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Answers! Qur’an Quiz: How Well Do YOU Know The Book of Allah? [Great Prizes!]


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Salaam Alaikum

Well, with the month of Ramadan officially over (may Allah accept our good deeds and allow us to witness many more!), we have the chance once again to reacquaint  ourselves with the Book of Allah. Many of us heard it during tarawih, many others read it cover to cover, and those who were blessed by Allah did both!

So, in order to test how well we were paying attention, here’s a short ‘Quran quiz‘ involving simple facts that anyone can look up (note: the tajwid questions are based upon the reading of Hafs).

And as part of MM’s goal of increased reader interactivity, the FIRST THREE people to e-mail us the correct response will get Dar-us-Salam gift certificates

Bismillah, let the games begin:

  1. List ALL the verses in the Quran in which all 28 letters of the Arabic alphabet occur (all 28 in one verse).
  2. In which Surah does the Divine Name ‘Allah’ occur in every verse?
  3. List the three longest words in the Quran.
  4. There are eight species of insects (and bugs) mentioned in the Quran – what are they?
  5. List three verses in the Quran that begin with the letter sheen ش; and then three other verses that begin with the letter daal د .
  6. List one verse in the Quran that begins with the letter dha ظ ; then list one verse that finishes with the letter daad ض.
  7. Typically, the Quran mentions the ‘heavens’ before the ‘earth’, as in ‘Allah created the heavens and earth.’ How many times in the Quran does the opposite occur (‘earth’ mentioned before ‘heaven’), and where?
  8. Mention a series of seven consecutive verses in the Quran, each of which ends with two DIFFERENT names of Allah, for a total of fourteen unique names at the ends of these seven verses.
  9. In which verse does the meem sound م  occur FIVE times consecutively, without any letter in between breaking this consecutive series?
  10. Mention the FIVE prophets whom Allah informed of their coming before they were born.

Start reading and researching, and remember: these questions were chosen with YOU in mind, no detailed knowledge of tafsir or aqidah or hadith needed to respond!




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Sh. Dr. Yasir Qadhi is someone that believes that one's life should be judged by more than just academic degrees and scholastic accomplishments. Friends and foe alike acknowledge that one of his main weaknesses is ice-cream, which he seems to enjoy with a rather sinister passion. The highlight of his day is twirling his little girl (a.k.a. "my little princess") round and round in the air and watching her squeal with joy. A few tid-bits from his mundane life: Sh. Yasir has a Bachelors in Hadith and a Masters in Theology from Islamic University of Madinah, and a PhD in Islamic Studies from Yale University. He is an instructor and Dean of Academic Affairs at AlMaghrib, and the Resident Scholar of the Memphis Islamic Center.



  1. Yasir Qadhi

    October 3, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Salaam Alaikum

    BTW, please DO NOT post answers here – any posted answers will be deleted immediately. Send in your answers via e-mail.

    Once we get the winning entries, we’ll post the answers here.

    Open up the mushaf and get started!


    • Brother

      March 27, 2015 at 10:28 AM


      Regarding the quiz regarding the Holy Quran, I think its great. And May Allah reward you for your love of Quran! Surely there is no reward except Jannah itself!

      Just to inform you there are four verses in the Holy Quran which begin with the letter Sheen and not three, See the ayah from Surah Nahl, Verse 121 Parah 14

      May Allah reward you for your work.


  2. H

    October 3, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Whats an audiotape?!? haha

  3. Siraaj

    October 3, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    An interesting quiz, but tape-sets?


  4. Siraaj

    October 3, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Can you send us tape player too?


  5. Hidaya

    October 3, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    What about those who already have hereafter? Can we get some other sets? Like the lives of the Prophets…?

  6. Umm Reem

    October 3, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Are the authors allowed to participate?

  7. J

    October 3, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Is it okay if I work on this with a partner (and we agree to split the prize)?

  8. Amad

    October 3, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    The audiotapes are just an extra “throw-in”… we need to give them away before they truly become archaic :) The CDs are reserved for the short-story contest winners.

    If you already have your hereafter set (pun intended), then you can give it away to a friend :)

    And no, authors are not allowed to participate, sorry.

  9. Amad

    October 3, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    J, you can work with whoever you like (though if you work with your Masjid’s imam, that may take away the purpose of expending your own effort) even with Sheikh Google.

  10. ibnabeeomar

    October 3, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    dont consider tapes outdated, consider them a collector’s item.

  11. Umm Reem

    October 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    a question about longest letter, can we ask here or email?

  12. Amad

    October 3, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    You can ask questions about questions… clarifications.

    • shazz

      October 8, 2009 at 7:27 AM

      how many time the bismillah ar rahman nir rahim reapeed in holy quran?

  13. ayesha

    October 3, 2008 at 1:03 PM


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  15. RestingTraveller

    October 3, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Can you submit questions twice? like if you enter some answers then you realized it was wrong or something, can you submit a new set of answers?

  16. ibnabeeomar

    October 3, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    ayesha: whats confusing about the 9th question?

    restingtraveller: first email with the correct answers wins.

    but if you just keep guessing and sending emails.. we might not take too kindly to that :)

  17. umtalhah

    October 3, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    question # 3: longest in recitation or writing

  18. Abdul Sattar

    October 3, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Man, at work! argh! Can’t get to this till I get home

  19. ayesha

    October 3, 2008 at 2:06 PM


  20. RestingTraveller

    October 3, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    When will the winners be announced inshaAllah?

  21. Amad

    October 3, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    As soon as we receive 3 winning emails. So, until you (a) see a result posted here, or (b) see your email bounce, KEEP going!

  22. Hassan

    October 3, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Masha’Allah, I do not know the answers, but it is really good test, we should have this more often, even without prizes.

  23. Anisa

    October 3, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Asalaamu Alaiakum wa Rhamatullahiwa barakatu,

    Masha’Allah, TabarakAllah,

    Neat Idea

  24. ilmsummitee

    October 3, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    I love quran contests………………….may the best of us and most sincere win! Ameen ya Rab.

    MashAllah, lovin’ the creativity MM!
    JazakumuAllahu khairan for that somewhat mind-grinding quiz….. a wonderful post-Ramadan treat :D

    Please can you guys post the answers once the winners are announced, BarakAllahu feekum.

  25. RestingTraveller

    October 3, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    I agree with brother hassan! this was so nice mashaAllah. Definitely not “short” like shaykh Yasir said, but a nice brain exercise. Jazakum Allahu khayran.

  26. Abu Abdurrahman

    October 3, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullah

    Maybe I shouldn’t be asking this ‘coz I probably won’t get time to do the full quiz, but just a thought….aren’t there actually 6 Prophets that were mentioned before their coming? Just wondering.

    Wallahu ‘alam


  27. Yasir Qadhi

    October 3, 2008 at 7:51 PM

    @Abu Abdurrahman

    Nice attempt, but only five are mentioned by name before birth.


  28. Sana K

    October 3, 2008 at 7:57 PM

    SubhanAllah a member of my family has been working on this for most of the day, and after sending in his answer has had me checking his email and refreshing this page to see if he won…lol

    JazakumAllahu Khayran for this challenge, may the Quran be the light of our hearts and the guide for our actions. Ameen!

  29. Emad

    October 3, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Hmmm I wish I knew that before sending my answers….Is there really more than once verse that has all the alphabets in it? I searched and only found one.

  30. Emad

    October 3, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Sorry to post twice in a row, but if no one gets all three correct, when will you decide to end it and choose those with the most answers correct? Any idea? A week, month? couple days?…

  31. umtalhah

    October 3, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    no one is answering my question??!!

  32. Yasir Qadhi

    October 3, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    As of yet no 100 % correct answers, although two came very close.

    UmTalhah: A ‘word’ in Arabic is clearly defined (meaning grammatically), and I’m asking for the three words that have the most letters in them. I don’t think I’m understanding your question?

  33. Nazir Khan

    October 3, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    ^were they close because they had mistakes or because they were incomplete? =D

    Is question number 5 considered a “tajweed question” ?

  34. Emad

    October 3, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Dear Shaikh Yasir, Jazak Allah khair for posting this. I enjoyed filling out the questions, but if I may please ask a question: what is the benefit of these kinds of questions? I found myself spending about an hour looking for a verse that ends with the letter daad.

  35. RestingTraveller

    October 3, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Question about #7, does the ayah have to be referring to the creation of the heavens and the earth? Or just that Allah mentions earth before heavens?

  36. Yasir Qadhi

    October 3, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    @ Emad:

    Obviously such benefits are not directly related to the meanings of the Quran; but insha Allah the very fact that you had to spend an hour with the Quran, reading dozens and dozens of verses, is itself a great blessing, no? And throughout the centuries, our scholars have given much more precise quizzes than these ones (you should see some of the questions that great scholars have prepared in this vein!), merely to show how precisely and perfectly our religion has been preserved.

    @ RestingTraveller

    No, just that the phrase ‘earth and heavens’ occurs.

  37. RestingTraveller

    October 4, 2008 at 12:12 AM

    Jazakum Allahu khayr. Just further clarification on that question, does it have to be in that order like earth then right after has samaa’/samaawaat? (like al ardha was samaawaat) or can it have words in between. (I don’t want to post any examples but I hope that makes sense).

  38. Amad

    October 4, 2008 at 12:53 AM

    salam.. people are turning in multiple versions and it is getting tedious.

    So, from now on, turn in ONLY one time. Future emails from same person will be disregarded.

  39. Emad

    October 4, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    Dear Amad, I fixed one of my questions because Sh Yasir may Allah preserve him clarified that the Prophets should be mentioned by name. Can you kindly accept that correction on my part, the question did not state it. Jazak Allah khair.

  40. Naeem

    October 4, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    so like is shadda counted as two letters or one?

  41. Naeem

    October 4, 2008 at 2:00 AM

    also the question itself doesnt mention that the prophets have to be mentioned by name. so i think people might get confused there.

  42. ilmsummitee

    October 4, 2008 at 5:51 AM

    So, as someone has already asked……. are we waiting for the 100% correct quizzes, until they finally arrive, or are the very close quizzes going to be given any though? :D

    I know, we need to have patience, Wa Allahu Al-Mustaan.

    but, if Sheikh you are kind enough to just answer the question to give us an idea for those of us who thought we might have had a chance.

  43. umtalhah

    October 4, 2008 at 8:24 AM

    w.r.t. question # 3, my question is sometimes prefixes and suffixes are added to a word, ‘fa’, ‘li’, ‘wa’, possessive pronouns, etc. the longest word we are to find, is it including the prefixes and suffixes or without them?

  44. RestingTraveller

    October 4, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    prophets by name!! :( I wish that was clarified, now we cannot change our answers.

    InshaAllah for next time the questions should be crystal clear, because the question in the post does not mention the Prophets have to be mentioned by name.

  45. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 4, 2008 at 9:12 AM

    innalhamdolillah. i wish i was so familiar with the Qur’an to attempt this quiz. may Allah reward those with knowledge, and make it’s acquisition and correct use easier for all of us.

    speaking of which, shaykh Yasir will be in Houston this November, inshaAllah, teaching Ulumul-Qur’an (Qur’anic Sciences). enroll now!

    got excuses? give them a black eye!

  46. IbnAbbas

    October 4, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Assalaamu a’laikum.

    This is HARD. Are we allowed to use those softwares to search for those words in the quran? like ‘Maktabah Shamilah’

  47. ilmsummitee

    October 4, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    I agree with you, RestingTraveler. Same thing happened to me………….. :(
    La Hawla wala qoowata ela Billah.

  48. Yasir Qadhi

    October 4, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Salaam Alaikum

    If you submitted a previous entry where you missed out on the last question by mentioning five prophets who are not necessarily named, you may re-submit as long as that last entry is the only entry you change, and also that your first entry actually had five candidates. Since the question was not explicit I agree that another chance should be given.


  49. umtalhah

    October 4, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    salam alaikum,

    my question, pls????

  50. Abu Abdurrahman

    October 4, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Yasir….Sorry for causing the stir, forgive me inshallah!


    Abu Aburrahman

  51. B

    October 4, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Any winners yet?

  52. ibnabeeomar

    October 4, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    One confirmed winner so far…. stay tuned :)

  53. B

    October 4, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Does his name start with an A? ;)

  54. ibnabeeomar

    October 4, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    i think we have all 3 winners.. we are waiting for verification and then we’ll officially close the contest

  55. Cookies

    October 4, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Ahh… the quiz is HARD! I’m waiting for the answers to come out :D

  56. Osman

    October 4, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    I agree its very hard!

  57. Nihal A. Khan

    October 4, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    i just sent mine in….just cuz of one answer, i was holding off from sending it in.

  58. Nihal A. Khan

    October 4, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    by the way, when will the winners be announced?

  59. Amad

    October 4, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Nihal, they are in “final processing”… expect it later tonight or tomorrow inshallah. If there are folks planning to give it a try, I think it may be a bit too late now :)

    By the way, did everyone sign up on either the google group or facebook group?? If you haven’t, do so… there is even a chance that we may run a quiz only on the groups, because these lists provide an invaluable resource for MM to keep readers informed about urgent announcements or posts or quizzes (like this one).


  60. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 5, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    bismillah. i really want to know the answers! next time, let the winners be those who win within 24 hours. otherwise it’s like an unlimited time open-book test. i never liked those. :)

  61. Nihal A. Khan

    October 5, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    We’re still anticipating the winners…cmon, tell us! :D

  62. ayesha

    October 5, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    assalamualikum…….well i thought the winners were confirmed!!!!!!!!……….then why is it taking so long!!!!!!!!!

  63. Travelller

    October 5, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    maybe the shaykh changed his mind Again!!!

  64. Bint Bashir

    October 5, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Patience is a virtue

  65. ali

    October 5, 2008 at 1:28 PM

    I wonder if some thing important is happening on the other end. Maybe they have some sort of project that they are working on. or, they just want to keep us in suspense.

  66. Amad

    October 5, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    There were two things we are testing here. One u know, the other is patience :) The wknd after eid is usually busy for folks, so we r trying to squeeze in time. Final verification is left to go.


  67. ayesha

    October 5, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    fa sabarun jameel !!!!!:)

  68. RestingTraveller

    October 5, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    patience is at the first stroke of calamity guys ;) wa lillahil hamd.

    Jazakum Allahu khayran MM, I really enjoyed this and inshaAllah I hope you all continue to do it in the future!!

  69. Amad

    October 5, 2008 at 3:37 PM

    jazakumAllahkhair for everyone’s patience… I think the inadvertent patience test was a great success too :)

    Answers are attached. We are awaiting some more info. from the three winners. Check your emails to see if you got a message from us, and REPLY ASAP!! Don’t post your victory speech here until we announce :)

  70. OK

    October 5, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum
    One correction for the answer to the first question, it is actually Surah Al-Fath ayah 29 (but the ayah does start with Muhammad :)).

    This kept me up one night in bed just thinking about ayahs that start with sheen. :)

    One other piece of trivia, there is another ayah that start with daal if we take the reading of Nafi’, that is the end of Surah Al-An’aam (middle of ayah 161 for Hafs) – دينا قيما ملة إبراهيم حنيفا وما كان من المشركين

  71. AnonyMouse

    October 5, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Heyyyyy… @ question 9: “In which verse does the meem sound م occur FIVE times consecutively, without any letter in between breaking this consecutive series?”

    But there’s a noon in between the fourth and fifth meem!

    @ reading of Nafi’
    Shaykh Yasir did mention that it was all according to the reading of Hafs…

  72. Nazir Khan

    October 5, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    According to the rules of tajweed that noon is not pronounced. Notice that question nine asks for “meem SOUNDS”.

    Also, Hafs was mentioned but it said for tajweed questions, and I asked earlier if the question on the beginning of the ayaat was considered a “tajweed question” since technically it isn’t.

    Lastly, I thought of some other ayaat for question 7 after submitting which also weren’t found in the answer page. These ayaat are 46:4 and 35:40, both mention earth before heaven as well.


  73. Nazir Khan

    October 5, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    I forgot to mention that answers for question 7 accidentally included 20:4 and 14:48 under the heading “The phrase “fil-ardi wa laa fis-samaa” when it doesn’t occur in these ayaat, although they do have the reverse order with earth appearing before heavens.

    and btw, jazakumAllahu khayran for this wonderful challenge – may Allah make each and everyone of us Saahib al-Qur’an, ameen.

  74. Reem

    October 5, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    where are the answers and iwnners?
    me and my bro only had one more question left but we did not get it :(

  75. OM

    October 5, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Can someone please explain how Muhammad:29 has all the letters of the alphabet. I couldn’t find all of them. JK

  76. RestingTraveller

    October 5, 2008 at 5:30 PM

    ^^That is a typo, it should be Surah Fath: 29.

  77. OK

    October 5, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Assalamu Alaikum,
    Actually the beginning of the ayahs are part of the science of Tajweed. The way of reading the Qur’an is dependent on the beginning and ending of the ayahs, as certain rules only apply to the endings of the ayahs (taqleel in the narration of Warsh for instance), and the scholars of Qur’an also differed on whether or not it is better to stop at the ending of all ayahs or to continue in cases where the full meaning depends on the next verse (such as الذين هم عن صلاتهم ساهون) in Surah Ma’oon. So definitely the beginning and ending of ayahs fall under tajweed.

  78. Amad

    October 5, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Typo corrected. Fath-29.

  79. Yasir Qadhi

    October 5, 2008 at 6:23 PM

    And the winners are:
    Yusra Osman, making Qabeelah Nurayn proud!

    Nazir Khan from Hamilton, ON… making AlMaghrib’s Qabeelah Majd proud


    Sumayya from Orange County, CA

  80. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 5, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    mashaAllah! may Allah reward your love for the Qur’an and your knowledge of it with much joy and comfort on the Day of Judgment and thereafter. and may Allah hasten the rest of us to catch up to you and race with you towards Jannat al Firdaus.

  81. Cookies

    October 5, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Everyone needs to start taking Al Maghrib classes!!!

    Subhanallah, it feel like I know NOTHING about the Quran after reading the quiz, urges me to learn.

    Congrats to the winners :)!

  82. ayesha

    October 6, 2008 at 1:37 AM

    barakallahufeekum* to the winners and all those who were a part of the quiz!!!!!!!

  83. Nihal A. Khan

    October 6, 2008 at 5:48 AM

    Where was the third “daal?”

    I went through the whole Qur’aan, and the “Mu’jam” Quran index 3 times and found only 2.

  84. OK

    October 6, 2008 at 9:08 AM

    Assalamu Alaikum
    A couple more ten letter words that are not mentioned in the answers:

    أَتُحَاجُّونَنَا 2:139
    أَتُحَاجُّونِّي 6:80

    Also, the first answer mentioned in the answers sheet is 11 letters, while the others are 10.

    Technically, all of these examples in Arabic are more than one word. The longest single word from an Arabic grammar perspective is مدهامّتان in Surah Al-Rahman with nine letters.

  85. Umm Reem

    October 6, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Where was the third “daal?”
    I went through the whole Qur’aan, and the “Mu’jam” Quran index 3 times and found only 2.

    try these:
    Nisaa:96, saffaat: 9, yonus 10

  86. ilmsummitee

    October 6, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Mabrook to all the winners!

    And JazakumuAllahu khairan, MM, for posting the answers.

    As for all of us who spent alot, little, or whatever time to conquer this quiz let us keep our intentions clear, (*wipe that tear and sad face*)…..of course speaking to myself first…… and may Allah reward us with something much better ;) And Alhamdulilah we learned a few facts and tidbits of quranic knowledge.

    BarakAllahu feekum jamee’an.

  87. Amad

    October 6, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Whether you got “a prize” or not, everyone who spent a little time with the Quran, in fact won. There were no losers in this contest, and that’s the beauty of it. The rewards from Allah are far superior to any rewards we could have offered :)

    Congratulations to everyone.

  88. ilmsummitee

    October 6, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    For the last question, a question to anyone who may know:

    Wouldnt Musa (alayhi salam) be considered as one of those anbiyaa’? Especially in surat qisaas when his name is used as he was an infant and his mother was undecided of whether to cast him off in the river or not?

    If anyone has a good answer, please explain, wa JZK.

  89. Yusuf

    October 6, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Congratz for the winners. Can we get the answers now?

  90. ilmsummitee

    October 6, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    @ Yusuf the answers are posted up, (as a link) above the article.

    By the way I got the answer to my question :)

    Even though sayeedana Musa was mentioned by name the nuboowah was not explicit as it was mentioned for the others. I dont know if my explanation is good, but I understand it.

    I had another question crop up, also with the insects question: in surat Saba’, on the second page with Prophet Sulaimans death, the “daabatu Al-ard” (or termites) is that not considered an insect?

    wasalams once again.

  91. Marjaan Mohammed

    October 6, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Salam Alaikum.

    I just wanted to tell you that the ankabuut (spider), isn’t an insect. It is an arachnid. I just wanted to let you know.


  92. Amad

    October 6, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    wasalam… Marjaan, good catch. I should tell you that you were pretty close to winning. Keep up the good work!

  93. Trapped In This Dunya

    October 6, 2008 at 11:39 PM

    Mashallah Mabrook winners!
    Summayya you are doing us californians proud… now give me the answers :D

  94. Trapped In This Dunya

    October 6, 2008 at 11:41 PM

    Never mind.. i see where i can get them!

  95. OK

    October 7, 2008 at 4:37 AM

    Assalamu Alaikum
    Ilmsummitee, Prophet Musa was not mentioned by name before he was born. As for the insect that ate the staff of Prophet Sulayman, دابّة الأرض literally means animal of the earth, so it is not the name of a specific insect.

  96. ilmsummitee

    October 7, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    @ OK

    JazakumuAllahu khairan for your response. Now, I understand the prophet questions but I still think the dabaatu Al-ard eluded to an insect and it could’ve been fair game, :)

    Anyways, it was a good quiz. I think I enjoyed questions relating to more factual info like the insects and prophets and consectutive letter questions more than those of the words starting with or ending with specific letters.

    Can we get another quiz going? Its doesnt need to include a prize, I just want another challenge. :D

  97. AmatulWadood

    October 7, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Jazakum Allahu khayran MM!

    This was a very nice challenge; some of my friends and family are still stumped on these questions.

    I agree with ilmsummitee, please have another quiz soon bi’ithnillah.

  98. Umm Reem

    October 7, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    I just wanted to tell you that the ankabuut (spider), isn’t an insect. It is an arachnid.

    hmm…i didn’t know that! :)

  99. Saif

    October 7, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Well, the question did say ‘insects and bugs’ hence a spider would be included :D

  100. Marjaan Mohammed

    October 8, 2008 at 11:18 PM


    I was just wondering, all those who entered the spider as an insect should be disqualified, then, shouldn’t they??

  101. Amad

    October 9, 2008 at 8:33 AM

    Marjaan, a spider is a bug (and so it is covered). Contest’s over, prizes gone :)

    You know you remind me of someone that Yasir & I befriended back in our college days. He loved to make a point, and insisted on it, until the cows came home. Give salam to your dad, and tell him not to be a stranger to MM :)

    P.S. I am just teasing Marjaan, my niece :)

  102. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 9, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    bismillah. i had the same reaction to spider as Marjaan, “not an insect.” and nope, Amad, not a bug either. a dictionary or children’s encyclopedia should clarify the point for those who insist on either term being correct for spiders… Amad, how about “small, creepy, crawly, or flying things with many legs”?

    in any case, the amir of the contest determined who won (finally) and distributed prizes. all good. so, the point now is just to better understand the way things are classified in the Qur’an.

    does choice of language matter here? in english (because of advances in biology) whales are not fish. but you hear a lot of Muslims talk about the fish that swallowed Yunus (Jonah) alayhis salam. is that just a reflection of weak english proficiency? or is it that Arabic might not make the same distinction between fish and sea-mammals? a distinction only made in English because the language evolved to accommodate the advances in biology?

  103. AmatulWadood

    October 9, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    ^Allahu a’lam. I looked up ‘huut’ in the lexicon and it says any great fish/a big fish, not necessarily a whale. Allah knows best.

  104. AbuAbdAllah, the Houstonian

    October 9, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    bismillah. my point, exactly. :) whales are not fish at all. and most of the scholars who talk to gatherings about Yunus alayhis salam will use both terms interchangeably. the deficiency may be in the translation — Allah Knows the distinctions between fish and mammals, but the word in Arabic that we translate as “any great fish/ a big fish” may truly mean something like “very large creatures that swim in the ocean” or something like that.

  105. Salman

    October 16, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Please where can i find the answers to these questions?
    Would i able to find them or can someone these to me?

    Jazakallah kher,

  106. ilmsummitee

    October 16, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    @ brother Salman

    The answers are in the link above ^

    Scroll above the article, at the very beginning and right after it says: “JazakumAllah Khair for the patience. The answers are attached. For any disputes, you’ll have to battle it out with Shaykh Yasir……” they have them as a pdf file.

    hope this helps.

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