Jul 132017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection concludes Surah 59, Al-Hashr or the Mustering, verses 18-24. These verses assert that the revelations of God could even affect a mountain and then conclude with the unique attributes of Allah.

Tafseer for this selection focuses on the effect God’s word would have on a mountain itself in verse 21 and the summation of God’s attributes in verse 22.

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Jul 062017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 56, Al-Wãqi‘a or the Inevitable, verses 57-74. These verses contain an admonition to the disbelievers complete with examples of God’s creation.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the example of the external nature around us as evidence of God in verse 63. Also, the example of Fire as a fit memorial of God’s handiwork in nature in verses 71-73.

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Jul 052017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 56, Al-Wãqi‘a or the Inevitable, verses 39-56. These verses talk of the third of three groups into which some of mankind will be divided – the punishment of those who appear on the left-hand side.

Tafseer for this selection contrasts those in Bliss from the previous episode and those of misery in today’s selection as well as a refresher on the Tree of Zaqqûm.

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Jul 042017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 56, Al-Wãqi‘a or the Inevitable, verses 1-38. These verses talk of the inevitable Doomsday of mankind when they will be divided into three groups. This selection describes the first two groups.

Tafseer for this selection concerns the “companions” of the Righteous in Heaven.

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Jul 012017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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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Jun 302017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s 17 Verses episode is from Surah 27, An-Naml or the Ants, verses 1-14. These verses proclaim the Qur’an as a guide and bearing good news for the Believers. Next is told the story of Prophet Moses’ selection as a Messenger of God and the nine signs which he showed to the Pharaoh of Egypt.

Tafseer for this Surah explains the nine signs themselves.

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Jun 252017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today is the last day of our 365 day journey and we will finish the Qur’an at the beginning with Surah 1, Al-Fatiha or The Opening. It is theorized that this was the first complete Surah revealed to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). It is meant to instruct the reader that if he/she wants to sincerely benefit from the Qur’an, they should offer this prayer to God. Tafseer for this Surah further expounds on this Surah’s significance.

Since 2016 is a leap year, I will be taking one day off before starting Year 2 of the 17 Verses Podcast on June 25th. The reason to continue the podcast is because we’re not meant to read the Qur’an just once and put it down. It is a life-long journey so we will continue to release an episode each day so that they are delivered fresh to your podcast apps. I will try to explore different pieces of tafseer from time to time but by and large, I invite you to consider the Qur’an anew in this second year.

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Jun 242017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 109, Al-Kãfirün or Those Who Reject Faith. This Surah defines the right attitude towards those who reject faith; in matters of Truth, we make no compromise but there is no need to persecute or abuse anyone for his faith or belief. Tafseer for this selection concerns the matter of personal conviction in Faith.

The second is Surah 110, Al-Nasr or the Help. This Surah defines victory as an occasion to celebrate Allah’s praises, not as a reason for exultation.

The third is Surah 111, which goes by two names; either Al-Masad which means The Plaited Rope or Al-Lahab which the Flame. While directed at a particular person named Abu Lahab, the Surah illustrates that he who rages against holy things is burnt up in his own rage and that women, who are made for nobler emotions, may, if they go wrong, feed unholy rage with fiercer fuel, to their own loss. Tafseer for this Surah contains some historical background on Abu Lahab and his wife.

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Jun 232017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is the entirety of Surah 104, Al-Humazah or the Scandalmonger. This Surah condemns all sorts of scandal, backbiting, and selfish hoarding of wealth as destroying the hearts and affection of men. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the Hutamah or That which Breaks to Pieces in verses 4 and 5 and the subsequent Fire of punishment in verses 6-9.

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Jun 182017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection consists of three short Surahs. The first is Surah 105, Al-Fil or the Elephant. This Surah briefly recounts the what happened to the Abyssinian govern Abrahah Ashram when he tried to destroy the Kabah in the same year that the Prophet was born. Tafseer for this Surah is a further historical background.

The second is Surah 106, Quraysh which was the Prophet’s tribe. This Surah admonishes Prophet Muhammad’s tribe to be grateful to Allah for the profit, position and security they enjoyed from living in Makkah. Tafseer for this Surah concerns the historical prestige of the Quraysh.

The third is Surah 107 Al-Mã‘ün or the Small Kindnesses. This Surah concerns true worship, the helping and love of those in need and true sincerity in devotion and charity. Tafseer for this Surah concerns helping the indigent and our neighbors.

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