The word Sunna is allegedly the life style of Muhammad which sums up all of his deeds and utterances as teacher and exemplar - and acts as the role model to be emulated by all his followers. Muhammad made sure that a divine 'revelation' was incorporated in the Quran to make this mandatory upon his followers
7: 157"Those who follow the apostle the unlettered prophet whom they find mentioned in their own (Scriptures); in the law and the Gospel; for he commands them what is just and forbids them what is evil: he allows them as lawful what is good (and pure) and prohibits them from what is bad (and impure); He releases them from their heavy burdens and from the yokes that are upon them. So it is those who believe in him honor him help him and follow the light which is sent down with him it is they who will prosper."
7: 158 Say: "O men! I am sent unto you all as the apostle of Allah to Whom belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth: there is no god but He: it is He that giveth both life and death. So believe in Allah and His apostle the unlettered Prophet who believed in Allah and His words: follow him that (so) ye may be guided."
It is clear from this verse that this was not an instruction from Allah but one from Muhammad himself "...I am sent to you…".
The Sunna collections comprise the alleged words, deeds and acts (the lifestyle) of Muhammad as were narrated and later recorded by his followers in the Hadiths. They are an indispensable source for the study of early 'Islam' but they cannot be qualified as history.
In theory, the life of the Muhammadan is governed by what Muhammad is reported to have done or said and the twoare - in innumerable instances - not the same. These voluminous texts became in reality the main source for the Sharia (IslamicLaw) and much of 'Islamic' practice. They are the only detailed guide in the understanding of the Quran and the practice of their Cult.
The Quran itself asserts, that Allah has chosen Muhammad as the best example of a male for the believersto follow and emulate. The Sunna slowly, but with great and unwavering deliberation by the Muhammadan scholarsmetamorphosed from first being ancient custom, then to becoming contemporary custom, then to the ideal behaviour of Muhammad and finally to the Perfect Man enshrined in traditions who is now venerated by his followers.
The Sunna has always remained, after the Quran, the second source of everything Islamic. In fact the prevailing view among Muhammadan 'scholars' is that the Sunna too, is also from Allah being the result of 'divine inspirations'.
The earliest record of Muhammad's life (his biography; Sirat Rassool ul Allah) and the formation of 'Islam' was written by Muhammad Ibn Ishaq who died 150 years after the Hijrah.
His book is not in existence but is referred to by his students and contemporaries. His book was later abridged and edited - segments were taken out because they reflected very badly upon Muhammad and his deeds - by Ibn Hisham.The sanitised version of Sirat Rassul ul Allahwas translated by Alfred Guillaume under the title "The Life of Muhammad".
Al Tabari's 'History'- of 38 volumes - pieces together oral reports gleened from men and women who were contemporanious with Muhammad and his companions. These are followed by Al Bukhari & Muslim Hadiths.
Collectively, the Hadith Collections constitute the Sunna which provides the basis of Muhammadan Islam's laws, rituals, behaviours and conquests.These four books especially, give the Quran the context it otherwise lacks without which it would otherwise be utterly incomprehensible and the 'Muslims' would be without rituals or laws.
By studying the plethora of contradictions, myths and infantile stories attributed to Muhammad in the Ahadith, one cannot escape the conclusion that many of them were put in his mouth to suit the different agendas of the ruling powers at any given period of time.
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 8.120Narrated byTariq
'Abdullah said, "The best talk is Allah's Book (Qur'an), and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad."
Sahih Al-Bukhari HadithHadith 9.382Narrated byAbdulla
The best talk (speech) is Allah's Book (Qur'an), and the best way is the way of Muhammad (Sunna), and the worst matters are the heresies (those new things which are introduced into the religion); and whatever you have been promised will surely come to pass, and you cannot escape (it).
The Sunna, in several instances, over rules the Quran as in the following sample examples:
1The Quran stipulates THREE prayers a day but the SunnaFIVE.Muhammadans pray five times a day.
2The Quran stipultes 100 LASHES for female fornicators, the Sunna stipulates DEATH by STONING.
3 The Quran commands that women should be chaste and dressed properly while the Sunna insists that women should be covered with only their eyes showing.
4The Quran does not mention nor prohibit paintings but the Sunna does and Muhammad considered this Satanic and made it a prohibition in emulation of Rabbinic injunctions for the same.
5The Quran does not stipulate any number of Raka't while the Sunna does.
Because the followers of Muhammad believe that both the Quran and Muhammad are the acme of creation, they are stuck in the TIME WARP of the seventh century from which it is impossible for them to extricate themselves without separating Mosque from State.
Their belief system is mired in the seventh century while their reality and logic is in the twenty first century, putting them in a Twilight Zone and causing them enormous psychological and intellectual TRAUMAS.