Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Islam The way of life prescribed as normative in Islam, based on the teachings and practices of Muhammad and on exegesis of the Koran. Also called hadith.
  • n. Islam Muhammad's way of life viewed as a model for Muslims.

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  • n. Muhammad's way of life, especially when viewed as a model for Muslim; recorded in the hadiths

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A collection of traditions received by the orthodox Mohammedans as of equal authority with the Koran.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The traditionary part of the Moslem law, winch was not, like the Koran, committed to writing by Mohammed, but preserved from his lips by his immediate disciples, or founded on the authority of his actions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Islam) the way of life prescribed as normative for Muslims on the basis of the teachings and practices of Muhammad and interpretations of the Koran

Etymologies

Arabic sunna, customary practice, tradition, from sanna, to sharpen, shape, enact; see šnn in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • (Sunni comes from the Arabic word Sunna, meaning “tradition.

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  • For example, the stoning of women exists in both the Old Testament and in the Islamic tradition, or "Sunna" -- the recorded deeds and manners of the prophet Muhammad.

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  • And the concept of "Sunna" - which is what 90\% of the billion plus Muslims, the "Sunnis," are named after-essentially asserts that anything performed or approved by Muhammad and his early companions is applicable for Muslims today no less than yesterday.

    Writings from the Middle East Forum and Middle East Quarterly.

  • Militant Islamists interpret the Koran and the separate teachings of Muhammad that are known as the Sunna as laying out five criteria to be met by people wanting to be jihadis.

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  • †The Sunna are the collected sayings of the prophet Mohammed.

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  • Nor is the whole of the so-called Sunna obedience anything more than the imitation of Muhammed which seeks to repeat the smallest details of his life.

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  • The sources of Mohammedan law-that is, religious law, civil law, criminal law-are first, the Koran, God's divine revelation; the Sunna, that is, the traditions handed down of Mohammedans 'own practice; then the Hima, or as they call it, the common garment of all.

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  • Prophet Muhammad (called Sunna) in order to earn God's pleasure and secure human welfare in this life and attain human salvation in the life to come.

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  • And of course, the faithful Muhammad's conduct as recorded in the Sunna is the model to be emulated.

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  • FTA - "For example, the stoning of women exists in both the Old Testament and in the Islamic tradition, or" Sunna "-- the recorded deeds and manners of the prophet Muhammad.

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