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Each and every single Muslim wants to live their life according to Islam.  Qalam Institute strives to make that a reality by providing a relevant, practical understanding of Islam's sacred sources and addressing the areas of faith, family, and community.  One of Qalam's efforts in this regard is it's podcast library, a wealth of high quality material that can be accessed by anyone anywhere.  Qalam's podcast library includes khutbahs and lecture series by Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda and Br AbdelRahman Murphy.  However the main feature of our podcast is a thorough, relevant chronicling of the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  Seerah is the most fundamental tool for identity and character building.  The Companions (ra) of the Prophet (pbuh) state that the first thing they would teach their families and communities was the life of the Messenger of Allah (pbuh).  We hope to extensively cover the entire life of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) so that Muslims and non-muslims alike can know, appreciate, and benefit from his exemplary precedent.  We urge you to subscribe and tell others to subscribe as well.  Please share this resource with family and friends.

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Seerah Podcast Quiz 4

  1. After the death of Abdul Muttalib, who was the Prophet’s primary caretaker?
    1. Ummu Ayman
    2. Abu Talib
    3. Abu Lahab
    4. The Prophet (saw) took care of himself at this time
  2. Who was Bhaira?
    1. A business leader from Bilad-us-Sham
    2. A friend of the Prophet (saw)
    3. A scholar from another religion
    4. A political leader from the Quraish
  3. Bhaira notices that there was shade wherever the Prophet (saw) went. What is significant about this?
    1. This was considered a bad omen by Bhaira’s people
    2. Bhaira thought this was a sign of good luck
    3. Bhaira thought this would put the Prophet in danger
    4. Bhaira realized that an ancient text mentioned that a shade will always cover the last prophet
  4. What was the first job the Prophet (saw) had as a teenager?
    1. He was a shepherd
    2. He connected buyers and sellers in Mecca like a broker would
    3. He helped load and unload caravans
    4. He helped Abu Talib in his business dealings
  5. Throughout his life, Allah protected the Prophet (saw) from committing any sins. During his youth the Prophet was convinced by some other boys to attend some parties. What happened as the Prophet (saw) approached these gatherings?
    1. He changed his mind and went back
    2. He was told by some large men wearing white that he should not be here
    3. He passed out
    4. His uncle saw this and took him back
  6. What does Allah’s course of action in regards to the Prophet (saw) trying to go to these parties teach us in our dealings with youth?
    1. We should be forceful in preventing them from doing sinful things
    2. We should give them some freedom, but be prepared to intervene if necessary
    3. We should let them make their own mistakes
    4. We should give them jobs while young so they don’t have time to mess around
  7. The Sacrilegious War was a standoff/war that happened when the Prophet (saw) was around 15 years old and lasted until he was about 20. The parties involved were Quraish and a tribe from Taif. What was the event that led to this war?
    1. A member of Quraish killed a member of the other tribe during a sacred month
    2. A member of Quraish stole the goods of a visitor to Mecca who came for business
    3. A member of the other tribe insulted the Kaaba
    4. A member of the other tribe insulted one of the idols of Quraish
  8. The Prophet (saw) was able to witness the Virtuous Pact of Social Justice (Hulful Fudul) and considered it a priceless experience. What was this pact?
    1. A pact that protected other tribes from biased treatment in Mecca
    2. A pact that that led to slaves getting better treatment from their owners
    3. A pact that said that the rights of the oppressed will be protected even if they are not Meccan
    4. A pact that protected the rights of those who followed lesser practiced religions in Mecca
  9. We see that the Prophet (saw) considered being a part of the Hulful Fudul a great experience for him and even see instances of the early generations of Muslims (ra) being mindful of it. What application does this have for us as Muslims living as a minority?
    1. We should focus on improving our standing in society so that our rights will not be violated
    2. We should be focus on getting legislation passed that will cater to Muslims
    3. We should be careful of the initiatives we get involved with as they can lead to us straying from Islam
    4. We should value social justice and join efforts around it even if they don’t specifically deal with Muslims
 

Seerah Podcast Quiz 3

  1. How old was the Prophet (saw) when the splitting of his chest occured?
    1. Between 4-6 years old
    2. 7 years old
    3. Between 2-4 years old
    4. 3 years old
  2. What happened after the Prophet’s chest was split open?
    1. His heart was taken out and washed
    2. A stone was put in his chest
    3. An angel breathed into his chest
    4. A loud voice spoke
  3. The splitting of the Prophet’s chest is a supernatural event. As Muslims what should our stance be towards these unexplainable events?
    1. We should not mention these to non-Muslims as they might find them strange
    2. These events should be looked at from a rational perspective
    3. These events show that we should not doubt people who claim to have experienced similar events
    4. We should not shy away from accepting supernatural events or miracles when they come from authentic sources in our tradition
  4. How old was the Prophet when his mother died?
    1. 10 years old
    2. 4 years old
    3. 9 years old
    4. 6 years old
  5. The Prophet (saw) was travelling with his mother when she passed away.
    1. True
    2. False
  6. How did the Prophet (saw) express his grief over his mother’s death later in life?
    1. He would always send gifts to her friends and relatives
    2. He visited her grave and cried loudly
    3. He wrote poetry that spoke to her virtues
    4. He asked the Sahabah to make dua at her grave
  7. Who cared for the Prophet (saw) after the death of his mother?
    1. His uncle, Abu Talib
    2. His grandfather, Abdul Muttalib
    3. His uncle, Abbas
    4. His milk mother, Ummu Ayman
  8. Throughout the Prophet’s childhood he always had a parental figure to watch over him. Which of the following is true about all of those people?
    1. They were all powerful people of Arabia
    2. They all embraced Islam later in their lives
    3. The Prophet (saw) was the most important figure in each of their lives
    4. They all died when the Prophet was young
 

Seerah Podcast Quiz 2

Answers will be posted tomorrow on our Facebook Page

  1. Who was Hashem?
    1. Grandfather of the Prophet (saw)
    2. Great grandfather of the Prophet (saw)
    3. Uncle of the Prophet (saw)
    4. Cousin of the Prophet (saw)
  2. Where did Salma, the great grandmother of the Prophet (saw), live?
    1. Mecca
    2. Taif
    3. Yathrib (Medina)
    4. Yemen
  3. What was something the Prophet (saw) had in common with Abdul Muttalib?
    1. Both their fathers died while their mothers were pregnant
    2. Both were persecuted by the Quraish
    3. Both were among the richest men in Arabia
    4. Neither were considered to be leaders amongst the Quraish
  4. What was significant about the early life of Abdullah (the Prophet’s father)?
    1. He was lost and then later found as a young child
    2. He was supposed to be sacrificed as part of an oath his father made
    3. He had his inheritance stolen by an uncle
    4. He was the eldest of his father’s 10 sons
  5. What is the status of the Prophet’s parents in terms of Islam and the hereafter according to the majority of scholars?
    1. They were part of the Hunafa (those who believed in monotheism)
    2. They worshipped idols and were not believers
    3. Their status is beyond our control or knowledge and we should not worry about it
    4. They never had a messenger sent to them so they will not be punished
  6. What did Amina, the Prophet’s mother, say she noticed during her pregnancy?
    1. Light coming from her womb
    2. She was in pain a lot more than what was considered normal
    3. She had dreams where she saw herself standing before the Kaaba
    4. Jinns kept trying to scare her
  7. Who were Barakah (Ummu Ayman) and Thuwaiybah?
    1. Cousins of the Prophet (saw)
    2. Women visiting from the countryside
    3. Milk mothers of the Prophet (saw)
    4. Powerful women from the Quraish
  8. Halimah and other women came to Mecca to take babies back with them to raise them. This was the custom in Mecca at this time as babies would be sent to live with wet nurses for around 2 years. Why did these women (including Halimah initially) not want to take the Prophet (saw)?
    1. They preferred not to get involved with powerful families such as his
    2. They did not want to take an orphan
    3. They thought he was too young
    4. They thought his mother would not give him up
  9. What is one blessing that Halimah experienced after taking the Prophet (saw) to live with her?
    1. Her family’s wealth increased
    2. She was able to nurse her son
    3. She had more families ask her to take their children
    4. Her position in society was raised

 

 

 

Seerah Podcast Quiz 1

Answers will be posted tomorrow on our Facebook Page

  1. Which of the following is a reason to study the Seerah?
    1. To humanize the Prophet (saw) and be able to relate to him
    2. To understand the role of Hadith and apply context
    3. To gain a deeper understanding of how the Prophet (saw) dealt with different groups of people (youth, women, new muslims, etc.)
    4. All of the above are correct
  2. Traditionally the preference of study was given to Seerah over Hadith.
    1. True
    2. False
  3. What was one positive aspect of Pre-Islamic Arabia?
    1. Strong marital bonds
    2. Political stability
    3. Hospitality towards travelers
    4. Monotheism
  4. What was the government of Pre-Islamic Arabia?
    1. Tribal law
    2. Monarchy
    3. An early form of democracy
    4. Military rule
  5. Who were the Hunafa?
    1. The political leaders of the Quraish
    2. A group of people who still held to monotheism
    3. Travelers who were visiting the city of Mecca
    4. The immediate family of the Prophet (saw)
  6. The Prophet (saw) said Zayd bin Amr bin Nufayl (a member of the Hunafa) would be resurrected on the Day of Judgment as an Ummah of 1 between his ummah and the ummah of Jesus (aw). What was one of the deeds that he was known for?
    1. He gave all his wealth to charity
    2. He was an expert in theology
    3. He took baby girls that were about to be buried and raised them himself
    4. He bought slaves and gave them their freedom
  7. What was the reason a foreign army (with elephants) invaded Mecca?
    1. They were long-time rivals of the Quraish
    2. The invasion was driven by economic goals
    3. A member of Quraish had cheated them in business
    4. A member of Quraish had disrespected their religion
  8. What does Abdul Muttalib ask the leader of the army of elephants to do when they meet?
    1. Leave the city of Mecca
    2. Return his camels to him
    3. Not harm any innocent people
    4. Let him remain as the custodian of the well of Zamzam
  9. What does Abdul Muttalib’s request to Abraha (leader of army of elephants) teach us?
    1. We need to focus on taking care of those who have rights over us
    2. We need to learn how to negotiate with hostile parties
    3. We should focus on the greater good when dealing with immediate dangers
    4. We should look for good in others even when they are committing evil
  10. What was the aftermath of the invasion by the army of elephants?
    1. Local tribes once again feared the Quraish
    2. Abdul Muttalib was established as a leader of Quraish
    3. People realized there was a higher power and respect was restored to the Kaaba
    4. The Kaaba had to be rebuilt

 

 

 

Ramadan Reflections: Celebrating Eid

7-27-14 Ramadan Reflections 30: Celebrating Eid

Join us daily for Ramadan Reflections with Mufti Hussain Kamani, These short clips serve as great reminders on not only how to maximize benefit of Ramadan, but also on how to rectify one’s character and day-to-day lifestyle.