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As-Sunnah: The Prophet’S Way In the Arabic language, the term “Sunnah” refers to a habit or custom or way of doing things. For an example a Hadeeth says,

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1 As-Sunnah: The Prophet’S Way In the Arabic language, the term “Sunnah” refers to a habit or custom or way of doing things. For an example a Hadeeth says, “Whoever establishes in Islam a good sunnah gets its reward and reward of all those who follow it. And whoever establishes a bad Sunnah in Islam gets its sin and sins of all those who follow it…” Therefore, sunnah in the Arabic language is a way, a conduct or a lifestyle of a person or people.

2 Muslim scholars define the Sunnah in the following manner: The Sunnah is any speech, action, approval or attribute of Messenger of Allah. Here are some examples: A. Speech: In Arabic قول qawl, which means everything the Prophet said after he became a Prophet. An example of that is the Hadeeth of the Prophet انماالاعمال بالنيات “” “Actions are judged according to intentions” (Al- Bukhari) B. Action: In Arabic فعل fi’l which means everything the Prophet did after he became a Prophet, can be subdivided into three categories:

3 - Actions intended to demonstrate some part of the religion like how he prayed and how he performed Hajj, etc. Actions demonstrating parts of the religion that are unique to him. For example: He would sometimes fast for several consecutive days without eating or drinking. We are not permitted to fast in this manner. - Actions that relate to him as a human being. For example: He liked certain foods or he stood up, sat down or went to sleep in certain places. We are not required to follow this category of action but a few companions like ibn omer used to do so out of their love for the Messenger of Allah.

4 C. Approval: In Arabic تقرير taqreer, which means everything the Prophet approved of. An example of this is when one of the Sahabah said the following statement after he raised from Rukooa, during Salah: ” ربنا ولك الحمد كما ينبغي لجلال وجهك وعظيم سلطانك “ After Salah the Prophet commanded and approved what the man had said. D. Attribute: In Arabic صفة Sifah, which means all the reports about him, i.e about what he was like. For example he was described as man that was not overly tall nor short.

5 What is the difference between the Sunnah and the Qur’an? The Qur'an contains the message, teachings. And laws of Allah that are conveyed by the words of Allah. The Sunnah contains the message. Teachings, and laws of Allah, conveyed in the words and actions of the Messenger of Allah. Allah says in the Qur’an about the Messenger of Allah,.[.[

6 . وَمَا يَنْطِقُ عَنِ الْهَوَىٰ “Nor does he speak of (his own) desire.” إِنْ هُوَ إِلَّا وَحْيٌ يُوحَىٰ “It is only a Revelation revealed.” Based on the above ayah, the Hadeeth of the Prophet is part of Wahy, or divine guidance and revelation. That is because every time Rasoolullah said or did anything, it was the approval of Allah. So in this way, both the Qur’an and the Sunnah are messages from Allah. The difference between the two, is that the words of the Qur’an are the actual words of Allah, while the wording of the adeeth are those of the Prophet.

7 There is a type of Hadeeth, that relates exact words of Allah that are not part of the Qur’an and it is called “Hadeeth Qudsi”. The Prophet usually says in the beginning of the Hadeeth Qudsi “Allah says,”and then he mentions the saying of Allah. Table: Similarities and Differences among Qur’an Hadeeth and Hdeeth Qudsi

8 Type of RevelationMeaning revealed byWords chosen byCan be recited in Qiyam position during prayer and as a worship Can be Authentic and unauthentic 1Al-Qur’an Allah YesNo, it can only be authentic 2 Hadeeth AllahProphet Muhammad No Yes 3 Hadeeth Qudsi Allah No Yes

9 The Roles of Sunnah in Islam 1. The Sunnah tells us how to implement Al-Qur’an. If we only had the Qur’an alone we would not know exactly how to apply it to our lives. S Allah has taught us, through His Messenger, how to properly understand and implement the Qur’an. The Qur’an is something brief and non specific regarding matters of Fiqh. The role of the Prophet was to describe in details how we should worship Allah. For example, Allah ordered the Muslims to pray but he did not detail in Qur’an how many times a day we should pray. Nor did Allah state how many Rak’aat we should perform in each prayer.

10 Al Qur’an instructed us to give Zakah, fast and perm Hajj. However, Allah did not explain in details how to perform all of the pillars of Islam. This was the role assigned to Rasoolullah. He explained and demonstrated to the early Muslims all details of worship and etiquettes of Islamic life. Allah has ordered us in Al-Qur’an to demonstrate noble characteristics such as honesty, truthfulness, kindness, mercy, and courage along with many other qualities. He sent Rasoolullah to show us through his actions how we could achieve a high level of character in our daily lives.

11 2. The Sunnah clarifies the Qur’an. There are many phrases and concepts in Al-Qur’an that needed clarification. Although the early Muslims understood much of the Qur’an, they could understand everything in it without the help of Rasoolullah. Therefore, Rasoolullah was the teacher who explained Allhas’ message to his followers. وَأَنْزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الذِّكْرَ لِتُبَيِّنَ لِلنَّاسِ مَا نُزِّلَ إِلَيْهِمْ وَلَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَفَكَّرُونَ “And I have sent down to you the Qur’an so that you will clarify to the people was has been sent to them.”

12 3. The Sunnah is the second source of religious knowledge after Al-Qur’an. As was explained in the above points 1 and 2, the Sunnah teaches Muslims additional details about Islam that are not found in the Qur’an. However, all scholars of Islam understand that Al-Qur’an remains the first source of knowledge for us and Sunnah comes second. In fact, learning the Qur’an alone with out learning the Sunnah may lead misinterpreting Allah’s directions in Al-Qur’an. Allah sent Prophet Muhammad to teach us how to practice the Qur’an. Much of the details of Islamic teachings can be found in the Sunnah, but were not mentioned in the Qur’an. Therefore, the Sunnah is the second source of religious knowledge in Islam.

13 Hadeeth Shareef عن مالك بن الحويرث رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله عليه و سلم : ” صلوا كما رأيتموني أصلي “. رواه البخارى Malik ibn-ul-Huwayrith narrated that the Prophet said: “pray like you see me pray.”(Bukhari) عن جابر بن عبدالله رضي الله عنه قال رسول الله صلله عليه وسلم : ” لتاخذوا عني مناسككم.“ رواه مسلم Jabir ibn Abdulah narrated that the Prophet said: “Learn from me your rituals”.

14 Obeying Prophet Muhammad is Mandatory in Islam Obeying the Prophet and following his Sunnah is mandatory in Islam. In many ayaat,Allah stressed the importance of obeying Prophet Muhammad and following his Sunnah and his great example. Let’s explore what Al- Qur’an says about obeying Prophet Muhammad. a. Allah granted Prophet Muhammad many great attributes and manners that are the perfect example for all mankind. The lifestyle of Prophet Muhammad is Allah’s choice for those who seek to please Him and win Jannah. Therefore, the Sunnah and the lifestyle of the Prophet is the one that is favored by Allah. j

15 لَقَدْ كَانَ لَكُمْ فِي رَسُولِ اللَّهِ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ لِمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو اللَّهَ وَالْيَوْمَ الْآخِرَ وَذَكَرَ اللَّهَ كَثِيرا “Indeed in the Messenger of Allâh (Muhammad SAW) you have a good example to follow for him who hopes for (the Meeting with) Allâhand the Last Day and remembers Allâh much b. Obeying the Prophet is mandatory in Islam. Allah orders all Muslims in Surat-Al-Imran to obey Allah and His Prophet,

16 وَأَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَالرَّسُولَ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ And obey Allâh and the Messenger (Muhammad SAW) that you may obtain mercy. C. Allah confirmed that whoever obeys the Prophet, he or she will be obeying Allah. This is possible only by following the Sunnah. Allah says in Surat-un-nisa, من يطع الرسول فقد أطاع الله “Whoever obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah.”

17 D.. Allah has made obedience of His Messenger a way to winning the love of Allah. Allah says: قُلْ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُحِبُّونَ اللَّهَ فَاتَّبِعُونِي يُحْبِبْكُمُ اللَّهُ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ Say (O Muhammad SAW to mankind): "If you (really) love Allâh then follow me (i.e. accept Islâmic Monotheism, follow the Qur'ân and the Sunnah), Allâh will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.“ e... During the life of the Prophet, Allah has made submission to the decisions of the Messenger of Allah a precondition for belief. Allah says:

18 فَلَا وَرَبِّكَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ حَتَّىٰ يُحَكِّمُوكَ فِيمَا شَجَرَ بَيْنَهُمْ ثُمَّ لَا يَجِدُوا فِي أَنْفُسِهِمْ حَرَجًا مِمَّا قَضَيْتَ وَيُسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا But no, by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (O Muhammad SAW) judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission.

19 Don’t Take the Sunnah lightly Rasoolullah was once sitting in masjid with his companions. He told them that there would come a day when some people will claim that the Sunnah is not important. He said: “I have been given the Qur’an and its equivalent with it. A time is about to come when a man will sit back in his chair and say, “Only follow the Qur’an. Whatever you find in it that is permissible, consider it permissible and whatever you find in it that is forbidden, consider it forbidden.”

20 The Prophet then said “I say, whatever the Messenger of Allah forbids is like what Allah forbids.” Then the Prophet gave example of the things that he prohibited, although it is not mentioned in the Qur’an. He said, “It is prohibited for you to eat the meat of donkeys and wild animals. It is also prohibited to enter the houses of the People of Book (Christians a and Jews) without their permission, to take their food or belongings without their permission, and to hurt their families.”

21 Hadeeth Shareef عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ” من رغب عن سنتي فليس مني.“ ( رواه البخاري ) Anas bin Malik narrated that the Prophet said: “Whoever neglects my Sunnah is not one of my true followers.” عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال : قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم : ” كل أمتي يدخلون الجنة الا من أبى. قالوا : يارسول الله ومن يأبى؟ قال : من أطاعني دخل الجنة ومن عصاني فقد أبى.“ ( رواه البخاري ) Abu Hurayrah narrated that the Messenger of Allah Said: “Everyone from my ummah (nation)will enter paradise, except those who refuse.” He was asked, “Oh, who would refuse?”He said, “Whoever obeys me enters Paradise and whoever disobeys me has refused.”

22 Study Questions 1. Write a story that shows the Sahaba or the early scholars of Islam were sincere and motivated to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet. 2. What dose the term “Sunnah” mean in Arabic? 3. Define the term “ Snnah”. 4. Discuss at least three reasons for obeying the Prophet and following his Sunnah. 5. Can Muslims understand the Qur’an without the help of the Prophet? Explain your answer.

23 6) State five example that illustrate why Muslims need the “Snnah”if they are to follow Islam correctly. 7) State one hadeeth that shows the importance of As- Sunnah. 8) “Following the Sunnah leads to Jannah.” Is this true? Support your answer with a Hadeeth. 9) List some similarities and differences between AL- Qur’an and As-Sunnah.

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