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

The Sunnah of the Holy Prophet Muhammad has been accepted as an important source of Islamic law, next in importance only to the Holy Quran. This status of the sunnah has remained unchallenged and undisputed throughout the cenwries. There have been many differences among Muslims in their juristic bpinions, but the authority of the Holy Quran and the sunnah of the Holy Prophet was never denied by any jurist. Leaving aside some scattered individuals who separated themselves from the main stream of the Muslim population, nobody has ever refused to accept the sunnah of the Holy Prophet as a sacred source of the Islamic law.

The position i still the same, but some non-Muslim orientalists and some of their followers have tried, during the last century to cast some doubts in the authority or the veracity of Hadith and to develop a suspicious attitude towards the Sunnah. That is why some Muslims who are unable to study Islam through its original sources, when they read such books, often become a bit skeptical in the subject.

The present article intends, therefore, to provide an objective and simple account of the SUNNAH based on the original sources of Islamic learning. The purpose is not to indulge in a hot atmosphere of argumentation which has no bounds or limits, but to narrate the truth as it stands.

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