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 What is the Difference Between Quran and Sunnah?

What is Quran and what is sunnah?


Quran is the divine book of law which declares the commands and prohibitions of Islam. However, sunnah is the practice of these laws by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).


Quran is the last divine book which was revealed through Gabriel (as) to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) from Allah (swt) and which comprises the principles of happiness for the whole humankind. Quran declares laws for the order and the happiness of both religious and worldly life. It states why the universe has been created, what the duties of the creatures are and what the amazing arts and the adornments of this world mean; in other words, the purpose of life, creation and the universe. Quran saves humankind from randomness and anarchy by informing him of his unique value and his real purpose and significance. It provides prosperity, peace and order of both personal and social life through worship, belief and a faithful perspective.


Sunnah denotes the sayings, actions, approvals and attributes of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They are the Islamic commands which have so many earthly and spiritual virtues for Muslims who adhere, a great deal of rewards for those who practice and plenty of loss for those who abandon.

Sunnah is the second Islamic source after Quran.

There are three types of sunnah:

Sunnah Qawliyyah:

The sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are called “sunnah qawliyyah”. The term “hadith” generally stands as synonymous with this type of sunnah, since the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are noted down by the companions and called “hadith”.

Sunnah al Fiiliyyah:

The actions of the beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are called “sunnah al fiiliyyah”. This type of sunnah includes both religious and worldly actions. 

Sunnah Taqririyyah:

Sunnah taqririyyah comprises the approvals of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) regarding the actions of the Companions by his remaining silent or appreciating them.  

This type of sunnah (Prophet’s (pbuh) approval) may occur in two different ways:

  1. When Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) kept silent for an action and not opposed it.
  2. When the Prophet (pbuh) showed his pleasure and smiled for a companion’s action.  (al Muwafaqat, Afal al Rasul)


You can also read the following links for further information about “Quran” and “sunnah”.

What is the Quran?


Revealed Books


Why do we need sunnah?

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