The fifth aspect: The allegation that the word Sunnah was not specific about the way of the Prophet - peace be upon him - in the area of legal matters, except at the end of the second century AH, is a false allegation; because its specification had already been stabilized in the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him, the era of the Companions and the followers afterwards, which we have previously mentioned and protracted in citing examples for it. What overhauled the term Sunnah at the end of the second century was that Islamic scholars laid down concepts for the term Sunnah, consistent with the type of scientific research they intend in their study of the life of the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him. Those concepts did not go beyond being scientific terms used to help each scholar clarify their desired objective from studying the life of the Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him.
Jurists, for example, since their purpose from studying the life of the Messenger of Allah - peace be upon him – was to learn about the evidence for legal provisions, and as they had subdivided the legal provisions relating to the acts of those charged with responsibility, into: duty, forbidden, recommended, disliked and permissible, they defined the term Sunnah according to what is consistent with their purpose, so they said : (the Sunnah is what has been proven after the Messenger of Allah - peace be upon him - without presumption or necessity).
Since the purpose of the scholars of the principles of jurisprudence from studying the life of the Messenger of Allah - peace be upon him – was to learn of the legal rules that support the independent interpreters of legal sources in deducing legal provisions, they defined the term Sunnah as: (It is that which has been transmitted from the Messenger of Allah - peace be upon him – from utterance, action or endorsement). While scholars of Hadith, their purpose from the study and research in the life of the Prophet - peace be upon him – was the absolute following and emulation of his example, even in his movements and stillness, and accordingly tended to collecting whatever has been transmitted from the Prophet - peace be upon him - and assimilating it, and all that which relates to his life, and defined the word Sunnah in light of that general purpose that it is (that which has been transmitted from the Prophet - peace be upon him - from utterance, action, endorsement, physical or moral attribute, before the mission – such as worshipping alone in the cave of Hira’ - or after it).

Therefore, it becomes clear that the orientalists and their students neglected this fact and ignored, and claimed fallaciously that the term Sunnah did not particularize as the way of the Prophet - peace be upon him - except at the end of the second century AH.

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