JAMB Syllabus for Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) 2022/2023

Are you looking for the IRS syllabus for 2022/2023 UTME examination? If so, you are in the right place.

In this post, I will give you free access to all the 2022 UTME approved topics or area of concentration for Islamic Religious Studies (IRS).

The JAMB Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) syllabus is the topic you must study for the UTME examination.

Using the JAMB syllabus to study for your examination is the open secret to getting a high score.

The JAMB Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) syllabus also contains objectives for each topic. These objectives are what you must know for every topic you study.

This post contains the complete list of topics in the JAMB Islamic Religious Studies (IRS) syllabus. Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions.

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What is JAMB Syllabus All About

Let’s have a look at the JAMB syllabus. The JAMB syllabus is a book (printed or digital) that contains a list of topics you must read/study for the subject combinations you have chosen for your proposed course of study. These topics for each of the four subjects you will write in JAMB will be the source of questions for that subject during the JAMB examination.

Because we’re talking about Islamic Studies, this means that the JAMB Syllabus for Islamic Studies is a list of all Islamic Studies topics that you, as a candidate, should study in preparation for JAMB.

JAMB Syllabus For Islamic Studies 2022/2023

Objective

The very main objective of this JAMB IRK Islamic Religious Studies Syllabus for Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), 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.

PART 1: THE QUR’AN AND HADITH

1. Revelation of the Glorious Qur’an

Topics:

(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): inspiration behind the veil, through an angel, etc.
(iv) Piecemeal revelation (Q.17:106) (Q.25:32)

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:

(i) analyse the Prophet’s (SAW) visits to Cave Hira and the purpose;
(ii) describe the Prophet’s reaction to the first revelation and its importance;
(iii) differentiate between the modes of revelation;
(iv) explain why the Glorious Qur’an was revealed piecemeal.

1b. Preservation of the Glorious Qur’an

Topics:

(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)

Objectives:

(i) identify the personalities involved in the arrangement of the Glorious Qur’an;
(ii) differentiate between Makkan and Madinan suwar
(iii) analyse how the Glorious Qur’an was recorded, compiled and standardized;
(iv) evaluate the role played by the companions of the Prophet (SAW)

1c. Importance of the Glorious Qur’an

Topics:

i. as a source of guidance in spiritual, moral, economic, political and socio-cultural matters.

Objectives:

(i) examine the importance of the Glorious Qur’an

1d. Proof of the Divine authenticity of the Glorious Qur’an (Q.4:82) (Q.41:42)

Topics:

(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)

Obejectives:

(i) evaluate the proof of the divine authenticity of the Glorious Qur’an;
(ii) evaluate the uniqueness of the Glorious Qur’an;
(iii) examine the ways by which the Glorious Qur’an was preserved.

2. Tafsir

Topics:

(i) Historical development of Tafsir
(ii) Importance of Tafsir
(iii) Types of Tafsir

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
(i) trace the origin and sources of Tafsir;
(ii) evaluate the importance of Tafsir
(iii) compare the types of Tafsir.

3. Introduction to Tajwid (Theory and Practice)

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
(i) examine the meaning and importance of Tajwid

4. Study of the Arabic text of the following suwar/ayats with tajwid

Topics:

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)

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
(i) recite with correct tajwid the Arabic texts of the suwar;
(ii) translate the verses;
(iii) deduce lessons from them;
(iv) evaluate the teachings of the verses.

5. Study of the Arabic text of the following suwar/ayats with tajwid

Topics:

(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)

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
(i) recite with correct tajwid the Arabic texts of the suwar;
(ii) deduce lessons from them;
(iii) evaluate their teachings;

6. Hadith

Topics:

(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

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
(i) evaluate the history of Hadith from the time of the Prophet (SAW) to the period of six authentic collectors.
(ii) analyse the Isnad;
(iii) analyse the Matn;
(iv) distinguish between Hadith Sahih, Hassan and da’if.

Candidates should be able to:

(i) examine the importance of Hadith;
(ii) distinguish between Hadith and the Glorious Qur’an.
(iii) evaluate their biographies and works
(iv) evaluate his biography;
(v) analyse his work.
(vi) interpret the ahadith in Arabic
(vii) apply them in their daily lives.

7. Moral lessons in the Glorious Qur’an and Hadith

Topics:

(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 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

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
(a) use the teachings of the verses in their daily lives;
(b) apply the teachings of the verses to their daily lives;
(c) demonstrate the teachings of the verses in their daily lives.
(d) use the teachings of the verses in their daily lives

(e) apply the teachings of the verses in their daily lives.
(f) demonstrate the teachings of the verses in their daily lives.
(g) apply the teachings of the verses in their daily lives.
(h) apply the teachings of the verses and the al-Hadith to their daily lives.
(i) demonstrate the teachings of the verses and the Hadith in their daily lives.
(j) apply the teachings of the verses and the ahadith in their daily lives.
(l) Interpret the teachings of the verses and the Hadith in their daily lives.
(m) demonstrate the teachings of the verses and the Hadith in their daily lives.

(n) apply the teachings of the verses and the ahadith in their daily lives.

8. PART II: TAWHID AND FIQH

Topics:

(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

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
(a) analyse the concepts of Tawhid
(b) evaluate the significance of kalimatush-shahadah;
(c) identify the verses dealing with the Oneness of Allah;
(d) determine the significance of the servanthood of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW);
(e) evaluate the significance of the universality of Prophet Muhammad’s message;
(f) examine the significance of the finality of the Prophethood of Muhammad (SAW)

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How to use JAMB Syllabus

JAMB syllable contains all the topics your need to read for each subject. It contains only the topics approved by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

The best way to use it is to follow and read all the topics outlined there. If you cannot cover all, make sure you cover 60% of all the topics.

Follow this guideline and use your syllable effectively:

  • From the first part of the syllable, read at least five (5) topics
  • Read at least 5 topics from the middle part of the syllable
  • Also read the last 5 topics.
  • Finally, begin to read other topics you feel are easy for you.

Adopting the above trick simply means touching every part of your syllable and it will enhance your chances of scoring very high in your UTME examination.

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