Points of Reflection:

  • What connections come to mind when reflecting on the meanings of the word “buruj” and the themes presented in Surah al-Buruj?
  • Take a moment to reflect on the significance of the juxtapositions clarified in this episode between the three things Allah (swt) swears by at the beginning of Surah al-Buruj, and the stories and lessons contained within Surah al- Buruj (the universe and the trench, the Day of Judgment and the unjust persecution, the witnessed/witnesses and accountability).
    • If you are not familiar with the stories of Surah al-Buruj yet, what do you think might happen based on the things Allah (swt) is swearing by?
  • Oftentimes, we hear, “Think of the big picture.” What is the big picture?
    •  Is it easier for you to focus on the “big picture” in times of ease or hardship – why?  
  • In what ways have you witnessed people’s faith helping them triumph over the cruelty of man?

Quiz Questions:

  • What does buruj typically mean in general?
    • (something that is prominent – like castles)
  • What is a possible metaphorical meaning for al-Buruj within the context of this Surah?
    • (the universe)
  • What are the three things Allah (swt) swears by in the beginning of Surah al-Buruj?
    • (the universe, the Day of Judgement, the witnessed and the witness)


Choose the verse(s) in Surah al-Buruj that may serve as a reminder for you to refocus on the “big picture” whenever needed. Make a goal to commit the chosen verse(s) to memory during this month of Ramadan. (If you have already memorized Surah al-Buruj, do this challenge with another Surah. If you are hafidh of the Qur’an, do this challenge with a hadith.)

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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