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Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own, who shall recite unto them Your verses and instruct them in Al-Kitaab (the Book) and Al-Hikmah (wisdom) and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.” [Al-Baqarah 2:129]

And remember (O members of the Prophet’s family) that which is recited in your houses of the Verses of Allaah and Al­-Hikmah” [Al-Ahzaab 33:34]

It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basree – may Allaah have mercy on him said, “Al-Kitaab is the Qur’aan, and Al-Hikmah is the Sunnah.”

It is also reported that Qataadah – may Allaah have mercy on him said, “And [he will] teach them The Book and Al-Hikmah, i.e. the Sunnah.”

– Al-Laalakaa’ee, Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl Al-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah 1/86, 87; Ibn Battah, Al-Ibaanah Al-Kubraa 1/98; and At-Tabaree in his Tafseer.

Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said (Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa 3/366), “A number of the Salaf said that Al-Hikmah refers to the Sunnah, because that which was recited in the houses of [the Prophet’s] wives – may Allaah be pleased with them – apart from the Qur’aan was his Sunnah – Allaah’s peace and blessings be upon him.”

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