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Pp The Leading companions & Imp Personalities

Paper 1 [Optional]. The first Islamic community


Candidates should study:

the Prophets wives


his descendants, including his children, grandchildren and
the direct line recognised among Shia 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.

Q1. (a) Give brief biographical accounts of the ten blessed companions.

(12)
(b) Explain why Muslims hold them in great respect.(4) (May-95)

Q2 (a) Identify each of the Ten Blessed Companions. (4)


(b) Explain the significance of:

i. Abu Bakr ( ) and either


ii. Usman ( ) or
iii. Ali ()
During the lifetime of Prophet () (2x6) (May-
04)

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Q3. (a) Identify the Ten Blessed Companions. (8)

(b) Explain why they were known by this name? (2)

(c) Write brief notes about the lives of any three of these Companions
who did not become caliphs. (3x2) (Oct-05)
Q4. (a) Write brief notes about the lives of any two of the ten blessed
companions who did not become caliph. (2x2)

(b) Explain the significance of:


i. Abu Bakr ( ) and either
ii. Usman ( ) or
iii. Ali ()
During the lifetime of Prophet () ( 2x6)
(O/N/ 07)

Q5. (a) Write briefly about the conversion to Islam of Abu Bakr,Umar,
Usman and Ali. (10)

(b) In what ways did the conversion of Umar help the young Muslim
community? (4) (O/N/09)

Q6 (a) Give an account of the lives of Uthman and Ali during the lifetime
of the Prophet. [10]

(b) Uthman was known to be generous with his wealth. How can Muslims
now apply the trait of generosity? [4][O/N/2016]

Q7 Give an outline of the main services to Islam during the lifetime of the
Prophet ( ) of the following companions.
i) Abu Bakr and (8)
ii) Uthman. (8) (S/P03)

Q8 (a) Write an account of the following figures during the lifetime of the
Prophet: Hamza, Abu Bakr and Ali.
[10]

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(b) Explain why one of these figures was important in the development of the
Islamic community. [4] (M/J/11)

Q9. (a) Write about the major contributions made to Islam by Abu Bakr
during the Prophets ( ) lifetime.
(10)

(b)Why was Abu Bakr given the title Saviour of Islam? (4)O/N/2010)

10 (a) Write about the role played by Abu Bakr during the period between the
first revelation and the death of the Prophet.
[10]

(b) What lessons can Muslims learn from Abu Bakrs conduct in this period, and
how are these lessons relevant now? [4] [O/N/2014]

Q11 (a) Write about the lives of Umar and Uthman during the lifetime of the
Prophet. [10]

(b) Why was Umars conversion important for the early Muslims? [4] [M/J/2013]

12 (a) Write about the role of Umar in the lifetime of the Prophet. [10]

(b) What lessons can Muslims learn from Umars conversion? [4]
[M/J/2015]

Q13. (a) Describe the main events that involved the prophet ()
with Abu Talib and Abu Sufyan. (10)

(b) Explain why the death of Abu Talib threatened the Prophets (
) security in Makkah. (4)
(S/P/09)

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14 (a) Describe the roles played by Abu Talib and Hamza in the life of the
Prophet. [10]

(b) Did the role of Abu Talib help strengthen the early Muslim community? Give
reasons for your answer. [4] [M/J/2014]

15 (a) Write about the lives of the Prophets uncles, Hamza and Abu Sufyan. [10]

(b) Many of the people who had been enemies of the Prophet accepted Islam.
What lessons can Muslims learn from this? [4][M/J/2016]

16 (a) Give an account of the lives of Abu Sufyan and Khalid bin Walid during
the time of the Prophet. [10]

(b) In your opinion, can Muslims today learn anything from Abu Sufyans
involvement with the Prophet? [4] [O/N/2014]
Q17 (a) Write about the main points in the lives of Bilal and Abu Sufyan. [10]

(b) What can be learnt from Bilals role in the Islamic community? [4] [O/N/12]

Q18. (a) Describe the main events during the life time of the
Prophet ( ) which involved the following people:

i) Khadija
ii) Abu Talib
iii) Abu Sufyan. (3x4)

(b) Explain why the death of Abu Talib was a significant event for the
Prophet () ( 4) (M/J/08)

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Q19. Explain the importance of the following figures during the lifetime of
the Prophet ()

a) Abu Talib (4)

b) Bilal () ( 4)
c) Abu Sufyan (4)

d) The Ansar (4) (M/J/05) (O/N08)

Q20. (a) Write short biographical accounts of any three of the following
Muslims:

i. Bilal ()
ii. Hafsa
iii. Talha ()
iv. Hasan () ( 3x4 )
(b) Explain the importance in Islam of any two of the above Muslims you
have chosen. (2x3) (May-03-O/N/07)
Q21. Explain the prominence in early Islam of the following:
a) Abu Talib. (5)
b) Ayesha. (6)
c) Hussein. () ( 5) (Oct-94)

Q22. Explain the prominence in early Islam of the following:


a) Abu Talib. (5)
b) Khadija. (5)
c) Hussein. () ( 6) (Oct-97)

Q23. Write an account of the importance during the Prophets ()


lifetime of the following figures:

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a) Abu Talib. (4)
b) Khadija. (6)
c) Abu Bakr. (( ) 6) (May-00)

Q24 (a) Give a short biographical account of each of the following Muslims:
i) Khadija
ii) Hamza
iii) Fatima
iv) Bilal. (12)
(b) Choose any one of the individuals named in Q(a) above and explain why
Muslims consider him or her as important. (4) (S/P03)

Q25 (a) Write about the Prophets relationship with the following figures:
Aminah, Halimah Saadiah and Abu Talib.
[10]

(b) What can these relationships teach Muslims today about family ties?
[4]
[O/N/12]

26 (a) Give an account of the lives of Ali ibn Talib and Zayd bin Harith during
the life of the Prophet.
[10]

(b) To what extent do Ali and Zayds relationships with the Prophet provide
models for family relations today? [4][O/N/2015]