Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Daily Teaser — 16-7-2015: The Islamic Calendar

You know, I’m suffering.


Hideously and horribly.

But then again, it’s me own blessed fault: staying up late — watching Chappie and writing the associated blog post —on a night before an early start at work.

Still … ?

I’ve managed to catch the first movie I’ve seen for a while.

And it was certainly fun.


But, as I’m rushing, let’s get moving on?

Shall we?

Yes, let’s … 

Yesterday’s Teaser saw Debbi* putting in her answers: and scoring ten out of ten.

Let’s see how everyone does with today’s questions, shall we?

Here they are, along with the How To, License and video … 

Q1) 16th July marks the formal start of the Islamic Calendar.   In which year of the Western Calendar: 622, 623 or 624?
Q2) The current Islamic year is 1436 AH: AH stands for Anno … what?
Q3) That first year was chosen, as it marked the Prophet’s travels to which city?
Q4) 16th July corresponds to the first day of the first month of the first year of Islamic calendar.   Is that month Muharram, Rabi’ al-thani, Sha’aban or Dhu al-Hijjah?
Q5) That first month has a name that comes from the Arabic word, ‘haram’.   ‘Haram’ means what: forbidden, forbearance or forgiveness?
Q6) What’s the holiest month of the Islamic year?
Q7) Name either of the two major schools of Islam.
Q8) What’s the name of the mystical school of Islam?
Q9) The Five Pillars of Islam — the basic beliefs common to all forms of Islam — include a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to which Saudi city?
Q10) Finally … Islam’s holiest site is in that city: what’s it called?
Here’s yesterday’s questions and answers …
Q1) 15th July, 2006, saw the launch of Twitter.   A message on the service is called a … what?
A1) Tweet.
Q2) Those messages can only be how many characters long?
A2) 140 characters.
Q3) What symbol is at the start of a Twitter user’s Twitter name?
A3) The @ sign.
Q4) A trending topic on Twitter can be shown with what symbol?
A4) The hash sign: #.   (It’s also called the pound sign in the US, and also known as the Number sign.)
Q5) Using that symbol to highlight a theme is called what tagging?
A5) Hashtagging.
Q6) Twitter will tell you a celebrity account is genuine, by verifying it.   A verified account will have a little blue what, by it?
A6) A tick: also called a checkmark.
Q7) At the London 2012 Olympic Games, who sent the message, “This Is For Everyone,” via Twitter?
A7) Sir Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web.
Q8) Which Twitter user famously posted about being stuck in a lift: back in 2009?
A8) Stephen Fry.   (His EXACT Tweet … finished with the phrase “Arse, poo and widdle!”)
Q9) Who — in April of 2014 — set the record for getting a million Tweeter followers in the least time: Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey, Jr or Scarlett Johansson?
Q10) Who took the most re-posted image on Twitter: Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres or Angelina Jolie?
I’ll leave you with this thought from Yusuf Islam …
“I did not come into contact with any Muslim before I embraced Islam. I read the Qur'an first and realized no person is perfect, Islam is perfect, and if we imitate the conduct of the Holy Prophet... we will be successful.”

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
And this music: which I’m told is traditional at this time of year … 

Have a good day.

*          I knew that, Debbi.   (I’m ALSO thinking I should catch THX-1138: which was his first film.)

1 comment:

Debbi said...

I've never seen that one. I should check it out! :)

1. 622
2. Hijra
3. Medina
4. Muharram
5. forbidden
6. Muharram
7. Suni and Shia
8. Ilm al-Kalan
9. Mecca
10. The Kaaba