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Sunni Islam (Arabic: أهل السنة) is the largest denomination in Islam. They are the branch of Islam that came through the Rashidun Empire, which started with Hazrat Abu Bakr (R) the first caliph who had been chosen by people and ended by Ali ibn Abi Talib. Sunni beliefs are based on the Quran and the Kutub al-Sittah and Sunnis make up around 75% of all Muslims.
Adherents of Sunni Islam are Sunnis. They are also referred to as Ahle Hadith or Ahle Sunna. The word Sunni comes from the word sunna (Arabic : سنة ), which means the tradition of the prophet of Islam, Muhammad. Sunnis are also called Ahlu s-Sunna wa-l-Jama'ah (Arabic: أهل السنة والجماعة) (people of tradition and congregation), meaning that the Sunnis are united.
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