Dec 172017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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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Dec 072017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is Surah 61, As-Saff or the Battle Array, which is 14 verses in total. It enjoins believers to keep their word or practise what they preach. It recounts Prophet Jesus’ foretelling of a Prophet of God after him; that Prophet of course was Muhammad (pbuh). Lastly, it describes faith as a sort of bargain given the rewards which it produces.

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Nov 242017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 2, Al-Baqarah or the Cow, verses 122-141. These verses discuss Prophet Abraham’s appointment as Leader of Mankind, the importance of the Ka’bah, and his and Prophet Isma’il’s prayer for a Prophet from Mecca. It discusses Prophet Abraham’s and Prophet Jacob’s advice to their sons, respectively, how one should believe in all the Prophets without discriminating among them and how Prophet Abraham and his sons were neither Jews nor Christians.

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Nov 182017
 

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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Nov 122017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary:

Today’s selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or Repentance, verses 30-42. These verses assert Jews and Christians, who call Ezra and Jesus the sons of God, respectively, are mushrikïn. Furthermore, do not be like the rabbis and priests who misappropriate the wealth of the people. Four of the 12 months in the Qur’an are declared sacred and God orders the faithful to bear arms against the unbelievers, if necessary.

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Oct 262017
 

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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Oct 202017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s episode concludes Surah 57, Al-Hadeed or the Iron, with verses 20-29. This selection asserts that our earthly lives are just play and an illusion. We must not grieve for posessions lost, nor be overjoyed at what we gain. It links Prophets Noah, Abraham and Jesus and also speaks of monastic life.

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Oct 022017
 

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.

Sep 252017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 42, Ash-Shura or the Consultation, verses 1-19. These verses tell of how the heavens might have broken those who elevate Allah’s creatures to His rank if the Angels had not begged for forgiveness of the residents of Earth. Furthermore, Islam is the same Deen or Way of Life which was embraced by Prophets Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus. There was all ordered to establish the worship of God and not to create divisions or sects.

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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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