P235 Islamic Religious Education

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Part 1: Introduction to the Study of the Qur'an

The Revelation of the Qur'an

(a) The need and reasons for the Revelation of the Qur'an

(b) The modes of the revelation

(c) Compilation of the Qur'an

(d) Preservation and protection of the Qur'an

(e) Authenticity of the Qur'an

(f) The miraculous nature of the Qur'an

Selected Teachings of the Holy Qur'an

(a) Spiritual Teachings of the Qur'an

(b) Social Teachings

(c) Economic Teachings

(d) Political Teachings

Selected Surah and Their Translation With Reference to Causes and Circumstance of Their Revelation

Part 2: Introduction to Hadith and Fiqh

A. Hadith (Traditions of the Prophet)


(a) Hadith during the Prophet's time.

(b) The purpose of collecting Hadith.

(c) The first collectors of Hadith and their methods of collection


(a) The biographies of six celebrated compilers of Hadith.

(b) A comparative study of the methods of the collection and compilation of Hadith by Bukhari and Muslim.

Evaluation of Hadith

(a) Criteria for accepting Hadith as Sahih.

(b) Characteristics of forged Hadith.

(c) Factors that led to the forging of Hadith.

Classifications of Hadith

(a) Mutawatir and Ahad classes.

(b) Sahih

(c) Hasan

(d) Dhaif

(e) Maudhu

Types of Hadith

(a) Characteristics of Hadith Qudsi

(b) Characteristics of Hadith Nabawi.

B. Fiqh (Practice)

The Development of Islamic Law

(a) Historical background.

(b) Stages of development

Major Sources of Islamic Law

Legal Classification of Acts

The Emergence of Islamic Schools of Law and Their Geographical Expansion

Fundamental Teachings of the Sharia

(a) Islamic Penal Code

(b) Grave Sins

Challenges to the Application of Sharia in the Contemporary World

(a) The western world's attitude toward Sharia

(b) The Muslim world's attitude towards Sharia.

(c) Reasons for non-application of Sharia in Muslim majority countries.

(d) The application of Sharia in Iran and Sudan.

(e) Struggle to establish Sharia in Algeria, Egypt and Pakistan

(f) Problems of applying Sharia in Muslim minority countries.

Part 3: History of Islam

Early Islamic History

(a) The situation in pre-Islamic Arabia

(b) The life of Prophet Muhammad

(c) The rightly guided Caliphate period.

The Umayyads

(a) Muawiya bin abi Sufyan

(b) Institution of the Caliphate under the Umayyads

(c) The prominent Umayyad Caliphs

(d) Life, culture, and science under the Umayyads

The Abbasids

(a) The rise of the Abbasids

(b) Prominent Abbasid Caliphs

(c) Islamic civilization and education under the Abbasids.

(d) The Mongolian invasion and decline of the Abbasids.

The Fatimids in Egypt and North Africa

(a) The rise of the Fatimids

(b) Prominent Fatimid rulers.

(c) Islamic civilization under the Fatimids.

(d) The fall of the Fatimids.

Crusades and Muslim Empires

(a) Safavids in Persia

(b) The Moghuls in Central Asia and India

(c) The Ottoman Empire

Part 4: Islam in Africa

Section A: Islam in East Africa

The coming of Islam to East Africa via the Indian Ocean route

Islam on the East African Coast

(a) Spread on the coast.

(b) Factors that led to its overstay at the coast.

(c) Islamic influence on the coast.

(d) The Portuguese

The Spread of Islam in the Interior (18th Century to Date)

(a) Islam in Uganda

(b) Islam in Kenya

(c) Islam in Tanzania

Section B. Islam in West Africa

Conditions of West Africa Prior to the Coming of Islam

(a) Background study of the people in the region

(b) Traditional beliefs and practices

Introduction of Islam and General Survey of its growth.

The Role of Trade in the Spread of Islam

(a) Trans-Sahara Trade

(b) Slave Trade

Islam in the Old Political Organization in the Regions

(a) The empire of Ghana

(b) The empire of Mali

(c) The empire of Songai

The Impact of the Early Islamic Movement on the People of West Africa

(a) The Almoravid invasions

(b) The Sufi Traiqas

The 19th Century Jihads

(a) The Jihad of Uthman Dan Fodio

(b) The Jihad of Sheikh Hamad

(c) The Jihad of Al Hajj Umar

Islam During Colonial Rule in the Region

(a) Resistance to Colonial Rule

(b) Collaboration with local Muslim leaders

(c) The spread of Islam under European rule.