Points of Reflection:

  • As the last believer left in his community, the young boy showed tremendous awareness of his limited yet powerful role in spreading the religion while demonstrating his complete understanding and trust in Allah’s power.
    • Reflecting on this point, consider whether you tend to shy away from responsibility or over-inflate your role in different circumstances and scenarios.
    • Do you tend to focus more on “tying your camel” or on trusting Allah (swt)? How so? 
    • In what ways could there be more balance in your mindset regarding being proactive and responsible while striving for excellence and having trust in Allah (swt)? 
  • What does Allah (swt) teach us through the stories of the prophets and the generations of Believers that came before us?

Quiz Questions:

  • Allah (swt) uses this story of the boy and the King to demonstrate what to the companions?
    • (sometimes sacrifices have to be made for the sake of dawah)
  • When a companion asked the Prophet (sws) for advice on Islam that would supersede any other advice, what did the Prophet (sws) tell the man he must do?
    • (say you believe in Allah swt and remain steadfast)
  • What was the goal of the young boy sacrificing himself in this manner?
    • (for the purpose of dawah)
  • Who was the first martyr, shahid, of Allah (swt) mentioned in this episode?
    • (Sumaya)


Think of the stories of the prophets that are found in the Qur’an – identify which story resonates with you right now in your life the most. Take time to review the story and write down key takeaways that will inspire and/or motivate you to keep going on the days you feel overwhelmed.  (If you don’t know the stories off the top of your head, that’s ok -it’s part of the challenge – look it up!)

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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