A Quiz About Islam

Can you name these facts about the world's second largest religion?
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Last updated: January 22, 2017
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The last and most important prophet
Muhammad
The second to last prophet
Jesus
Central religious text of Islam
Quran
Language of the above
Arabic
Two main denominations of Islam
Sunni
Shia
Fundamentalist branch of Islam
that starts with W
Wahhabi
Small cube-shaped building that is
Islam's holiest location
Kaaba
Country with the most Muslims
Indonesia
Required religious pilgrimage
(for those who can afford it)
Hajj
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Answer
Most important cities
Mecca
Medina
Islamic practice that has "dervishes"
Sufism
Term for a system of law based on Islam
Sharia
Word that means "struggle" and
sometimes "holy war"
Jihad
Phrase that means "God is great"
Allāhu Akbar
Man who was either the first or fourth caliph
Ali
Term that mean "permissible", often
referring to food
Halal
Term that means "forbidden"
Haram
Month of fasting
Ramadan
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Level ∞
Aug 9, 2014
If you're looking for a harder quiz, check out this one, by kalbahamut.
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Level 42
Aug 24, 2014
This one was plenty hard--I knew most of the words, but not how to spell them!
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Level 42
Sep 8, 2014
I only got the fundamentalist branch because I remembered it sounded like wasabi.
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Level 79
Sep 7, 2014
It's not *that* hard... though I intended to make it more accessible and never got around to it. Thanks for the nod anyway.
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Level 79
Jul 4, 2015
Actually... 12/20 is the average score here, compared to 16/30 on my quiz. About the same.
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Level ∞
Feb 24, 2020
Selection bias @kalbahamut.
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Level 16
Sep 8, 2014
I tried madina, madinah, madeena, and madeenah, but none of them worked! Please correct the word or add those, since in Arabic this is how it is pronounced. Thank You.
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Level 79
Sep 8, 2014
Madinah is the most common spelling now. The spellings Mecca and Medina are falling out of favor. Though I noticed Makkah was accepted.
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Level ∞
Sep 8, 2014
Madinah will work now
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Level 46
May 7, 2017
Why did they change? I am just curious
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Level 79
May 10, 2017
The same reason they changed Peking to Beijing, Canton to Guangzhou, Bombay to Mumbai, and Calcutta to Kolkata, I guess
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Level 30
Apr 27, 2020
People have started sticking an h on the end of Medina? There's no h in Arabic. That is somewhat weird. Almost as if to emphasise that it's a long vowel at the end, which it isn't. Hmm
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Level 63
Apr 28, 2020
I prefer the 'older' names.
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Level 45
Sep 15, 2014
Can you accept Isa for Jesus? In the Quran, Isa (also known as Jesus) is the second last prophet.
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Level ∞
Sep 15, 2014
Isa will work now
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Level 40
Sep 29, 2014
Wow... I was expecting to see a bunch of dumb anti-muslim comments. But... none. I guess the Jetpunk community is actually pretty mature/ well-informed. Cool!
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Level 62
Apr 26, 2020
Why would you expect that?
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Level 3
Oct 31, 2015
WONDERFUL QUIZ AMAAAAAAAAZING
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Level 54
Apr 19, 2017
Quizlam
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Level 80
Jul 24, 2018
Seriously missed opportunity here.
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Level 57
Apr 26, 2020
Only if you pronounce it wrong. The 's' in Islam is pronounced as an 's' and not as 'z'.
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Level 40
Apr 26, 2020
Pay no attention to Eigengridiot, it's a good pun!
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Level 63
Apr 28, 2020
@Eigengrau Islam can also be pronounced with a 'z' in English.
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Level 79
May 6, 2017
If you like this quiz, you might like the one I made Click here
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Level 59
May 6, 2017
To anyone cheating by reading the comments, type: "Harambe". You're welcome!
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Level 79
May 6, 2017
Sufism.org talks about "the practice of whirling".
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Level 82
May 6, 2017
Interesting how I get an ad to "Meet Muslim Singles" on this page.
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Level 65
May 8, 2017
You must have a wild internet search history if that's the advertisements that they're targeting you with. I'm not gonna ask
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Level 82
Mar 14, 2020
Ha ha. Does it still count if I go icognito?
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Level 79
May 10, 2017
I've seen plenty of ads for those sites in the past, but right now on this page they're trying to sell me parts for Caterpillar tractors.
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Level 57
Apr 26, 2020
im getting moisturizer ads
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Level 82
Apr 26, 2020
Well now that I have premium it doesn't matter, since I don't get ads anymore.
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Level 64
May 7, 2017
Interesting. I knew Jesus was a respected prophet in Islam. I did not know he was the second-to-last.
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Level 79
May 10, 2017
Muhammad was raised by his uncle Abu Talib who was a member of a quasi-Christian sect of Arabs. Muhammad grew up in Mecca which was already a site of religious pilgrimage at the time and full of Christians, Jews, and pagans alike. So he grew up hearing and internalizing Jewish and Christian stories and mythology, and when he started hearing voices and his wife convinced him he was a prophet, he just took these traditions as he understood them, with all of their prophets, and then added +1. Him. So... of course since Jesus was the final messenger of mainstream Christianity, he became the 2nd-to-last in Muhammad's version of the faith. However he was stripped of godhood and reduced to merely being a prophet.
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Level 71
Nov 11, 2017
kalbahamut! i'm really sorry to disturb you again. but some of your statements seems to be false. muhammad was raised by abu talib just after her mother and grandfather. it is true. but abu talib was never from a quasi christian sect! he and his tribe "quraish" were just descendant of ismail, the son of ibrahim. quran introduces them as "hanifan muslima" that means the ones who tend to accept the true faith. they were obviously distinctive from christians in those days and had no close family relations with them.
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Level 71
Nov 11, 2017
you state that Muhammad was in contact with Christians, Jews and pagans. it is true. but he never used their tales. apart of belief of Muslims that Quran is a revelation from god and not man-made, the majority of the opponents of him, including Christians and Jews, accused him of magic! how does he was repeating or being inspired from the tales that their sources condemned him?! besides Quran challenges infidels to brings some similar words. if it was initiated from previous literature it becomes insane. it most be noted that Muhammad was "ummi" meaning illiterate. therefore it is really a hard work to fabricate a whole book without literacy.
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Level 71
Nov 11, 2017
you said that Muhammad's wife "khadija" convinced him to that he was a prophet. it is obviously false. there is at least a dozen of cases in quran that muhmmad is directly commanded by Allah to preach his teachings. muddasser and muzzammel surahs are both began with this command.
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Level 71
Nov 11, 2017
Islam always respects the "true" teachings of former prophets namely, Adam, Nuh (Noah), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses) and Isa (Jesus) and other leas famous prophets like Zakaria (Zachary), Yahya (john). but it clearly states that their religions are "mansukh" that means annulled. therefore although Jesus is highly respected in Islamic thought and is the second to last accepted prophet, but he was never treated as a second man in Islam. besides Muslims believe that Jesus Christ was born from her virgin mother Mary and god has decided his birth with intervention of no father.
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Level 79
Dec 8, 2017
azh... you are confusing Muslim tradition with real history. Tell me... if Abu Talib practiced a religion in the 600s that recognized Jesus as a prophet, and this was before Muhammad started reciting the Quran, how does that make Abu Talib something other than quasi-Christian? I know that it's part of Muslim tradition that Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Adam, etc were not Jews or Christians because you want to believe that these religions are perversions of the "true" faith of Islam... but..... that's silly. Moses was a Jew. Jesus was a Jew. Abu Talib was basically Christian, but his sect was not mainstream. It's actually better to refer to Islam as Mohametanism, as it was up until recently outside the Arab world, for this very reason. Clears up some of this confusion.

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Level 79
Dec 8, 2017
2. Muhammad never used their tales? yeah... that only works if you believe that he was getting his stories directly from an angel speaking into his ear, which, obviously is false. Of course Muhammad heard Jewish and Christian stories growing up. It's silly to say he didn't. And then he tried to tell those stories in the Quran but... they are quite a bit different. It's sort of like that game "Telephone."

3. The residents of Mecca hated Muhammad and wanted to kill him because he was a blasphemer. He was calling himself a prophet and claiming to be getting messages from god. People got killed for this all the time in the ancient world in primitive societies. Muhammad only avoided this fate because he was protected by his rich wife and influential uncle.

4. Yes I'm aware of the Quranic challenge... and... that challenge has been met about a billion times since then but Muslims won't acknowledge it.
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Level 79
Dec 8, 2017
5. I'm also aware that popular Muslim tradition holds that Muhammad was illiterate... though in the hadith he is writing contracts and peace treaties so, that's probably not accurate. Even if it were it doesn't really make a difference because the Quran wasn't written down until after Muhammad was dead. The whole thing was recited orally before then.

6. there are different versions of the first revelation told in the hadith. Basic story is Muhammad was meditating in a cave as he sometimes did. Then an angel spoke to him. Confused he went home. And here some of the stories differ... some say Muhammad believed that he was crazy or getting messages from a demon, some say his wife convinced him otherwise and that he was a prophet and the voice was from god or Gabriel, and other stories say it was Khadija's cousin Waraqah. It really doesn't matter, does it? Khadija was his first convert and supporter. Obviously she was important in convincing him to spread the message.
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Level 79
Apr 26, 2020
Most of what I said above is from Islamic tradition. I read an interesting and compelling case for Muhammad to have actually been from Petra, not Mecca, more recently, though.
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Level 22
Apr 27, 2020
Do Not writeMuhammad, prophet Muhammad (صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم )
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Level 79
Apr 27, 2020
he wasn't really a prophet, though. There is no such thing.
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Level 44
May 2, 2020
Get your sources right. Makkah was not full of Christians and Jews. Virtually everyone was pagan. There are only a handful of Christians mentioned in Makkah, and as for Jews, there were none there, they lived up-north in Madinah and Khaybar. Why do you link religious pilgrimage with Christian and Jews, do you really think they had any interest in going to Makkah? Abu Talib being a quasi-Christian and he recognized Jesus? Where did you get that? Almost all Sunnis say he lived and died as pagan, and a small minority, as well as Shias say he converted from paganism to Islam. He never went through a Christian phase.
You don't remember the details of a single long story and you claim there were 3 stories. Why can't Muhammad think he is crazy AND Khadijah convince him otherwise AND takes him to her cousin Waraqah ? That's the story found in Bukhari anyway.
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Level 44
May 2, 2020
Also, don't let your disdain of Islam acting stupid and considering anything said against Islam to be automatically true. How can someone with common sense really believe that Makkah was moved from Petra to where it is right now? Who did that? Where? Why? Why didn't Muslims oppose it ? Why is there no mention whatsoever in history books? What about the neighbouring places, were Taif, Madinah, Badr etc moved as well ? Would a change of Qiblah from Jerusalem to Petra make any sense for people in Madinah ? Why was almost everyone pagan in that Christian environment ? Why did the Byzantines fail to react when Muslims waged war around Petra ? What Ethiopians were doing up-north in Petra ? Why would Muhammad send persecuted Muslims all the way from Petra to Ethiopia ? How come the Qur'an is in Hijazi Arabic ? And so on. It raises way more questions than it answers.
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Level 44
May 2, 2020
Rather than compelling, the claim is shallow and the guy is lacking in knowledge of Arabic and Islam. It is laughable, like when he quoted a story taking place a Yemen with a waterfall to say "You see, real Makkah had a waterfall", or when he translated almasjidulharam as "the forbidden gathering place" (instead of "the sacred/forbidden prostration place"), or when he claimed there is no vegetation whatsoever in Makkah, or when he tried to prove there were in walls in Makkah by using texts that talk about gardens, or when he thought that "thaniyah" (hill) is a proper noun, or like when he used the legend of a companion of Muhammad going to China to say he was the one who built a mosque facing Petra. And yes, some old mosques seem to face Petra, but only because a 90° error margin is tolerated. It would be another story if there were old mosques halfway between Petra and Makkah that face Petra, but that's not the case.
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Level 43
May 7, 2017
Indonesia?! Wow, I wasted 2 minutes trying to type in Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, South Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, etc. ^_^
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Level 79
May 10, 2017
lotta people there
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Level 69
Apr 27, 2020
I love it that you tried Israel for the country with the most Muslims .... that is Jetpunk determination at it's best.
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Level 30
Apr 27, 2020
Yes I always find that intriguing, this massive Muslim country quite a long way away from any others (except Malaysia of course).
I suppose it's just one of those accidents of history that Indonesia, despite being spread across hundreds of islands, is one country, whereas the Middle East and North Africa are generally contiguous but are lots of small and middle-sized countries.
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Level 54
May 8, 2017
Accept takbir for allahu akbar perhaps?
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Level 57
Apr 26, 2020
The question specifically asks for the phrase. So takbir shouldn't be right. Just type the phrase lmao.
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Level 58
Apr 26, 2020
I think that technically allahu akbar means "God is greater" rather than "great".
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Level 69
Apr 27, 2020
'priamos' wins the 'Golden Nitpick Award' for May 2017 .... congratulations.
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Level 63
Apr 28, 2020
@Malbaby priamos's comment was made this month.
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Level 58
Apr 29, 2020
@Malbaby, yes of course in the context of this quiz it doesn't matter. In terms of religion however it's quite an important distinction. It is a constant reminder to the faithful: no matter who you think you are, forget not that "Allah is greater". No matter what occupies your mind right now, forget not that "Allah is greater".
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Level 30
Apr 27, 2020
Arabic is a language where if you get a vowel in the wrong place or stick the odd letter on, you often accidentally end up with a linked but different word. "Allahu takbir" is, I think, grammatical, and means "You, Allah, are getting older" - which may not be theologically sound :-)
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Level 44
May 2, 2020
Lol, you obviously don't know Arabic well. Allahu takbir(un) would mean Allah is a takbir, not what you say. It would not make any sense, since takbir means making something greater or declaring its greatness.
The only verb that comes close is takabbara which means "behaved arrogantly", but the consonants are too different to get mixed up.
And there is a "h" sound at the end of Madinah. The ة is not silent. There is a reason it has that shape, it is a ه with the dots of a ت. If you stop on this letter, you read it like an English "h", but if you continue speaking you read it like a "t". In a middle of an Arabic sentence, you would hear al-madinatu, al-madinata or al-madinati (depending on the grammatical case), and you would hear al-madinah if it is at the end of the sentence, or in isolation. In English, it is only normal to use Madinah as we are not in an Arabic sentence.
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Level 51
May 8, 2017
soon to be the worlds largest religion
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Level 44
May 30, 2017
Yes, by the year 2050, there will be as many Muslims as there are Christians.
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Level 79
Apr 14, 2018
eh... future population growth trends are hard enough to predict on their own. It's even harder to predict the growth of religions as you have to make assumptions of rates of retention between generations and rates of conversion and de-conversion, as well as make assumptions about the sincerity of people's professed religious beliefs.

Personally I think Christianity will probably still be #1 by 2050. But it's very hard to say. The most optimistic prediction I've seen on the subject is that by 2038 the majority of people in the world will be either atheist, agnostic, non-religious, or only nominally religious. It's not really correct to call any of these things a religion, but still it would be very nice to see "none" at the top of a list of world's largest religious traditions by number of adherents.
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Level 55
Oct 17, 2019
Yeah I mean last time I checked there were twice as many Christians as Muslims.
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Level 23
Apr 10, 2020
Perhaps the last time you checked was 15 years ago. There are about 2.6 billion christians and 1.8 billion muslims in the world. That's 1.44 times the muslim population. Me thinks ye need to brush up yer elementary maths a bit, eh?
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Level 60
May 8, 2017
quizlam
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Level 44
May 30, 2017
Super easy if you're Muslim.
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Level 80
Jul 24, 2018
Or if you're a Jedi, apparently.
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Level 63
Apr 28, 2020
Or fat, or a Spartan, or a llama.
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Level 55
Oct 17, 2019
Lmao tell me how I score better on this than the Judaism quiz.
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Level 52
Nov 15, 2019
18/20. Pretty surprised that halal and haram has such a low percentage, I thought more people would know it.
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Level 67
Feb 1, 2020
I guess you could call it...a Quizlam? Hahahaha I'll go back to sitting in the corner now...
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Level 77
Apr 26, 2020
That feeling when you only miss "Ali" because you typed "Aly" :O
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Level 40
Apr 26, 2020
When an answer ends in a double letter and Jetpunk accepts it after typing just one of those, that really grates my goat. It punishes people who know the correct answer by giving them a hanging letter for the next question, and rewards people who don't know the correct answer and encourages them to keep making the same mistake.
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Level 32
Apr 26, 2020
Jihad does not mean "holy war" at all. Please fix it.
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Level ∞
Apr 26, 2020
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jihad

It certainly doesn't mean "holy war" all of the time, but its wrong to think that it never means holy war. The question is written in a way that reflects this.

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Level 79
Apr 26, 2020
"holy war" is the most traditional and accurate translation of the term, lately insinuated or stated to be wrong by western Muslim apologists and sympathizers who feel that this accuracy is damaging to their efforts to paint Islam as an inherently peaceful religion. It definitely does not mean "personal spiritual struggle for self-improvement," or whatever else you've heard, at least not most commonly, or in any way other than in a non-literal metaphorical sense, or to the exclusion of other meanings. Muhammad used the term frequently to talk about the struggle to expand and perfect Islam, and while he did speak of doing this by pursuing moral rightness, he also explicitly used to term, many times, to talk about making war against, subjugating, and exterminating the infidels and those he saw as religious hypocrites (those who didn't accept him as a prophet or do what he said); the man was primarily a warlord, according to Islam's own traditions.
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Level 44
May 2, 2020
There is some truth to what you say. The Qur'an doesn't use the noun al-jihad, it uses al-qital, fighting, but you find the verbal form jahhada, often accompanied by "in Allah's path", almost always meaning struggling to defend and expand the dominion of Islam, whether by fighting or by giving suppoprt with your assets. You find the form al-jihad in hadiths, always this same meaning. Other meanings also exist in the Qur'an, like preaching or doing good deeds, but they are rare. The meaning of struggle against one's inner soul is also found in some hadiths, it's not a recent interpretation, but it's true that some recent apologists paint it as being the primary meaning of jihad, which is wrong. There is no such thing as "exterminating the infidels" and go read the definition of hypocrite in a dictionary. According to Islamic tradition, Muhammad was primarily a prophet. Being a political leader was secondary, and he waged war as a prophet, to expand Islam, not as a warlord.
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Level 63
Apr 27, 2020
I believe you mean to say Quizlam.
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Level 21
Apr 28, 2020
The most islamic country is Mauritania.
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Level 44
May 2, 2020
The hint of Shariah is wrong. Shariah is the set of rules given by God to Muhammad, it is unique (one may use "a shariah", but only to talk about a set of rules given to a specific prophet). People try their best to extract Shariah rules from the texts, but what they extract is not called a shariah, it's their own understanding that more or less conforms with the abstract Shariah. Also, Shariah in not really a law, as it contains many rules and exhortations that deals with personal matters (as opposed to public ones).
Historically speaking, Muslims didn't have written laws, the rulers would appoint judges that judged according to their own interpretation. The Ottomans were the first to have a code of law in the Western sense, which they called kanun (from Greek kanon) and then the word qanun entered in Arabic and Islamic litterature. Instead of calling their law shariah, countries call it qanun and claim it is fully compliant with the Shariah.
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Level 64
May 26, 2020
Islam tag?