Ensuring that one recites a portion of Quran daily

Question

What is the reference for this Hadith?

We used to consider it to be on of the greatest sins that a man learns the Quran and goes to sleep without reciting something from it.

عن أبي العالية قال كنا نعد من أعظم الذنب أن يتعلم الرجل القرآن ثم ينام لاَ يقرأ منه شيئا

 

Answer

This narration is recorded in Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) as the statement of Abul ‘Aliyah, Rufay’ ibn Mihran (rahimahullah), a senior Tabi’i who said:

“We would regard it to be from the greatest of sins that a man learns the Quran and goes to sleep without reciting a portion of it.”

(Kitabuz Zuhd: 1746)

 

Another version of this narration also recorded in Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Ahmad states:

Abul ‘Aliyah, Rufay’ ibn Mihran (rahimahullah) said: “We would regard it to be from the greatest of sins that a man learns the Quran and goes to sleep without reciting a portion of it to the extent that he forgets the Quran.”

(Kitabuz Zuhd: 1476)

 

Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al ‘Asqalani (rahimahullah) has declared this chain authentic (jayyid).

(Fathul Bari, Hadith: 5038, vol. 9 pg. 86, Nataijul Afkar, vol. 3 pg. 188)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar