Memorization of The Quran

Muslims believe that the memorization of the Qur’an is a form of blessing and
good omen. There are narrations from the Prophet which have indirectly encouraged the
memorization of the Qur’an. ‘Uthman b Affan (35/656) narrates one
hadith
wherein he
quotes the Prophet to have considered the best Muslims to be the ones who learn and
teach the Q{ur’an.1 Another tradition from ‘Abd Allah b. ‘Amr b. al-‘As (65/684)
mentions that the Prophet said “The one associated with the Q{ur’an will be told, recite,
ascend, and recite the way you would recite in the world because your level will be with
the last verse
(a@yah)
you recite”.2 In the context of the narrations it seems that
memorization became a habit and was equally considered religious. This was due to the
illiteracy of the Arabs during the early days of Islam. These narrations also portrays the
situation of the time they were living in considering that the Qur’an was the guidance
and revelation to Muhammad sent to a group of persons who were seeking guidance. If
they had converted without a reference, it wouldn’t have helped in their cause, thus the
illiteracy caused them to memorize it. Even though the above narrations do not mention
actual memorization of the scripture yet the traditionalists have included ‘memorizing
of the Qur’an’ as an external and hidden meaning within such narrations. The focus was
to bring the Qur’an into action by following its commands. The emphasis within the
narration seems to be there to allow newly converts who were looking for guidance and

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