The Qur’an and Sunnah in Daily Life

Objective:
Students will be able to explain the impact of the Qur’an and Sunnah on the daily lives of Muslims.

Writing Task:
The Qur’an and Sunnah greatly influence the lives of Muslims. In one paragraph, explain what the Qur’an and Sunnah are, why they are significant, and how they influence the daily lives of Muslims. (You will get this information from Student Handout 3)

Directions:
Choose one quotation from Documents 2-5. After explaining what the Qur’an and Sunnah are, and why they are important to Muslims, explain how the quotation you chose would impact Muslims’ lives. Here are the quotes:

Qur'an and Sunnah Quotes

“A man’s giving in alms (money to the poor) one piece of silver in his lifetime is better than giving one hundred when about to die.”
-Sunnah

“Heed (pay attention to) God in respect of animals: ride them when they are fit to be ridden, and get off when they are tired.”
-Sunnah

“Men shall have a portion of what the parents leave [when they die], and women shall have a portion of what the parents and the near relatives leave, whether there is little or much of it."
-Qur’an 4:7

“And do not covet (want or desire) that by which God has made some of you excel; men shall have the benefit (profit) of what they earn and women shall have the benefit of what they earn.”
-Qur’an 4:32

Use the graphic organizer to plan your paragraph. When you are writing, use the criteria checklist below to ensure you have completed all aspects of the writing task.

Criteria Checklist:

Content

  • Topic sentence is clearly related to the significance of the Qur’an and Sunnah.
  • The paragraph explains why the Qur’an and Sunnah are significant (See Student Handout 3).
  • The paragraph contains a specific example from the quote.
  • The paragraph explains the impact of the Qur’an and Sunnah on the daily lives of Muslims.

Format

  • The paragraph contains a well thought-out topic sentence.
  • Details and facts support the topic sentence.
  • Explanations are clear.
  • Explanations are related to the details and facts.
  • Concluding sentence finishes your thought
  • Paragraph is indented.

 

Information from Student Handout 3

The Qur'an

  • Believed by Muslims to be divine revelation (God's words).
  • The holy scripture of Islam revealed (made known) to Muhammad.
  • Muslims recite the Qur’an, attempting to memorize it and understand God's commandments.
  • Qur’an literally means recitation (to repeat).
  • Provides important general guidelines for living a moral and good life.
  • A main source of Islamic law.

The Sunnah

  • Believed by Muslims to be an account of Muhammad’s life.
  • Muhammad’s life is believed to be the model Muslim life.
  • Muhammad's companions gave this information to later generations.
  • Muslims study the Sunnah to model their behavior according to Muhammad's teachings.
  • Provides details and examples for applying the Qur'an's teachings in daily life.
  • A main source of Islamic law.