Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad SAW

Sunnah (سنة, plural سنن sunan) literally means "trodden path", and therefore, the sunnah of Muhammad, prophet of Islam, means "the way and the manners of Muhammad".

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The Sunnah of Muhammad refers to his traditions and actions, including specific words, actions, and practices. This is in contrast to the hadith, which contains just his words. However, the two doctrines were closely related in the beginnings of Islam. The Sunnah is significant to the spirituality of Islam because it continues teaching Muslims how their prophet acted during his life, and this allows the continuing generations of Muslims to be able to know his ways. The Sunnah addresses ways of life dealing with friends, family, and government.

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How far the hadith contributes to the sunnah is disputed, and highly dependent on the context. In the context of Islamic Law, Imam Malik and the Hanafi scholars assumed to have differentiated between the sunnah and the hadith. In some instances, for example, Imam Malik is supposed to have rejected hadiths that reached him because, according to him, they were against the 'established practice of the people of Medinah'.

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