In the name of Allah the Merciful the Compassionate
are two main sources for an understanding of Islam: the Holy Qur’än and the
collections of the recorded words, actions and sanctions of the Prophet Muhammad
which make up the sunna and which are~ normally referred to as Hadith.
Holy Qur’ãn is the word of Allah it must be strictly followed; in the same
way the teachings contained in the Prophet’s sunna must be observed by
all who profess to be Muslims, for about them the Holy Qur’ãn says: ‘And
whatsoever the Messenger giveth you, take it. And whatsoever he forbiddeth,
abstain (from it).”
sunna, in the form of Hadith, is complementary to the Holy Book itself:
it helps to explain and clarify the Holy Qur’än and to present practical
applications of its teachings. Without a study of Hadith a Muslim’s knowledge
of his faith remains incomplete, and without it the non-Muslim is unable to form
a true picture of the Islamic faith and its fundamental spiritual, moral,
legislative, and cultural principles………….