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Months of Islamic Calendar
What is the Islamic calendar named? Find out in this quiz.

Months of Islamic Calendar

Muslims measure the passage of time using the Islamic (Hijrah/Hijri) calendar. This calendar has twelve lunar months, the beginnings and endings of which are determined by the sighting of the crescent moon - each month comprises of either 29 days or 30 days. The Islamic calendar has twelve months, it starts after sunset, the day when the lunar crescent is visually sighted. The lunar year is approximately 354 days long.

The Islamic calendar is based on the year Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his Sahabah, the Companions, emigrated to Madinah from Makkah. The Arabic word Hijrah means emigration. The migration (Hijrah) is one of the important phases of Islamic history, as it was the first step in the formation of the first Islamic State, Madinah.

1.
How many days does an Islamic month consist of?
28 or 29 days
29 or 30 days
30 or 31 days
31 or 32 days
An Islamic calendar month consists of either 29 days or 30 days. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) narrated that ”…..The month is like this and like this, meaning that it is twenty-nine sometimes and thirty sometimes” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol.3, No.137)
2.
In which month do Muslims from all across the world fast for a month from dawn to dusk?
Ramadhan
Shabaan
Muharram
Rai-ul-Awwal
Muslims from all across the world fast during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadhan. Ramadhan is also called the Month of the Quran in which: “…the Quran was sent down as guidance for the people.” (Quran 2:185). During this period from dawn to dusk, Muslims eat not a grain of food nor drink a drop of water, no matter how delicious the dish or how hungry or thirsty they feel
3.
What are the four months which are considered sacred in Islam, when warfare and any kind of fighting is prohibited?
Muharram, Safar, Rajjab, Shaaban
Muharram, Rajjab, Dhul-Qaida, Dhul- Hijjah
Muharram, Ramadhan, Shawwal, Shaaban
There are no sacred months
In the Islamic calendar, four months (Muharram, Rajjab, Dhul-Qaida, Dhul- Hijjah) are considered sacred months during which any kind of warfare or fighting is prohibited
4.
During the month of Dhul-Hijjah which important Pillar of Islam is commemorated?
Sawm (Fasting)
Hajj (Pilgrimage)
Zakath (Obligatory Charity)
None of the above
The Hajj (Pilgrimage to Makkah) is the fifth of the fundamental Muslim practices and institutions known as the five Pillars of Islam. The pilgrimage takes place each year between the 8th and the 13th days of Dhul-Hijjah, the 12th month of the Muslim lunar calendar
5.
What is the Islamic calendar named?
Hijrah / Hijri calendar
Gregorian calendar
Roman calendar
Persian calendar
The Islamic calendar is based on the year Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his Sahabah, the Companions, emigrated to Madinah from Makkah. The Arabic word Hijrah means emigration. The migration (Hijrah) is one of the important phases of Islamic history, as it was the first step in the formation of the first Islamic State, Madinah
6.
The Islamic calendar is based on which of the following cycles?
Solar
Lunar
Both sonar and lunar
None of the above
The Islamic calendar is based on a lunar cycle, and each month comprises of either 29 days or 30 days
7.
What is the first month of the Islamic calendar?
Rajjab
Ramadhan
Dhul-Hijjah
Muharram
The Islamic calendar begins with the month of Muharram
8.
During which month is Eid-ul-Adha celebrated?
Shawwal
Ramadhan
Dhul-Hijjah
Muharram
Edi-ul-Adha is celebrated during the month of Dhul-Hijjah which also is the month when Muslims from all across the world come to Makkah for the Hajj (Pilgrimage), and this is also the last month of the Islamic calendar
9.
In which month was the Quran revealed?
Rabi-ul-Awwal
Muharram
Shaaban
Ramadhan
Ramadhan is also called the Month of the Quran in which: “…the Quran was sent down as guidance for the people.” (Quran 2:185)
10.
When is the Islamic festival Eid-ul-Fitr celebrated?
1st day of Ramadhan
1st day of Shawwal
1st day of Shaaban
1st day of Muharram
Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated on the first day of the month of Shawwal, after completing the month-long fasting during the ninth month, Ramadhan

 

Author:  Mohammed Azmath

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