Week 4: Stories of Sufi Saints

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The following is a list of statements which are either True or False. When you take the quiz, you will have 10 of these statements, chosen at random. You can take the quiz up to 5 times, and your average score will be recorded.

Apply the 80% RULE when you are taking quizzes for these classes. In other words: don't stress about trying to get 100% on these quizzes. The quizzes are here to make sure you are ready to go on to the next activity. If you get 80% or better, you are ready to proceed. If you get less than 80% you need to go back and do the reading again (read more slowly, take notes) and take the quiz again, aiming for at least 80%.

  1. T or F ? The muezzin announces the call to prayer in the mosque.
  2. T or F ? Harun al-Rashid was the Caliph of the Mongols.
  3. T or F ? The Sufi mystic al-Hallaj was executed in Saudi Arabia in 1912.
  4. T or F ? Attar was born around the year 1120 in Nishapur, in northeastern Iran.
  5. T or F ? Sufis reject luxury and material comfort.
  6. T or F ? Islam is an Arabic term, meaning submission [to God].
  7. T or F ? The Arabic term shaikh refers to the circular dance of the whirling dervishes.
  8. T or F ? Mohammad died in the year 632.
  9. T or F ? The holy well of Ramadan is found in the city of Mecca.
  10. T or F ? The Sufis practice a total devotion to God, seeking oneness with the divine.
  11. T or F ? A raka consists of prayers and passages from the Koran, along with ritual postures.
  12. T or F ? Sunnism is a term that refers to a broad range of mystical movements within Islam.
  13. T or F ? The Sufi holy man Ebrahim began his life as the king of Balkh.
  14. T or F ? Attar's Conference of the Birds tells the love story of Joseph and Zoleikha.
  15. T or F ? The Koran is the holy book of Islam.
  16. T or F ? Iblis is the name of a sacred well located in the city of Mecca.
  17. T or F ? The hajj is a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.
  18. T or F ? Azrael is the name given to the angel of death.
  19. T or F ? Islam was founded in the early 12th century C.E. by the prophet Mohammad.
  20. T or F ? The muezzin is a string of prayer beads, like the Catholic rosary.
  21. T or F ? Zoroastrianism is an ancient Iranian religion based on the worship of the moon.
  22. T or F ? al-Khidr was the Caliph of Baghdad and founder of the Abbasid dynasty.
  23. T or F ? Someone who sincerely declares the shahadah becomes a Muslim.
  24. T or F ? The Kaaba is also known as the "Well of Ismail."
  25. T or F ? Zemzem is the technical term for the ritual ablutions that precede the Islamic prayer ritual.

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