Jun 282017

As-salaam wa-alaikum, brothers and sisters.


Today’s selection is from Surah 23, Al-Mu’minun or the Believers, verses 1-22. These verses cover the characteristics of true believers, the creation of humanity and the purpose of heaven and earth.

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Bis-millahi ar-rahman, ar-raheem.
In the name of Allah, most gracious, most merciful.

Indeed! Successful are those believers[1] who are humble in their Salat (prayers),[2] who avoid vain talk,[3] who are punctual in the payment of Zakah (charity),[4] who guard themselves except from their spouses or those whom their right hand possesses, for in that case they shall not be blamed[6], those who seek to go beyond that in lust are the ones who are the transgressors[7] – Also successful are those who are true to their trust and covenants,[8] and who are diligent about their Salat (prayers).[9] These are the heirs[10] who will inherit paradise; and live therein forever.[11]

Indeed! We have created man from an extract of clay,[12] then placed him as a drop of semen in a firm resting place,[13] then changed the semen into a leech-like mass, then the leech-like mass into a fetus, then the fetus into bones, then clothed the bones with flesh, and then We brought him forth as quite a different creature from the embryo – so blessed is Allah, the best of all creators![14] Then after living for a while you shall all die,[15] then most surely, you shall be raised to life again on the Day of Resurrection.[16] 13:[12-16]

We have made seven avenues (heavens) above you; and We are never unmindful of Our creation.[17] We send down water from the sky according to a due measure, then We cause it to settle in the soil – you should know that if We please, We are certainly able to take it away[18] – then with it We cause to grow gardens of palm trees and grapes for you; yielding abundant fruit of which you eat,[19] and also a tree which grows from Mount Sinai which produces oil and relish as a food for those who like to eat it.[20] In cattle, too, there is a lesson for you: from within their bodies We produce milk for you to drink, besides this you gain numerous other benefits; some of them you eat,[21] yet, on others as well as on ships you ride.[22] 23:[17-22]


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.

Thank you and be well.