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Muhammad was the leader and founder of the religion Islam which worships the god named Allah There are many different sects of this religion one of which is Sunni Islam This sect gets its name from the word Sunnah meaning example referring to the acts of the prophet Muhammad The Sunni tradition is based on following the sharia which is the Islamic law Through many years Islam has changed in many ways greatly effected by Sunni influence These changes continue even today in our own century molding Islam into the religion that it has become The Sharia or Islamic law is a complete legal system that governs every aspect of individual and social life and originates from the lessons in the Koran The Madhhab or schools of thought that set up the legal framework in Sunni Islam were the Hanafi ShafaiI Maliki and Hanibali Some of the important principals which govern the Sunni tradition speak of such teachings as the following of what the Koran says everything occurs according to a divine plan and The prophet and his revelation are of foremost authority Philtar 1 The hadith which contains a collection of saying and acts of Muhammad and the first Muslims is also used as a reference of Islamic law Also Sunni Islam demands if able to make the hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in their lifetime Mohammeds death in 632 ad led to a struggle for power in the religion The Muslim world was split into many different sects mainly divided by a dispute over leadership Sunni the main group in Islam making up ninety percent of the religions adherentsKjeilen 2 believed that the leader called the Caliph should be appointed
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