Points of Reflection:

  • How do we typically define victory?
  • Think of the following examples with the lens of ‘victory’ as described in this episode and reflect individually or discuss with others what can be derived from each:
    •  (a) Ibrahim when he was thrown into the fire
    • (b) Malcolm X when he was assassinated
      • What other examples of hardship transforming into victory come to mind? How do they exemplify this transformation?
  • How does this reminder of the Qur’anic definition of “ultimate triumph”  help you as an American Muslim, especially in times of heightened Islamophobia?

Quiz Questions:

  • How should we respond to the Qadr of Allah (swt) even when something is difficult?
    • (with gratitude, thanking Allah)
  • Were the Believers in this story victorious?
    • (yes)
  • What is the ultimate triumph and victory referenced in Surat as-Saff?
    • (being admitted into Jannah)


Reframe some significant  “losses” or “failures” in your life. Can they be seen as triumphs or victories in any way?

About In the Shade of Ramadan Triumph in Trial: Lessons from Surat Al-Buruj

This year’s In The Shade of Ramadan (ISR) web series explores the stories, lessons, and connections that are found in Surat al-Buruj, a chapter of the Qur’an that offers us much-needed reminders and reassurances during this time of heightened Islamophobia, continued global conflict, and the ongoing genocide in Gaza.  

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