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2019/2020 Waec Islamic Studies Syllabus/Questions and Answers

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Wondering how to get confirmed WAEC 2019 Islamic syllabus? This is the official 2019 waec syllabus for Islamic Studies. I will make it available for download later. You may also click here for how to pass waec 2019. 



 (May not be taken with Christian Religious Studies and West African Traditional Religion)


The syllabus is designed to assess the extent to which candidates have acquired knowledge in Islamic Studies with regard to the following:

  1. The historical and contemporary development of Islam as well as the lessons learnt from them
  1. The spiritual, moral, socio-economic and intellectual roles of Islam role of Islam in society;


  1. The practical application of Islamic teachings in daily life.


The Syllabus consists of four major parts namely: Tarikh (Historical Development of Islam); Qur’an; Hadith; and Tawhid and Fiqh (Islamic Theology and Jurisprudence).


 There will be two papers, Papers 1 and 2, both of which will be put into a composite paper to be taken at one sitting.

PAPER 1:        Will comprise fifty multiple choice questions all of which should be answered within 50 minutes for 50 marks.

PAPER 2:        Will consist of six essay questions one of which will be compulsory. Candidates will be required to answer the compulsory question and any three of the optional ones in 2 hours for 100 marks.




  1. The Jahiliyyah:                       Arabia before Islam.

Description of Arabia –           Location

Social Life                     –         Marriage, divorce and inheritance.

Religious life                   –     Idol worship and names of major gods / idols.

Political Life                             System of Government

Economic Life               –         Sources of livelihood

The Reforms introduced by Islam on the Jahiliyyah practices.


  1. The life of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.)














  1. The Khulafᾱ’ur-Rᾱshidīn (The Rightly – guided Caliphs): Abu- Bakr Ibn Abī Quhhᾱfah, ‘Umar Ibn al-Khattᾱb, ‘Uthmᾱn Ibn ‘Affᾱn and ‘Ali Ibn Abī Tᾱlib.



  1. Islam in West Africa






  1. (a) Revelation of the Qur’an: visits of the Prophet (S.A.W.) to Cave Hira ; first  revelation and his reaction to it, different modes of revelation, piecemeal- revelation of the Qur’an.




(c)        Importance of the Qur’an:


The Qur’an as a source of guidance in social, political, spiritual and moral matters.


(d)       Reading (in either Arabic Text or Transliteration), Memorization, Meaning            of the following suwar and the lessons learnt from them (Identification,            Explanation, Interpretation and Application);


Suratul             –          Fatihah                        (Q.1)


Suratud             –          Duha               (Q.93)


Suratut                        –           Tin                  (Q.95)


Suratul             –           ‘Alaq               (Q.96: 1-5)


Suratul             –           Qadr                (Q.97)


Suratul             –           Kafirun            (Q.109)


Suratun            –           Nasr                (Q.110)


Suratu l            –           Ikhlas              (Q.112)


Suratu l            –           Falaq               (Q.113)


Suratun            –           Nas                     (Q.114)



  1. Moral Lessons from the Qur’an












  1. (a) Definition of Hadith and Sunnah.



(b)       Differences and similarities between Hadith and Sunnah


(c)        The Importance of Hadith and Sunnah.


(d)       Parts of the Hadith: ‘Isnad, Matn and Rawi.

(e)       Criteria for authenticity of Hadith


(f)        Classification of Hadith: Sahih, Hasan and Da‘if.


(g)        The Six Sound Collections of Hadith (Sihaus-Sittah) and their              Compilers.


  1. Reading (in either the Arabic Text or Transliteration). Memorization, Meaning of the following Ahadith and lessons learnt from them (Identification, Explanation, Interpretation and Application): an-Nawawi’s Collection. 1, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15,16,18,34 and 41.






  1. Iman (Faith)

(ii)       His angels – Q 2: 285; 8:50; 16: 2; 66: 6 ; 82: 10 – 12.







  1. Shirk (Associating Partners with Allah)


(i)        Worship of idols (Q.4:48:22:31:31:13:41:37):




  1. Taharah (Purification)








  1. Salat:







  1. Sawm (Fasting): Detailed study of Sawm with emphasis on the Spiritual, Social and Moral Objectives.
    • Definition
    • Types of Sawm (compulsory and voluntary)
    • Examples of compulsory fast (Ramadan, Kaffarah and Nadr)
    • Examples of voluntary fast (Shitta Shawwal, ‘Ashura’and Tasu‘a, fasting on Mondays, fasting on Thursdays, etc.)
    • Voluntary fast
    • How fasting is observed in Islam
    • Ramadan Fast
    • Those Exempted from Fast
    • Things that vitiate Fast
    • Benefits/Significance of Sawm—spiritual, social and moral.


  1. Zakat (Charity): Detailed Study of Zakat with emphasis on the Spiritual, Socio-Economic and Moral Objectives:


(i)              Definitions of Zakat and Sadaqah

(ii)             Difference between Zakat and Sadaqah

(iii)             Articles on which Zakat is paid

(iv)             The Nisab of Zakat

(v)             Zakat on Livestock

(vi)             Zakat on Money

(vii)           Zakat on Agricultural Products

(viii)           The Beneficiaries of Zakat (Q.9:60)

(ix)                Zakatul-Fitr.

(x)                Benefits of Zakat – Spiritual, Socio-economic and Moral.



  1.      Hajj (Pilgrimage): Detailed study of Hajj and ‘Umrah with emphasis

on the Spiritual, Socio-Economic and Moral Values.



  1. Shari ‘ah:
    • Definition;
    • Sources (the Qur’an, the Sunnah, the Ijma‘ and the Qiyas.)



  1. Nikah (Marriage):

(i)         Concept (Q.16:72:24:32; 30;21: the Hadith “O young                                man……….”.

(ii)         Prohibited Categories (Q.2221; 4:22-24);



  1. Talaq ( Divorce) :

(i)        Islam’s Attitude (Q.4: 35): the Hadith “of all things lawful…….most

hateful to Allah” (Abu- Da’ud 13:31);






  1. The Holy Qur’an (text, translation and commentary).
  2. Yusuf Ali


  1. The meaning of the The Glorious Koran (An explanatory translation by             Mohammed Marmaduke Picktall) I.P.B., Lagos Nigeria


  1. Islamic Religious knowledge for WASC Book 3 Hadith.
  2. Bushir Sambo and Mohammed Higab I.P.B., Lagos, Nigeria.


  1. Islamic Religious knowledge for WASC Book 2 Figh.
  2. Bushir Sambo and Mohammed Higab I.P.B., Lagos, Nigeria.


  1. Islamic Religious knowledge for WASC Book 1 Qur’an and Tafsir.
  2. Bushir Sambo and Mohammed Higab I.P.B., Lagos, Nigeria


  1. The life of Muhammad by Haykal Printed in Nigeria 1982.


  1. Islam in Focus by Hammudah Abdalati I.P.B., Lagos Nigeria.


  1. Islamic Studies for Secondary Schools Books 1 & 2 by Lemu I.P.B., Lagos.

            And Islamic Education Trust, Minna.


  1. Selected traditions of an-Nawawi by M.O.A., Abdul I.P.B., Lagos.


  1. Studies in Islam series Books 1m – 5 by M.O.A., Abdul I.P.B., Lagos.


  1. AL-‘IZZIYYAH for English audience by Quadri Y.A., and Oloyede, I.O.             Shebiotimo Publications, Ijebu Ode.


  1. Islamic Religious Knowledge for senior secondary School series 1 -3 by Seriki            and Badmos – B and B.P. Abeokuta.


13        Yasin wal-Qur’an – by S.H.A., Malik Ilesanmi Press, Ilesha.


  1. The Classical Caliphate by M.O.A. Abdul. I.P.B., Lagos.


  1. West Africa And Islam, P.B. Clarke, Edward Amold.


  1. A. History of Islam in West Africa, J.S. Trimingham, Oxford University Press.


  1. Islam in West Africa, J. S. Trmingha, Oxford University Press.


  1. Islamic Studies for SSS Books 1 & 2 by B. “Aisha Lemu I.P.B., Lagos.


  1. Essentials of Islamic Studies Books 1 & 2 by M.O. Raheemson. M.D. & P.S.            Lagos.


  1. 40 Hadith: An Explanation by Dr. Yushau Sodiq Published by J.S. Prinnting, USA in 2011.
  2. Sulemana, M. (2004). Islamic Studies. Capital Publishing. Accra, Ghana.


  1. Muhammad Jamiu Yunus (2011). Islam: The Religion of Peace. Alanisek


Gen.Concept Publications Ijebu-Ode.



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