Qabalah, (also spelled Qabala,
Qaballa, Qaballah, Qabbala, Qabbalah, Qabballa, Qabballah, and various
spellings starting with the letter C and K): A Jewish mystical tradition.
Qadi: A Muslim term for a judge who is competent in
Qibla: This is an Islamic term for the direction from
the Muslim's current position on earth to the Kabbah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
This is computed along the shorter of the two great circle routes between
the Muslim's current position and the Kabbah. Muslims are expected to pray
five times a day with facing Qibla. A Windows program for calculating Qibla 1 and
a mathematical formula 2 is available.
Quartodecimanism: The celebration of Easter on the
fourteenth of Nisan according to the Jewish lunar calendar -- regardless of
what day of the week on which it occurred. The Council of Nicea in 325
CE decided to observe the crucifixion on a Friday and
the resurrection on the following Sunday.
Queer: Originally a derogatory term, "Queer" is now
used by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons) to identify
Quest for the Historical Jesus:
This is a series of attempts over the last few centuries to analyze the
books in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament) and other historical
writings of the early Christian movement in order to get a greater
understanding of the birth, life, personality, religion and teachings of
Yeshua of Nazareth. Inherent in this search is a rejection of the beliefs
that God inspired the authors of the Christian
Scriptures and that their writings are inerrant.
The quest is mainly an activity of religious liberals and non-theists.
Qur'an: The name of the holy book, inspired by
God, that Muslims, (followers of Islam) believe to be
inerrant. An alternative, but less desirable spelling is "Koran."
Dr. Monzur Ahmed publishes QiblaCalc, a Windows program that
calculates the Qibla direction -- the direction of the Kabbah -- from any
location on earth, as determined by a compass. See: