Points of Reflection:

  • Why would the boy give the king instructions on how to kill him? What was the goal?
  • How have we seen the lessons of this story play out in our own lives? In current events? 
  • What reminders does the story of the boy and the king, within the context of Surah al-Buruj, give us?
    • How can we utilize these reminders and apply these lessons?
  • Has sacrifice become an uncomfortable concept in modern times? How can we highlight the importance of sacrifice in a highly ambitious, individualistic, and consumption-based society? 

Quiz Questions:

  • How did the King plan to kill the boy the first time?
    • (throwing the boy from a mountain)
  • How did the King plan to kill the boy the second time? 
    • (to drown the boy in the middle of the sea)
  • What words did the boy tell the King he must utter in order to be killed?
    •  (In the name of Allah, God Almighty, the Lord of the boy)


Reflect on what you would be willing to sacrifice for the sake of Allah (swt). Chances are, your first response may have been big and something that you may or may not be tested with in this life. Now think of something small that you have been unwilling to sacrifice for the sake of Allah (swt) in your life right now. Make a goal to see how you could remedy this by measuring the ‘smaller’ sacrifice with your initial answer to the prompt.

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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