Muhammad were not mushrikïn, or those who associate others with God.

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Sep 242016
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 15-44. These verses cover the story of Solomon or Solomon on whom God bestowed much wisdom as well as power over jinns, men, birds, ants and the wind. It tells the story of the hoopoe bird which brought him news of the Queen fo Sheba, the communications between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and her eventual embrace of God.

Tafseer for this Surah contains an explanation of the parable of the Ants and an explanation of the Hoopoe bird.

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Aug 062016
 

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Today’s selection is from Surah 34, Sabã’ or Sheba, verses 1-21. These verses assert that the Hour of Judgment is sure to come and those who do not believe in the Hereafter are doomed. It tells the story of how the mountains and birds used to sing God’s praises to Prophet David and the winds and Jinns were subjected to Prophet Solomon by the will of Allah. Lastly, the people of Sabã’, or Sheba, rejected God’s blessings and so were turned into old legends and tales of the past.

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Jul 132016
 

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Today’s selection is Surah 38, Sâd, verses 27-40. Overall this Surah talks about how spiritual strength is superior to physical strength. The verses selected today discuss Prophet Sulaimân’s, or Solomon’s inspections of the horses used for jihad and how God answered his prayers for a kingdom unlike any other which had come before. 

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Jul 122016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is Surah 38, Sâd, verses 1-26. Overall this Surah talks about how spiritual strength is superior to physical strength. The verses selected talk of the arrogance of the unbelievers in rejecting the message of the Prophets sent to them by God. It tells the story of Prophet Daûd, or David, and the two men who came to him asking for his guidance in a dispute.

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May 242016
 

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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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Mar 132016
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 4, An-Nisâ or the Women, Verses 163-176. These verses assert that the Qur’an carries the same message as was sent to Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. Humans should believe in this revelation if they want to attain felicity but there is no Trinity in Islam as there is in modern Christianity. In Islam, Jesus was a Prophet and worshiper of God. Lastly, there is a legal decision relating to the inheritance of childless persons.

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