Most religions mark significant points in their followers’ lives with special ceremonies. Islamic rites of passage focus on key teachings and the demands of living as a good Muslim.
What are rites of passage?
Special prayers said when people set out on journey
Points and/or ceremonies that mark a transition from one stage of life to another
Rules about where people are allowed in religious buildings
What do many Muslims whisper in a baby's ear at birth?
The baby's name three times
An explanation of the Five Pillars of Islam
The words of the Adhan (call to prayer)
What is Aqiqah?
Money given to a midwife for helping with the birth of a child
A special ceremony to celebrate the life of the mother
A ceremony to thank Allah for the birth of a child, at which its head is shaved
What is circumcision?
Cutting of hair
Removal of the foreskin
Donation to charity
What is a madrasah?
A special pilgrimage
An Islamic school where the Qur'an is taught
A morning prayer
What is the Islamic view on forced marriage?
They are acceptable as parents know best
They are unacceptable
Forced marriages are allowed in some circumstances
According to the Qur'an, how many husbands is a Muslim woman allowed at any one time?
No more than two
Up to four husbands
How soon after death should a Muslim's body be buried?
As soon as possible
After Jum'ah prayers on Friday
Within two weeks
Can Muslims be cremated?
Yes, as long as their ashes are scattered in a mosque
Burial is preferred to cremation
Cremation is preferred to burial
What is Sirat?
A bridge over Hell which all Muslims will have to try to cross on the Day of Judgement
A marriage ceremony
An intermediate phase in the grave