Muslims are perhaps the most diverse group of followers on the planet with large populations in Africa, Asia, and the west. Yet when Muslims come together, the questions we ask amongst ourselves tend to be fairly similar.
The featured list comprised of 10 of the most common questions that Muslims ask their fellow Muslim brothers and sisters.
The 'Are You Sufi?' Question
Sometimes this question comes after a Muslim sees another Muslim shake hands with a member of the opposite gender or when one Muslim talks about dhikr circle or drops the name of a tariqah. Or just when one a person lays down the mysticism aspect of Islam real nice.
The "Did you revert/convert?" Question
What's your reversion / conversion story? is a good ice-breaking question when you know that someone was not born Muslim (side note: please do make sure, don't assume!).
Most converts/reverts are more than willing to share the story of how they came to embrace Islam. They know it serves as an inspiration and testament to the deen.
The "Who is the best qari?" Question
Usually friends asking friends bring this topic up and they compare audio 'notes'. Maybe students at Islamic or Quran memorization school want to do a recitation battle of sorts.
It basically boils down to, when listening to the Quran, who does it for you, takes you to that spiritual high? #ShaykhMuhammadJibreelFTW
The "Are you hafiz?" Question
Memorize the Quran much?!
Sometimes when a Muslim quotes Quran verses from memory in normal speech, other Muslims wonder if he or she has memorized the whole book or has become a hafiz (hafiza for females).
There are schools for this purpose alone and many children and adults endeavor to put the whole thing to memory.
The "What's the best prayer app?" Question
With 5 prayers needing observing everyday at different times of the day, for every day of the year a timetable is needed! Guess what, there's an app for that...
Which do you recommend for your respective smartphone?
The "Have you ever done Hajj?" Question
Or it's close second, Have you ever done umrah?
It's all Muslims lifetime goal to endeavor to trek to Saudi Arabia to circumambulate the ka'abah. For those who have already done it, Muslims want to know how it was, how it felt, if that person cried etc. So, did you go?
The "Did you meet through MSA?" Question
You see two young lovebirds who have just tied the knot. You wanna know the story behind recent nuptials so you ask coyly, "Did you guys meet in MSA?"
The Muslim Students' Association also known as the Muslim Singles Association... lol.
The "Are you shia?" Question
Mostly shia Muslims do the asking of this question, I've learned. As the minority group, it matters more to them then it would to 'mainstream Muslims' or people who identify as "just Muslims". Of course there's some privilege involved in that.
The "When did you start to wear hijab?" Question
When Muslim women decide to cover, if they do at all, somehow remains of profound interest to many people. Most hijabis don't mind answering this question at all though because it's just whatevs yo.
Is the male equivalent, When did you start growing your beard out? Could be.
The "Where are you from?" Question
Sometimes Muslim groups lead the pack in assuming that if you are a visible Muslim (i.e. wearing the hijab for females) in the US, you or your family must have immigrated.
When I tell Arabs and Indo-Pakistani Muslims that I don't have a 'back home' they don't get it. They think I am teasing them. Like, I have to be from Saudi Arabia to be Muslim #GetWithTheProgram