Sep 162017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 37, As-Sãffãt or Those Ranged in Ranks, verses 22-39. These verses recount a scene from the Day of Judgment and a ‘treat’ for the wrongdoers. There is a dialogue between the followers and the leaders who misled them.

Tafseer for this selection is a clarification of the first verse, which names the spouses of the wrongdoers as also subject to punishment.

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Sep 092017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 15, Al-Hijr or the Rocky Tract, verses 1-15. These verses discuss how, on the Day of Judgment, the unbelievers will wish that they themselves were Muslim and that Allah has taken personal responability for preserving the Qur’an.

Tafseer for this selection regards the name of this Surah – Al Hijr or the Rocky Tract.

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Sep 052017
 

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Summary

Today’s selection is from Surah 9, At-Tauba or the Repentance, verses 1-16. These verses contain a proclamation to dissolve treaties with Pagans who have broken their terms but four months is given for adjustments or repentance.

Tafseer contains an explanation regarding the treatment of unbelievers, or Pagans, as well as a reveal on something you might miss during the recitation. Can you guess what it is?

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Jul 132017
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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
 

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.

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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