DEFINITION OF SUNNAH


Chapter 1, Hadith & Seerah, The Authority of Sunnah / Saturday, August 16th, 2008

The Sunnah has been defined by the scholars of the science of’ Hadith’ as follows:

“A word spoken or an act done or a confirmation given by the Holy Prophet Muhammad t .“

‘Confirmation’ in this definition is termed in Arabic as Taqrir. What is meant by this term is like somebody said something, or acted in a particular manner, and his saying or act came to the knowledge of the Holy Prophet ,and he either confirmed it in express words or remained silent without giving any indication of disapproval. Such silence, being an implied approval of the Holy Prophet is also included in the term ‘Sunnah’.

As the Sunnah, with all its three kinds (saying, act and confirmation), relates to the Holy Prophet , its true status in the Islamic law cannot be ascertained without ascertaining the status of The Holy Prophet himself

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