Islam

Test your knowledge of Islam…

1. In 570, Muhammad was born in which city?

Muhammad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.

2. Muhammad's first wife, Khadija, was older than him by how many years?

Khadija was fifteen years older than Muhammad. She proposed marriage to him when he was twenty-five and she was forty!

3. The traditions of Islam, second only to the Qur'an, are an integral part of the faith. What are these called?

The traditions of Islam are known as the hadith, which means 'report' or 'account'. There are numerous hadiths. They provide guidance and instructions that Muslims use in their every day lives.

4. Islam has five pillars: the declaration of faith, prayer, fasting, pilgrimage and what?

The remaining pillar is charity, the Arabic word being zakat. Each year, a Muslim is expected to give a certain amount of their savings (usually 2.5 percent) to charity.

5. Before praying, a Muslim must do what?

A Muslim must wash ceremonially before beginning to pray.

6. What is the most important day to be at the mosque?

Friday is the Muslim holy day, so it is important for a Muslim to try and attend the mosque on this day.

7. Why is it important for a Muslim to clean their nose?

According to one of the hadiths Muhammad believed that Satan stays in the upper part of the nose during the night. Because of this, Muslims wash their nostrils with water three times before prayers.

8. What's the name of the pilgrimage all Muslims must make at least once in their lifetime?

The hajj is the name of the pilgrimage all Muslims must make at least once in their lifetime. This year's hajj begins on 30 August.