Quran and Sunnah – Simply Explained

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In this blog, you’re going to learn about the simple definition of Quran and Sunnah, their similarities, differences and their original finding source.

The Quran:

The Holy Quran is the last Divine Book sent by the God Almighty to His last prophet – Muhammad ﷺ through the archangel gabriel.

The greatest quality of the Holy Quran is that it’s a guidance for all the humanity. The Quran isn’t sent upon a particular nation, instead its revelations are made available to all the people of all the nations to educate, remind and warn about God, his books, his angels, his prophets, messengers and the judgement day.

The main subject of the Quran is Human Guidance. God talks about the history of past nations, creation of the heavens, earth and everything in between, purpose of human life, morality, ethics, rationality, spirituality, relationship between God and man, the unseen world, the afterlife and so much more only to guide his servant back to him, discover the biggest truth of life – that is God Almighty! And unlock the door of ultimate happiness, success, peace and everlasting love.


Sunnah is Prophet Muhammad ﷺ traditions following Abrahamic traditions; the things that he corrected, adopted and further instructed as Islam, For example, Instructions about Five daily prayers, prayer timings, Burial of body directing towards Qibla, System of Zakat, Keeping Ramadan Fasts, Performing Hajj etc.

In simple words, Sunnah is Prophet Muhammad ﷺ teachings that the whole Muslim Ummah follows without any conflict from 1400 years after his demise.

Similarities Between Quran and Sunnah:

  1. The main Source of both Quran and Sunnah is God Almighty
  2. The Quran and Sunnah both passed down to next generations through Ijmah – consensus of Ummah, No Islamic scholar or group /sect ever objected for them to have any slightest difference or conflict within these 1400 years

Difference between Quran and Sunnah:

  1. The Quran is the teachings of God Almighty
  2. The Sunnah is the core teachings of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ that refined Prophet Abrahim’s teachings through God’s Inspiration

Examples of Quran and Sunnah:


  • The Quran orders us to offer five daily prayers
  • The Sunnah tells us the procedure, timings and obligatory units of the prayers


  • The Quran orders us to perform hajj
  • The Sunnah tells us what are the months of Hajj


  • The Quran orders us to celebrate Abraham’s sacrifice
  • The Sunnah tells us the date and month of sacrifice

Where to find them?

The Quran we have today is the exact copy of the 1st ever complied Quran found 12 centuries ago, and kept in the Topkapi Museum. That Quran is the standard form which all the Muslim world follows. You can grab any authorized printed copy of the Quran anywhere in the world.

The Sunnah is taken from Sahih Hadith Collection; the authentic historical record of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). You can check authentic hadith books, mainly Kutub al Sittah to access Sunnah.

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