Points of connection for Muslim students
“She had heard her grandmother tell of being put in a tub of ice cold Damascus spring water to bring down her fever when she was a child.” -
“Laysa laha min dooni lahi kashifa.” - This is actually a verse from the Qur’an (53:58) - Sophia is using this in an appropriate context, the book translates it as “remove this” because that seemingly fits the context better but the word kashif in Arabic really means to “disclose” or to “reveal” and “it” refers to what inevitably comes to mankind: death, and thereon his judgement before God. So the verse is one of many reminding mankind that The Day of Judgement is coming and no one but God can bring it about (or, for that matter, delay it) and this is why it is said in a moment like Sophia is in here. It acts as a reminder that death will come to all of us, and while we (like Sophia) might make our best efforts to avert it for ourselves or other, those efforts are ultimately reliant on God’s will.