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Sunni Islam (/ˈsuːni, ˈsʊni/) is the largest denomination of Islam, followed by 87–90% of the world's Muslims. Sunni Islam_sentence_0

Its name comes from the word Sunnah, referring to the exemplary behaviour of Muhammad. Sunni Islam_sentence_1

The differences between Sunni and Shia Muslims arose from a disagreement over the succession to Muhammad and subsequently acquired broader political significance, as well as theological and juridical dimensions. Sunni Islam_sentence_2

According to Sunni traditions, Muhammad designated Abu Bakr as his successor (the first caliph). Sunni Islam_sentence_3

This contrasts with the Shia view, which holds that Muhammad announced his son-in-law and cousin Ali ibn Abi Talib as his successor. Sunni Islam_sentence_4

Political tensions between Sunnis and Shias continued with varying intensity throughout Islamic history and have been exacerbated in recent times by ethnic conflicts and the rise of Salafism and Wahhabism. Sunni Islam_sentence_5

The adherents of Sunni Islam are referred to in Arabic as ahl as-sunnah wa l-jamāʻah ("the people of the Sunnah and the community") or ahl as-Sunnah for short. Sunni Islam_sentence_6

In English, its doctrines and practices are sometimes called Sunnism, while adherents are known as Sunni Muslims, Sunnis, Sunnites and Ahlus Sunnah. Sunni Islam_sentence_7

Sunni Islam is sometimes referred to as "orthodox Islam", though some scholars view this translation as inappropriate. Sunni Islam_sentence_8

The Quran, together with hadith (especially those collected in Kutub al-Sittah) and binding juristic consensus, form the basis of all traditional jurisprudence within Sunni Islam. Sunni Islam_sentence_9

Sharia rulings are derived from these basic sources, in conjunction with analogical reasoning, consideration of public welfare and juristic discretion, using the principles of jurisprudence developed by the traditional legal schools. Sunni Islam_sentence_10

In matters of creed, the Sunni tradition upholds the six pillars of imān (faith) and comprises the Ash'ari and Maturidi schools of rationalistic theology as well as the textualist school known as traditionalist theology. Sunni Islam_sentence_11

Terminology Sunni Islam_section_0

Sunnī (Classical Arabic: سُنِّي /ˈsunniː/), also commonly referred to as Sunnīism, is a term derived from the word (سُنَّة /ˈsunna/, plural سُنَن sunan /ˈsunan/), meaning "", "usual practice", "custom", "tradition". Sunni Islam_sentence_12

In Arabic, the word is an adjective literally meaning "pertaining to the Sunnah". Sunni Islam_sentence_13

The Muslim use of this term refers to the sayings and living habits of Muhammad. Sunni Islam_sentence_14

In Arabic, this branch of Islam is referred to as ahl as-sunnah wa l-jamāʻah (Arabic: أهل السنة والجماعة‎), "the people of the sunnah and the community", which is commonly shortened to ahl as-sunnah (Arabic أهل السنة). Sunni Islam_sentence_15

History Sunni Islam_section_1

One common mistake is to assume that Sunni Islam represents a normative Islam that emerged during the period after Muhammad's death, and that Sufism and Shi'ism developed out of Sunni Islam. Sunni Islam_sentence_16

This perception is partly due to the reliance on highly ideological sources that have been accepted as reliable historical works, and also because the vast majority of the population is Sunni. Sunni Islam_sentence_17

Both Sunnism and Shiaism are the end products of several centuries of competition between ideologies. Sunni Islam_sentence_18

Both sects used each other to further cement their own identities and doctrines. Sunni Islam_sentence_19

The first four caliphs are known among Sunnis as the Rāshidun or "Rightly-Guided Ones". Sunni Islam_sentence_20

Sunni recognition includes the aforementioned Abu Bakr as the first, Umar as the second, Uthman as the third, and Ali as the fourth. Sunni Islam_sentence_21

Sunnis recognised different rulers as the caliph, though they did not include anyone in the list of the rightly guided ones or Rāshidun after the murder of Ali, until the caliphate was constitutionally abolished in Turkey on 3 March 1924. Sunni Islam_sentence_22

Transition of caliphate into dynastic monarchy of Banu Umayya Sunni Islam_section_2

The seeds of metamorphosis of caliphate into kingship were sown, as the second caliph Umar had feared, as early as the regime of the third caliph Uthman, who appointed many of his kinsmen from his clan Banu Umayya, including Marwān and Walid bin Uqba on important government positions, becoming the main cause of turmoil resulting in his murder and the ensuing infighting during Ali's time and rebellion by Muāwiya, another of Uthman's kinsman. Sunni Islam_sentence_23

This ultimately resulted in the establishment of firm dynastic rule of Banu Umayya after Husain, the younger son of Ali from Fātima, was killed at the Battle of Karbalā. Sunni Islam_sentence_24

The rise to power of Banu Umayya, the Meccan tribe of elites who had vehemently opposed Muhammad under the leadership of Abu Sufyān, Muāwiya's father, right up to the conquest of Mecca by Muhammad, as his successors with the accession of Uthman to caliphate, replaced the egalitarian society formed as a result of Muhammad's revolution to a society stratified between haves and have-nots as a result of nepotism, and in the words of El-Hibri through "the use of religious charity revenues (zakāt) to subsidise family interests, which Uthman justified as 'al-sila' (pious filial support)". Sunni Islam_sentence_25

Ali, during his rather brief regime after Uthman maintained austere life style and tried hard to bring back the egalitarian system and supremacy of law over the ruler idealised in Muhammad's message, but faced continued opposition, and wars one after another by Aisha-Talhah-Zubair, by Muāwiya and finally by the Khārjites. Sunni Islam_sentence_26

After he was murdered his followers immediately elected Hasan ibn Ali his elder son from Fātima to succeed him. Sunni Islam_sentence_27

Hasan, however, shortly afterwards signed a treaty with Muāwiya relinquishing power in favour of the latter, with a condition inter alia, that one of the two who will outlive the other will be the caliph, and that this caliph will not appoint a successor but will leave the matter of selection of the caliph to the public. Sunni Islam_sentence_28

Subsequently, Hasan was poisoned to death and Muawiya enjoyed unchallenged power. Sunni Islam_sentence_29

Not honouring his treaty with Hasan he however nominated his son Yazid to succeed him. Sunni Islam_sentence_30

Upon Muāwiya's death, Yazid asked Husain, the younger brother of Hasan, Ali's son and Muhammad's grandson, to give his allegiance to Yazid, which he plainly refused. Sunni Islam_sentence_31

His caravan was cordoned by Yazid's army at Karbalā and he was killed with all his male companions – total 72 people, in a day long battle after which Yazid established himself as a sovereign, though strong public uprising erupted after his death against his dynasty to avenge the massacre of Karbalā, but Banu Umayya were able to quickly suppress them all and ruled the Muslim world, till they were finally overthrown by Banu Abbās. Sunni Islam_sentence_32

Caliphate and the dynastic monarchy of Banu Abbās Sunni Islam_section_3

The rule of and "caliphate" of Banu Umayya came to an end at the hands of Banu Abbās a branch of Banu Hāshim, the tribe of Muhammad, only to usher another dynastic monarchy styled as caliphate from 750 CE. Sunni Islam_sentence_33

This period is seen formative in Sunni Islam as the founders of the four schools viz, Abu Hanifa, Malik ibn Anas, Shāfi'i and Ahmad bin Hanbal all practised during this time, so also did Jafar al Sādiq who elaborated the doctrine of imāmate, the basis for the Shi'a religious thought. Sunni Islam_sentence_34

There was no clearly accepted formula for determining succession in the Abbasid caliphate. Sunni Islam_sentence_35

Two or three sons or other relatives of the dying caliph emerged as candidates to the throne, each supported by his own party of supporters. Sunni Islam_sentence_36

A trial of strength ensued and the most powerful party won and expected favours of the caliph they supported once he ascended the throne. Sunni Islam_sentence_37

The caliphate of this dynasty ended with the death of the Caliph al-Ma'mun in 833 CE, when the period of Turkish domination began. Sunni Islam_sentence_38

Sunni Islam in the contemporary era Sunni Islam_section_4

The fall, at the end of World War I of the Ottoman Empire, the biggest Sunni empire for six centuries, brought the caliphate to an end. Sunni Islam_sentence_39

This resulted in Sunni protests in far off places including the Khilafat Movement in India, which was later on upon gaining independence from Britain divided into Sunni dominated Pakistan and secular India. Sunni Islam_sentence_40

Pakistan, the most populous Sunni state at its birth, however later got partitioned into Pakistan and Bangladesh. Sunni Islam_sentence_41

The demise of Ottoman caliphate also resulted in the emergence of Saudi Arabia, a dynastic absolute monarchy with the support of the British and Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab, the founder of Wahhabism. Sunni Islam_sentence_42

This was followed by a considerable rise in Wahhabism, Salafism and Jihadism under the influence of the preaching of Ibn Taymiyyah a self proclaimed advocate of the traditions of Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Sunni Islam_sentence_43

The expediencies of cold war resulted in encouragement of Afghan refugees in Pakistan to be radicalised, trained and armed to fight the communist regime backed by USSR forces in Afghanistan giving birth to Taliban. Sunni Islam_sentence_44

The Taliban wrestled power from the communists in Afghanistan and formed a government under the leadership of Mohammed Omar, who was addressed as the Emir of the faithful, an honorific way of addressing the caliph. Sunni Islam_sentence_45

The Taliban regime was recognised by Pakistan and Saudi Arabia till after 9/11, perpetrated by Osama bin Laden – a Saudi national by birth and harboured by the Taliban – took place, resulting in a war on terror launched against the Taliban. Sunni Islam_sentence_46

The sequence of events of the 20th century has led to resentment in some quarters of the Sunni community due to the loss of pre-eminence in several previously Sunni-dominated regions such as the Levant, Mesopotamia, the Balkans, the North Caucasus and the Indian sub continent. Sunni Islam_sentence_47

The latest attempt by a section of Salafis to re-establish a Sunni caliphate was seen in the emergence of the militant group ISIL, whose leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is known among his followers as caliph and Amir-al-mu'amineen, "The Commander of the Faithful". Sunni Islam_sentence_48

Jihadism is however being opposed from within the Muslim community (known as the Ummah in Arabic) in all quarters of the world as evidenced by turnout of almost 2% of the Muslim population in London protesting against ISIL. Sunni Islam_sentence_49

Following the puritan approach of Ibn Kathir, Muhammad Abduh and Muhammad Rashid Rida, many contemporary tafsir (exegetic treatises) downplay the earlier significance of Biblical material (Isrā'iliyyāt). Sunni Islam_sentence_50

Half of the Arab commentaries reject Isrā'iliyyāt in general, while Turkish tafsir usually partly allow referring to Biblical material. Sunni Islam_sentence_51

Nevertheless, most non-Arabic commentators regard them as useless or not applicable. Sunni Islam_sentence_52

A direct reference to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict could not be found. Sunni Islam_sentence_53

It remains unclear whether the refusal of Isrā'iliyyāt is motivated by political discourse or by traditionalist thought alone. Sunni Islam_sentence_54

The usage of tafsir'ilmi is another notable characteristic of modern Sunni tafsir. Sunni Islam_sentence_55

Tafsir'ilmi stands for alleged scientific miracles found in the Qur'an. Sunni Islam_sentence_56

In short, the idea is that the Qur'an contains knowledge about subjects an author of the 7th century could not possibly have. Sunni Islam_sentence_57

Such interpretations are popular among many commentators. Sunni Islam_sentence_58

However, some scholars, such as the Commentators of Al-Azhar University, reject this approach, arguing the Qur'an is a text for religious guidance, not for science and scientific theories that may be disproved later; thus tafsir'ilmi might lead to interpreting Qur'anic passages as falsehoods. Sunni Islam_sentence_59

Modern trends of Islamic interpretation are usually seen as adjusting to a modern audience and purifying Islam from alleged alterings, some of which are believed to be intentional corruptions brought into Islam to undermine and corrupt its message. Sunni Islam_sentence_60

Adherents Sunni Islam_section_5

Sunnis believe the companions of Muhammad to be reliable transmitters of Islam, since God and Muhammad accepted their integrity. Sunni Islam_sentence_61

Medieval sources even prohibit cursing or vilifying them. Sunni Islam_sentence_62

This belief is based upon prophetic traditions such as one narrated by Abdullah, son of Masud, in which Muhammad said: "The best of the people are my generation, then those who come after them, then those who come after them." Sunni Islam_sentence_63

Support for this view is also found in the Qur'an, according to Sunnis. Sunni Islam_sentence_64

Therefore, narratives of companions are also reliably taken into account for knowledge of the Islamic faith. Sunni Islam_sentence_65

Sunnis also believe that the companions were true believers since it was the companions who were given the task of compiling the Qur'an. Sunni Islam_sentence_66

Sunni Islam does not have a formal hierarchy. Sunni Islam_sentence_67

Leaders are informal, and gain influence through study to become a scholar of Islamic law (sharia) or Islamic theology (Kalām). Sunni Islam_sentence_68

Both religious and political leadership are in principle open to all Muslims. Sunni Islam_sentence_69

According to the Islamic Center of Columbia, South Carolina, anyone with the intelligence and the will can become an Islamic scholar. Sunni Islam_sentence_70

During Midday Mosque services on Fridays, the congregation will choose a well-educated person to lead the service, known as a Khateeb (one who speaks). Sunni Islam_sentence_71

A study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2010 and released January 2011 found that there are 1.62 billion Muslims around the world, and it is estimated over 85–90% are Sunni. Sunni Islam_sentence_72

Jurisprudence Sunni Islam_section_6

Schools of law Sunni Islam_section_7

There are many intellectual traditions within the field of Islamic law, often referred to as legal schools. Sunni Islam_sentence_73

These varied traditions reflect differing viewpoints on some laws and obligations within Islamic law. Sunni Islam_sentence_74

While one school may see a certain act as a religious obligation, another may see the same act as optional. Sunni Islam_sentence_75

These schools aren't regarded as sects; rather, they represent differing viewpoints on issues that are not considered the core of Islamic belief. Sunni Islam_sentence_76

Historians have differed regarding the exact delineation of the schools based on the underlying principles they follow. Sunni Islam_sentence_77

Many traditional scholars saw Sunni Islam in two groups: Ahl al-Ra'i, or "people of reason", due to their emphasis on scholarly judgment and discourse; and Ahl al-Hadith, or "people of traditions", due to their emphasis on restricting juristic thought to only what is found in scripture. Sunni Islam_sentence_78

Ibn Khaldun defined the Sunni schools as three: the Hanafi school representing reason, the Ẓāhirīte school representing tradition, and a broader, middle school encompassing the Shafi'ite, Malikite and Hanbalite schools. Sunni Islam_sentence_79

During the Middle Ages, the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt delineated the acceptable Sunni schools as only Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i and Hanbali, excluding the Ẓāhirī school. Sunni Islam_sentence_80

The Ottoman Empire later reaffirmed the official status of four schools as a reaction to the Shiite character of their ideological and political archrival, the Persian Safavids, though former Prime Minister of Sudan Al-Sadiq al-Mahdi, as well as the Amman Message issued by King Abdullah II of Jordan, recognize the Ẓāhirī and keep the number of Sunni schools at five. Sunni Islam_sentence_81

Differences in the schools Sunni Islam_section_8

Interpreting Islamic law by deriving specific rulings – such as how to pray – is commonly known as Islamic jurisprudence. Sunni Islam_sentence_82

The schools of law all have their own particular tradition of interpreting this jurisprudence. Sunni Islam_sentence_83

As these schools represent clearly spelled out methodologies for interpreting Islamic law, there has been little change in the methodology with regard to each school. Sunni Islam_sentence_84

While conflict between the schools was often violent in the past, the four Sunni schools recognize each other's validity and they have interacted in legal debate over the centuries. Sunni Islam_sentence_85

Pillars of iman Sunni Islam_section_9

Theological traditions Sunni Islam_section_10

Some Islamic scholars faced questions that they felt were not explicitly answered in the Qur'an and the Sunnah, especially questions with regard to philosophical conundra such as the nature of God, the existence of human free will, or the eternal existence of the Qur'an. Sunni Islam_sentence_86

Various schools of theology and philosophy developed to answer these questions, each claiming to be true to the Qur'an and the Muslim tradition (sunnah). Sunni Islam_sentence_87

Among Sunni Muslims, various schools of thought in theology began to be born out of the sciences of kalām in opposition to the textualists who stood by affirming texts without delving into philosophical speculation as they saw it as an innovation in Islam. Sunni Islam_sentence_88

The following were the three dominant schools of theology that grew. Sunni Islam_sentence_89

All three of these are accepted by Muslims around the globe, and are considered within "Islamic orthodoxy". Sunni Islam_sentence_90

The key beliefs of classical Sunni Islam are all agreed upon (being the six pillars of Imān) and codified in the treatise on Aqeedah by Imam Ahmad ibn Muhammad al-Tahāwi in his Aqeedat Tahāwiyyah. Sunni Islam_sentence_91

Ash'ari Sunni Islam_section_11

Main article: Ash'ari Sunni Islam_sentence_92

Founded by Abu al-Hasan al-Ash'ari (873–935). Sunni Islam_sentence_93

This theological school of Aqeedah was embraced by many Muslim scholars and developed in parts of the Islamic world throughout history; al-Ghazali wrote on the creed discussing it and agreeing upon some of its principles. Sunni Islam_sentence_94

Ash'ari theology stresses divine revelation over human reason. Sunni Islam_sentence_95

Contrary to the Mu'tazilites, they say that ethics cannot be derived from human reason, but that God's commands, as revealed in the Quran and the Sunnah (the practices of Muhammad and his companions as recorded in the traditions, or hadith), are the sole source of all morality and ethics. Sunni Islam_sentence_96

Regarding the nature of God and the divine attributes, the Ash'ari rejected the Mu'tazili position that all Quranic references to God as having real attributes were metaphorical. Sunni Islam_sentence_97

The Ash'aris insisted that these attributes were as they "best befit His Majesty". Sunni Islam_sentence_98

The Arabic language is a wide language in which one word can have 15 different meanings, so the Ash'aris endeavor to find the meaning that best befits God and is not contradicted by the Quran. Sunni Islam_sentence_99

Therefore, when God states in the Quran, "He who does not resemble any of His creation", this clearly means that God cannot be attributed with body parts because He created body parts. Sunni Islam_sentence_100

Ash'aris tend to stress divine omnipotence over human free will and they believe that the Quran is eternal and uncreated. Sunni Islam_sentence_101

Maturidi Sunni Islam_section_12

Main article: Maturidi Sunni Islam_sentence_102

Founded by Abu Mansur al-Maturidi (died 944), the Maturidiyyah was the major tradition in Central Asia based on Hanafi-law. Sunni Islam_sentence_103

It is more influenced by Persian interpretations of Islam and less on the traditions established within Arabian culture. Sunni Islam_sentence_104

In contrast to the traditionalistic approach, Maturidism allows to reject hadiths based on reason alone. Sunni Islam_sentence_105

Nevertheless, revelation remains important to inform humans about that is beyond their intellectual limits, such as the concept of an afterlife. Sunni Islam_sentence_106

Ethics on the other hand, do not need prophecy or revelation, but can be understood by reason alone. Sunni Islam_sentence_107

One of the tribes, the Seljuk Turks, migrated to Turkey, where later the Ottoman Empire was established. Sunni Islam_sentence_108

Their preferred school of law achieved a new prominence throughout their whole empire although it continued to be followed almost exclusively by followers of the Hanafi school while followers of the Shafi and Maliki schools within the empire followed the Ash'ari and Athari schools of thought. Sunni Islam_sentence_109

Thus, wherever can be found Hanafi followers, there can be found the Maturidi creed. Sunni Islam_sentence_110

Traditionalist Sunni Islam_section_13

Main article: Traditionalist Theology (Islam) Sunni Islam_sentence_111

Traditionalist theology is a movement of Islamic scholars who reject rationalistic Islamic theology (kalam) in favor of strict textualism in interpreting the Quran and sunnah. Sunni Islam_sentence_112

The name derives from "tradition" in its technical sense as translation of the Arabic word hadith. Sunni Islam_sentence_113

It is also sometimes referred to as athari as by several other names. Sunni Islam_sentence_114

Adherents of traditionalist theology believe that the zahir (literal, apparent) meaning of the Qur'an and the hadith have sole authority in matters of belief and law; and that the use of rational disputation is forbidden even if it verifies the truth. Sunni Islam_sentence_115

They engage in a literal reading of the Qur'an, as opposed to one engaged in ta'wil (metaphorical interpretation). Sunni Islam_sentence_116

They do not attempt to conceptualize the meanings of the Qur'an rationally, and believe that their realities should be consigned to God alone (tafwid). Sunni Islam_sentence_117

In essence, the text of the Qur'an and Hadith is accepted without asking "how" or "Bi-la kaifa". Sunni Islam_sentence_118

Traditionalist theology emerged among scholars of hadith who eventually coalesced into a movement called ahl al-hadith under the leadership of Ahmad ibn Hanbal. Sunni Islam_sentence_119

In matters of faith, they were pitted against Mu'tazilites and other theological currents, condemning many points of their doctrine as well as the rationalistic methods they used in defending them. Sunni Islam_sentence_120

In the tenth century al-Ash'ari and al-Maturidi found a middle ground between Mu'tazilite rationalism and Hanbalite literalism, using the rationalistic methods championed by Mu'tazilites to defend most tenets of the traditionalist doctrine. Sunni Islam_sentence_121

Although the mainly Hanbali scholars who rejected this synthesis were in the minority, their emotive, narrative-based approach to faith remained influential among the urban masses in some areas, particularly in Abbasid Baghdad. Sunni Islam_sentence_122

While Ash'arism and Maturidism are often called the Sunni "orthodoxy", traditionalist theology has thrived alongside it, laying rival claims to be the orthodox Sunni faith. Sunni Islam_sentence_123

In the modern era it has had a disproportionate impact on Islamic theology, having been appropriated by Wahhabi and other traditionalist Salafi currents and spread well beyond the confines of the Hanbali school of law. Sunni Islam_sentence_124

Sunni mysticism Sunni Islam_section_14

Main article: Sufism Sunni Islam_sentence_125

There has also been a rich tradition of mysticism within Sunni Islam, which has most prominently manifested itself in the principal orders of Sunni Sufism. Sunni Islam_sentence_126

Historically, Sufism became "an incredibly important part of Islam" and "one of the most widespread and omnipresent aspects of Muslim life" in Islamic civilization from the early medieval period onwards, when it began to permeate nearly all major aspects of Sunni Islamic life in regions stretching from India and Iraq to Senegal. Sunni Islam_sentence_127

Sufism continued to remain a crucial part of daily Islamic life until the twentieth century, when its historical influence upon Islamic civilization began to be combated by the rise of Salafism and Wahhabism. Sunni Islam_sentence_128

Islamic scholar Timothy Winter has remarked: "[In] classical, mainstream, medieval Sunni Islam ... [the idea of] 'orthodox Islam' would not ... [have been possible] without Sufism", and that the classical belief in Sufism being an essential component of Islam has only weakened in some quarters of the Islamic world "a generation or two ago" with the rise of Salafism. Sunni Islam_sentence_129

In the modern world, the classical interpretation of Sunni orthodoxy, which sees in Sufism an essential dimension of Islam alongside the disciplines of jurisprudence and theology, is represented by institutions such as Al-Azhar University and Zaytuna College, with Al-Azhar's current Grand Imam Ahmed el-Tayeb defining "Sunni orthodoxy" as being a follower "of any of the four schools of [legal] thought (Hanafi, Shafi'i, Maliki or Hanbali) and ... [also] of the Sufism of Imam Junayd of Baghdad in doctrines, manners and [spiritual] purification". Sunni Islam_sentence_130

In the eleventh-century, Sufism, which had previously been a less "codified" trend in Islamic piety, began to be "ordered and crystallized" into orders which have continued until the present day. Sunni Islam_sentence_131

All these orders were founded by a major Sunni Islamic saint, and some of the largest and most widespread included the Qadiriyya (after Abdul-Qadir Gilani [d. 1166]), the Rifa'iyya (after Ahmed al-Rifa'i [d. 1182]), the Chishtiyya (after Moinuddin Chishti [d. 1236]), the Shadiliyya (after Abul Hasan ash-Shadhili [d. 1258]), and the Naqshbandiyya (after Baha-ud-Din Naqshband Bukhari [d. 1389]). Sunni Islam_sentence_132

Contrary to popular perception in the West, however, neither the founders of these orders nor their followers ever considered themselves to be anything other than orthodox Sunni Muslims, and in fact all of these orders were attached to one of the four orthodox legal schools of Sunni Islam. Sunni Islam_sentence_133

Thus, the Qadiriyya order was Hanbali, with its founder, Abdul-Qadir Gilani, being a renowned Hanbali jurist; the Chishtiyya was Hanafi; the Shadiliyya order was Maliki; and the Naqshbandiyya order was Hanafi. Sunni Islam_sentence_134

Thus, "many of the most eminent defenders of Islamic orthodoxy, such as Abdul-Qadir Gilani, Ghazali, and the Sultan Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn (Saladin) were connected with Sufism." Sunni Islam_sentence_135

The contemporary Salafi and Wahhabi strands of Sunnis, however, do not accept the traditional stance on mystical practices. Sunni Islam_sentence_136

Sunni view of hadith Sunni Islam_section_15

The Quran as it exists today in book form was compiled by Muhammad's companions (Sahabah) within a handful of months of his death, and is accepted by all sects of Islam. Sunni Islam_sentence_137

However, there were many matters of belief and daily life that were not directly prescribed in the Quran, but were actions that were observed by Muhammad and the early Muslim community. Sunni Islam_sentence_138

Later generations sought out oral traditions regarding the early history of Islam, and the practices of Muhammad and his first followers, and wrote them down so that they might be preserved. Sunni Islam_sentence_139

These recorded oral traditions are called hadith. Sunni Islam_sentence_140

Muslim scholars have through the ages sifted through the hadith and evaluated the chain of narrations of each tradition, scrutinizing the trustworthiness of the narrators and judging the strength of each hadith accordingly. Sunni Islam_sentence_141

Kutub al-Sittah Sunni Islam_section_16

Kutub al-Sittah are six books containing collections of hadiths. Sunni Islam_sentence_142

Sunni Muslims accept the hadith collections of Bukhari and Muslim as the most authentic (sahih), and while accepting all hadiths verified as authentic, grant a slightly lesser status to the collections of other recorders. Sunni Islam_sentence_143

There are, however, four other collections of hadith that are also held in particular reverence by Sunni Muslims, making a total of six: Sunni Islam_sentence_144

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There are also other collections of hadith which also contain many authentic hadith and are frequently used by scholars and specialists. Sunni Islam_sentence_145

Examples of these collections include: Sunni Islam_sentence_146

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See also Sunni Islam_section_17

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunni Islam.