How Much Do You Know About Islam?


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It has a rich and remarkable history, and Islam is the second largest religion in the world! But how much do you know about this timeless belief system? Recent events bathe it in controversy, but truly, everyone should know the truth about Islam. In this quiz, you're going to learn it all!

How often is a Muslim expected to go to Mecca?

Every able Muslim tries to make the pilgrimage, or hajj, once in their lifetime. It is said that each year 2.5 million pilgrims come to Mecca.

How many Muslims are in the United States?

There are literally millions of Muslims in the United States - over three million, as of 2015. New York, California and Texas have the most mosques.

How did Muslims help Jews escape the Nazis?

Muslims in Paris handed out Muslim IDs to Jews at the Grand Mosque. Such an extraordinary gesture - someone should write a book about it.

What is the law that regulates the daily life of a Muslim?

Sharia is the name of the set of laws that regulate Muslim life. Sharia applies to all things and is much more complex than just a legal system.

What do many Muslim women wear?

The hijab is a scarf that covers the head and neck, but leaves the face visible. This fulfills God's decree of modesty.

What does the word "Islam" mean?

The word "Islam" means "surrender." Also, the word "Salam," which is the root of Islam, means "peace." Through surrender, we find peace. It's the truth.

What does the word "Muslim" mean?

A Muslim is someone that surrenders to the will of God. This governs all activities of daily life.

For Muslims, who is the creator of the universe?

Allah is the Creator of the Universe. Allah is referred to as a "He," and he's no different than the God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

What is the language of the Qur'an?

The Qur'an is written in Arabic. Allah is the Arabic word for God. Makes a great deal of sense.

What is Islam's stance on terrorism?

Terrorism has nothing to do with Islam. In fact, it's strictly forbidden in the religion.

What does Jihad mean?

People assume that jihad means holy war, but it does not. It means a struggle, either within oneself or against the enemies of Islam.

When was the Golden Age of Islam?

The Middle Ages are called the Golden Age of Islam. At that time, Muslim individuals made incredible contributions to the arts, sciences and humanities​. They still do today.

What was the Grand Mosque in Paris a gift for?

The Grand Mosque in Paris - which is STUNNING - was a gift to the Muslim people, thanking them for their service in WWI. It's now a cultural treasure.

Which of these people is or was a famous Muslim in America?

These are all famous Muslims who are or once were in America. The list also includes Anousheh Ansari, the first Muslim woman who went to space!

What happens to a Muslim woman when she marries?

A Muslim woman keeps her name when she marries. This is to keep her identity intact.

The Muslim world created the first of which occupation?

The Muslim world welcomed the first pharmacists. They made medicine and worked alongside doctors.

Who is one of the most revered women in Islam?

Mary, mother of Jesus, is a revered woman in Islam. She is, in fact, one of the most righteous.

When was the first mosque built in the United States?

The first mosque was built in the United States in 1934. It is called Mother Mosque of America, and it's in Iowa.

What is true about Muslims and Arabs?

Most Muslims actually don't speak Arabic! For example, many Muslims live in Asia.

What's the relationship of the Qur'an to the Bible?

The Qur'an is the corrected version of the Bible. This is similar to the Book of Mormon's relationship to the Bible.

What do Judaism, Christianity and Islam have in common?

All of these religions originated in the Middle East! There must have been something in the water over there.

Qur'an, or Koran, means what in Arabic?

Qur'an means recitation. You can find the Qur'an in many different languages; not just Arabic.

How do you become a Muslim?

By sincerely saying a simple creed, the shahada, before two or more Muslims, anyone can become a Muslim. This states that you believe in God and that Muhammad is his prophet​.

What is the Islamic stance regarding homosexuality?

Homosexuality is considered abnormal in Islam, and is not condoned. It is actually considered a crime, for many.

How many great Islamic festivals are there?

In truth, there are two great Islamic festivals. On is Eid Al-Fitr, and the other is Eid Al-Adha. These center around fasting and feasting!

Which country has the most Muslims?

Indonesia has the most Muslims at 120 million. Other Muslim-centric countries include Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.

How much of the world's population is Muslim?

One-fourth of the world's population is Muslim. There are about 1.8 billion Muslims in the world.

Do Muslims believe in Adam and Eve?

Muslims believe in Adam and Eve, just as Christians do. They trace their roots through the Prophet Abraham and all the way back to the Garden of Eden.

How many articles of faith are in the Islamic way of life?

There are six articles of faith that govern the Islamic life. The first of these is the belief that there is but one God, known as Allah.

Who were the original scriptures revealed to?

The original scriptures were revealed to Moses, David, Jesus and Muhammad. Probably in that order, as well.

Do people memorize the Qur'an?

The guardians, or hafiz, memorize the Qur'an from cover to cover. This is to ensure that if all the books were ever destroyed, the Holy Word would still live on.

Are women oppressed in Islam?

Islam does not believe in the suppression of women. In fact, it's stated, “…the best among you are those who treat their wives well.”

Are Islam and the Nation of Islam the same?

One is an inclusive religion, while the other is a movement. In the Nation, it is believed that "God appeared as a man named Fard Muhammad and that Elijah Muhammad was a prophet."

In which of these did Islam excel during the Middle Ages?

During the Middle Ages, followers of Islam excelled at astronomy. The study of the stars helped them to find their way to Mecca or pray in the direction of Mecca.

Traditional Islamic art avoided images of what?

Islamic art, though magnificently beautiful, traditionally avoided images of humans and animals. This was due to strict laws against idolatry.

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