What is Sunnah?

  • (noun): (Islam) the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad and interpretations of the Koran.
    Synonyms: Sunna, hadith


Sunnah (سنة, plural سنن sunan, Arabic) is derived from the root (سن Arabic) meaning smooth and easy flow or direct flow path. The word literally means a clear and well trodden path. In the discussion of the sources of religion, Sunnah denotes the practice of Prophet Muhammad that he taught and practically instituted as a teacher of the sharī‘ah and the best exemplar. According to Muslim belief, this practice is to be adhered to in fulfilling the divine injunctions, carrying out religious rites and moulding life in accord with the will of God. To institute these practices was, the Qur’ān states, a part of the Prophet’s responsibility as a Messenger of God

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Alternative Views On Sunnah
... of Prophet Muhammad, hold the view that the deeper and true Sunnah are the noble characteristics and inner state of Prophet Muhammad ... quality of his character constitute the truer and deeper aspect of what it means by Sunnah in Islam, rather than the external aspects alone ... loses its meaning without the inner attitude and also many Sunnah are simply custom of the Arabs, not something that is unique to Prophet ...
Minhaj As-Sunnah An-Nabawiyyah
... Minhaj as-Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah (The Pathway of as-Sunnah an-Nabawiyyah) is a four/ or eight/ or nine volumes( depending on edition) work by Islamic scholar Ibn Taymiya ...
Sources Of Islamic Law - Primary Sources - Sunnah
... The Sunnah is the next important source, and is commonly defined as "the traditions and customs of Muhammad" or "the words, actions and silent assertions of him" ... According to Shi'ite jurists, the sunnah also includes the words, deeds and acknowledgments of the twelve Imams and Fatimah, Muhammad's daughter, who are believed to be infallible ... Justification for using the Sunnah as a source of law can be found in the Qur'an ...