As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.
Today’s 17 Verses episode is from Surah 19, Maryam or Mary, verses 41-65. These verses recount the stories of Prophets Abraham, Moses, Ishmael and Idrees and then discusses how all the Prophets of God were divinely chosen and guided by Allah.
Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.
Relate to them the story of Abraham (Ibrâheem) from the Book, he was a truthful Prophet. Remember, when he said to his father: “O my father! Why do you worship something that can neither hear nor see, nor profit you in any way? O my father! I have been given some knowledge which has not come to you, so follow me: I’ll guide you to the Right Way. O my father! Do not worship Shaitân (Satan): for Shaitân is disobedient to the Compassionate (Allah). O my father! I fear that a punishment of the Compassionate may afflict you, and you may become a friend of the Shaitân.” His father replied: “How dare you renounce my gods, Abraham! If you do not stop this folly, I will indeed stone you to death: so be gone from my house before I punish you!” 19:[41-46]
Abraham said: “Peace be upon you: I will pray to my Lord for your forgiveness, surely, He is ever Kind to me. I am leaving you and those whom you invoke besides Allah: I will call upon my Lord and I am hopeful that my prayers to my Messenger will not be ignored.” So when he left them and the deities whom they worshiped besides Allah, We granted him descendants like Ishâq (Isaac) and Ya’qoob (Jacob), and We made each of them a Prophet. We bestowed on them Our Mercy and We granted them the honor of being mentioned with true high respect. 19:[47-50]
Relate to them the story of Moses in the Book; surely, he was a chosen man and was a Messenger, a Prophet. We called him from the right side of Mount Tûr and honored him to come closer for exclusive conversation. We made his brother Aaron a Prophet with Our blessing and assigned him as Moses’ assistant.  Also relate to them the story of Isma‘il (Ishmael) in the Book; he was a man of his word and was a Messenger, a Prophet. He commanded his people to establish Prayers and give Charity, and was the one with whom his Lord was well pleased. Also relate to them the story of Idrees in the Book; he was a Truthful man, a Prophet, whom We raised to a lofty place. 19:[51-57]
These are some of the Prophets on whom Allah bestowed His favors from among the descendants of Adam and of those whom We carried in the Ark with Nûh (Noah), and of the descendants of Abraham and Israel, and from among those whom We guided and chose. Whenever the Revelations of the Compassionate (Allah) were recited to them, they fell in tears prostrating to their Messenger. But the generations who succeeded them abandoned the Prayer and started following their lusts; so they will soon face the consequences of their deviation. However, those who repent, become believers and do good deeds, will be admitted to Paradise and will not be wronged in the least. They will be granted the gardens of eternity which the Merciful has promised to His servants, even though they have not seen them, and His promise shall be fulfilled. There, they will hear no nonsense, but only the words of peace; and they will be provided their sustenance day and night. 19:[58-62]
Such is the Paradise which We shall give as an inheritance to those of Our Servants who lead a pious life. The angel Gabriel who brought this revelation after a long interval said: “We do not descend from heaven except by the command of your Lord; to Him belongs whatever is before us and whatever is behind us and all that lies in between. Your Lord is never forgetful. He is the Lord of the heavens and the earth, and of all that lies in between, so worship Him, be steadfast in His worship. Do you know any other God who is worthy of the same Name as His?” 19:[63-65]
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.