The Great Attention that the Salaf gave to the Qur’an: Ibn al-Jazari

The famous scholar of the Qiraa’aat Abu’l-Khair Muhammad ibn al-Jazari began his most famous work with some narrations on the virtues of reciting the Qur’an, including the following:

وروينا أيضا في الطبراني بإسناد جيد من حديث عبد الله بن مسعود – رضي الله عنه – قال : قال رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – : خيركم من قرأ القرآن وأقرأه ورواه البخاري في صحيحه عن عثمان بن عفان – رضي الله عنه – ولفظه قال : قال رسول الله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – : خيركم من تعلم القرآن وعلمه وكان الإمام أبو عبد الرحمن السلمي التابعي الجليل يقول لما يروي هذا الحديث عن عثمان : هذا الذي أقعدني مقعدي هذا ، يشير إلى كونه جالسا في المسجد الجامع بالكوفة يعلم القرآن ويقرئه مع جلالة قدره وكثرة علمه ، وحاجة الناس إلى علمه ، وبقي يقرئ الناس بجامع الكوفة أكثر من أربعين سنة ، وعليه قرأ الحسن والحسين – رضي الله عنهما – ، ولذلك كان السلف – رحمهم الله – لا يعدلون بإقراء القرآن شيئا فقد روينا عن شقيق أبي وائل قال : قيل لعبد الله بن مسعود – رضي الله عنه – : إنك تقل الصوم . قال : إني إذا صمت ضعفت عن القرآن ، وتلاوة القرآن أحب إلي . ـ

We find the hadith of ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) transmitted to us in the collection of al-Tabaraani with a good chain of narration that he said: Allah’s Messenger said, “The best of you are those who recite the Qur’an [to others, teaching them] and have it recited to them [by students].”

And al-Bukhari also transmitted this in his Saheeh collection from ‘Uthman ibn ‘Affaan (may Allah be pleased with him) with the following wording, that Allah’s Messenger said, “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.”

And the Imam Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sulami, the great Taabi’ee, used to narrate this hadith from ‘Uthman and say, “It is this which has caused me to sit in this place of mine,” and he would point to the place where he would sit in the main masjid in Kufah teaching the Qur’an and having it read to him by students. He did this despite his great standing, his wealth of knowledge and the people’s great need for his knowledge. He remained listening to the people recite the Qur’an to him in the main masjid of Kufah for more than 40 years, and both al-Hasan and al-Husayn (may Allah be pleased with them) recited to him.

In line with this, the Salaf (may Allah have mercy on them) used to not let anything turn them away from reciting the Qur’an. It has been relayed to us that Shaqeeq Abu Waa’il said: I said to ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him), “You don’t really do a lot of optional fasting.” He replied, “When I fast, it makes me too weak to recite the Qur’an, and reciting the Qur’an is more dear to me.”

[al-Nashr fee Qiraa’aat al-‘Ashr 1/3]

See also: Preservation of the Wordings and Meanings of the Qur’an among the Salaf: Tafsir ibn Kathir

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

See also: “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it”: ibn Kathir

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

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