Trivia Quiz – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Trivia Quiz – Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
Prophet Muhammad, the Islamic faith’s final messenger, left an undeniable impact on the world. Take this quiz to learn about extraordinary events from his life. All information is gleaned from contemporary and near-contemporary sources.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
- The Prophet had once told his wife Khadijah that God sent her special greetings of peace. He also told his other wife Aisha that she would remain his wife in Paradise. As tradition has it, he proclaimed to his daughter Fatima, “Thou art the highest of the women of Paradise, excepting only the Virgin Mary” (Ahmad Ibn Muhammad ibn Hanbal, III, 64). The mother of Jesus, therefore, is a pivotal figure in Islam.
During the Prophet’s day, slavery was a common institution in Arabia, as well as around the world. The Prophet, however, often set an example by freeing his captives and slaves. In one such circumstance, he not only freed his prisoner Juwayriyya, but asked for her hand in marriage. Following his example, the Prophet’s companions set free all of Juwayriyya’s captured relatives, ensuring the freedom of hundreds of people. (Bint Al-Shati, “The Wives of Prophet Muhammad,” 2006)
- Companions, wives, and children all left behind stories of the frugal circumstances of life with the Prophet. Since the new Muslims were persecuted by most of their tribal relatives, they had a difficult time conducting business, selling goods, or trading. Moreover, the Prophet and his companions were so focused on devotion to God that they had little time for the niceties of acquiring wealth. In addition to their reduced opportunities, the Prophet was noted for giving away most of his food and belongings to any needy person who surfaced at his door. (Bulandshehri, “Daughters of the Prophet Muhammed,” 2004).
The Prophet’s wife, Aisha, had been traveling with the Prophet and his army. She owned an onyx necklace that held great sentimental value for her. As the army proceeded their march in the darkness, her necklace fell to the ground. She was very upset and could not find it in the black night. The Prophet, disregarding the army’s extreme annoyance, commanded an overnight halt so that his wife could be relieved. (Martin Lings, “Muhammad,” 1983).
- Contemporaries of the prophet noted how he appeared to be ageless, and still had the sparkle of youth while well into his fifties. Others described how the Prophet’s body remained cool and lacking of sweat, while others suffered from the oppressive heat (al-Bukahri, LXI, 22). Jaabir bin Samurah stated, “I saw the Seal of Prophethood of Rasullullah (saas) between his two shoulders” (Tirmidhi Hadith, 1524).
The Prophet’s call to worship one god was a radical departure from the idol worship among the Arab tribes. The tribal elders viewed the Prophet and his companions as the destroyers of their traditions and culture. Almost everywhere the followers of Islam went, they were faced with anger, hatred, taunts, physical violence, and rejection. (Hamid, “Companions of the Prophet,” 1998)
- The angel Gabriel visited the Prophet in the cave of Hira. The angel commanded him to read three times, and each time the Prophet replied, “I do not know how to read.” The angel then physically overwhelmed the Prophet. After the initial meeting with Gabriel, the Prophet’s heart was beating wildly, and he feared that he had become possessed by a devil or genie. He went to Khadijah and begged, “Cover me! Cover me!” (al-Bukhari, I, 3).
Khadijah was an outstanding woman of her time. She was independently wealthy after being widowed twice. In effect, she was a merchant, though she hired others–including the Prophet–to do her trading for her. She was also a woman who took personal matters into her own hands: she proposed marriage to a man who was at least 15 years her junior! Khadijah and the Prophet had a very successful marriage. (Bint Al-Shati, “The Wives of Prophet Muhammad,” 2006)
- Ibn Ishaq (d. ca. 761), an early Islamic biographer, stated about Amina’s pregnancy: “While she was carrying the child in her womb she saw a light issue from her which illuminated even the castles of Busra in Syria.” (“Life of Muhammad,” Translated by Michael Edwardes, 2003). Ibn Ishaq also mentions that Amina told others that she heard a voice speak to her, proclaiming that her child should be called Muhammad and that he would be a leader of the people.