Islamiyat Paper 2/2.


Paper 2 Contents.

 1. Major teachings in the Hadith of Prophet

Two groups of passages are set for close study. These relate to:

• individual conduct
• life in the community.
Candidates should study the teachings contained in each passage about what Muslims should believe and
how they should act.
Candidates should study the passages with reference to the original Arabic text as well as the English
translation. In the examination, passages will be set in both Arabic and English.

2. The history and importance of the Hadiths

Candidates should study:
• the history of the compilation of the Hadiths
• the earliest collections
• the main musnad and musannaf collections
• the main compilers and their activities
• The methods based on examination of the chain of transmitters (isnad) and the text (matn) of a Hadith to
test the reliability of the Hadith
• The main features of the six collections of Sunni Hadiths and the four collections of Shi‘a Hadiths
• The major themes of the Hadiths as these are contained both in the passages set for special study and
in other similar passages
• their use in legal thinking, and their relationship with the Qur’an, consensus (ijma‘) and analogy (qiyas)
• their significance in thought and action in Islam.

3. The period of rule of the Rightly Guided Caliphs and their importance as

Candidates should study:
• the main events of the rules of the four Caliphs
• their policies in maintaining and expanding the state
• their approaches to leading the community
• their main achievements
• the main difficulties they encountered
• their significance as examples of leadership
• the importance of their rules as models for government today
• their importance as examples for Muslim communities in their relations with other states.
(Note that the lives and activities of the Caliphs during the Prophet’s lifetime are included in the Syllabus
in Paper 1.)
Candidates should know the main events of the rules of the four Caliphs, and should explore the
significance of these events for the early and later history of Islam. They should also understand the
importance of their rules as examples for later times.
In the examination, there will be either one or two questions on this topic.

4. The Articles of Faith and the Pillars of Islam

Candidates should study:
• the Six Articles of Faith:
• God, including what Muslims believe about him
• angels, their nature and duties
• books, their contents and purpose
• prophets, their character and function
• God’s predestination and decree, its meaning and significance
• Resurrection and the last day, the main events and its significance.
• Jihad in its range of meanings, physical, mental and spiritual.
• the Five Pillars of Islam:
• the declaration of faith, shahada, including the significance of what it contains
• prayer, salat, including preparations, its performance and importance, congregational prayers on
Fridays and festivals, times of prayer, the place of prayer, private prayer, delayed prayer
• alms-giving, zakat, how it is performed and its significance in the community
• fasting, sawm, including the way it is observed, its significance and those exempted
• pilgrimage, hajj, including the main observances involved and their significance.
Candidates should know about each of these beliefs and observances, and should also understand their
significance in the faith and action of individual Muslims and of Muslim communities.
In the examination, there will be either one or two questions on this topic.








Islamiat Syllabus:Paper 1/2.


Paper 1 contents.

1. Major themes of the Qur’an.

Three groups of passages are set for close study. These relate to the themes of:
God in himself
God’s relationship with the created world
God’s Messengers.
Candidates should explore:
• the major theme or themes of the Qur’an that appear in each passage, and
• the way each passage presents its theme(s) in its own particular way.

2. The history and importance of the Qur’an.

Candidates should study:
• the revelation of the Qur’an to the Prophet between the years 610 and 632
• the account of the compilation of the Qur’an under the Rightly Guided Caliphs
• the major themes of the Qur’an as contained both in the passages set for special study and in other similar passages
• the use of the Qur’an in legal thinking, and its relationship with the Hadiths, consensus (ijma‘ ) and analogy (qiyas)
• its significance as the basis of all thought and action in Islam.

3. The life and importance of the Prophet Muhammad

 Candidates should study:
• the main events of the Prophet’s life from his birth to his call to prophethood
• the main events of his activities in Makka and his experiences with his opponents
• the main events of his activities in Madina, his leadership of the community there and his conflicts with the Makkans and others
• his actions and character
• the importance of his actions as examples for Muslim individuals in their personal conduct and relations with others including women and non-Muslims
• the importance of his actions as examples for Muslim communities in their relations with other states
• his significance as Seal of the Prophets and last Messenger of God.
Candidates should be able to give accounts of the main events of the Prophet’s life, and his significance in Muslim beliefs. They should also be able to explain the importance of his actions and experiences in the history and beliefs of Islam, particularly in the way they provide examples for present day Muslim individuals and communities.In the examination, there will be either one or two questions on this topic.

4. The first Islamic community.

Candidates should study:
• the Prophet’s wives
• his descendants, including his children, grandchildren and the direct line recognised among Shi‘a Muslims as Imams
• his leading Companions, including the Ten Blessed Companions, his Scribes, the major characters who surrounded him in his ministry, the Emigrants and Helpers, and the four Rightly Guided Caliphs during his lifetime. (Note that the period of the Rightly Guided Caliphs’ rules after the time of the Prophet is included in the Syllabus under Paper 2.)
Candidates should know the names of the main characters who lived with and near the Prophet, and the significant facts of their lives. They should also be able to explain the importance of their actions and experiences in the history and beliefs of Islam.
In the examination, there will be either one or two questions on this topic.

Bunking, I need a second.

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Bunking for Good.

No,bunking is not unwholesome to that play. It’s not in any sense bumping you off or getting you slayed. In fact, in such age of emulation and hard studies, it’s what all of us need to unload our shoulders. And if you are so concussed in your routine that there is hardly a second left for you to breathe on your will according to your cravings, what’s even wrong in bunking a class or two just to complete it later with those paid-tutors? well…It’s something healthy! But only if you are determined enough to get your head filled with the words you missed, later on.


The Cons are GREATER!Bunking for worst!

As you may see,Bunking does not mean rejecting a room full of rank and file,rather it means saying a big NO!  to a world full of knowledge and light. O’levels is a class of concepts and different mentor has an altered style of words and way of teaching.Missing any word in O’levels means you stand at a risk greater. And yeah, why do you run from a fuming teacher when he teaches you way better than those sweet teachers of academies.


You may want to skip your class someday but make sure it is nugatory. Skipping your Urdu class one day in a week does not matter much but skipping Maths class this year,though you do not have to appear in its Cambridge Exam yet, is much harming. I will tell You why under the next heading.


The ignored subject are actually the most important.

While not much attention is given to Biology, physics, Maths,Chemistry and English in year Two of Olevels, let it be known you are at worst of all wrongs. Each word taught for these subjects in even one of the classes is thoroughly important because these subjects are more of learning and later comes the concept. If you bunk these classes considering that you are not to appear to scribble in these exams yet,it’s worse than missing out Islamiat, Pak-studies and Urdu.I missed much of my Chemistry and physics classes but What happened?Once I got enrolled for a competition at Gujranwala in BSS, Science brawl. These competition was an immensely good way to check out; where is it that we stand for each subject.And believe me I could test how good was my biology was.I had not even gone through any of the word related to physics or chemistry and I was shocked as my contemporaries of my age knew what it was.And now have I acknowledged, teachers wont event repeat a single word I missed.

Academies or No academies?

A new torture.

While Students grab knowledge at schools, the trend evolves. It’s something so common now, either parents aren’t satisfied by what teachers teach at school or Its the student himself… besides,tutoring is too mainstream now a days. It’s seen as a step to evolution and educational excelling but rather it’s a game Kids play with themselves and their parents, how?


Love games at Olevel’s Academies.

Albeit,there are some ingenius students who would accede to the the fact; What dread their parents had to go through to fill up their school fee and side tuition fee. But some are such Who join academies to give company to their boyfriends and girlfriends. Sorry for the vulgarity but yeah, being a blogger I would have to be on true lines.Tutors do not fully take responsibilty of us, that’s true.They teach in a for-granted way. In such cases, taking academies for Olevels spoils what we study at schools, too! But…still tutors get the credit.


The Pros considered!

Everything apart,dont we think teachers we get taught by at school teach way better at their homes and academies? Yes they do! They would give you heaps of notes, tests, lectures, guess papers! woah! So in such cases, Olevels Academies get really very vital.Plus, sometimes It’s seen the teachers responsible to teach us at schools are not experienced enough, as happened with me.To cover their flaws, academies have to be taken.



Take tuitions.But just to get taught and learn.In olevels, We students are at such crutial stage that we should not risk anything! Grab all the notes, all the knowledge (Though,I am sure that you are only going to read your book and flip through some page only at the end).Dont let your buddies hinder your educational excellence.You pay your tutors,take benefit from them.And yeah,joining academies in Vacations is useless as tutors do not teach MUCH then.The best time is your school days.

…The run starts.

...The run starts.

Such a wrangle I took against my connections,that against their wills and orders I decided to go for year one of olevels when my parents wanted me to skip this year and directly jump to O2.I would not do that,I am much sincere to my grades and i knew if my grades got hurt i would blame this ‘hippety-hop’ from O1 as the reason.I literally was confused,and again…my friends were there to whirl me from what my parents wanted.I didnot skip o1.AND BELIEVE ME,I DO NOT REGRET IT.Though i wasted one inclusive year to the hands of my desires but it was not without glitters.When I caught up to o2,I realized none of the teachers repeated what we had already studied in year one and that we only had 5 months of this sessions for covering up further syllabus,after which students did not give any deliberation towards school,rather studied at home or their so-called academies.Those which came to O2 after hoping over p3 joined loooooooots of academies to cover up their syllabus and some were extremely quick-witted that they would not even bother writing any word on their test sheets.On they other hand,We were able to gulp overmuch syllabus.One thing i never savvy; why take academies if you took 2 whole years of schooling for just a trinity of exams?and one more thing atop it,students i see…amass loads of notes,past papers,guess papers;God,believe me you would even forget if you ever had them when It’s time for exams. Atleasts, It is what fared to be at my time.You must concentrate on your course books initially,because they have been provided as a guidance to us by Cambridge itself,we cant overlook the guidance provided in it.Apart from that,many other books have absolutely invalid contents and off the track information,It’s probably what Olevels never want us to write.Though it is necessary for us to have every morsel of cognition and scholarship,but it has to be valid.Thus; If you are willing to read a side book along,make sure its right as rain.Gather very few books,since the start of your session and officiate along with it.