“The Best of You are Those Who Learn the Qur’an and Teach it”: Sheikh al-Albani

Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami narrated from ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affan that the Prophet (ﷺ) said:

خَيْرُكُمْ مَنْ تَعَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ وَعَلَّمَهُ

The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.

[al-Bukhari and elsewhere.]

In his collection of authentic ahaadeeth, sheikh Muhammad Naasir al-Deen al-Albani made the following brief comments on this hadeeth:

وفي هذا الحديث : إشارة إلى تعلم القرآن , وأن خير المعلمين هو معلم القرآن , وأن خير ما تعلم المرء هو تعلم القرآن , فياليت طلاب العلم يعلمون ذلك فإن فيه النفع العظيم , وإنه مما عمت به البلوى في زماننا هذا أنك تجد كثيرا من الدعاة أو المبتدئين في طلب العلم يتصدر للدعوة والفتيا والإجابة على أسئلة الناس وهو لا يحسن قراءة الفاتحة بالمخارج الصحيحة لكل حرف فتراه ينطق السين صادا والطاء تاء والذال زايا والثاء سينا , ويقع في اللحن الجلي فضلا عن اللحن الخفي , والمفروض -بداهة – أن يحسن قراءة القرآن عن حفظه , لكي يحسن استخراج الآيات والإستدلال بها في مواعظه ودروسه ودعوته. ـ

This hadeeth contains direction to learn the Qur’an, and that the best of teachers is the teacher of the Qur’an, and also that the best thing a person can learn is learning the Qur’an. How I wish that the students of knowledge would know this, for this is a tremendous benefit. For there is a terrible condition that has become widespread in this age of ours that you find many of the du’aat and beginning students of knowledge who put themselves forward for da’wah, giving fataawaa and responding to people’s questions when they have not yet become proficient in reciting surah al-Fatihah with the correct pronunciation and articulation of each letter. So sometimes he might pronounce the letter seen as ṣaad, or ṭa as ta, or dhal as zay, or thaa as seen, and they commit gross errors in pronunciation, not to mention less obvious ones. But what is obligatory – obviously – is to become proficient in reciting the Qur’an from memory, such that one is proficient in articulating the ayaat and utilizing them in one’s admonitions, lessons, and da’wah.

فتراه ينشغل بالتصحيح والتضعيف والرد على العلماء والترجيح بينهم , وتسمع منه دائما كلمات هي أعلى من المستوى الذي هو عليه فتراه يقول : ’’ أرى , وقلت , وقولي في المسألة كذا , والرأي الراجح عندي كذا … ‘‘. ـ

So sometimes you see these types becoming preoccupied with what is saheeh versus what is dha’eef, refutations of the scholars, and weighing the various different statements of the scholars. And you always hear such a person saying things which are above his level, for instance you see him say, “I think this” and “I say this”, “My position on this matter is such-and-such”, “In my view, the correct opinion is such-and-such”.

ومن عجيب الأمر أنك تجد مثل هؤلاء لا يتحدث عن مسألة من المسائل المتفق عليها , بل دائما – إلا من رحم الله- يتحدث في مسائل الخلاف حتى يدلي بدلوه فيها وإن تعسر عليه ذلك تراه يرجح بين الأقوال , أعوذ بالله من الرياء وحب السمعة والظهور . وأنصح نفسي أولا وهؤلاء ثانيا أن خير ما بدأ به طالب العلم هو حفظ القرآن لقوله تعالى : << فذكر بالقرآن من يخاف وعيد >>. ـ

One of the amazing things is that you find these types of people never speak about any issue which is not disputed. Instead, these people – except for those whom Allah protects – are always talking about the matters of differing so that he can insert himself into the discourse, or if he can’t do that, then to select whichever one of the positions he prefers. I seek refuge with Allah from insincerity and seeking fame, and I advise myself first and these people secondly that the best thing for the student of knowledge to begin with is the memorization of the Qur’an, just as Allah said:

فَذَكِّرْ بِالْقُرْآنِ مَن يَخَافُ وَعِيدِ

But remind those who fear My threat with the Qur’an [50:45]

وصلى الله وسلم على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم تسليما. ـ

May Allah bestow His peace and blessings upon our prophet, Muhammad, and upon his family and his companions.

[al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, hadeeth no.1173]

For further explanation of this hadeeth, see: “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it”: ibn Kathir

See also: Which is more virtuous – memorizing the Qur’an, or seeking ‘ilm? : Ibn Taymiyah

See also: Advice for Memorizing the Qur’an: Sheikh ibn ‘Uthaymeen

See also: The Virtue of Memorizing the Qur’an: Sheikh Muqbil

See also: Learning the Qur’an – Both Wordings and Meanings: ibn Taymiyah

See also: The Need for Teaching Tafsir: Ibn ‘Uthaymeen


2 thoughts on ““The Best of You are Those Who Learn the Qur’an and Teach it”: Sheikh al-Albani

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