The Holy Sunnah refers to the example/act of the Prophet and Hadith (pl. aHadith) refers to his holy sayings.
In Sura an‐Najm, Allah reveals about the Prophet:
“Your Prophet does not speak from himself. His every word is inspired and revealed by Allah. He was taught by the Mighty Powerful…”
The holy Qur’an, Surah 53, Verse 3‐6
Difference between the Quran and Hadith/Sunnah:
This means that all that he says and does is revealed to him from Allah. The difference between the content of the Quran and the Hadith/Sunnah is that every word of the Quran is revealed by Allah and is not the word of the Prophet [PBUH], and his Sunnah/Hadith are his personal deed/word but the message contained therein is divine, from Allah.
Sunnah means path:
Its also means the path, practice, and deed of the Prophet [PBUH]. His [PBUH] every act and deed that he did in private or public life is his Sunnah. The Prophet [PBUH]’s ahadith are more encompassing of his life because they consist of his speech, deeds, and those actions and sayings that were done in his presence by his Companions, which he either permitted or prohibited.
Diference between sunnah and hadith:
Sunnah and Hadith are terms that are and can be used interchangeably. His [PBUH] Sunnah is reinforced by his hadith (sayings). Therefore, Sunnah would be the tradition and hadith would be his speech, decrees, rulings and injunctions.
Obey the Sunnah and the Hadith:
Allah commands Muslims to obey both the Sunnah and the ahadith of the Prophet [PBUH]. The entire biographical life of the Prophet [PBUH] has been compiled in the Sahah‐Sitta (The 6 Authentic Books of Ahadith):
- Bukhari Sharif
- Muslim Sharif
- Abu Daud Sharif
- Tirmidhi Sharif
- Nisai Sharif
- ibne‐Majah Sharif.