Bring your kids to compete in our annual Islamic trivia competition!

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The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) Bay Area will InshaAllah arrange the Annual Young Muslims Islamic Quiz Competition for children and youth in the Bay Area on April 6, 2019 at the Muslim Community Association (MCA), Santa Clara.

The objective of this event is to bring the youth together and stimulate their spiritual and intellectual development and to:

  • Impart a basic understanding and knowledge of Islamic fundamentals among the youth
  • Provide platform for healthy competition and an incentive for gaining knowledge on Islam and Muslim history
  • Train youth to be future leaders by developing basic skills in public speaking
  • Build bonds with other schools and parents
  • Give our youth an opportunity for a healthy competition.

Quiz Format for Level A (Grade 1)

Level A students are tested in a different way from the other levels. The children in this level will only be asked 10-15 oral questions by their teacher. The top 10 scorers will be then given prizes in the award ceremony that will be held in the MCA Banquet Hall. The ceremony will be held early so that if parents wish, they may take their children home.


Quiz format for Levels B to E (Grades 2 to 12)

The quiz for these levels will consist of three main parts.

  1. Written Exam

    The first part consists of a written exam in which only multiple choice or true-false questions will be asked. Sample questions for this session can be accessed in the Sample Questions section. The top 4 scorers from each level will be sent to the buzzer round.

  2. Buzzer Round

    The top 4 scorers from each level (level B, C and D) will be called to the stage and seated in front of buzzers. In this round the moderator will ask 10-15 questions from the students and the first student to press the buzzer will be given a chance to answer the question. If the moderator has not completed his question, he will immediately stop and the student will have to answer the question. 10 points will be awarded for correct answers, whereas 5 points will be deducted for wrong ones. The students will be placed 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th based only on their scores from this round and their score from the written exam will not count towards their total score. There is no Buzzer round for Level E.

  3. Speech Contest

    After the buzzer round, the top 4 winners (from the written exams) for level E (Grades 9,10,11&12) will compete for the Umrah ticket in a speech contest. The best speaker will win the Umrah ticket.


Event Day Logistics

Please review the following carefully as it contains important information regarding the quiz.

Location, Date and Time

The Islamic Quiz will be held at the Muslim Community Association of Santa Clara (3003 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054) on April 6, 2019. Please plan on arriving no later than 10:00am.

Student Drop Off

Level A. Parents may enter the school from the Granada Islamic School entrance facing the cafeteria and drop off their children in their classes.

Level B. Parents should drop off their children at the Granada Islamic School entrance facing the cafeteria.

Levels C, D & E.  Parents are requested to drop off students at Granada Islamic School’s main entrance.

Student Pickup

Level A (grade 1). Students participating in level A (grade 1) will be available for pickup from their classes at 12:30pm. Parents are requested to pick them up by entering from the Granada Islamic School entrance facing the cafeteria.

Levels B, C, D & E. Students will be brought into the main Banquet Hall between 11:30am and 12:30pm. Parents will not be allowed into the school to pick up their child.

Required Stationary

Students in levels B, C, D and E should bring 2 sharpened pencils, 1 sharpener and 1 eraser for the written exam.


We will serve lunch to all students after the written test. Please immediately notify us at if your child has any food allergy, dietary restriction or if you do not want us to serve lunch to your child.

Program for Parents

Parents are encouraged to proceed to MCA’s Banquet Hall where a seminar will be held for them. Parents are requested to stay seated in the Banquet Hall and not enter Granada Islamic School. All announcements will be made in the Banquet Hall, so it is important for them to be present there.

Question Papers and Results

We will be emailing every child’s score, class ranking, the class average and median score. The graded question papers will however not be made available for review. This practice is in line with what ETS and other standardized testing agencies do. Please also note that all declared results will be considered final and not open to dispute.

Legal Disclaimer

By participating in the quiz, you are absolving ICNA SF Bay Area board, staff and volunteers of any mistake, mishap or accident that may occur due to any reason. You are also accepting all student scores. If these terms and conditions are not acceptable then please notify us and we will refund the registration fees.

Permission for Photos and Videos

We take pictures and capture videos of participants. It is possible that your child’s picture/video will be taken. By participating in the quiz, you are allowing us to take photos and videos of your child.

About the Umrah Ticket

Our procedure is to ask the winner of level E to purchase an Umrah ticket, whose value should not exceed $2000, and get it reimbursed by us. In case the student does not want an Umrah ticket then we will replace it by a cash award of $1500.

We hope to provide your family a complete fun and learning experience. Please adhere to the above guidelines to make this quiz a wonderful experience for everyone in the community. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to your participation in the quiz.


For which level should I register?

Please register for the grade level in which you are currently going to school. All grades levels refer to the 2018-2019 academic year.


Does Grade refer to Public School Grade or Sunday School Grade?

Grades in Syllabus refer to Public/Islamic School Grade, they are NOT Sunday or Weekend Islamic School grades. Kids who are home schooled can participate in the grade levels that they would normally be placed in if they were to attend a public school in the 2018-2019 academic year.


Will there be a memorization round?

Only Level A (Grade 1) students will be tested for their memorization of the Surahs and Duas in their syllabus. Level A students are expected to memorize the Surahs and Duas in their syllabus. They are not expected to memorize the translation of the Surahs and Duas.

There will be NO memorization required for the students who are participating in Levels ranging from B-E.


Is there a program for parents?

Yes, while the students are taking the written exam, there will be a session for parents in the Banquet Hall with prominent speakers.


Which levels are eligible for the Umrah Ticket?

The top 4 winners from level E (Grades 9,10,11&12) will compete for the Umrah ticket in a speech contest.


Will I get a participation certificate?

Yes, every participant will be given a participation certificate after the exam.


Will I get a souvenir?

Yes, every participant will be receiving a special participation souvenir.


Where can I get the syllabus books from?

The syllabus is available at the following locations:

  1. MCA Bookstore
  2. Al-Huda Bookstore Website (

Other online websites can be checked for syllabus availability.


Is it possible for you to mail me the books?

Unfortunately, we currently cannot handle such requests.


How many questions will there be in the written exam?

There will be approximately 50 multiple choice questions in the written exam. The questions will have to be answered in approx 30 minutes. The amount of time and number of questions will vary with the level.


If I can’t go to Umrah for some reason?

We will try to compensate it with a cash prize Insha’Allah.


My kid cannot come when the quiz starts due to another commitment. Is it possible to come late and still be able to compete in the quiz?

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate such requests.


Will lunch be served?

We will be providing lunch to all the students in the classrooms. Parents will have to make their own arrangements for lunch. Listed below are some of the Halal restaurants within 3 – 4 miles from MCA

Kabab and Kurry – MCA Cafeteria

Medina Kabob House: 1989 Bellomy St, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Paradise Biryani Pointe: 2961 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Falafel Cafe: 1855 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Garlic Mediterranean:  3099 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95051

Holyland Restaurant: 807 Aldo Ave #105, Santa Clara, CA 95054


Will a video of the event be made?

Unfortunately, this is not possible for us at the moment.


Will it be possible to get the test papers after the quiz?

Unfortunately, this is not possible for us at the moment.


Will I be able to find out the score on the written quiz?

Yes, inshaAllah we will email the grade. The class average as well as your standing in the class will be provided as well to you.



Questions or Comments? Please send us an email at

Download the complete Syllabus here

Level A: Grade 1 | Level B: Grade 2 | Level C: Grades 3 , 4 & 5 | Level D: Grades 6, 7 & 8 | Level E: Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12

Level A: Grade 1

Junior Quran Challenge Game
Author: Saniyasnain Khan

Publisher: Goodword Books
ISBN: 81-7898-361-3

Available at: | | |


Duas and Surahs

  • Selected short dua’s have been posted ​here​ and they need to be memorized
  • Memorization of Surah Al-Fatiha, Al-Kauthar, Al-­Kafirun, Al-­Ikhlas, Al-­Falaq, An-­Nas (download) 

Level B: Grade 2

Islam for Younger People
Author: Ghulam Sarwar

Publisher: The Muslim Educational Trust
ISBN:  0-907261-40-X

Available at: | |



  • Selected short dua’s have been posted to ​here and they need to be memorized
  • Translation of Surah Al-­Fatiha, Al-­Kauthar, Al­-Kafirun, Al-Nasr, Al-Lahab, Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, An-Nas (download)

Level C: Grades 3, 4 & 5


My Quran Friends Storybook
Author: V. Rahman

Publisher: Goodword Books
ISBN: 81-7898-542-X

Available at | | |



  • Translation of Ayat ul Kursi, At-Takathur, Al­Qariah, Al-Adiyat, Al-Zilzaal (download)

Level D: Grades 6, 7 & 8

Asma ul Husna (Beautiful Names of Allah)


“The Beautiful Names of All” Exhibition
Compiled by: Muhammad Mustafa Bakri Assayyid

ISBN: 978-603-01-5940-6

Download study material for Asma ul Husna here



Level E: Grades 9, 10, 11 & 12


Speech Topics (in case you make it to the next round)

  • Emulating the Sahabah in these modern times
  • How did Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) Respond to Islamophobia?
  • What I want my Muslim leaders to do.
  • Difficulties faced in being a young American Muslim and how I overcome them
  • How I plan on doing dawah in School/College
  • Modernization doesn’t mean Westernization


QUESTION: In whose house did Prophet (SAW) stay when he reached Madinah in the first year of Hijrah?

  • a) Abu Bakr (RA)
  • b) Abu Ayyub (RA)
  • c) Ali (RA)
  • d) Uthman (RA)
  • e) None of the above
  • ANSWER: b

QUESTION: According to the Quran, “_________ indeed prevents a person from all shameful and reprehensible deeds.” (29:45)

  • a) Salaat
  • b) Hajj
  • c) Zakaat
  • d) Fasting
  • e) Tauhid
  • ANSWER: a

QUESTION: The most important characteristic of a person is?

  • a) Social standing
  • b) To believe in Allah
  • c) Skin color
  • d) Language
  • e) None of the above
  • ANSWER: b

QUESTION: In which Hijri month did the Battle of Badr take place?

  • a) Muharam
  • b) Rabi Awal
  • c) Rajb
  • d) Ramadan
  • e) None of the above
    ANSWER: d

QUESTION: Who became the Khalifa after Umar (R.A)

  • a) Ali (R.A)
  • b) Abu Bakr (R.A)
  • c) Uthman (R.A)
  • d) Hamza (R.A)
  • e) None of the above
    ANSWER: c

QUESTION: Which King was killed by a mosquito?

  • a) Namrud
  • b) George
  • c) Firoon
  • d) Richard
  • e) None of the above
    ANSWER: a

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