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A Grateful Son – In Memory of My Mother

A Grateful Son – In Memory of My Mother

In the Name of Allah. Today marks one year since the passing of my beloved mother: the day we lost one of the biggest blessings from Allah. Many people have asked me to write about her, but I would just sit and think about her generosity, her parenting, her sacrifice, her smile, her getting angry at us, her wisdom. Then my tears would begin to fall, and I would fail in fulfilling the task. Today, a year later, before iftar, once again I attempt to put a pen to my thoughts.

As the one year anniversary of her passing approached, all I could I think about was her sitting on the living room couch, smiling as I would walk through the door. Just a few nights back, while reflecting over that thought, I fell asleep. In the dream I saw myself as a child in a desert on top of a hill crying at the pain of the loss of my mother. Suddenly, to my right I saw a young Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) sitting beside me. He pointed ahead and said, “This is where my mother passed away,” and then we sat together on the hill sharing tears.

I consider this dream to be another gift from my mother. She became the reason I was blessed with a few moments with the Prophet (peace be upon him).

Allamah Iqbal so beautifully wrote after the passing of his mother:

حیرتی ہوں میں تری تصویر کے اعجاز کا

رخ بدل ڈالا ہےجس نے وقت کی پرواز کا

I am amazed at the spell your portrait casts,
Which has changed the direction of the flight of time.

کس کو اب ہوگا وطن میں آہ! میرا انتظار؟

کون میرا خط نہ آنے سے رہے گا بے قرار؟

Now, who will wait for me, alas! in my homeland?
Who will be anxious when my letter does not arrive?

خاکِ مرقد پر تری لیکر یہ فریاد آوں گا

اب دعائے نیم شب میں کس کو میں یاد آوں گا؟

I shall come to the dust of your grave, bringing this lament.
Now who will remember me in midnight prayers?

تربیت سے تیری میں انجم کا ہم قسمت ہوا

گھر مرے اجداد کا سرمایۂ عزت ہوا

Because you brought me up, I shared the fate of the stars;
The house of my forefathers was gifted honor.

دفترِ ہستی میں تھی زرّیں ورق تیری حیات

تھی سراپا دین و دنیا کا سبق تیری حیات

In the scroll of existence, your life was a golden page.
Your existence, from beginning to end, was a lesson in religion and life

عمر بھر تیری محبت میری خدمت گر رہی

میں تری خدمت کے قابل جب ہوا، تو چل بسی

Throughout my life, your love served me,
And when I was able to serve you, you departed this world.

~ Allamah Iqbal

My mother was born as Gheeta Patel on June 17, 1952, to a Hindu family in a small village of Soyani (7 kilometers west of Bardoli, Gujrat, India). Her parents Natu and Rukhi Patel had 7 children, of whom she was the second oldest. Her family was practicing Hinduism, and her community was religiously segregated. When she was 20 years old, she arrived in Chicago in November of 1973, to join her family. Due to miscommunication with her itinerary, she was stranded at the airport, where she met my father, Abdur Razak Kamani. She was inspired by his manners and took an inclination to his religion. Soon after, she accepted Islam and married him. She once told me that she became Muslim so that her kids can be inspired by the character and belief that she saw in my father.

As a child, she had memorized the Bhagavad Gita: a sacred Hindu text. After accepting Islam, she had secretly made the intention to read the book from memory every night before sleeping; if she didn’t adjust to Islam, she could go back to her previous faith. The next day when she woke up, Allah had erased the text from her memory.

She gave birth to five children; 3 boys and 2 girls. She dedicated and sacrificed her life for us so that we could become what she dreamed to accomplish herself. Her eldest son, Rehan, was only six years old when he tragically drowned. It was at this same age that my mother sent my 8-year-old brother Shaykh Mubeen and me overseas to study Islam. Both of my sisters Reshma and Halima spent their early life under her care and now serve the Deen.

During the 15 years that I studied away from home, every time I would call her she would say, “I’m sitting on the sofa, looking at the clock, counting the hours until you come home.” Then when I graduated, she told me to move from our hometown of Elizabethtown, Kentucky to Chicago to serve the community there – once again sending me off.

Everyone knew of her generosity, kindness, and never-ending du’as. If someone had done anything for her children, she would make du’a for that person every day in Tahajjud salah. Even though she couldn’t read Arabic, she would read the Qur’an in her mother tongue and hadn’t missed Tahajjud salah in 30 years. Sometimes, she would make certain du’as for me that I never thought I’d be able to live up to and she would say, “Allah will surely listen to your mother.” Her du’as were endless and full of sincerity. After the birth of my kids, I sent each of them to her house for a few weeks at a time, hoping they would be beneficiaries of the same du’as I had received.

She hadn’t visited India in  over 11 years and after her remaining child was married, she fulfilled my father’s lifelong dream to travel to Kashmir, visit family in India, and spend the Holy month of Ramadan in Makkah. When we dropped her off at the airport, I kissed her on the forehead and she said to me,

“ اگر پرورش میں کمی ہوئی تو معاف کرنا”

(If I was ever negligent in your upbringing, please forgive me).

It was on this trip, a few days before Ramadan, a few hours before her flight to Umrah, that she suddenly, yet, peacefully passed away. Thousands of kilometers away, after completing her Tahajjud prayers, making du’a hours long, in the lap of a scholar, surrounded by huffaz reciting for her, with her tongue moist with the Shahadah, she left to meet her beloved Lord.

Inna lillaahi wa inna elayhi raajioon.

It was the poetry of Amir Khusru Dehlawi in regards to Kashmir that I constantly think about:

اگر فردوس بر روی زمین است

همین است و همین است و همین است

If there is paradise on earth,

It is here, it is here, it is here

She went to visit the paradise of this world as she transitioned to the one in the Hereafter, Allah-willing!

She lived most of her life in a small, isolated town, and when she passed away in a foreign land, only 15 people stood at her grave. She was unknown to the people of the world, but the Angels in the Heavens awaited her. The influence of her sincerity and du’as have reached the corners of the world and will continue through her children. The morning after she passed, my teacher Shaykh Yusuf Motala (may Allah prolong his life) marveled about how Allah chose her from such a small, unknown village and picked her to be a beacon of light for the entire ummah. He said that because of her sacrifice for the Deen, I will find her on the Day of Judgment next to the mothers of Imam Bukhari and Imam Malik.

My father chose for her the name “Radhia,” meaning ‘content,’ and we pray that Allah makes her the recipient of the call:

يَا أَيَّتُهَا النَّفْسُ الْمُطْمَئِنَّةُ

To the righteous soul, it will be said, “Oh, fully content soul!”

ارْجِعِي إِلَىٰ رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً مَرْضِيَّةً

Return to your Lord, content with Him and well-pleasing to Him.

فَادْخُلِي فِي عِبَادِي

Enter among My [righteous] servants

وَادْخُلِي جَنَّتِي

and enter My paradise.”

(Surah Fajr, 89:27-30).

A grateful son,

Hussain Kamani

Ramadan 5, 1438 A.H

May 31, 2017

 

Seerah Quiz 25

Answers posted on our Facebook Page

  1. When did the Muslims start migrating to Medina?
    1. After the First Oath of Allegiance
    2. After the Second Oath of Allegiance
    3. After the Battle of Badr
    4. Immediately after Al-Isra Wal-Miraj
  2. Medina was not a very popular or powerful city. The tribes of Medina were very humble people and had financial difficulties. What is significant about this?
    1. The simplicity of the city made it a great hideout for Muslims
    2. The Quraysh let the Muslims leave peacefully as they didn’t care about Medina
    3. It should remind us that it is Allah’s blessing that determines success rather than outward qualities
    4. It should show us that Muslims should live in smaller and less developed cities
  3. Abu Salama (ra) was planning to make hijrah to Medina with his family. However his wife, Umm Salama (ra), was forcibly kept in Mecca by her family. And their baby son (ra) was also forcibly kept in Mecca by Abu Salama’s family. Abu Salama (ra) went to Medina on his own and tried to rally some support. What is true about their situation?
    1. All three of them were separated for about a year
    2. Umm Salama (ra) would go outside every day and cry
    3. Abu Salama (ra) was by himself in Quba and was not able to do anything from there
    4. All of the above
  4. Umm Salama (ra) set out with her baby son (ra) to join her husband (ra) in Medina. She planned to make the journey by herself on camel despite all the dangers she would face. On her way she met Uthman bin Talha, who was not a Muslim at this time. He was a member of the nobility of Mecca and his family were entrusted with the keys to the Kabah. However his actions at that time showed why he was given that honor and later entered into Islam. What did he do?
    1. He accompanied her all the way to Quba on foot to make sure she was safe
    2. When they turned in for the night, he would go to great lengths to make she was not uncomfortable such as sleeping far away from them and not looking at her when she came down from the camel
    3. After delivering her to Quba, he turned around and walked all the way back without even letting her thank him
    4. All of the above
  5. When Umar (ra) made hijrah, he went to the Kabah in armor and told them not to follow him unless they wanted their mothers to cry over their dead bodies, their wives to become widows and their children to become orphans.
    1. True
    2. False
  6. Ayaash bin Abu Rabiya (ra) was making hijrah with Umar (ra), but was tricked by a few Meccans into going back and kept as a prisoner. Another companion, Hisham bin al-Aas (ra), was kept from making the journey altogether. What is true about the two them?
    1. Allah revealed ayaat of Quran telling them to have faith in the mercy of Allah and they were then rescued by Walid bin Walid (ra)
    2. They never made it to Medina until after the Conquest of Mecca
    3. They lost faith in joining the companions in Medina
    4. They were martyred in Mecca
  7. Suhaib ar-Rumi (ra) was a Roman who had settled in Mecca. When he was planning to make hijrah, the leaders of Quraysh weren’t letting him leave. He did something at this time that was later praised by the Prophet (saw) after Gibreel (as) told him. What did Suhaib (ra) do?
    1. He fought all the leaders of the Quraysh on his own and made it out
    2. He offered to give them all of his wealth in exchange for his freedom
    3. He recited Quran to them and its effect on them let him escape
    4. He offered to not fight the Quraysh in any subsequent wars between the Muslims and Quraysh

 

 
Fiqh of Social Media with AbdulNasir Jangda

Fiqh of Social Media with AbdulNasir Jangda

It’s a remarkable opportunity to show the transcendent nature of Islam, of what we believe in, the guidance, and the strength, and the versatility of our religion that it addresses anything and everything. It proves, Dare I say, it proves to a Muslim that islam can teach you how to live any aspect or any part of your life. – Sh. AbdulNasir Jangda

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This is a special episode of the Qalam Institute podcast where we will be discussing the Fiqh of Social Media with Sh. AbdulNasir Jangda.

This episode covers:

  • What led Sh. AbdulNasir to start addressing social media issues in the Muslim community from early on?
  • Applying Islamic principles in this unprecedented time
  • The Muslim internet legend who helped come up with program ideas like The Fiqh of Facebook
  • Handling gender interaction online
  • Practical principles for understanding how to handle gender interactions online
  • Is it ok to leave people to police themselves online?
  • The biggest challenge facing our community today.
  • What Sh. AbdulNasir hopes to see out of the Fiqh of Social Media project
 

Seerah Quiz 24

Answers are posted to http://facebook.com/qalaminstitute

  1. During the season of Hajj, the Prophet (saw) used to go to some of the travellers who had come for the pilgrimage and talk to them about Islam. However there was a man who used to go behind him and sabotage his efforts by telling people not to listen. Who was this man?
    1. Abu Jahl
    2. Umayya bin Khalaf
    3. Abu Lahab
    4. A random stranger who hated Islam
  2. Al-Ows and Banu Khasraj were two tribes that were from the town of Yathrib that met the Prophet (saw) during Hajj season. They were very simple farmers and not very powerful in Arabia. Despite this, they went on to do great things. What is true about these people?
    1. They would later be referred to as the Ansar (ra) and praised by Allah
    2. They were the only tribes (during Hajj season) who accepted the message of the Prophet (saw)
    3. The Prophet (saw) said they were the most beloved of people to him
    4. All of the above
  3. The tribes of Yathrib (later known as Medina) met the Prophet (saw) during the Hajj season and then went back. The following year they returned and had 12 people total (up from 6 or 7 the previous year). What happened when they met the Prophet (saw) this time?
    1. They told the Prophet (saw) that most of their tribe had accepted Islam
    2. They took the Oath of Allegiance
    3. They went back to Yathrib with the Prophet (saw) by their side
    4. A few more tribes who had come for Hajj also accepted Islam
  4. The Medinan tribes asked the Prophet (saw) to send someone with them to teach them Islam in Medina. The Prophet (saw) chose Musab bin Umayr (ra) who was very talented and a bit of a celebrity in Mecca (before he gave it up for Islam). Along with him, the Prophet (saw) sent Abdullah bin Umi Maktoum (ra) who was an older man and instructed Musab (ra) to report back to him. What was the wisdom in this?
    1. The Prophet (saw) wanted to balance the skill and talent of Musab (ra) with the experience of Abdullah (ra)
    2. The Prophet (saw) was wary of trusting young people
    3. Musab (ra) later had trouble in Medina getting people to accept Islam
    4. Abdullah (ra) focused more on dawah while Musab (ra) focused more on defending the Muslims
  5. The Prophet (saw) took the Oath of Allegiance from the Medinan tribes. This would later be renamed The Oath of Women (after Hudaybiyah) and consisted of 6 promises. This included staying away from shirk, not stealing, not slandering others, not killing children (aborting daughters) and not disobeying the Prophet (saw). What else was part of these 6 promises?
    1. They would perform salah
    2. They would fast during Ramadan
    3. They would not fornicate
    4. They would be kind to their parents
  6. What is true about the first Jumua prayer?
    1. It was held in Medina
    2. It was organized by Assad bin Jurara (ra) and led by Musab bin Umayr (ra) according to most scholars
    3. It was performed by a group of 40 believers (ra)
    4. All of the above
  7. The Medinan tribes had heard about an upcoming prophet from the Jewish tribes around them. When they met the Prophet (saw), one of their reasons for accepting the message was to beat the Jews in terms of giving their allegiance to the Prophet (saw).
    1. True
    2. False
  8. Ka’b bin Malik (ra) mentions an incident where he and an older man, Barra bin Maroor (ra), met the Prophet (saw) and his uncle Abbas (ra). Abbas introduced them by mentioning that Barra (ra) was a leader of his people and then just casually introduced Ka’b (ra). The Prophet (saw) responded by asking if Ka’b (ra) was the famous poet that he had heard of. What is significant about the Prophet (saw) saying this?
    1. The Prophet (saw) thought Abbas (who was not Muslim yet) may have intentionally disrespected Ka’b (ra)
    2. It shows that the Prophet (saw) realized that the introduction may have made Ka’b (ra) feel a little slighted and wanted to honor him
    3. The Prophet (saw) had previously met Ka’b (ra)
    4. The Prophet (saw) thought that Ka’b (ra) was a higher quality of faith than Barra (ra)
  9. When the Prophet (saw) met the people of Medina (ra) for the third straight year, he asked if they would give him sanctuary in their land.
    1. True
    2. False
  10. During the Second Oath of Allegiance the Prophet (saw) listed out the conditions that were required. These included that they listen and obey, spend in the cause of Allah in both bad times and good times, enjoin the good and forbid the bad, speak about Allah and not worry about criticism, help the Prophet (saw) in the cause and defend the Prophet (saw) like they defend their own. What is true about how the people of Medina (ra) responded?
    1. They all jumped up at once and rushed to take the hand of the Prophet (saw)
    2. The first person to take the oath was either Ka’b bin Malik (ra) or Assad bin Jurara (ra) who were the two youngest members of the group
    3. People from the group said they would never miss this opportunity or give up the Prophet (saw)
    4. All of the above
  11. The people of Medina (ra) mentioned to the Prophet (saw) that taking the Muslims (ra) would cause some tensions for them in their relationships. They then asked him (saw) if he would leave them once the message spread and Islam was victorious. The Prophet (saw) said he was with them until the very end. What did he tell them specifically at that time?
    1. They were the best people to ever walk the Earth after the prophets (as)
    2. They were of him and he was of them
    3. They were more beloved to him than his own family
    4. He would testify for them on the Day of Judgment
 

Seerah Quiz 19

  1. The Prophet (saw) lost his wife, Khadija (ra), and uncle, Abu Talib, in the same year when he was about 51. This is one of the greatest personal tragedies in the life of the Prophet (saw). What is this part of the Prophet’s life referred to?
    1. The Hijrah
    2. The Year of Sorrow
    3. Al-Isra Wal-Miraj
    4. The Migration
  2. The Prophet (saw) was deeply in love with his wife, Khadija (ra), and was devastated by her loss. Which of the following statements about her highlights how amazing a person Khadija (ra) was?
    1. She was the first person to believe in the Prophet (saw)
    2. She was given salam and congratulations from Allah through Gibreel (as)
    3. The Prophet (saw) said she was one of the four greatest women ever
    4. All of the above
  3. All of the children of the Prophet (saw) and Khadija (ra) were fully grown up when Khadija (ra) passed away.
    1. True
    2. False
  4. After Khadija’s death, the Prophet (saw) eventually would move on and keep going with his mission, but he never forgot about Khadija (ra). How do we know that Khadija (ra) was always close to his heart?
    1. He teared up when seeing a necklace that had been hers that now belonged to their daughter
    2. He would give food and gifts to her relatives
    3. He would be at a loss for words when asked by the sahaba (ra) to describe her
    4. All of the above
  5. According to many books of Seerah, how far apart were the deaths of Khadija (ra) and Abu Talib?
    1. 3 months
    2. 10 days
    3. 35 days
    4. 6 months
  6. Abu Talib did not accept Islam before he died.
    1. True
    2. False
  7. After Abu Talib’s death, the disbelievers of Mecca intensified their abuse and mistreatment of the Prophet (saw) to the point his young daughters (ra) would cry upon seeing the treatment he received.
    1. True
    2. False
  8. Many years later, the father of Abu Bakr (ra) accepted Islam. The Prophet (saw) looked over at Abu Bakr (ra) and saw that he was crying. The Prophet (saw) asked if these were tears of joy, but Abu Bakr (ra) clarified that these were tears of sorrow. What reason did he give the Prophet (saw) for his sadness?
    1. He said he wished his father had accepted Islam earlier
    2. He said he wished he could trade his father’s Islam for Abu Talib’s since he knew how much the Prophet (saw) loved Abu Talib
    3. He said he wished both his parents accepted Islam
    4. All of the above
  9. Allah mentioned through revelation that he understood the pain of the Prophet (saw) when the disbelievers ridiculed him. What does this teach us?
    1. We should tell people that they need to have better faith when going through pain
    2. It is okay for people to minimize their acts of worship until they feel better
    3. We should sympathize with the suffering of others and tell them that we are there for them
    4. We should not be affected by what others think of us
  10. We study the Seerah to get closer to the Prophet (saw) and understand all that he went through for us. When we look at the losses he endured above, what should we take away from this?
    1. We should expect that there will likely be difficult moments for us as well, but should use the Prophet’s reaction to his suffering to make it through
    2. We should expect our life to be easy since the Prophet (saw) suffered on our behalf
    3. We should not feel sad since things work out in the end
    4. We should make our lives harder as that will be closer to experience the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw)

 

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Seerah Quiz 18

As usual, answers will be posted to http://facebook.com/qalaminstitute

  1. Rukana (ra) was one of the strongest men of Quraish. How did the Prophet (saw) present Islam to him?
    1. He challenged him to a wrestling match and won
    2. He offered to help him with his business
    3. He recited Quran to him right away
    4. He challenged him to a race
  2. Many of the leaders of Quraysh did not accept Islam in part because they were too arrogant to accept that weaker members of society had better faith than them.
    1. True
    2. False
  3. There were many believers (ra) in Mecca who were wealthy and talented, but also many who were poor and weak. What did Allah say was the key to allow faith to enter the heart?
    1. Intellectual capacity
    2. Talent
    3. Gratitude
    4. Sacrifice
  4. Allah sent down revelation which consoled the weaker members of society (ra) who were mocked by the leaders of Quraysh. He also told the Prophet (saw) to reinforce their standing and welcome them. What does this teach us about dealing with people?
    1. We should never judge anyone based on external conditions
    2. We need to make sure we don’t have any traces of arrogance like the disbelievers of Quraysh did
    3. It is the job of leadership to make people from all walks of life feel welcome
    4. All of the above
  5. Ammar bin Yasir (ra) was very poor and did not have anyone to take care of him after his parents (ra) were martyred. Therefore he was very ragged looking and would often sleep in the masjid. When the Prophet (saw) migrated to Quba, he was welcomed by the crowed and he spotted Ammar (ra) amongst them. How did he refer to Ammar?
    1. He called him the leader of the people
    2. He called him a beautiful man
    3. He said Ammar (ra) had the best faith of all of them
    4. He asked Ammar (ra) to address the crowd
  6. Suhayb (ra) was another companion who was among the weaker members of society. During the migration to Quba and then Medina, he did something that led to Allah praising him. What did he do?
    1. He was caught leaving by some Quraysh and he offered up all the money he had saved up in order to let him walk free
    2. He freed a slave on the path to Quba
    3. He saved a dog that was dying of thirst
    4. He was caught leaving by some Quraysh and he fought and defeated them
  7. When the Prophet (saw) would recite Quran at night, Abu Jahl, Abu Sufyan and Akhnas bin Shurayq would go listen to him. They all ran into each other and admitted that they could not resist listening to the Quran even though they were some of the most outspoken disbelievers (Abu Sufyan had not accepted Islam yet). When Abu Jahl was asked by the other two why he still opposed Islam even though it seemed he accepted that the Quran was something divine, what was his response?
    1. He said following Islam was too much work for him
    2. He said he did not like the revelations that were being sent
    3. He said he did not want to give up his rank in society by becoming Muslim
    4. He said his family was a rival to the Prophet’s family and accepting Islam would mean admitting that his family was lower in rank
 

Seerah Quiz 16

  1. Around the 6th year of Prophethood, the Quraysh boycotted the Prophet (saw) and those close to him. This was applied socially, politically and economically. What did the Quraysh hope to gain from this?
    1. They wanted to starve all the Muslims
    2. They wanted the Muslims to leave the city of Mecca
    3. They wanted the Muslims to hand over the Prophet (saw) for execution
    4. They wanted to limit the economic means of the Muslims
  2. Who did the Quraysh boycott in addition to the Prophet (saw)?
    1. Abu Talib
    2. The family of the Prophet (saw), even those who were not Muslim
    3. The Muslims
    4. All of the above
  3. Where did the boycott take place?
    1. In the Kabah
    2. In a valley owned by Abu Talib
    3. In the outskirts of the city of Mecca
    4. In the home of the Prophet (saw)
  4. How long did the boycott last?
    1. 2 years
    2. 6 months
    3. 3 years
    4. 1 year
  5. There was an incident when Abu Jahl tried to stop a cousin of Khadija (ra) from sneaking food to her and the Muslims. This led to an altercation where another man, Abul Bukhtari, nearly killed Abu Jahl. Who intervened to save Abu Jahl?
    1. The Muslims
    2. Some of the disbelievers
    3. The leaders of Quraysh
    4. Abu Talib
  6. One of the things we see in the Seerah is Allah taking care of the believers and letting justice prevail. How did Allah do that in this scenario (the boycott)?
    1. The person who wrote the boycott agreement, Mansoor bin Ikrimah, had his hand paralyzed and he never wrote again
    2. The agreement that was written had any mentions of Allah, the Prophet (saw) and anything sacred eaten away by insects
    3. The general population of Mecca turned against the boycott and the leaders who had proposed it, such as Abu Jahl
    4. All of the above
  7. After the boycott ended, the Quraysh went back to slandering and insulting the Prophet (saw).
    1. True
    2. False
  8. When the disbelievers insulted and taunted the Prophet (saw), how were they dealt with?
    1. The Muslims answered on behalf of him
    2. The Prophet (saw) ignored them as their insults didn’t bother him
    3. Allah sent down revelation consoling and defending the Prophet (saw)
    4. The Prophet (saw) answered their taunts

 

 

 

Seerah Quiz 15

Answers will be posted on our Facebook Page.

  1. When the believers had prayed together for the first time, the Quraysh tried to offer the Prophet (saw) a deal to give up the cause. After the Prophet (saw) rejected their offers of worldly riches, what did the Quraysh say?
    1. They asked him to leave Mecca peacefully
    2. They offered the believers peace if they did not attack the Quraysh
    3. They told the Prophet (saw) they would boycott him
    4. They offered the Prophet (saw) a deal where all of Mecca would follow both Islam and the religion of the Quraysh
  2. When the Prophet (saw) rejected the offer above, the Quraysh began to say blasphemous things and make crazy demands of Allah. What did the Prophet (saw) say in response to this?
    1. He offered them the chance to worship Allah and embrace Islam
    2. He tried to appease their demands
    3. He got angry and started responding to their criticisms
    4. He ignored them and left
  3. After the above strategy failed, Abu Jahl came up with a plan to kill the Prophet (saw) in the Kabah. As the Prophet (saw) went into prostration, Abu Jahl picked up a rock and was ready to smash the head of the Prophet (saw). But as Abu Jahl did this, he froze and was not able to do anything. What caused him to freeze with fear?
    1. He saw the Umar (ra) and Hamza (ra) coming to the aid of the Prophet (saw)
    2. He saw Jibreel (as) in the form of a mad camel
    3. He realized what he was doing was wrong
    4. He realized that the rest of Quraysh would not support him anymore
  4. After the above incident, Allah sent revelation telling the Prophet (saw) that he should do what he needed to do and the Allah would be responsible for protecting him (saw). What is the takeaway for us from this?
    1. We should focus on being good Muslims and avoid the spotlight as well
    2. We should realize that we are a minority and make alliances as needed
    3. We should focus on our religion and trust that Allah will take care of enemies/critics
    4. We should be ready and willing to defend ourselves at the slightest hint of people disagreeing with us
  5. A Christian delegation from northern Arabia had come to Mecca to explore who the Prophet (saw) was. After talking to the Prophet (saw) they accepted the message of Islam. Abu Jahl met them after they accepted Islam and threw insults at them. How did they respond to his behavior?
    1. They attacked him
    2. They ignored him and went back home
    3. They wished him peace and said they would not respond ignorantly like he did
    4. They responded to him in the same manner
  6. The Christian delegation mentioned to the Prophet (saw) that they knew from their scriptures that a prophet would come to them.
    1. True
    2. False
  7. After the above had transpired, how did the Quraysh plan to deal with the Muslims?
    1. War
    2. Forced migration
    3. Peace treaty
    4. Boycott

 

 

 

Seerah Quiz 13

Answers will be posted to our Facebook page tomorrow

  1. When the believers had grown to about 100 people, a group of them migrated to Abyssinia for safety. The Prophet (saw) advised them to do this even though that greatly diminished his position in Mecca. Why did the Prophet (saw) decide to do this?
    1. He was concerned about the safety of Muslims first and foremost
    2. He wanted to calm the tensions in Mecca a bit by sending a large group out
    3. He was willing to sacrifice the strategic position if it meant safety for his followers
    4. All of the above
  2. Why did the Prophet (saw) choose Abyssinia as a safe landing spot for some of the early believers?
    1. It was a quick and easy journey
    2. The Prophet (saw) had family ties to Abyssinia
    3. The king of Abyssinia had a reputation for being tolerant
    4. The believers had been given asylum before they left
  3. After a small group of believers had migrated, the Prophet (saw) spoke to a man who had come from Abyssinia. The Prophet (saw) asked about the believers and specifically about the couple who was in charge of the group. Why did he ask about that couple specifically?
    1. That couple was his daughter and son in law
    2. He thought they were more important than everyone else
    3. He thought if that couple made it, everyone else would have also made it
    4. That couple was in more danger than everyone else
  4. The Prophet (saw) was reciting Quran in the Kabah and many of the disbelievers were listening intently. The Prophet (saw) finished reciting and fell into prostration. How did the disbelievers react at this point?
    1. They attacked the Prophet (saw)
    2. They started mocking and ridiculing the Prophet (saw)
    3. They left the Kabah
    4. They fell into prostration as well
  5. After the above incident, many of the believers who had migrated to Abyssinia started coming back. Why did they do so?
    1. They thought the Prophet (saw) was at risk of being harmed without them
    2. They thought the Quraish had converted to Islam
    3. They thought the Quraish were willing to negotiate with them
    4. They were in danger in Abyssinia
  6. The Quraish were happy the believers had left for Abyssinia and celebrated their migration.
    1. True
    2. False
  7. The Muslims were called to the court of the al-Nagashi, the king of Abyssinia, after the Quraish had sent people to get them back. After initially failing, the Quraish’s delegation told the king (who was Christian) that the Muslims speak ill of Jesus (as). The king responded by calling them back the next day and asked them about the Muslim view of Jesus (as). Jafar bin Abi Talib (ra) was chosen to speak for the Muslims and he recited Quranic verses about the virtues of Jesus (as) and Maryum (as). What did al-Nagashi say?
    1. He said that this view is incorrect since he was a scholar of Chrisitianity
    2. He said that this was blasphemous
    3. He picked up a twig and said the Muslims’ belief is “not even this much different (referring to the size of the twig) from his belief
    4. He asked the Muslims to leave his kingdom
  8. Al-Najashi granted the Muslims his protection and proclaimed them to be his guests after they had appeared before him.
    1. True
    2. False
  9. What is true about al-Nagashi?
    1. He had lived through wars and that shaped him to be compassionate and hate conflicts
    2. He lived a part of his life as a slave after he had been sold off when he was a young boy
    3. He was a scholar of Christianity in addition to being a king
    4. All of the above
  10. Al-Nagashi converted to Islam but never made this public due to fears about losing his kingdom.
    1. True
    2. False

 

 

 
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