What is the resource value of the Sunnah of Hz. Muhammad (pbuh) in determining decrees? What criteria did the Prophet (pbuh) take into consideration when he rendered something haram?

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It is unanimously agreed that the Sunnah is the second original evidence after the Quran. Therefore, all scholars agree unanimously on the obligation of acting in accordance with the sound Sunnah / hadith that is attributed to the Prophet (pbuh).

They base their view on the verses that order us to obey the Messenger of Allah (pbuh), that state that to love him is to love Allah Almighty and that threaten severely those who oppose him.

The Sunnah explains the concise and ambiguous words of the Quran. For instance the order "be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity" does not include what prayer and zakah (charity) consist of, their conditions, amount and how to perform them. Those concise terms are explained by the Sunnah.

The following is stated in the Quran: "…And eat and drink, until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread..." (al-Baqara, 2/187) The Prophet (pbuh) stated that what was meant by the white thread in the verse was the dawn in the morning and the black thread was the night.

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