Points of Reflection:

  • Does it mean that you aren’t a true Believer if you hesitate or feel fear? 
  • Sometimes people need others around them to give them reassurance, support or motivation just like in the story of the mother and her child.
    • Reflect on a time in your life when Allah (swt) sent you a sign, reminder, or support to remain steadfast in the most unexpected way from the most unexpected source.
      • How do you feel knowing that Allah (swt) Knows you better than you know yourself and is closer to you than your jugular vein?
    • Was it more likely that the mother feared for her own life or for the life of her baby? What is the significance, then, of Allah (swt) sending her reassurance through her baby directly? 
  • What does it mean to do something for the sake of Allah (swt)? 
  • We always talk about setting intentions and renewing intentions – what does this mean? Why is it so important?
    • How can you determine if the intentions you set are authentic? How do you measure if you have strayed from those intentions?

Quiz Questions:

  • Is the story of the mother and her child explained in Surah al-Buruj or a hadith?
    • (hadith)
  • What did the baby do when the mother was asked whether or not she would give up her belief and faith to avoid being thrown into the fire?
    • (the baby spoke)
  • What other mother is found in the Qur’an who is mentioned in this episode?
    • (Musa’s mother)
  • What other surah is referenced in this episode, reminding us of having full trust and reliance in Allah (swt)?
    • (Surah Talaq)


Reflect on something that has been causing you stress, uncertainty, or anxiety recently. Seek guidance from Allah (swt) and make the intention to be mindful and open to the signs, interactions, and/or support Allah (swt) may send your 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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