How Much Do You Know About Hajj?

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Selection By: Maria Ejaz

Nearly two million Muslims embark each year on the Hajj, the holy pilgrimage to Mecca that is one of Islam's "Five Pillars" of religious obligation. The rituals of Hajj are precise and rooted in ancient history, spirituality, and above all complete submission to Allah سبحانہ وتعالی. What do you know about the Hajj? Test your knowledge of this ancient pilgrimage and take our quiz.
 

1. Muslims must go on the Hajj how many times in their life?
• Once a year after they reach puberty
•  Once in their lifetime as long as they are financially and physically able
• Once in their lifetime no matter what
•  Twice--once as a child and once as an adult

 

2. What does the word "Hajj" mean?
•  Submission to the will of God
•  A state of perpetual peace
•  To resolve to visit a holy place
•  To wage an internal war for spirituality

 

3. Who built the Ka'ba, the holy house of Allah that Muslims visit during Hajj?
• The Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم
• The Prophet Musa (Moses) علیہ السلام
•  The Prophet Adam علیہ السلام
• The Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) علیہ السلام

 

4. When did the Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ وسلم perform the first Hajj?
• When he traveled from Medina to Mecca after a previously aborted attempt
• During the first year of his prophethood
• During the last year of his prophethood
• He didn't perform a Hajj pilgrimage

 

5. What does the Hajj pilgrimage entail?
• A visit to all the holy sites in Mecca
• A series of rites at the Grand Mosque in Mecca and in the surrounding lands
• A visit to the holy sites in Mecca and Madinah
• A lengthy visit to the Grand Mosque in Mecca

 

6. Muslims must wear special clothes, called an ihram, during the Hajj. What does this entail for men?
• A full-length Arab-style white robe
• A knee-length shirt with pants
• Two unsewn pieces of white cloth, one wrapped around the waist, the other worn over one shoulder
•  One large piece of white cloth worn like a sari

 

7. What is the name of the chant that Muslims recite throughout the Hajj?
•  The Talbiya
• Al-Fatiha
•  The Declaration of the Hajj
• The Kalma

 

8. During the Hajj, Muslims circle the Ka'ba in the Grand Mosque how many times?
•  One
• Seven
•  Ten
•  Five

 

9. What is considered to be the most important part of the Hajj?
• The day the pilgrims spend praying on the Plains of Arafat
• When pilgrims circle the Ka'ba
•  The two or three days pilgrims spend praying in the valley of Mina
•  When pilgrims stone the three pillars that represent the devil

 

10. Pilgrims must run between the hills of Safa and Marwa in the Grand Mosque seven times. What does that represent?
• The number of times the Prophet Ibrahim tried to build the Ka'ba before he succeeded
• The number of times the Prophet Muhammad performed the Hajj in his lifetime
• The number of miles the Prophet Muhammad traveled from Medina to Mecca to perform the Hajj
• The number of times Hagar ran back and forth between the hills searching for food for her son, Ishmael

 

11. Which major Muslim festival marks the end of Hajj?
• Eid-ul-Fitr
• Ashura
• Eid-ul-Adha
•  Lailat-ul-Qadr

 

12. At the end of the Hajj, Muslims sacrifice an animal and share the meat with the poor. This act honors what ancient story?
• When the Prophet Ibrahim was instructed by God to sacrifice an animal instead of his son
• When the Prophet Muhammad sacrificed an animal to feed all the Hajj pilgrims
• When the Prophet Adam sacrificed an animal for food after arriving on earth
• When the Prophet Muhammad sacrificed an animal to feed the poor of Mecca

 

Answers
1 : Once in their lifetime as long as they are financially and physically able
2: To resolve to visit a holy place
3: The Prophet Ibrahim (Abraham)
4: When he traveled from Medina to Mecca after a previously aborted attempt
5: A series of rites at the Grand Mosque in Mecca and in the surrounding lands
6: Two unsewn pieces of white cloth, one wrapped around the waist, the other worn over one shoulder
7: The Talbiya
8: Seven
9: The day the pilgrims spend praying on the Plains of Arafat
10: The number of times Hagar ran back and forth between the hills searching for food for her son, Ishmael
11: Eid-ul-Adha
12: When the Prophet Ibrahim was instructed by God to sacrifice an animal instead of his son