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Identify the two main sources of authority other tan the Qur'an.

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Identify the two main sources of authority other tan the Qur'an (20 marks) Two other sources of authority other than the Qur'an is the Hadith and the Sunnah. The Hadith is the second source of guidance and was originally transmitted by word of mouth. The Hadith are the sayings and comments on the Qur'an by the Prophet Mohammad. They are a source of guidance for Muslims as they look to Mohammad because he was the 'Seal of the Prophets' so therefore believe he must be the final example of how a true Muslim should live. ...read more.

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The Sunnah is the life example of the prophet Mohammad and a way of life for Muslims; the word Sunnah means a system, a path or an example to follow. The life of the Prophet Mohammad is a perfect example to follow; it is the example of perfect obedience to Allah's commands. Mohammad suffered for Allah, so Muslims believe because Mohammad suffered so should they. Mohammad earned good names such as al-amin, the trustworthy, Al-sadiq, the truthful, he earned these names because Muslims respect Mohammad a lot for what he had done and gone through for Muslims and Allah. ...read more.

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If a man has a bearded they have to leave it because Mohammad had one and because Mohammad veiled his wife to protect her from being starred at, Muslims men do the same; this is because they believe it is a symbol of modesty. There are many practices a Muslim has to do to demonstrate their faith, obeying the 5 Pillars, sitting in rows for prayer or obeying any rituals such as performing the rakats and though the Qur'an tells them to do abide by these the Sunnah tells a Muslim how to perform them. ...read more.

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