The Qur'an and the Sunnah

“Feed the hungry, visit the sick, and free the prisoner if he be wrongly put in prison”
-Sunnah

“O mankind! We created you from a single [pair] of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other (not that you may despise each other).”
-Qur’an 49:13

“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

“The Messenger of God said, ‘Islam is based on five [pillars]:
[One is] to offer the Salat (prayers) dutifully and perfectly.’”

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.