What is the status of this narration?
ثابت بن عجلان الأنصاري قال: كان يقال: إن الله ليريد العذاب بأهل الأرض، فإذا سمع تعليم الصبيان الحكمة، صرف ذلك عنهم قال مروان: يعني بالحكمة: القرآن
Imam Darimi (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the statement of Thabit ibn ‘Ajlan Al Ansari (rahimahullah), a Tabi’i, with a weak chain.
(Sunan Darimi, Hadith: 3388. Refer: Mizanul I’tidal, vol. 2 pg. 51, number: 2666)
The narration is suitable to quote as his statement, for purposes of encouraging teaching Quran to children, as is the case with chains of this nature.
Thabit ibn ‘Ajlan Al Ansari (rahimahullah) says, “It used to be said, ‘Allah Ta’ala wishes to send a punishment to some nation, but when He hears children being taught ‘hikmah’ (wisdom), He averts the punishment from them.'” Marwan (ibn Muhammad), one of the narrators, said, ‘Hikmah refers to the Quran.’
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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