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Types of Sunnah

Sunnah can be categorized into three types:

  • Sunnah Qawliyyah - the sayings of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم), generally synonymous with “hadeeth”, since the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) are noted down by the companions and these narrations are called “hadeeth”.
  • Sunnah al Fiiliyyah - the actions of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم), including both religious and worldly actions.
  • Sunnah Taqririyyah - the approvals of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) regarding the actions of the Companions which occurred in two different ways:
    1. When Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) kept silent for an action that took place in his presence and he did not opposed it, this showing his silent approval.
    2. When Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه و سلم) showed his pleasure and smiled at a companion’s action, showing his approval.

 

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