Points of Reflection:

  • Thinking about the story of the ditch, how does it make you feel that within the verse, Allah (swt) mentions that the punishment is for those who do not repent?
    • When we think of repentance, are we only happy that we have the option but think that others should not?
  • What are the steps to repentance (tawbah)
  • Has there been a time when you have felt hopeless – too far gone – that you do not believe you are worthy of Allah (swt)’s Love and Mercy?
    • If someone you cared about felt the same way, what assurances or reminders would you give them?
    • How does Allah (swt) remind us of our worth through Him?

Quiz Questions:

  • We heard “punishment of al-Hariq” in this episode – what does al-Hariq mean?
    • (the Fire)
  • What was the one thing the people who persecuted the Believers in the story of the ditch do that would save them from Allah’s Punishment? 
  • (tawbah)


Reflect on how you think about yourself and how you “speak” to yourself, especially when we are overcome with negative thoughts. Write out affirmations from Allah (swt) found in the Qur’an to remind yourself how accessible and inviting Allah is to His Mercy and Forgiveness.

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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