A Hadith on the bounty of memorizing the Quran

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Is this Hadith authentic?

“If a person who has acquired knowledge of the Holy Quran considers another person who has been gifted with something else to be more fortunate than himself, he has shown disrespect to the blessing of Allah”



Imam Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) has recorded the following narration:

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Whomsoever has been granted the opportunity by Allah Ta’ala to memorize the Quran and he considers another person has been granted better than him, then he has belittled the greatest of bounties”

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 2355)


This Hadith has been transmitted with a very weak chain.

(Refer: Lisanul Mizan, vol. 1 pg. 423 -number: 434-. Also see Al Isti’ab Fi Ma’rifatil Ashab, vol. 2 pg. 75, Al Isabah, vol. 3 pg. 522 and Faydul Qadir, Hadith: 8481)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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