ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 10

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1.    A man approached Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) in Shaam and out of his ignorance thanked Allah (SWT) for the suffering that the Imam (AS) and his family were going through. The Imam (AS) responded with 3 verses of the Holy Quran which showed him the true position of the Ahlul Bayt. What were these 3 verses?
    D.  8:41, 33:33, and 42:23

2.    In Surah Al-Anam Allah (SWT) commands us not to abuse those who the polytheists call on besides Allah (SWT). What reason does Allah (SWT) then give for why we should refrain from doing so?
    C.  So that the polytheists out of their hostility do not in turn abuse Allah (SWT) in their ignorance.

    The verse in question that refers to this is 6:108.

3.    When some people on the side of Imam Ali (AS) in Siffin were abusing Mu’awiyah, what did Imam Ali (AS) say to them in response?
    •    Imam Ali (AS) informed them that they should address their problems with Mu’awiyah in light of how Mu’awiyah has deviated from the Sunnah of the Holy Prophet (SAW).

4.    The tongue is something that is a great blessing of Allah (SWT) but must be controlled. What has Imam Ali (AS) said about the tongue as mentioned in the lecture?
    C.  The weight of the tongue is so small but its power is so great

5.    In his sermon Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) said “O people Allah (SWT) has granted us (the Ahlul Bayt) 6 Virtues more than anyone else, of which forbearance was one of them.  List 4 other virtues that he referred to?

    Any four of the following will be accepted:
    1)    Knowledge
    2)    Eloquence
    3)    Courage
    4)    Generosity
    5)    The Believers love for us
6.    An example of the forbearance of Rasulullah (SAW) can be seen from the incident when he was severely insulted and pelted by stones by a people whom he went to call towards Islam and yet despite this he still prayed for their forgiveness.  What was the name of this place where he was insulted in such a manner?
    B.  Ta’if

7.    Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) also mentioned in his sermon in reference to Imam Ali (AS) that “I am the son of the one who fought in……” Which three battles did he then mention?
    D.  Badr, Uhud, Hunayn

8.    Why did Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) mention these 3 battles in particular?
    •    BADR: He mentioned Badr because it was in this battle that Imam Ali (AS) was responsible for killing 35 out of the 70 soldiers from the enemy who were killed in that battle.
    •    UHUD: He mentioned Uhud because it was in this battle that Imam Ali (AS) stayed with and defended the Holy Prophet (SAW)’s throughout whilst most of the others left him. It was here that Jibraeel (AS) told Rasulullah (SAW) “What a noble protector you have” to which Rasulullah (SAW) replied referring to Imam Ali (AS) “He from me and I am from him”.
    •    HUNAYN: He mentioned Hunayn because it was in this battle that when the Muslims suffered a setback against the enemy most of their 12,000 strong army fled and only 8 remained…one of whom was Imam Ali (AS) who led the army to victory.

9.     In one of these battles the Muslims began with a force of 12,000 men, but many fled during the battle. Which battle was this? How many soldiers remained? And Give the name of at least 2 of those who remained?
    •    It was the Battle of Hunayn
    •    8 Soldiers remained
    •    Soldiers who remained: (Any Two of the following will be accepted):
    o    Imam Ali (AS)
    o    Usamah bin Zaid
    o    Al-Fadhl ibn Abbas

10.    What are the 3 pre-requisites for every Majlis as taught to us by Imam Zainul Abideen (AS)

    That our attendance at the majlis or delivery of sermon should be:
    1)    ONLY for the pleasure of Allah (SWT) and for nothing else.
    So we should not be afraid of how people will respond to the Haqq.
    2)    Aimed to bring unity between the Ummah and to reform the Ummah.
    We should give our side as well the other sides of the argument.
    3)    Aware that there is a Great Reward (‘AJRAN ADHEEMA’) for those who sit on the pulpit and those who sit around it in attendance. This reflects the importance of physically attending Majalis wherever possible.

11.    Give the 4 factors mentioned in the lecture which influenced the way in which Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) delivered his sermon and what was the reason for why he devoted about 70% of the sermon in praise of Imam Ali (AS)’s merits.
    1)    He was addressing Yazid, who was outstanding in his grasp of poetry.
    2)    Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) could see the head of his father Imam Hussein (AS) being played with by Yazid.
    3)    There were Jewish Rabbis and Christian Priests also sitting in the court of Yazid.
    4)    That the people of sham had completely forgotten or were not aware of  who the Ahlul Bayt truly were.
    He devoted around 70% of the Sermon in praise of Imam Ali (AS) because :
    (Any one of the following or similar reason will be accepted):
    •    The image of Imam Ali (AS) had been completely destroyed in the eyes of the people of Shaam by the propaganda of Bani Ummayah.
    •    Mua’wiyah had instilled the cursing of Imam Ali (AS) from the pulpit after the Khutba of every Jumah Salaat.

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 9

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1.    Sayyeda Zainab (AS) said to Yazid in her sermon ”Amina Adli Yabna Tulaqa”. Who is the “Tulaqa” specifically referring to in this instance?
    B.  Abu Sufyan

2.    Who were the “Tulaqa”?
    C.   Those people who became Muslim on the day of the conquest of Mecca.

3.    Bibi Zainab (AS) mentions how Yazid’s grandmother Hind is the one who chewed the liver of the Noble? Who is the noble here referring to?
    C.  Hamza Ibn Abdul Muttalib – The uncle of Rasulullah (SAW).

4.    The first verse revealed on Hijab was addressed to men. Which verse of the Holy Quran is this and what are the 2 main requirements that men must fulfil in order to maintain their hijab as mentioned in this verse?
    •    24:30

    1)    The first requirement for men is that they should lower ‘from’ their gaze, meaning that they should lower the intensity of their gaze when they come across non Mahram women.
    2)    The second requirement is that they protect their private parts. This refers to an adequate covering of their private parts as well protecting themselves from the act of adultery.

5.    What are the 4 main requirements that women must fulfil in order to maintain their Hijab and which 2 verses of the Holy Quran refer to these?

    1)    The first requirement is that they should lower the intensity of their gaze when coming across non Mahram men.
    2)    The second requirement is that they should protect their private parts
    3)    The third requirement is that they should not display their charms except that which is already apparent and they should draw a veil over their bosoms. This includes wearing a covering over the head and neck.

    4)    The fourth requirement is that they should wear a ‘Jilbaab’ which is an additional cloth that one wears over the inner clothing in order that the shape of the body is not revealed.
    •    The first 3 of the above requirements are mentioned in verse 24:31
    •    The fourth requirement is mentioned in verse 33:59

6.    What is the ‘Jilbaab’ as mentioned in the Holy Quran?
    B.  An additional loose garment that covers the inner clothing such that the shape of the body is not revealed

7.    Which Quranic verse refers to the Taqwa as being the best form of covering or garment?    
    D. 7:26

8.    What are the 5 pre-requisites required before we can analyse and interpret the verses of the Holy Quran in a scholarly manner?

    1)    Knowledge of pre-Islamic poetry
    2)    Knowledge of pre-Islamic culture
    3)    Knowledge of Arabic Grammar
    4)    Knowledge of Narrations from Rasulullah (SAW) and his Ahlul Bayt
    5)    Knowledge of Jurisprudence/Fiqh

9.    What is The ‘Hijab of Taqwa’ as described in the lecture?
    A.    Being ever conscious of our role in upholding the true message of Islam.
10.    At the end of her sermon after thanking Allah (SWT) for having given them Happiness, Martyrdom and Blessings, what was the one thing that she asked Allah (SWT) for?

    •    That Allah (SWT) recompenses the martyrs who gave everything for the cause of Imam Hussain (AS).
    •    That Allah (SWT)  complete His rewards for the Martyrs
    •     That Allah (SWT) grants them (the Martyrs) an increase

11.    Why has Islam made Hijab a necessary requirement for all the beleivers? Mention the 3 types of Hijab in your answer giving examples wherever applicable.

    •    Allah (SWT) has made Hijab obligatory upon us firstly as a means of identity. Just as the Christians have a cross as their identifier, the Jews a skull cap, the Sikh’s a turban, in Islam the Hijab is also an identifier for our faith. Hijab as an identifier refers to the ‘Physical Hijab’ that is worn by women.
    •    Hijab being a form of identity is mentioned in verse 33:59 of the Holy Quran. (Bonus marks for those who mention this verse).
    •    Allah (SWT) wishes that we should be ambassadors for our faith in the way that we act with others. Therefore it is necessary that we observe the ‘Social Hijab’ in our interaction with other people. This means not acting in any contradictory to the true message of Islam and maintaining modesty in our interaction with non Mahram’s. This will ensure that we firstly protect ourselves from corruption and secondly that we will portray the correct image of Islam to others.
    •    The third type of Hijab is that of “Taqwa” which is where we are ever conscious of our role in upholding the true message of Islam, for example in standing up against oppression, doing good to others, teaching etc.
    •    This Hijab also refers to that consciousness we should have that Allah (SWT) is always watching us which acts as a necessary covering for us in protecting us from committing sins.
    •    The Hijab of Taqwa is mentioned in verse 7:26 of the Holy Quran. (Bonus marks for those who mention this verse).
    •    Additional marks for any relevant examples of the 3 types of Hijab

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 8

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1.    What is meant by ”Sadaqah Jariah”
    D.   An act of charity that we do that continues to benefit us after   our death

2.    Zaid was one of the sons of Imam Zainul Abideen (AS). Name the other 4 children of Imam Zainul Abideen (AS).
    •    Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (AS)
    •    Amr
    •    Ali
    •    Khadijah

3.    What do the Zaidis regard as their criteria for Imamat?
    C.    The Imam is one who is from the progeny of Ahl-e-Muhammad who rises up against the oppressive authority of his time.

4.    According to a hadith-e-Qudsi, what must we do in order for Allah (SWT) to grant us the power of ”Qun fa ya Quun?
    B.    Show our Obedience to Allah (SWT) in every matter

5.    What was one of the famous titles given to Zaid ibn Zainul Abideen (AS) which shows his devotion to the Holy Quran and translates as “partner or confederate of the Quran”?
    D.  Haleefil Quran

6.    According to the Sermon of Bibi Fatema (AS) given after the death of Rasulullah (SAW) what was the specific benefit of Salaat that she mentioned?
    D.  Salaat removes Arrogance and brings humility

7.    Who was the tyrant Caliph at the time of Zaid ibn Zainul Abideen (AS) who was eventually responsible for his martyrdom?
    D.   Hisham bin Abdul Malik

8.    Mention 2 narrations of Rasulullah (SAW) that referred to the esteemed status of Zaid ibn Zainul Abideen (AS) long before his birth.
    •    In one narration Rasulullah (SAW) referred to Zaid as ‘My son’ and said that ‘My son will be crucified by my Ummah and he will be a martyr of Ahlul Bayt’.
    The fact that Rasulullah (SAW) referred to him as ‘My son’ and ‘…Martyr of Ahlul bayt’ reflects the esteemed status and honour that he was given by Rasulullah (SAW).

    •    In another narration Rasulullah (SAW) says about Zaid ibn Zainul Abideen: ‘He will walk on the necks of people on the day of judgement’

    Here the walking ‘on the necks’ is in reference to how people will bow their heads in respect for him on that day thus further reflecting his esteemed status.

9.    What was one of Zaid ibn Zainul Abideen main aims for rising up against the evil Caliph?
    B.    To defend the honour of the esteemed personalities of the Ahlul Bayt and companions of the Holy Prophet (SAW).

    (His other main aim was to stand up against the oppressive policies of the tyrannical Ummayad regime)

10.    How was Zaid’s body treated after he died?
    •    His blessed body was hung from a tree for 4 years by the Ummayads as a sign to prevent others from rising up against them.
    •    When people started to visit his body in respect and reverence to him, the Ummayads could not take this so they then burnt his body and threw his ashes into the river furaat.

Describe at least 3 qualities of Zaid ibn Zainul Abideen (AS) which reflect his lofty status and immense devotion to Allah (SWT).
    •    It is said that he used to perform so much Sujood in devotion towards Allah (SWT) that the ‘meat of his forehead’ used to be exposed similar to that of his father Imam Zainul Abideen (AS).
    •    There was an instance when he was able to take out food from his empty pocket. When enquired how this was possible, he used to say that it is the result of the obedience towards Allah (SWT). It is reported from Hadith-e-Qudsi reports that those who obey Allah (SWT) completely – Allah (SWT) will grant them the power of “Qun fa ya Quun”
    •    He was known as ‘Haleefil Quran’ meaning the ‘confederate of the Quran’ because of his attachment to and devotion to the Holy Quran.

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 7

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1.    In what year was Abdallah ibn Ja’far (AS) born?
    A.    1 A.H

2.    Who was the mother of Abdallah ibn Ja’far (AS)?
    D.    Asma binte Umays

3.    Who were the 2 brothers of Abdallah ibn Ja’far who were also born in Abbysinia?
    C.  Aun and Muhammad

4.    In what year did Ja’far ibn Abu Talib (AS) return to Madina, when Rasulullah (SAW) said: “I do not know what to be happier with, Ali’s victory in Khayber or Ja’far’s return from Abbysinia”?
    B.    7 A.H

5.    What was the title given to Ja’far Ibn Abu Talib (AS) and why was he given such a title?
    •    He was given the title of “Tayyar” which means one who flies.
    •    He was given this title because he was killed in the battle of Muta in a similar way to that in which Hazrat Abbas (AS) was killed in that he had both his arms cut off. As a result Rasulullah (SAW) said that Allah (SWT) was so pleased with his sacrifice that he will replace his arms with wings in the akhirah

6.    After Bibi Fatema (AS), Bibi Khadija (AS), Bibi Aasiya (AS) and Bibi Maryam (AS), who were the 4 other ladies about whom Rasulullah (SAW) said that Jannah misses them?
    •    Asma binte Umays – The mother of Abdallah ibn Ja’far
    •    Salma binte Umays –The sister of Asma
    •    Maymuna – The wife of The Holy Prophet (SAW)
    •    Umm Fadhl – The mother of Abbas the uncle of the Prophet

7.    When Abdallah Ibn Ja’far (AS) married Bibi Zainab (AS) what were the 2 parts of the Mahr that was agreed between them?
    •    The first part was the same as the Mahr of Imam Ali (AS) to Bibi Fatema (AS) -480 Dirhams.
    •    The second part was a promise by Abdallah ibn Ja’far (AS) to let Bibi Zainab (AS) go if she ever has to accompany Imam Hussain (AS).

8.    Abdallah ibn Ja’far was well known for his generosity and was the first to be given the title of “Jawad”, what other famous title was he given?
    B.  “Abul Masaakeen” –‘Father of the poor’

9.    Which battles had Abdallah Ibn Ja’far (AS) been involved in?
    C.  Siffin, Naharwan, Jamal.

10.    Why did Abdallah ibn Ja’far (AS) not fight in Kerbala?.
    •    Because he had reached old age which had crippled him thereby rendering him unable to fight. He made sure that he was represented in Kerbala by sending his sons Aun and Muhammad to support Imam Hussain (AS).

11.    Explain the pivotal role that Abdallah ibn Ja’far (AS) played in enabling Bibi Zainab (AS) to fulfil her great role before, during and after Kerbala
    •    Abdallah ibn Ja’far (AS) supported Bibi Zainab (AS) throughout their married life, he always allowed her the freedom to her impart her knowledge for the benefit of others in the Ummah.
    •     As a result of this support from her husband, Bibi Zainab (AS) was able to convey to hold Public and private majalis at her residence in Kufa. The Public Majalis used to be on general Islamic topics whilst the private one used to be on the tafsir of the Holy Quran.
    •    Abdallah ibn Ja’far (AS) fully supported the cause of Imam Hussain (AS) and whilst he could not himself participate in Kerbala, he sent his two young sons Aun (AS) and Muhammad (AS) to represent him.  He also allowed Bibi Zainab (AS) to accompany Imam Hussain (AS) as per his promise to Imam Ali (AS) and in accordance with his mahr. This allowed Bibi Zainab (AS) to fulfil the great role she played in supporting and safeguarding the true message of the Holy Prophet (SAW) during and after the tragic events of Kerbala, Kufa and Shaam.

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 6

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1.    In Surah Al-e-Imran, what does Allah (SWT) command us to do if we claim to Love Him and as a result of doing this He (SWT) will also Love us and forgive us our sins?
    C.    To follow and obey Rasulullah (SAW). The verse referring to this is 3:31.

2.    Which prominent personality in Islam and Judaism is known as “Israel” by the Jews and whose descendents are known as the Bani Isra’eel?
    A.    Prophet Yaqub (AS)

3.    Who was sent by Rasulullah (SAW) as an emissary to Madina prior to his Hijrah?
    C.  Musab ibn Umayr

4.    What were the 3 main factors as mentioned in the lecture that led the Jews of Madina to resent the Holy Prophet’s (SAW) influence in Madina.
    •    The Holy Prophet (SAW) managed to unite the 2 main tribes of Aws and Khazraj. This meant that the influence that the Jews had in Madina was reduced.
    •    The Jews were expecting a “Messiah” to come into Madina dressed as a king in all pomp and glory with an army of angels. However they saw that this very “Messiah” Rasulullah (SAW) entered Madina in all humbleness, which led to them rejecting him.
    •    They were unhappy with the economic policies set up by Rasulullah (SAW), namely the banning of interest which was the mainstay of their business dealings.

5.    Which incident led to the revelation of the verse 2:256 which says “There is no compulsion in religion…..”?    
    •    The incident where members of the tribes of Aws and Khazraj who had accepted Islam asked Rasulullah (SAW) whether they could force their children who were still Jewish to accept Islam. This verse was revealed  in response to their query.

6.    How did the Banu Nazir break the constitution that they had pledged with Rasulullah (SAW)?  
    A.    By collaborating with Abu Sufyan in an attempt to assassinate the Holy Prophet (SAW)
    B.    Treason by sheltering 200 soldiers of Abu Sufyan during the battle of Uhud.

7.    How did the Banu Qaynuqa break the constitution that they had pledged with Rasulullah (SAW)?
    C.    Dishonouring Muslim women by pulling off their Hijabs.

8.    Name the 2 remaining tribes in Madina after the incident of Banu Qurayza?.    
    •    KHAYBER
    •    FADAK

9.    The land of Fadak was given to Rasulullah (SAW) by one of these remaining tribes without any warfare having taken place? What name is given to a land that is acquired without warfare and that can be distributed by the new owner in any way he/she pleases?
    C.  Fay

10.    What does the term “Israeeliate” mean when referring to hadith?
    A.     Narrations from the Jews that have found themselves in Muslim books of hadith.

11.    Give at least 3 reasons why the hadith reported by the Muslim Scholar Ibn Ishaaq that 960 Jews from the tribe of Banu Qurayza were killed under the command of the Holy Prophet (SAW) is totally unreliable.
    •    Other Famous Muslim Scholars (such as Malik ibn Anas) have reported that Ibn Ishaaq used 2 descendants from the Banu Qurayza  tribein the chain of narrators for this particular hadith. These descendants of Banu Qurayza are more than likely to have glorified the event for personal gain in order to make themselves look oppressed under Muslim  rule.
    •    Many Muslim Scholars have reported that Ibn Ishaaq is a completely unreliable authority on narrating any incident pertaining to Jewish History as he is known to have glorifed the Jews in his narrations for personal gain such that he could gain valuable knowledge from the Jewish scholars at the time.
    •    All other major narrators of hadith do not mention this hadith at all, therefore making it a very weak and unreliable hadith.
    •    The Holy Quran teaches us that you cannot burden the soul of a person with the actions of another. Therefore given that the Holy Prophet (SAW) is an embodiment of the Holy Quran he would never contradict this and punish a whole tribe for the actions of a few.
    •    In Jewish history a story exactly the same as that of the alleged massacre of Banu Qurayza is mentioned therefore making it quite likely that this story has been inserted into Islamic narrations to make it look like a massacre took place, when in fact it never did.

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 5

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1.    Which verse of the Holy Quran warns us not to incline towards the oppressors lest the fire of Hell touches us?
    D.    11:113

2.    The first type of oppression is the ‘oppression against our own selves’. What is meant by this?
    C.    That we block our soul from developing to its full potential.

3.    ‘Successful is he who purifies it (the soul) and a failure is he who spoils it (the soul)’. Which Surah in the Holy Quran refers to the above statement?
    C.    Surah 91 – Surah Al-Shams

4.    In reference to the above, what is the essential aim of purifying our Soul?
    B.    To develop our soul in order that we return it back to its fitra.

5.    Which of the following is NOT a faculty of our soul
    B.    The faculty of envy

6.    One type of Dhulm against ourselves is when we fail to ‘travel’ in order to ‘broaden our vision’. What was the other example mentioned in the lecture of how we can oppress ourselves and why is it a form of oppression?    
    •    The second type of oppression towards ourselves is when we don’t engage in dialogue with people of other faiths and ideologies. It is a form of oppression because we can never attain certainty in our own faith unless we engage in such a dialogue with people of other faiths.

7.    What is the greatest Oppression against Allah (SWT)?    
    D.  Shirk

8.    Which aya in the Quran refers to this great oppression against Allah (SAW)?     
    D.  31:13

9.    Who was the individual who preferred to have a tree in this world over a tree in Jannah, who insulted our Holy Prophet (SAW) and later became Mu’awiyah’s fabricator of hadith?.
    C.    Samaara bin Jundub

10.    Surah Baqarah, Verse 207 refers to someone who sells his soul in order to seek the pleasure of Allah (SWT). Who is this verse referring to and specifically which incident is it in reference to?

    •    This verse is referring to Amir-ul-mu’mineen Imam Ali (AS). The incident it is referring to is when Imam Ali (AS) slept on the bed of Rasulullah (SAW) when he left Mecca in order to escape the assignation plot against him. In this incident Imam Ali (AS) was prepared to sacrifice his own life in order to safeguard the life of Rasulullah (SAW) and the cause of Allah (SWT).

11.    The second type of oppression is the oppression towards others. What are the 3 levels of oppression in this category mentioned in the lecture and give examples wherever applicable of how esteemed personalities in Islamic history were extremely careful to avoid falling into these categories.
    •    One level of oppression toward others is when we break our TRUST or covenant towards that person. The importance of any debts or trusts we have must never be underestimated and we should endeavour to fulfil our obligations with regard to them.
    Examples:  1. Muslim ibn Aqeel whose final wish before being killed was to have his remaining debt paid.
    2.  Imam Hussain (AS) said to Umar ibn Saad in Kerbala: ‘Nobody in my army has a loan that remains on their head’, thus signifying the importance of maintaining discipline when it comes to fulfilling the rights and obligations of others.
    3. Imam Sadiq (AS) just before leaving this world ensured that the money he owed to his cousin would be paid to him, despite the fact that his cousin tried to stab Imam Sadiq earlier on  (AS).
    •    The second level of oppression against others is when one’s property is usurped, disturbed or violated by another.
    •    The third level of oppression against others is when you are willing to kill and violate the honour of another human being. The best example of such an oppressor was none other than Fir’aun.
    Bibu Asiyah, the wife of Firaun withstood his presence with extreme patience and spoke out against him for the truth when the time was right. We can all learn valuable lessons from this and try our best to stand up and speak out against any injustice and oppression that we come across.

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 4

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1.    According to a tradition from Rasulullah (SAW) specifically which type of Reflection if carried out for one hour is better than 70 years of worship?
    A.    Reflection on the questioning of the day of Judgement

2.    When referring to the ‘Isma’ or infallibility of the Prophets (AS) and Imams (AS), what is the true nature of their ‘Infallibility’?
    B.    That they are capable of committing sins but will never do so.

3.    What was the main overarching aim of the prison system implemented under Rasullulah (SAW)?
    C.    To reform the actions of the prisoners

4.    What prison system was implemented by the first 3 Khulafa?
    D.    Tying prisoners inside a deep well

5.    In Islam we can only be imprisoned for that action which comes under “Discretionary punishment”. What is the Arabic term for this division of Islamic punishment?
    B.    Ta’zeer

6.    Give 2 examples of where this “Discretionary punishment” can be applied?

    •    If someone money to another and deliberately does not pay the debt when it is due despite having the means to do so.
    •    If someone is an accomplice to murder
    •    Or any other suitable example that does not come under Fixed penalty punishment (HUDUD) or retribution (QISAS).

7.    Who was responsible for constructing the barbaric prisons that kept prisoners under extreme conditions of torture, solitary confinement and darkness and were known as the “Deemas”?
    B.    Hajaj bin Yusuf at Thaqafi

8.    What was the condition that Prophet Yusuf (AS) set to the king before agreeing to accept the post of economic minister that was offered to him?

    •    That the king ensures that he is completely exonerated from the false accusations that were levelled against him.

9.    What is the translation of the famous hadith by Imam Ali (as) which says: “Ad-dunya Sijnul Mu’min”?
    Answer should be along the lines of:
    •    “The world is a prison for a believer”

10.    Describe 3 ways that Imam Ali (AS) treated prisoners who were under his care and what was his main aim in doing so?

    Any 3 of the following:
    •    In the morning he would personally deliver breakfast to the prisoners
    •    In the afternoon he would appoint fuqaha (scholars of fiqh) to go talk to the prisoners about the laws of fiqh and how they can reform themselves.
    •    The prisoner would be temporarily released without being accompanied if there was a death in their family.
    •    The prisoner would be released temporarily for every Salaatul Jumuah and Salaatul Eid.
    The main aim of this was to REFORM/REHABILITATE the prisoners.

11.     Give examples as mentioned in the lecture of how the Ahlul Bayt used their time in prison to further the cause of Islam?
    •    Imam Musa Al Kadhim (AS) took every opportunity to do Tabliqh whilst in Prison: Note the example of how a women was sent by Haroon ar Rashid to try and distract the Imam, but the Imam (AS) ensured through his actions and akhlaq that she also submitted to the truth.
    •    Imam Al-Askeri (AS) wrote 2 books while in Prison: A Tafsir of the Holy Quran and a book of Fiqh called AL-MUKWIYAH.
    •    Imam Al-Askeri (AS) who despite being starved for many days gave his allocation of pomegranates to a prison guard and his young child who was hungry.
    •    Compassion shown by Imam Al-Kadhim (AS) towards his torturer. Upon finding out that this guards’ son was sick, he prayed for his health and by the grace of Allah (SWT) the guards’ son was cured.

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 3

In: Ashra-e-Zainabiya 1430 Daily Quiz

1.    What year After Hijra was Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) born?
    C.    38 AH

2.    What year after hijrah was Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) martyred?
    D.    95AH

3.    Imam Zainul Abideen (AS) wrote a book called Risalatul Huquq. What is the translation of the term ‘Risalatul Huquq’?
    C.    ‘Treatise of rights’

4.    Approx. how many rights does our 4th Imam (AS) examine in Risalatul Huquq?
    D.    50

5.    What is the name of the companion of Imam Ali (AS) who was killed by Mu’awiyah and who requested that his son be killed first for fear that his son may deviate if he sees his father killed in front of him?
    B.    Hujr bin Adi

6.    Which person used to Mock Rasullulah (SAW) upon the death of his children and used to call him ‘Abtar’?
    B.    Aaas ibn Wa’il

7.    Which aya of the Holy Quran advises us to not even use the word “UFF” against our parents?
    A. 17:23
    (This was mistakenly put as 17:24 on the Quiz for a few hours. Those that answered A. 17:24 will also be marked correct for the purpose of the competition. If there are any questions on this, please e-mail info@hujjatelc.org)

8.    Name 3 people who despite acknowledging their roots went against their evil forefathers and showed love for the Ahlul bayt?
    •    Mua’wiyah the son of Yazid
    •    Son of Haroon Ar-Rashid
    •    Umar ibn Abdul Aziz

9.    Which Caliph returned the land of Fadak to Imam Baqir (AS) and stopped the cursing of Imam Ali (AS) from the pulpit?
    •    Umar ibn Abdul Aziz

10.    It is Islamic etiquette that we should not walk ahead of our father and should not sit before he sits. Name 2 other examples of etiquette that we should show to our father as mentioned in the lecture?
    •    We should not call our Father by his first name
    •    We should not perform any act which would damage our fathers reputation in the eyes of others.

11.    Mention the 2 rights of a father from Risalatal Huquq that were mentioned in tonights lecture?


    •    That we should know that our father is our root and we are his branch and were it not for him then we would not be worth mentioning
    •    Whenever we see anything inside us which gives use a sense of honour/pride, know that our father is the root of that blessing. We must never forget the time, effort he has put into our upbringing to ensure our success.
    •    When we acknowledge what our father has done for us we should thank Allah (SWT) for this great blessing he has given us.

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 2

In: Ashra-e-Zainabiya 1430 Daily Quiz

1.    Which series of verses in the Holy Quran refer to the story of Habil and Qabil?
    D.    5:27-31

2.    What was the nature of the dispute between Habil and Qabil?
    C.    The issue of who would succeed Prophet Adam (AS)

3.    According to Prophet Sulayman (AS), what is the nearest thing to mankind?
    A.    Death

4.    Which act if performed is said to lead to an increase in our life span?
    B.    Sil-e-Rahm

5.    Which act if performed is one of the established ways of preventing the ‘Evil Envious Eye’ from harming us?
    D.    Giving Sadaqah Regularly

6.    Of all the rights our family have over us, what is the greatest of these rights?
    D.That we treat them the way we ourselves would like to be treated

7.    How did Qabil learn how to bury Habil? Give the reference of the Quranic verse which mentions this incident?
    •    He learnt it from the actions of a crow/bird who demonstrated it to him.    
    •    Quranic Verse:  5:31

8.    ‘Forbidden Envy’ is what led to the murder of Habil. What type of envy is permissible and what is the Arabic term for this?
    •    The type of ‘envy’ where we are Happy that our brother/sister has a particular favour/ability/trait and we pray that Allah (SWT) also grants the same to us
    •    Arabic term for this: AL-GHIBTA

9.    Give 2 other examples mentioned in the lecture of how envy led a brother to wanting to kill his own brother?
    •    Example of some of the Brothers of Prophet Yusuf (AS).
    •    Example of Ma’mun and Amin-sons of Haroon Ar-Rashid

10.    How can you reconcile the Islamic teaching of ‘Self Defence’ with Habil’s Statement mentioned in the Holy Quran: “Even if you extend your hand toward me to kill me, I will not extend my hand toward you to kill you…”?
    •    Notice that Habil says “I will not extend my hand toward you to kill you..” meaning that he will still defend himself but not with the intention of killing his brother. So this does not contradict the Islamic requirement of self-defence.

11.    Explain how the story of Habil and Qabil teaches us to refrain from commiting sins and become more God conscious. Give references to atleast 2 Quranic verses in your answer that are directly relevant to this story.

    •    In 5:28: Qabil threatens to kill Habil. Habil replies: “…I will not extend my hand toward you to kill you, indeed I fear Allah (SWT) the Lord of the worlds”.  Here the reason why Habil does not wish to kill his brother is because he is ever conscious of Allah’s (SWT) presence and fears disobeying Allah (SWT). This teaches us to also be ever conscious of Allah’s (SWT) presence and fear the consequences of disobeying him and in this way refrain from committing sins.

    •    In 5:27 Habil said to Qabil: “Allah accepts only from the Godwary”. ‘Godwary’ here re-inforces the message that we should be Concious of Allah (SWT) at all times in order for our actions to be accepted by him.

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ELC Ashra-e-Zainabiyya 1430 Daily Quiz Answers Night 1

In: Ashra-e-Zainabiya 1430 Daily Quiz

1.    Who is ‘John the Baptist’ commonly known as in Islam?
    C.  Prophet Yahya (AS)

2.    Which group of people are the nearest to us Muslims in ‘Reciprocal Love and affection’ as mentioned in the Holy Quran?
    B. The Christians

3.    In which verse of the Holy Quran is the above statement mentioned?
    D.  5:82
4.    According to Christian theology why is ‘John the Baptist’ known as ‘The Baptist’
    B.    Because he was the first person to Baptise Prophet Isa (AS).

5.    Who was ‘John the Baptist’s’ father?
    D. Prophet Zakariyah (AS)

6.    In which Surah in the Holy Quran is the story of ‘John the Baptist’ mentioned?
    B. Surah Number 19 – Surah Maryam

7.    According to Ayatullah Dastaghaib, after Shirk which is the Second worst sin in Islam?
    C. Despair in Allah’s (SWT) mercy.

8.    How was ‘John the Baptist’ Killed?
    D. He was beheaded by a corrupt king who was intoxicated out of his desire for a woman.

9.    Who are the ‘Ashab-ul-Ukdud’ as mentioned in the Holy Quran?
    B. Persecuted Christians who were killed in Yemen

10.    In which Surah of the Holy Quran does Allah (SWT) respond to the claims of the Christians that Prophet Isa (AS) is the son of God by mentioning the example of Prophet Adam (AS) having no father?
    D. Surah Number 3 – Surah Al-e-Imran

What are the similarities between the life and death of ‘John the Baptist’ and Imam Hussein (AS)?

•    Both were born after a 6month Pregnancy
•    Both of their names were never ever used before them
•    Both stood against the tyrants of their time placing their full trust in Allah (SWT) and for the truth
•    Both of them were beheaded and their heads were taken to palaces in Shaam
•    When both of them were killed the skies became red
•    Both of their deaths were avenged- P. Yahya’s (AS) death was avenged by 70,000 soldiers and Imam Hussain’s (AS) was avenged by Mukhtar-al-Thaqafi.

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