Top 40 Hadith on the Qur’an (Part 1)

The following is a compilation of the top 40 hadith about the Holy Quran, which address the importance of reading and how the Qur’an can benefit us in our daily lives. Enjoy!

#1. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “The superiority of the speech of Allah compared to all other speech is like the superiority of Allah over His creation.”

Source: Tirmidhee no. 2926 – [Hasan]

مَا مِنَ الأَنْبِيَاءِ نَبِيٌّ إِلاَّ أُعْطِيَ مَا مِثْلُهُ آمَنَ عَلَيْهِ الْبَشَرُ، وَإِنَّمَا كَانَ الَّذِي أُوتِيتُ وَحْيًا أَوْحَاهُ اللَّهُ إِلَىَّ فَأَرْجُو أَنْ أَكُونَ أَكْثَرَهُمْ تَابِعًا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ

#2. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “Every Prophet was given miracles because of which people believed, but what I have been given is Divine Inspiration which Allah has revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will outnumber the followers of the other Prophets on the Day of Resurrection.”

Source: Bukhari no. 4981, Muslim no. 152 – [Sahih]

إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَرْفَعُ بِهَذَا الْكِتَابِأَقْوَامًا وَيَضَعُ بِهِ آخَرِينَ

#3. The Prophet Muhammad,peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “Indeed Allah, through this Book, raises some peoples and lowers others.”
Source: Muslim no. 996 – [Sahih]

#4. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him,said, “Whoever recites the Qur’an secures knowledge of prophethood within his ribs [bosom], though Divine Revelation is not sent upon him. It does not befit one endowed with the Qur’an that he should be indignant with those in anger, nor should he indulge in any act of ignorance with those who are ignorant, while the Speech of Allah is there in his chest.”
Source: Hakim, Targhib wa Tarhib no. 2/301 – [Sahih]

إنَّكم لا ترجِعون إلى اللهِ بشيءٍ أفضلَ ممَّا خرج منه يعني القرآنَ

#5.The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “You will not come back to Allah with anything better than that which came from Him, i.e. the Qur’an.”
Source: Mastadrik al-Hakim no. 2077 – [Sahih]

#6. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “The most accurate and truthful speech is the Book of Allah [swt]”
Source: Nisa’i no. 1578 – [Sahih]

إِنَّمَا بعََثْتُكَ لأَبْتَلِيَكَ وَأَبْتَلِيَ بِكَ وَأَنْزَلْتُ عَلَيْكَ كِتَابًا لاَ يغَْسِلُهُ الْمَاءُ تَقْرَؤُهُ نَائِمًا وَيقَْظَانَ

#7. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, Allah [swt] said, “I have sent you [O Prophet] in order to put you to test and put those to test through you. And I sent the Book to you which cannot be washed away by water, so that you may recite it while in the state of wakefulness and sleep.
Source: Hadith Qudsi, Muslim no. 2865a – [Sahih]

#8. Ibn Abbas said, “How can you ask the people of the Scriptures about their Books while you have Allah’s Book [the Qur’an] which is the most recent of the Books revealed by Allah, and you read it in its pure undistorted form?”
Source: Bukhari no. 7522 – [Sahih]

#9. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “It is imperative for you to have Taqwa [fear/consciousness of Allah] for this is the accumulation of all good. And upon you is Jihad in the path of Allah for it is the monasticism of the Muslims. [Finally]…upon you is the Remembrance of Allah and the recitation of His Book, for it is light for you on earth and [a means by which] you will be mentioned in the Heavens.”
Source: Targhib wa-Tarhib no. 4/24, Jami as-Sagheer no. 5495 – [Sahih]

#10. The Prophet Muhammad ,peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him,said, “Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for the slave on the Day of Judgement. Fasting will say, ‘O My Lord! I prevented him from food and desires, so accept my intercession for him.’ And the Qur’an will say, ‘I prevented him from sleep during the night, so accept my intercession for him.’ ….thus they will intercede.”
Source: Musnad Ahmad no. 6337 – [Sahih]

#11. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “The Qur’an is an intercessor and it’s intercession is accepted and its plea is believed. Whoever makes it lead him – it leads him to Paradise and whomsoever places it behind him [the result will be] he is dragged to the Fire.”
Source: Ibn Hibban no. 124, – [Sahih]

#12. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’an and teach it”
Source: Bukhari no. 5027, Tirmidhee no. 2909 – [Sahih]8.

#13. The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “Allah has His own people among mankind.” They said: “O Messenger of Allah, who are they?” He said: “The people of the Qur’an, the people of Allah and those who are closest to Him'”
Source: Ibn Majah no. 215 –

#14. [Hasan]Jabir ibn Abdullah said, “Allah’s Messenger shrouded every two martyrs of Uhud in one piece of cloth and then he would ask, “Which of them knew more Qur’an?” When one of them was pointed out he would put him first in the grave”
Source: Bukhari no. 1347 –

#15. [Sahih]Abdullah ibn Masood said, “The bearer of the Qur’an should be known by his night when the people are sleeping; by his day when people are awake; by his sadness when people are joyous; by his weeping when people are laughing.”
Source: Nawawi in Tibyan al-Adab fi Hamalatul Qur’an.

#16. The Prophet Muhammad ,peace and blessings of Allah Almighty be upon him, said, “If anyone prays at night reciting regularly ten verses, he will not be recorded among the negligent [ghafileen]; if anyone prays at night and recites a hundred verses, he will be recorded among those who are devout [qaniteen] to Allah; and if any-one prays at night reciting one thousand verses, he will be receive an immeasurable amount of reward.”
Source: Abu Dawud no. 1398 – [Sahih]

#17. The Messenger of Allah said, “Whose Faith [Iman] amongst the various creations astounds you?” They [the Companions] said, “The Angels” He said, “The Angels – Why would they not Faith [when they are with their Lord]” They [then] said, “The Prophets” He said, “The Prophets receive revelation so how would they not believe?” They [then] said, “[Us] the Companions” He said, “The Companions whom are with the Prophets – so how would they not believe? – However the Faith of people which is amazing and astounding is those who come after you who find Books which has written in them revelation [the Qur’an] – and hence they believe in it and obey and follow it – they are the ones whose Faith is [truly] astounding.”
Source: Bazzar no. 3/318, Silsilah Ahadeeth as-Saheehah no. 3215 – [Sahih]

#18. The Messenger of Allah sent Mu’adh to Yemen, so He said: “How will you judge?” He said: “I will judge according to what is in Allah’s Book.” He said, “If it is not in Allah’s Book?” He said: “Then with the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah “He said: “If it is not in the Sunnah of Messenger of Allah ?” He said: “I will endeavour to make Ijtihad [exert effort to make the correct judgement].” He said: “All praise is due to Allah, the One Who made the messenger of the Messenger of Allah suitable.”
Source: Tirmidhee no. 1327

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