Is this a Hadith?
إن من كان قبلكم رأوا القرآن رسائل من ربهم فكانوا يتدبرونها بالليل ويتفقدونها في النهار
‘Allamah Nawawi (rahimahullah) has cited this narration as the statement of Hasan al Basri (rahimahullah) and not as a Hadith of Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
(At Tibyan Fi Adabi Hamalatil Quran, pg. 72. Also see: Al Majmu’ of ‘Allamah Nawawi, vol. 2 pg. 169, Darul Fikr edition)
Hasan (rahimahullah) said: “Those before you considered the Quran to be the correspondence from their Rabb. They would ponder it by night and act upon it by day.”
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.