Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhu) explains the importance of understanding the Quran

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What is the authenticity and the Arabic text of this narration?

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) said: “For a long time we would learn Iman before [mastering] the Quran. A Surah would be revealed to Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) so we would learn [the details of the law from it], what is permissible, what is impermissible and learn what significant point there was in it, just as you yourselves know the Quran. [But now by Allah] I see even [grown] men reciting the whole of the Quran from the Opening to the end, but have no idea what it is telling them to do or warning them from committing, or what the significance of it is. [To them reciting it,] is like tossing someone a cheap date.”



Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (radiyallahu ‘anhuma). He has declared the Hadith authentic and ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) concurs.

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 1 pg. 35. Also see Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 1 pg. 165)


Arabic text

عن القاسم بن عوف الشيباني، قال: سمعت ابن عمر، يقول: لقد عشنا برهة من دهرنا وإن أحدثنا يؤتى الإيمان قبل القرآن، وتنزل السورة على محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم فيتعلم حلالها وحرامها، وما ينبغي أن يوقف عنده فيها كما تعلمون أنتم القرآن ، ثم قال: لقد رأيت رجالا يؤتى أحدهم القرآن فيقرأ ما بين فاتحته إلى خاتمته ما يدري ما أمره ولا زاجره، ولا ما ينبغي أن يوقف عنده منه ينثره نثر الدقل


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad 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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