Islamic Religious Studies

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus was used to design this course. The course content is also relevant for other exams, such as the National Examination Council (NECO) exams, the West African Examination Council (WEAC) exams, and the General Certificate of Education (GCE) exams.

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Islamic Religious Studies

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus was used to design this course. The course content is also relevant for other exams, such as the National Examination Council (NECO) exams, the West African Examination Council (WEAC) exams, and the General Certificate of Education (GCE) exams.

Ishaq Muhammed Jamiu

Ishaq Muhammed Jamiu

Course Instructor

This course is not designed for Muslims alone and here is why; First, taking the time to know some of the basics about your Muslim neighbor’s faith allows you to ask informed questions that provoke deep conversations. As you familiarize yourself with what your Muslim neighbor holds most dear, you convey that you care about them. Next, your understanding of Islamic theology and the traditional accounts of historical development will shape your knowledge of the fundamental differences between Islam and Christianity and more. You should also enroll in this course to pass your IRS Examination.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, candidates should be able to:

1. master the Qur’an and Sunnah as foundations of Islamic and social life;
2. be familiar with Islamic heritage, culture and civilization;
3. be acquainted with the tradition of Islamic scholarship and intellectual discourse;
4. demonstrate knowledge of Islamic moral, spiritual, political and social values;
5. be prepared to face the challenges of life as good practicing Muslims

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, candidates should be able to:

1. master the Qur’an and Sunnah as foundations of Islamic and social life;
2. be familiar with Islamic heritage, culture and civilization;
3. be acquainted with the tradition of Islamic scholarship and intellectual discourse;
4. demonstrate knowledge of Islamic moral, spiritual, political and social values;
5. be prepared to face the challenges of life as good practicing Muslims

Course Syllabus

THE QUR’AN AND HADITH

1. Revelation of the Glorious Qur’an
(i) Visits of the Prophet (SAW) to Cave
Hira
(ii) His reaction to the first revelation
and its importance
(iii) Different modes of revelation
(Q.42:51): the inspiration behind the veil, through an angel, etc.
(iv) Piecemeal revelation (Q.17:106)
Q.25:32)
1b. Preservation of the Glorious Qur’an
(i) Complete arrangement
(ii) Differences between Makkah and
Madinan suwar
(iii) Recording, compilation and standardization of the Glorious
Qur’an
(iv) The role played by the
Companions of the Prophet (SAW)
1c. Importance of the Glorious Qur’an
as a source of guidance in spiritual,
moral, economic, political and
socio-cultural matters.
1d. Proof of the Divine authenticity of the
Glorious Qur’an (Q.4:82) (Q.41:42)
(i) Uniqueness of the Glorious
Qur’an (Q.39:27) (Q.17:88)
(Q.75:16-19)
(ii) Divine preservation of the Glorious Qur’an
(Q.15:9)
2. Tafsir
(i) Historical development of Tafsir
(ii) Importance of Tafsir
(iii) Types of Tafsir
3. Introduction to Tajwid (Theory and
Practice
4. Study of the Arabic text of the following
suwar/ayats with tajwid
(a) al-Fatihah (Q.1)
(b) al -Adiyat (Q.100)
(c) al -Qari’ah (Q.101)
(d) at -Takathur (Q.102)
(e) al -Asr ((Q.103)
(f) al -Humazah (Q.104)
(g) al -Maun ((Q.107
(h) al -Kawthar (Q.108)
(i) al – Kafirun (Q. 109)
(j) al- Nasr (Q. 110)
(k) al -Masad ((Q.111)
(l) al -Ikhlas (Q.112)
(m) al -Falaq ((Q.113)
(n) an-Nas (Q.114 5. Study of the Arabic text of the following
suwar/ayats with tajwid
(a) al-A’ala (Q.87)
(b) ad-Duha (Q.93)
(c) al-Inshirah (Q.94)
(d) at-Tin (Q.95)
(e) al-Alaq (Q.96)
(f) al-Qadr (Q.97)
(g) al-Bayyinah (Q.98)
(h) al-Zilzal (Q.99)
(i) Ayatul-Kursiy (Q.2:255)
(j) Amanar-Rasul (Q.2:285-6)
(k) Laqad jaakun (Q.9:128-129)
6. Hadith
(a) History of Hadith literature –
Collection of Hadith from the time of
the Prophet(SAW) to the period of the
six authentic collectors of Hadith
(b) Authentication of Hadith
(i) Isnad (Asma’ur-rijal)
(ii) Matn
(iii) Classification of Hadith into Sahih
Hassan and Da’if
(c) The relationship between Hadith and the
Glorious Qur’an
(i) The importance of Hadith
(ii) The similarities and differences
between Hadith and the Glorious
Qur’an (d) The six sound collectors of Hadith –
biographies and their works.
(e) Muwatta and its author – The
biography of Imam Malik and the
study of his book
(f) The study of the Arabic texts of the
following ahadith from an-Nawawi’s
collection: 1,3,5,6,7,9,10,11,12,13,15,16,
18,19,21, 22,25,27,34, and 41
7. Moral lessons in the Glorious Qur’an and
Hadith
(a) General moral lessons contained in the admonition of Sage Luqman to his son
(Q.31:18-20).
(b) Goodness to parents (Q.17:23-24)
(c) Honesty (Q.2:42)(Q.61:2-3)
(d) Prohibition of bribery and corruption
(Q:2:188), alcohol and gambling
(Q.2:219) (Q.5:93-94), stealing and
fraud (Q.5:41) (83:1-5), smoking, drug
abuse and other intoxicants (Q.2:172-
173, 195 and 219) (Q.4:43) (Q.5:3)
(Q.6:118-121) arrogance (Q.31:18-19)
and extravagance (Q.17:26-27)
(Q.31:18-19)
(e) Dignity of labour (Q.62:10) (Q.78:11)
Hadith from Bukhari and Ibn Majah:
“that one of you takes his rope…….”
“never has anyone of you eaten……”.
(f) Behaviour and modesty in dressing
(Q.24:27-31) (Q.33:59)
(g) Adultery and fornication (Q.17:32)
(Q.24:2), homosexuality (Q.11:77-78)
and obscenity (Q:4:14-15) Hadith – “No one of you should meet a woman
privately …… “Bukhari
(h) Leadership (Q.2:124) and justice (Q.4:58
and 135) (Q.5:9) Hadith – ‘take care
every one of you is a governor …..
concerning his subjects” (al-Bukhari and
others)
(i) Trust and obligations (Q:4:58) (Q.5:1)
and promises (Q.16:91) Hadith ‘he has
(really) no faith …. Not fulfilled his
promise” (Baihaqi)
(j) Piety (Taqwa) (Q:2:177) (Q.3:102)
(Q.49:13) Hadith 18 and 35 of an
Nawawi
(k) Tolerance, perseverance and patience
(Q.2:153-157) (Q.3:200) (Q.103:3)
Hadith 16 of an-Nawawi
(l) Unity and brotherhood (Q.3:103)
(Q.8:46) (Q.49:10) Hadith 35 of anNawawi
(m) Enjoining what is good and forbidding
what is wrong (Q.3:104 and 110)
(Q.16:90) Hadith 25 and 34 of an
Nawawi

TAWHID AND FIQH

(a) Faith
(i) Tawhid
Its importance and lessons
(b) Kalimatush-Shahadah
(i) Its meaning and importance
(ii) The Oneness of Allah as contained in the
following verses: (Q.3:19) Q.2:255)
(Q.112:1-4) (iii) The servanthood and messengership of
the Prophet Muhammad (SAW) as
contained in the following verses
(Q.3:144) (Q.18:110) (Q.48:29) and
(Q.34:28)
(iv) Universality of his message (Q.7:158)
(Q.34:28)
(v) Finality of his Prophethood (Q.33:40)
(c) Shirk
(i) Beliefs which are incompatible with
the Islamic principles of Tawhid:
– Worship of Idols (Q.4:48)
(Q.22:31)
– Ancestral worship (Q.4:48
and 116) (Q.21:66-67)
– Trinity (Q.4:171) (Q.5:76)
(Q.112:1-4)
– Atheism (Q.45:24) (Q.72:6)
(Q.79:17-22)
(d) General practices which are
incompatible with Islamic principles of
Tawhid:
– Superstition (Q.25:43) (Q.72:6)
– Fortune-telling (Q.15:16-18)
(Q.37:6-10)
– Magic and witchcraft
(Q.2:102) (Q.20:69) and 73)
(Q.26:46)
– Cult worship (Q.17:23)
(Q.4:48)
– Innovation (Bid’ah) (Q.4:116)
and Hadith 5 and 28 of an-
Nawawi 9. Article of faith
(a) Belief in Allah
(i) Existence of Allah (Q.2:255)
(Q.52:35-36)
(ii) Attributes of Allah (Q.59:22-24)
(iii) The works of Allah (Q.27:59:64)
(b) Belief in Allah’s angels (Q.2:177 and 285)
(Q.8:50) (Q.16:2)
(c) His books (Q.2:253) and 285) (Q.3:3)
(d) His Prophets: Ulul-azmi (Q.4:163-164)
(e) The Last Day: Yawm-al-Ba’th
(Q.23:15-16) (Q.70:4)
(f) Destiny: distinction between Qada and
Qadar (Q.2:117) (Q.16:40) (Q.36:82)
10. Ibadat and their types
(a) Good deeds (Q.3:134) (Q.6:160) (Q.2:177)
(Q.31:8) (Q.103:1-3) 26th Hadith of
an-Nawawi
(b) Taharah, its types and importance (alistinja’/istijmar, alwudu’, at-tayammum and
al-ghusl (Q.2:222) (Q.5:7) Hadith 10 and
23 of an-Nawawi.
(c) Salah
(i) Importance: (Q.2:45) (Q.20:132)
(Q.29:45) and Hadith 23rd of
an-Nawawi
(ii) Description and types of salah
(iii) Things that vitiate salah
(d) Zakah
(i) Its types and importance (zakatul-fitr,
zakatul mal, al-an-am and al-harth
(Q.2:267) (Q.9:103) 3rd Hadith of  an-Nawawi
(ii) Collection and disbursement (Q.9:60)
(iii) Difference between Zakah and
sadaqah
(e) Sawm
(i) Its types and importance (fard, sunnah,
qada and kaffarah) (Q.2:183-185) 3rd
Hadith of an-Nawawi
(ii) People exempted from sawm
(iii) Things that vitiate sawm
(f) Hajj
(i) Its importance (Q.2:158 and 197)
(Q.3:97) (Q.22:27-28)
(ii) Type (Ifrad, Qiran and Tamattu)
(iii) Essentials of Hajj (Arkan al Hajj)
(v) Conditions for the performance of
Hajj
(iv) Differences between Hajj and Umrah
(g) Jihad: Concept, kinds, manner and
Lessons (Q.2:190-193) (Q.22:39-40)
11. Family Matters
(a) Marriage
(i) Importance (Q.16:72) (Q.24:32)
(Q.30:20-21)
(ii) Prohibited categories (Q.2:221)
(Q.4:22-24)
(iii) Conditions for its validity (Q.4:4)
(Q.4:24-25)
(iv) Rights and duties of husbands and
wives (Q.4:34-35) (Q.20:132)
(Q.65:6-7)
(v) Polygamy (Q.4:3 and 129)
(b) Idrar ill-treatment of wife (Q. 65:1-3) (c) Divorce
(i) Attitude of Islamic to divorce (Q.2:228)
(Q.4:34-35) Hadith “of al things
lawful … most hateful to Allah..”
(Abu Daud 15:3)
(ii) Kinds (Talaq, Khul;, Faskh, Mubara’ah
and Lian) (Q.2:229-230) (Q.24:6-9)
(iii) Iddah, kinds, duration and importance
(Q.2:228 and 234)
(iv) Prohibited forms of dissolution of
marriage. (Ila and Zihar) (Q.2:226-
227) (Q.58:2-4)
(v) Custody of children (Hadanah) (d) Inheritance
(i) Its importance
(ii) Heirs and their shares (Q.4:7-8, 11-12
and 176)
12. Sources and Schools of Law
(i) The four major sources (the Qur’an,
Sunnah, Ijma and Qiyas)
(ii) The four Sunni Schools of law
13. Islamic Economic System
(i) Islamic attitude to Riba (Q.2:275-
280) (Q.3:130) (Q.4:161) Hadith 6
th
of an-Nawawi
(ii) At-tatfif (Q.83:1-6) (iii) Hoarding (ihtikar) (Q.9:34)
(iv) Islamic sources of revenue: Zakah,
Jizyah, Kharaj and Ghanimah
(v) Baitul-mal as an institution of socioeconomic welfare
(vi) Difference between the Islamic
the economic system and the Western
economic system
14. Islamic Political System
(i) Allah as the Sovereign (Q.3:26-27)
(ii) The concept of Shurah (consultation)
(Q.3:159( (Q.42:38)
(iii) The concept of Adalah (justice)
(Q.5.9) (Q.17:13-14 and 36) and
Mas’uliyah (accountability) (Q.4:58)
(Q..102:8)
(iv) The rights of non-Muslims in an
Islamic state (Q.2:256) (Q.6:108)
(v) Differences between the Islamic
political system and the Western
political system.

ISLAMIC HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION

15. Pre-Islamic Arabia (Jahiliyyah)
(i) Jahiliyyah practices: idol worship,
infancticide, polyandry, gambling,
usury, etc.
(ii) Islamic reforms
16. The Life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
(i) His birth and early life
(ii) His call to Prophethood
(iii) Da’wah in Makkah and Madinah (iv) The Hjrah
(v) Administration of the Ummah and the
role of the mosque (Q.3:159) (Q.4:58
and 135)
(vi) The Battles of Badr, Uhud and
Khandaq: causes and effects
(vii) The Treaty of al-Hudaibiyyah and the
conquest of Makkah
(viii) Hijjatul-wada (the farewell
pilgrimage) sermon, and lessons.
(ix) Qualities of Muhammad (SAW) and
lessons learnt from them
17. The Rightly Guided Caliphs (al-Khulafa’u
rashidun) – the lives and contributions of the four
Rightly Guided Caliph 18. Early contact of Islam with Africa
(i) Hijrah to Abyssinia
(ii) The spread of Islam to Egypt
(ii) The role of traders, teachers,
preachers, Murabitun, Sufi orders
and Mujaddidun to the spread of
Islam in West Africa.
19. The Impact of Islam in West Africa
(i) The influence of Islam on the sociopolitical life of some West African
Empires: Ghana, Mali, Songhai and
Borno (ii) The impact of Islam on the economic
life of some West African states:
Timbuktu, Kano and Borno
20. Contributions of Islam to Education
(i) The aims and objectives of Islamic
Education
(ii) The Glorious Qur’an and Hadith on
Education (Q.96:1-5) (Q.39:9)
(i) “The search for knowledge is obligatory
on every Muslim” (Ibn Majah)
(ii) “Seek knowledge from the cradle to
the grave”
(iii) “The words of wisdom are a lost
property of the believer … a better
right to it…. “ (Tirmidhi)
(iv) Intellectual activities of Islam in
West Africa (development of written
history in Arabic and the
establishment of Sankore University)
(v) Intellectual activities of Ahmad Baba
of Timbuktu, Sheikh al-Maghili,
sheikh Usman Danfodio, Sultan
Muhammad Bello and Ibn Battuta
(vi) Islamic Education Institutions: House
of Wisdom in Baghdad, al-Azhar
University in Cairo and Nizamiyyah
University in Baghdad.
(vii) The lives and contributions of Ibn
Sina, Al-Ghazali, IBn Rushdi, arRazio and ibn Khaldun to education

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