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Sunni Islam ( // or //) is the lairgest branch o Islam;. Sunni Muslims are referred tae in Arabic as ʾAhl ūs-Sunnah wa āl-Ǧamāʿah (Arabic: أهل السنة والجماعة, "Fowk o the tradition [o Muhammad] an the community") or ʾAhl ūs-Sunnah (Arabic: أهل السنة) for short; in Inglis, they are kent as Sunni Muslims, Sunnis or Sunnites.
Sunni Islam is sometimes referred tae as the orthodox version o the releegion. The wird "Sunni" comes frae the term Sunnah (Arabic: سنة), which refers tae the sayins an actions o Muhammad that are recordit in hadiths (collections o narrations regardin Muhammad). Sunni Muslims generally consider Sahih al-Bukhari an Sahih Muslim tae be entirely authentic an accurate hadiths.
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Sunnī (Classical Arabic: سُنِّي /ˈsunniː/) is a broad term derived frae sunnah (سُنَّة /ˈsunna/, pl. سُنَن sunan /ˈsunæn/), means "habit" or "uisual practice". The Muslim uisage o this term refers tae the sayins an livin habits o Muhammad. In its full form, this branch o Islam is referred tae as "Ahlu s-Sunnah Wa Al-Jama'ah" (literally, "Fowk o the Tradition an the Congregation"). Onyane claimin tae follae the Sunnah who can demonstrate that they hae nae action or belief against the Prophetic Sunnah can consider thairsel tae be a Sunni Muslim. Housomeivver, it shoud be notit that Shi'a Muslims an aw hauld that they follae the Sunnah.
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- "Sunnite". Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
- "Sunni and Shia Islam". Library of Congress Country Studies. Retrieved 2010-12-17.
- "Sunna". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 2010-12-17. "the body of Islamic custom and practice based on Muhammad's words and deeds"
- Sunnah, Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement
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