Could you give a reference and Arabic text for this narration?
The Sahabah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “It was difficult for us to memorise the words of the Quran but easy for us to act by them. After us will be people for whom it is easy to memorise the Quran but hard to act by it.”
Imam Qurtubi (rahimahullah) has cited this narration with the chain of Abu Bakr Al Ambari (rahimahullah).
Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: “Memorising the Quran was difficult for us but practising upon it was easy. After us will be people for whom memorising the Quran will be easy but practising upon it will be difficult.”
(Tafsir Qurtubi; Al Jami’u Li Ahkamil Quran, vol. 1 pg. 69, Risalah edition)
The narration is suitable to quote.
قال عبد الله بن مسعود: إنا صعب علينا حفظ ألفاظ القرآن، وسهل علينا العمل به، وإن من بعدنا يسهل عليهم حفظ القرآن، ويصعب عليهم العمل به
And Allah Ta’ala knows best.
Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala
Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
This answer was collected from HadithAnswers.com. 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.