The Hadith by Bill WarnerThe Hadith The Koran repeatedly commands every Muslim to follow the perfect example of Mohammeds life. His actions and words are called the Sunna. The Sunna is found in the Traditions of Mohammed called the Hadith. A Muslim is far more governed by the Hadith than the Koran. The Hadith give us fascinating accounts about Mohammed. We know what he looked like, his sense of humor, his superstitions and how he ate. Details about his sex life, family life and leadership are all recorded. If only the Koran existed, there could be no Islam. The Koran does not have enough information to practice Islam, but the Hadith has all that is needed to follow the example of Mohammed as a husband, a father, a leader, a warrior and the perfect husband. The Hadith is an easy place to begin learning about Mohammed and Islamic doctrine.
Qur'an, Sira & Hadith
In the pre-Islamic period, the word sunnah was used with the meaning "manner of acting", whether good or bad. The sunnah of Muhammad includes his specific words Sunnah Qawliyyah , habits, practices Sunnah Fiiliyyah , and silent approvals Sunnah Taqririyyah. Instituting these practices was, as the Quran states, a part of Muhammad's responsibility as a messenger of God. The word " sunnah " is also used to refer to religious duties that are optional, such as Sunnah salat. In the s, Fazlur Rahman Malik , an Islamic modernist and former head of Pakistan's Central Institute for Islamic Research, advanced another idea for how the Prophetic sunnah should be understood: as the normative example of the Prophet, but not "filled with absolutely specific content".
Sunnah vs. Plesae explain to me as detailed as possible because I have brought up in a very rigid environment of Ahle-Hadith and its not so simple for me to digest the things so easily.
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Sunnah vs. Hadith
It was based upon scientific principles and objective methods, so that any independent person could achieve the same results if they used the same methods. All Islamic doctrine is based on words of Allah and the Sunna words and actions of Mohammed. All of Islam is based on Koran , Sira , and Hadith. If it is in the Trilogy, it is Islam. If it is not in the Trilogy, then it is not Islam. To know Islam, know the Trilogy. There is only one way for them to be understood — they must be viewed as a systemic whole, not three separate books.
Hadith have been called "the backbone" of Islamic civilization,  and within that religion the authority of hadith as a source for religious law and moral guidance ranks second only to that of the Qur'an which Muslims hold to be the word of Allah revealed to his messenger Muhammad. Scriptural authority for hadith comes from the Quran which enjoins Muslims to emulate Muhammad and obey his judgments in verses such as , While the number of verses pertaining to law in the Quran is relatively few, hadith give direction on everything from details of religious obligations such as Ghusl or Wudu , ablutions  for salat prayer , to the correct forms of salutations  and the importance of benevolence to slaves. Hadith were not written down by Muhammad's followers immediately after his death but several generations later when they were collected, collated and compiled into a great corpus of Islamic literature. Because some hadith include questionable and even contradictory statements, the authentication of hadith became a major field of study in Islam. Among some scholars of Sunni Islam the term hadith may include not only the words, advice, practices, etc.