Importance of Learning & Memorizing the Qur’ān

Imaam an-Nawawee said: So the first thing which he should begin with is the memorization of the mighty Qur’aan, which is the most important of the branches of knowledge. And the Salaf did not used to teach hadeeth or fiqh, except to one who had memorized the Qur’aan. So when he has memorized it, then let him beware of pre-occupying himself from it with hadeeth, or fiqh, or other things, to the extent that it leads him to forget anything from the Qur’aan, or makes that likely. [Al Majmoo’ Sharhul Muhadhab (1/38).]

Also, it is narrated in Saheeh al-Bukhari the hadeeth:

عُثْمَانَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ عَنِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ “‏ خَيْرُكُمْ مَنْ تَعَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ وَعَلَّمَهُ “‏

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The best among you (Muslims) are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it.”  [Sahih al-Bukhari 5027]

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