Points of Reflection:

  • What was the difference between the error of Adam and the error of Iblis? What do we learn from this comparison? How can we apply this lesson to our own lives?
  • How is thinking we are safe from being a wrong-doer dangerous? What are some ways that we can check our intentions, behavior, and actions consistently? 
  • How can we stand up for justice and Truth daily?
    • Do you feel you do what is in your full capacity to stand up for justice and Truth?
    • What are the challenges you’ve experienced in standing up for justice and Truth in the way that you want to, whether personally or globally? 
  • Have you ever made the statement or had the thought, “If I were alive during such and such a time, I would have done such and such” when learning about past injustices?
    •  If so, this is a common statement or thought, however what does Allah (swt) tell us about having thoughts like this one? How do we put this into perspective? 
  • Reflect on a time in your life when you feared standing up for something you knew was right. What did you do? How did you learn from that experience?

Quiz Questions:

  • What were the disbelievers fanfaring in this story?
    • (the persecution of the Believers)
  • As Muslims, are we taught to seek out hardship?
    • (no)
  • Why did the companion mentioned admonish a later generation?
    • (for wishing they were among a people who experienced greater hardship)


Challenge yourself to intentionally protect your mind, tongue, and spaces you are in from backbiting, gossiping, jumping to conclusions, and enjoying the misfortunes of others. Make a commitment to redirect yourself or others by speaking up, sharing a reminder, or removing yourself from the conversation if necessary.

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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