The Qur’an and Suhaba al-Kiram (RA)

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It is reported on the authority of Hadhrat Ibne Masood (RA) and Hadhrat Ubi-bin-Ka’b (RA) that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) used to recite to them (Suhaba) ten verses of the Qur’an and they would not learn eleventh unless they would learn what was contained in those ten verses about deeds, so they used to learn both the Qur’an and ‘Aamal’ (deeds) together.” (Qurtubi)

Mota Umam Maalik has reported that Hadhrat Ibne Umar (RA) took eight years to learn Surah-al-Baqarah.

Imam Malik has quoted Nafae saying that he heard from Ibne Umar that Hadhrat Umar (RA) learnt Surah-al-Baqarah in about twelve years.

Abdullah bin Masood (RA) said: “It was difficult for us to memorise the words of the Qur’an but to act upon it was easy for us. And after us it will be easy for the people to memorise the Qur’an but to act upon its commands will be difficult for them”

It is reported on the authority of Ibne Umar (RA) “that the distinguished companions of Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam), first generation of this Ummah were not used to memorise more than a Surah at a time and they were bestowed with the Tawfeeq of doing the deeds as per that (Surah) and the people of the last part of this Ummah will be reciting the Qur’an, amongst them will be even children and blind, but they will not be bestowed with the Tawfeeq of doing deeds as per the Qur’an. (Qurtubi)

Madh-bin Jabal used to say: “Learn whatever you want to learn but you will get reward only for that upon which you act”

Some other scholars said: “Wise people exert for understanding and foolish people exert only for memorising”