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“Sunnah”

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was born in the year 570ce from the lineage of two Prophets of God – Abraham (peace be upon him) and his firstborn son, Ishmael (pbuh). Muhammad (peace be upon him) grew up with the nickname ‘The Trustworthy.’ When he was 40, he was chosen by God to be his last Prophet and Messenger.
The ‘Sunnah’ refers to the sayings, actions and approvals of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). The reports and narrations about the Sunnah are called ‘Hadith’ and are collected in books. Like the Qur’an, the Sunnah is inspired by revelation from God through Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Unlike Qur’an, it’s not the direct literal word of God. The teachings came from God and the words were from Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
It’s obligatory for Muslims to follow the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). In the Qur’an, God orders believers to obey the Messenger. God says 4:59 “Obey God, and obey the Messenger”
The purpose of life is to serve and obey God. We do this by following the teachings and practices of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). God says, 33:21 “You have indeed in the Messenger of God a Beautiful pattern of conduct for anyone whose hope is in God and the Final Day, and who engages much in the praise of God.”
The Prophet (peace be upon him) showed muslims how to do all aspects of worship. He died at the age of 63 (in 632ce) and he was buried in the city of Madinah. He always greeted and parted his companions with salutations and invocations of peace, which is recommended for all muslims.

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