By Umer Sultan| Part 1: Preface to What is the Sunnah and Hadith?
One of the most common topic of discussion among Muslims now a days is about the Sunnah. Most of us Muslims have heard this word ‘Sunnah‘ and in many discussions we might have heard brothers and sisters questioning, discussing and arguing the following:
If Hadith is the saying of Prophet Muhammad, is Sunnah the actions of the Prophet? What is the significance of either one?
What is Sunnah? What is the authority of Sunnah?
I don’t have to follow Sunnah, I can leave it. It is not like it is Fard (obligatory).
Is Sunnah below the Qur’an? Is Sunnah inferior than the Qur’an?
I don’t understand the difference between Sunnah and Hadith!
Is beard a Sunnah or Wajib (commanded)? I was told it is Sunnah, but others say it is Wajib? What is the difference? Can both be true at the same time or not? I am confused.
The list, however, continues and I am not here to compile the list. Each of these issues will be addressed piece meal inshallah (God Willing) in the Continue reading