Islamic Studies Paper 2 WASSCE (PC), 2018

Question 5

  1. Comment on the following verses:

    1. Iyyāka nacbudu wa iyyāka  nastacīn. (Q.1:5);
    2. Alaysa Llāhu bi akamil hākimīn. (Q.95:8);
    3. Innā anzalnāhu fī laylatil Qadr. (Q.97:1);

This was a fairly popular question. Only a few of the candidates got it right while a large number of them find it too cumbersome to make the requested comment. Few of the candidates that answered this question understood its demands and scored high marks. The question demanded from the candidates to comment as follows:

  1. - It is the fifth verse of Sūratul Fātiḥah.

- It means: “Thee alone do we worship and from Thee alone we seek for help:
- Man should worship none but Allah.
- In worship, man is not to associate partner(s) with Allah.
- Associating partner(s) with Allah is a major and unpardonable sin.
- Humankind’s source of help is Allah.
- Those who seek help from sources other than Allah are on the wrong path.
- Such persons incur Allah’s displeasure.


  1. - It is the last verses of Sūratut –Tīn.

- It means: Is Allah not the best of Judges?
- Allah’s judgement is straight and fair.
- Human judgement is full of flaws.
- Those who flout Allah’s regulations are to be punished.
- The law-abiding ones will enjoy unending reward.
- In Allah’s court, there are no lawyers to argue a case.
- One cannot also deny wrong- doing if one indeed committed it.

(c)- It is the opening verse of Sūratul- Qadr.
- It means: we have revealed it on the Night of Power.
-The objectof revelation is the Qur’ān.
-It was on the Lawul- Mafūz (Heavenly preserved Tablet).
- It was kept in the Baytul- cIzza.
- The revelation began in the year 610 C.E. at Cave Hira.
- The revelation to the Prophet was through the agency of Jibrīl.
- The revelation ended in 632 C.E.
- The compilation of the Qur’ān started in the reign of Caliph Abū-Bakar.
- It was standardization during the rule of cUthmān b. cAffān.