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JAMB Syllabus for Islamic Studies
The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Islamic Studies is to prepare the candidates for the Board’s examination. It is designed to test their achievement of the course objectives, which are 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.

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.42:511): 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

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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) al -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 -Masad ((Q.111)
(j) al -Ikhlas (Q.112)
(k) al -Falaq ((Q.113)
(l) an-Nas (Q.114)

5. Study of the Arabic text of the following suwar/dyats 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 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

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(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:2:18), 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)
(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 everyone 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 an- Nawawi
(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

PART II: 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)
(iv) 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

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(2) 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-azm (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)

(3) Ibadat and their types
(a) Good deeds (Q.3:134) (Q.6:160) (Q.2:177) (Q.318) (Q.103:1-3) 26th Hadith of an-Nawawi
(b) Taharah, its types and importance (al- istinja’/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)
(iv) 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)

(4) 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) 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 232)
(iv)Prohibited forms of dissolution of marriage. (Ila and Zihar) (Q.2:226-227) (Q.58:2-4)
(v)Custody of children (Hadanah)
(c) Inheritance
(i) Its importance
(ii) Heirs and their shares (Q.4:7-8), 11-12 and 176)

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(5) Sources and Schools of Law
(i) The four major sources (the Qur’an, Sunnah, Ijma and qiyas)
(ii) The four sunni schools of law

(6) Islamic Economic System
(i) Islamic attitude to Riba (Q.2:275-280) (Q.3:130) (Q.4:161) Hadith 6th 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 socio- economic welfare
(vi) Difference between the Islamic economic system and the Western economic system

(7) 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.17:13-14 and 36) and masuliyah (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.

PART III: ISLAMIC HISTORY AND CIVILIZATION
(1) Pre-Islamic Arabia (Jahiliyyah)
(i) Jahiliyyah practices: idol worship, infancticide, polyandry, gambling, usury, etc.
(ii) Islamic reforms

(2) The Life of Prophet Muhammad (SAW)
(i) His birth and early life
(ii) His call to Prophethood
(iii) Da’awah 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: cause 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

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(3) The right guided caliphs (al-Khula fa’u rashidun)
– the lives and contributions of the four rightly guided caliphs

(4) Early contact of Islam with Africa
(i) Hijrah to Abyssinia
(ii) The spread of Islam to Egypt
(iii) The role of traders, teachers, preachers, Murabitu, Sufi orders and Mujaddidun to the spread of Islam in West Africa.

(5) The Impact of Islam in West Africa
(i) The influence of Islam on the socio-political 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

(6) 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)
(a) “The search for knowledge is obligatory on every Muslim” (Ibn Majah)
(b) “Seek knowledge form the cradle to the grave”
(C) “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 Timbiktu, Sheikh al-Maghili, sheikh Usman Danfodio, Sultan Muhammad Bello and Ibn Battuta
(vi) Islamic Education Institutions: House of Wisdom in Baghdad, al-Azbar University in Cairo and Nizamiyyah University in Baghdad.
(vii) The lives and contributions of Ibn Sina,
Al-Ghazali, IBn Rushdi, ar-Razio and ibn Khaldun to education.

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