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Vol. 2 No. 1 (2021): Illuminatio/Svjetionik/Almanar

Can We Become Walking Qurans? Improving Our Capacity to Follow the Prophetic Sunnah

  • Abdul-Rauf Feisal
April 22, 2021


As Muslims, we are taught that we are to follow the Prophet’s Sunnah, his precedent and praxis. The first steps we learn on how to do this is to pray as he did, give the zakāh as generously as he did, fast as he did, perform ḥajj and ʿumrah as he did; that is, by performing the rituals of the faith. Clearly, following the Prophetic Sunnah involves more than just the physical performance of our rituals. Achieving excellence in following the Prophetic Sunnah was something that the early Muslims sought to achieve. It is revealed in the ḥadīth of a tābiʿī (a person of the generation after the Prophet’s generation who was either too young when the Prophet died or born just after his death) who, wanting to know more about how the Prophet was like, went to his widow Aisha and asked her. Her response was that the Prophet was effectively a ‘Walking Quran.’