HAD 101 Introduction to Sunnah

Course Description:

This course provides a basic understanding of the concept of Sunnah, or the Prophetic speeches, practice, and lifestyle which encompasses both the Prophetic sayings and traditions, placing the Sunnah in the proper perspective as a source of legislation.  The course also provides an appreciation of the Sunnah as the driving force behind establishment of the Islamic civilization.

Course Code: HAD101

Credit hours: 3

Pre-Requisites: None

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will articulate the respective meanings and usages of Sunnah and Hadith, according to scholars of Fiqh, Aqeedah, Hadeeth, and Usoul (Foundation of Fiqh)
  • Students will be able to explain the importance of the Sunnah as the second source of Sharia, and give proofs establishing its authority from Quranic texts and Prophetic statements.
  • Students will provide examples and proofs on the importance of hadith in understanding the Quran.
  • Students will analyze how the different roles of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) indicate the necessity of following the Sunnah.
  • Students will explain the authority of the Sunnah compared to the authority of the Quran as a source of guidance.
  • Students will be able to explain how the Sunnah was recorded and preserved from the time of the Prophet (peace be upon him) until now.
  • Students will be able to explain how the Sunnah is a source of Aqeedah and its relationship with Analogy (Qiyas)
  • Students will explain the Sunnah in relation to the different schools of thought.
  • Students will describe with proof, the rulings concerning those who reject the Sunnah.
  • Students will be able to explain how the Sunnah has been a source of Islamic civilization as a caller for tolerance, open-mindedness, virtues, discipline, cleanliness, and mercy toward Allah’s creatures.

Course Outlines:

  • The Meanings of the Word “Sunnah” and “Hadith”
  • Proofs Establishing the Authority and Importance of the Sunnah
  • The Roles of the Messenger salla Allahu ‘alai hi wa salaam
  • The Authority of the Sunnah vis-a-vis the Qur’an
  • Allah’s Preservation of the Sunnah
  • The Ruling Concerning One Who Rejects the Sunnah
  • The Way of the Sunnah is the Way of Islam

Main Textbook

a) Textbook I: The Hadeeth Is Proof Itself In Belief & Laws By Sh. Nasir A-Deen Al-Albaanee
b) Textbook II: The Sunnah: A Source of Civilization By Dr. Yusuf Qaradawy

Additional on-line Readings:

The links below are provided as a convenience for the students; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by Al-Huda University of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual.  Al-Huda University has no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.
a) Message of Islam
b) Islamic City

Grading and Evaluation:

  • Minimum passing grade 70%
  • Participation: 40% (10 assignments, 4% each)
  • Oral exam: 20%
  • Mid-Term exam: 10%
  • Research paper: 20%
  • Final exam: 10%

Guidelines for Research Paper:

As part of the course, you are required to submit a research paper. The topic chosen must be relevant to the course and approved by the Instructor.The paper must meet the following requirements:

  • At least ten (10) double-spaced pages (not including the introduction and conclusion)
  • 1 inch margins
  • 12 pt size (Times New Roman)
  • Follow the standard research paper structure with a Table of Contents, Abstract or Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, Conclusion, List of Reference
  • The Main Body should be organized into logical chapters and paragraphs
  • When quoting Hadith, a notation indicating its authenticity must be clearly

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  • Post all your questions related to the course to the (Online Test) forum.
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Additional Information:

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