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SUNNAH

Encyclopaedia of Ismailism by Mumtaz Ali Tajddin

Sunnah literally means a way or rule or manner of acting or mode of life. Sunnah was a word in vogue in pre-Islamic Arabia. The Arabs used it for the past customs and exemplary conduct left by their ancestors. The Koranic verses indicate that the term sunnah denotes practice or behaviour (35:43, 48:23). Thus, sunnat al-awwalin (8:38, 15:13, 18:55, 35:43) means the way or example of the former people, and is frequently used in the Koran as signifying God's way of dealing with the people, which is also spoken of sunnat


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