Quiz: Do You Know Islam?

Here are 20 Islamic teachings that you may not have known. Or maybe you do.

These are from the Quran and the authentic hadiths. Give yourself 5 points for every Islamic fact below that you are aware of and then see where you rank!

1. You Can Beat Your Wife/Wives If They Are Disobedient To You

Men are the maintainers of women because Allah has made some of them to excel others and because they spend out of their property; the good women are therefore obedient, guarding the unseen as Allah has guarded; and (as to) those on whose part you fear desertion, admonish them, and leave them alone in the sleeping-places and beat them; then if they obey you, do not seek a way against them; surely Allah is High, Great.

Sura 4:34

2. Women Are Deficient In Intellect

Narrated Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri:
Allah’s Messenger said…..I have seen that the majority of the dwellers of Hell-fire were you (women).” They asked, “Why is it so, O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) ?” He replied, “You curse frequently and are ungrateful to your husbands. I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you. A cautious sensible man could be led astray by some of you.” The women asked, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence.

Sahih al-Bukhari 304, Book 6 Hadith 9

(Note also the reasons that Muhammad gives for her deficiency in intellect; i.e. they curse frequently and are ungrateful and they will be the majority in hell.)

3. Those Who Do Not Believe In Islam Are The Worst Of Beasts/Creatures

For the worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who reject Him: They will not believe.

Sura 8:55

(Note: Your non-Muslim friends – Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, atheists, etc – are all the worst of creatures. If you are Muslim and your parents are non-Muslim, it is perfectly Islamic for you to consider them as the worst of beasts.)

4. Owning Slaves Is Justified and Acceptable In Islam

Allah has favoured some of you with more worldly provisions than others. Then those who are more favoured do not give away their provisions to their slaves lest they become equal sharers in it. Do they, then, deny the favour of Allah?

Sura 16:71

(Note: If you’re rich enough to own slaves, that is the favour of Allah. Do not deny his favour. Muhammad himself owned, bought, sold and traded slaves. So did his followers. )

5. You Can Have Sex Slaves

You are forbidden to marry married women except your slave-girls. This is the decree of God. Besides these, it is lawful for you to marry other women if you pay their dower, maintain chastity and do not commit indecency. If you marry them for the appointed time you must pay their dowries. There is no harm if you reach an understanding among yourselves about the dowry, God is All-knowing and All-wise.

Sura 4:24, Muhammad Sarwar

Narrated Anas bin Malik:
We arrived at Khaibar, and when Allah helped His Apostle to open the fort, the beauty of Safiya bint Huyai bin Akhtaq whose husband had been killed while she was a bride, was mentioned to Allah’s Apostle. The Prophet (ﷺ) selected her for himself, and set out with her, and when we reached a place called Sidd-as-Sahba,’ Safiya became clean from her menses then Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) married her. 

Sahih Bukhari 4211, Book 64 Hadith 251

(Note: Muhammad attacked the Khaybar Jews and killed one of their leaders named Kinana and married his beautiful bride while she was still grieving the deaths of her husband and father.)

6. Belief In Jinns

Say (O Muhammad): It is revealed unto me that a company of the Jinn gave ear, and they said: Lo! we have heard a marvellous Qur’an,

Sura 72:1

(Note: These are mythical creatures, anglicized as genies. They can cause you mischief and trouble and are often responsible for when you lose or misplace things. Ever misplaced your key? It’s the jinn’s fault. There are Muslim jinns as this verse above teaches. There are also toilet jinns. This is why you need to recite verses when you step into the toilet.)

7. Muhammad Had Many Wives And Was Able To Have Sex With All Of Them In One Day

(Note: This hadith records he had 11 (or 9) wives. Other records show he had up to 13 wives or more. Don’t forget that a Muslim man is only allowed up to 4 wives. This hadith is about Muhammad’s ability to have sex with all his wives in a single day because he had the sexual strength of 30 men.)

8. Muhammad Married A 6-Year-Old & Had Intercourse When She Was 9

It was narrated that ‘Aishah said:
“The Messenger of Allah married me when I was six, and consummated the marriage with me when I was nine.”

Sunan an-Nasa’i 3379, Book 26, Hadith 184 (see also Sahih Bukhari 7:62:64)

(Note: Muhammad was 54 years old when he married 6-year-old Aisha.)

9. Islam Orders The Killing Of Apostates (those who leave Islam)

Ibn Abbas said:
The messanger of Allah (SAW) said, ‘Whoever changes his religion, kill him.'”

Sunan an-Nasa’i 4059, Vol. 5, Book 37, Hadith 4064 (see also Sahih Bukhari 9:84:57)

10. You Cannot Befriend Jews and Christians

O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians as Auliya’ (friends, protectors, helpers, etc.), they are but Auliya’ to one another. And if any amongst you takes them as Auliya’, then surely he is one of them…

Sura 5:51 Hilali & Khan

O you who believe! Take not for Auliya’ (supporters and helpers) your fathers and your brothers if they prefer disbelief to Belief. And whoever of you does so, then he is one of the Zalimun (wrong-doers, etc.).

Sura 9:23 Hilali & Khan

(Note: Islam specifically forbids you from having friendships or relationships with Jews and Christians, even if they are your parents or siblings. You are condemned as an unbeliever like them if you do befriend them. )

11. It Is Noble To Kill Jews For Allah

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him

Sahih Muslim 2922, Book 54, Hadith 103

12. Non-Muslims Are Kafirs (liars, deniers, infidels)

And who is a greater wrong-doer than he who fabricateth a lie against Allah or belieth the truth when it cometh unto him Will there not be in the Hell an abiding-place for the infidels?

Sura 29:68

(Note: All non-muslims are kafir (liars, deniers) even if they have no idea about Islam. i.e. they deny or lie about something they don’t even know.)

13. Allah Guides And Also Misguides

Whomsoever God guides, he is rightly guided; and whom He leads astray — thou wilt not find for them protectors, apart from Him. And We shall muster them on the Resurrection Day upon their faces, blind, dumb, deaf; their refuge shall be Gehenna, and whensoever it abates We shall increase for them the Blaze.

Sura 17:97 (see also 4:88)

(Note: If you seek the truth, Allah can either guide you or lead you astray. And if you are led astray you are the one who is blind, deaf and dumb.)

14. Encircling the Kaaba Was Originally Practised While Naked

In the year prior to the last Hajj of the Prophet (ﷺ) when Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) made Abu Bakr the leader of the pilgrims, the latter (Abu Bakr) sent me in the company of a group of people to make a public announcement: ‘No pagan is allowed to perform Hajj after this year, and no naked person is allowed to perform Tawaf of the Ka`ba.’ (See Hadith No. 365 Vol. 1)

Sahih al-Bukhari 1622, Book 25, Hadith 107

15. Kissing The Black Stone Originated From Stone Worship

Jabir b. Samura reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying:
I recognise the stone in Mecca which used to pay me salutations before my advent as a Prophet and I recognise that even now.

Sahih Muslim 2277, Book 43, Hadith 2

Suwaid b. Ghafala reported:
I saw Umar (Allah be pleased with him) kissing the Stone and clinging to it and saying: I saw Allah’s Messenger having great love for you.

Sahih Muslim 1271a; Book 15, Hadith 277

16. The Sun Prostrates Under The Throne of Allah At Sunset

The Prophet (ﷺ) asked me at sunset, “Do you know where the sun goes (at the time of sunset)?” I replied, “Allah and His Apostle know better.” He said, “It goes (i.e. travels) till it prostrates Itself underneath the Throne and takes the permission to rise again, and it is permitted and then (a time will come when) it will be about to prostrate itself but its prostration will not be accepted, and it will ask permission to go on its course but it will not be permitted, but it will be ordered to return whence it has come and so it will rise in the west. And that is the interpretation of the Statement of Allah: “And the sun Runs its fixed course For a term (decreed). that is The Decree of (Allah) The Exalted in Might, The All- Knowing.” (36.38)

Sahih al-Bukhari 3199, Book 59, Hadith 10

(Note: The sun only appears to set in one location, whereas in reality, the sun does not actually set anywhere. It is always daytime somewhere in the world. This primitive hadith must assume that the earth is flat.)

17. The Sky Is A Ceiling That Is Held By Invisible Pillars

It is Allah who erected the heavens without pillars that you [can] see… Sura 13:2
[He] who made for you the earth a bed [spread out] and the sky a ceiling …Sura 2:22
…He holds back the sky from falling down on the earth, except with His permission… Sura 22:66

(Note: The sky is described as a solid object or structure in the Quran)

18. Allah Blew Into Mariam’s Private Part

(Note: The original Arabic word in the Quran is farjaha which means private part. The Dr Ghali translation gets it correct. All other translators have attempted to disguise the word with a myriad of terms including body, chastity, garment, sleeves, etc.)

19. Muhammad Used To Insult Idols Until The Idolaters Threatened To Insult Allah

And insult not those whom they (disbelievers) worship besides Allah, lest they insult Allah wrongfully without knowledge….

Sura 6:108

(Note: According to Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Muhammad and his followers insulted the pagans for their beliefs in idols. When the idolaters could not stand his abuse, they threatened to retaliate by insulting Allah in return. That’s when the revelation of this verse was given. The insults stopped out of embarassment.)

20. Muhammad Was White!

(Note: There are numerous hadiths that describe the whiteness of his armpits, the whiteness of his cheeks, the whiteness of his abdomen, the whiteness of his thighs, etc.)

There you go! How did you do? How many of these Islamic teachings were you aware of?

Give yourself 5 points for every fact that you already knew. Then follow the ranking below to see where you stand.

If you scored…

100 points Congratulations! You are a SAHABA, companion of Muhammad.

75 – 95 points You are an IMAM.

50 – 70 points You are on your way to JANNAH.

25 – 45 points You have received some HIDAYAH.

0 – 20 points You are a KAFIR.