Following the Sunnah

As Muslims, we believe that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

Allah has ordered us to follow the Prophet peace be upon him. He tells us in the Qur’an:

O believers! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. Should you disagree on anything, then refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you ˹truly˺ believe in Allah and the Last Day. This is the best and fairest resolution.

Surah 4:59

The Sunnah is also revelation as Allah says:

Nor does he speak of his own whims. It is only a revelation sent down ˹to him˺.

Surah 53: 3-4

The Prophet peace be upon him himself said about his sunnah

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Beware! I have been given the Qur'an and something like it.

Sunan Abi Dawud 4604

Allah warns us against opposing the sunnah.

So let those who disobey his orders beware, for an affliction may befall them, or a painful torment may overtake them.

Surah 24:63

Prophet peace be upon him also foretold there will be a group of people who will reject the Sunnah and only accept the Quran

Narrated 'Ubaidullah bin Abu Rafi:from Abu Rafi' and others, from the Prophet (ﷺ) who said: "Let me not find one of you reclining on his couch when a command I ordered, or a prohibition from me comes to him, and he says: 'I do not know. What we find in the Book of Allah, we follow it.'"

Tirmidhi 2663

The Qur’an orders us to pray, perform hajj and pay zakat, but it does not tell us the details about them, but the Sunnah explains them. For example, Prophet peace be upon him said regarding the prayer

“Pray as you have seen me praying” (Bukhari 631)

The Sunnah also enjoins and prohibits as per Quran:

“And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)) gives you, take it, and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it)”

[al-Hashr 59:7].

For example, Allah says in the Qur’an:

Ask, ˹O Prophet,˺ “Who has forbidden the adornments and lawful provisions Allah has brought forth for His servants?


But the Sunnah has prohibited silks and golds for men.

It was narrated from Abu Musa that:The Messenger of Allah [SAW] said: "Gold and silk have been permitted for the females of my Ummah, and forbidden to the males."

Nasai 5148

The Qur’an also forbids us to eat dead animals while the Sunnah has made exceptions: fish and locusts (Ibn Majah 3218)