Questions for Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary

  1. Rifqa’s mother allowed her to use nail polish in secret. ‘I knew once I was old enough to pray I would not be allowed to use it anymore’ says Rifqa.  Are there aspects in Australian Christian families which reflect this thinking?  Were there forbidden things in your family which you were allowed to do as a child? (e.g. drink beer, tell lies, say rude words)?  Is lenience a form of grace or a failure to instil good habits?
  1. When Rifqa suffered an injury how did the family respond? How do we cope with disability in our families?
  2. Early in her story Rifqa reveals she was sexually abused by a distant uncle. Rather than blame the perpetrator the family seemed to blame her.  Later, similar responses seemed to come when violence caused bruising and absenteeism.  Is this behaviour a defence mechanism or a product of a family history of abuse over generations, perhaps even cultural acceptance of violence?
  3. The difference between boys’ and girls’ upbringing was/is very marked in the Muslim family. Are there similarities in the Christian home?
  4. Rifqa was fascinated by the prayers of Christians. Have you ever experienced that fascination?  Do you pray with visitors in your own home?
  5. Though Rifqa’s mother was an excellent cook and spent many hours preparing food, the family never ate together. Do you think eating together is important?  How is it possible in this day of crammed activities to make this happen?
  6. When Rifqa met Angela what struck you as surprising in that relationship?
  7. What stood out to you when Rifqa became a Christian in secret?
  8. What emotions did you experience when Rifqa ran away from home?
  9. When Rifqa was confined to a Juvenile Detention Centre, an awful foster home, then suffered terminal cancer, did God’s plan seem to be for harm rather than to “prosper” her? Jer 29:11

Hiding in the Light by Rifqa Bary

Rifqa Bary grew up in a devout Muslim home, obediently following her parents’ orders to practice the rituals of Islam. But God was calling her to freedom and love. He was calling her to true faith. He was calling her to give up everything. Leaving Islam for Christianity cost her more than she imagined but gave more than she could have dreamed. Hiding in the Light is the story of Rifqa’s remarkable spiritual journey from Islam to Christianity. It is also the untold story of how she ran from her father’s threats to find refuge with strangers in Florida, only to face a controversial court case that reached national headlines. Most of all, it is the story of a young girl who made life-changing sacrifices to follow Jesus-and who inspires us to do the same. Teens and young adults will be moved by Rifqa’s story of standing up to religious persecution, literally giving up everything to follow her faith.hiding-in-the-light