2. The Excellence of the Carriers of the Holy Quran

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1ـ عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ أَبِي الْحُسَيْنِ الْفَارِسِيِّ عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ الْجَعْفَرِيِّ عَنِ السَّكُونِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ الله (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وآلِه) إِنَّ أَهْلَ الْقُرْآنِ فِي أَعْلَى دَرَجَةٍ مِنَ الآدَمِيِّينَ مَا خَلا النَّبِيِّينَ وَالْمُرْسَلِينَ فَلا تَسْتَضْعِفُوا أَهْلَ الْقُرْآنِ حُقُوقَهُمْ فَإِنَّ لَهُمْ مِنَ الله الْعَزِيزِ الْجَبَّارِ لَمَكَاناً عَلِيّاً.


1. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from al-Hassan ibn abu al-Husayn al-Farsi from Sulayman ibn Ja’far from his father al-Ja’fari from al-Sakuni from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: ‘‘The Messenger of Allah has said, ‘People of the Holy Quran are of the highest degree among men, except the prophets and the messengers of Allah, thus, you should not consider them weak in the matters of their rights; with Allah, the Most Majestic, the Almighty, they have a special status.’”


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2ـ عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ وَسَهْلِ بْنِ زِيَادٍ جَمِيعاً عَنِ ابْنِ مَحْبُوبٍ عَنْ جَمِيلِ بْنِ صَالِحٍ عَنِ الْفُضَيْلِ بْنِ يَسَارٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ الْحَافِظُ لِلْقُرْآنِ الْعَامِلُ بِهِ مَعَ السَّفَرَةِ الْكِرَامِ الْبَرَرَةِ.


2. A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Sahl ibn Ziyad all from ibn Mahbub from Jamil ibn Salih from al-Fudayl ibn Yasar from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: ‘‘One who has memorized the Holy Quran and follows its laws will be with the honorable angels who carry Allah’s messages.”


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3ـ وَبِإِسْنَادِهِ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ الله (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وآلِه) تَعَلَّمُوا الْقُرْآنَ فَإِنَّهُ يَأْتِي يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ صَاحِبَهُ فِي صُورَةِ شَابٍّ جَمِيلٍ شَاحِبِ اللَّوْنِ فَيَقُولُ لَهُ الْقُرْآنُ أَنَا الَّذِي كُنْتُ أَسْهَرْتُ لَيْلَكَ وَأَظْمَأْتُ هَوَاجِرَكَ وَأَجْفَفْتُ رِيقَكَ وَأَسَلْتُ دَمْعَتَكَ أَؤُولُ مَعَكَ حَيْثُمَا أُلْتَ وَكُلُّ تَاجِرٍ مِنْ وَرَاءِ تِجَارَتِهِ وَأَنَا الْيَوْمَ لَكَ مِنْ وَرَاءِ تِجَارَةِ كُلِّ تَاجِرٍ وَسَيَأْتِيكَ كَرَامَةٌ مِنَ الله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فَأَبْشِرْ فَيُؤْتَى بِتَاجٍ فَيُوضَعُ عَلَى رَأْسِهِ وَيُعْطَى الأمَانَ بِيَمِينِهِ وَالْخُلْدَ فِي الْجِنَانِ بِيَسَارِهِ وَيُكْسَى حُلَّتَيْنِ ثُمَّ يُقَالُ لَهُ اقْرَأْ وَارْقَهْ فَكُلَّمَا قَرَأَ آيَةً صَعِدَ دَرَجَةً وَيُكْسَى أَبَوَاهُ حُلَّتَيْنِ إِنْ كَانَا مُؤْمِنَيْنِ ثُمَّ يُقَالُ لَهُمَا هَذَا لِمَا عَلَّمْتُمَاهُ الْقُرْآنَ.


3. Through the same chain of narrators it is narrated from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: ‘‘The Messenger of Allah has said, ‘Learn the Holy Quran; on the Day of Judgment it will come to his friends in the form of a most beautiful young person of pale complexion and will speak to his friend saying, “I am the Quran for which you kept awake so often and endured thirst during the heat of midday, dried up your mouth and let your tears flow. I will be with you whenever you will go. Every trader is after his trade. Today I look after the trade of everyone who had a deal with me. Honor will come to you from Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy, as good news for you. The man will receive a crown and peace will be placed on his right hand and eternal life in paradise in his left hand and he will be dressed with two dresses of paradise, then he will be told, ‘Read and climb.’ For each verse that he will read he will climb up one degree and his parents, if they are of the believers, will each receive two dresses of paradise and they will be told that this is for your teaching the Holy Quran to your child.’”


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4ـ ابْنُ مَحْبُوبٍ عَنْ مَالِكِ بْنِ عَطِيَّةَ عَنْ مِنْهَالٍ الْقَصَّابِ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ مَنْ قَرَأَ الْقُرْآنَ وَهُوَ شَابٌّ مُؤْمِنٌ اخْتَلَطَ الْقُرْآنُ بِلَحْمِهِ وَدَمِهِ وَجَعَلَهُ الله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مَعَ السَّفَرَةِ الْكِرَامِ الْبَرَرَةِ وَكَانَ الْقُرْآنُ حَجِيزاً عَنْهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ يَقُولُ يَا رَبِّ إِنَّ كُلَّ عَامِلٍ قَدْ أَصَابَ أَجْرَ عَمَلِهِ غَيْرَ عَامِلِي فَبَلِّغْ بِهِ أَكْرَمَ عَطَايَاكَ قَالَ فَيَكْسُوهُ الله الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ حُلَّتَيْنِ مِنْ حُلَلِ الْجَنَّةِ وَيُوضَعُ عَلَى رَأْسِهِ تَاجُ الْكَرَامَةِ ثُمَّ يُقَالُ لَهُ هَلْ أَرْضَيْنَاكَ فِيهِ فَيَقُولُ الْقُرْآنُ يَا رَبِّ قَدْ كُنْتُ أَرْغَبُ لَهُ فِيمَا هُوَ أَفْضَلُ مِنْ هَذَا فَيُعْطَى الأمْنَ بِيَمِينِهِ وَالْخُلْدَ بِيَسَارِهِ ثُمَّ يَدْخُلُ الْجَنَّةَ فَيُقَالُ لَهُ اقْرَأْ وَاصْعَدْ دَرَجَةً ثُمَّ يُقَالُ لَهُ هَلْ بَلَغْنَا بِهِ وَأَرْضَيْنَاكَ فَيَقُولُ نَعَمْ قَالَ وَمَنْ قَرَأَهُ كَثِيراً وَتَعَاهَدَهُ بِمَشَقَّةٍ مِنْ شِدَّةِ حِفْظِهِ أَعْطَاهُ الله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ أَجْرَ هَذَا مَرَّتَيْنِ.


4. Ibn Mahbub has narrated from Malik ibn ‘Atiyyah from Minhal al-Qassab from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: “If a young believing person reads the Holy Quran, it mixes with his flesh and blood. Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy, will include him among the honorable and virtuous carriers of the message of Allah and on the Day of Judgment the Holy Quran will be his supporter. The Holy Quran will say, ‘O Lord, every worker has received the reward for his deeds except my worker. Provide him the most honorable reward.’ Allah will then dress him with two dresses of paradise and crown him with the crown of honor and then ask the Holy Quran, ‘Did We make you happy?’ The Holy Quran will say, ‘Lord, I wished for him better than this.’ Allah will then give peace in his right hand, eternity in his left hand and will say to him read from the Holy Quran one verse and go one degree higher. Then the Holy Quran is asked again, ‘Did we reward him good and make you happy?’ The Holy Quran will say, ‘Yes, Lord.’ “The Imam said, ‘If one reads the Holy Quran very often and faces difficulties to memorize it due to weaker memory, Allah will give him twice as much reward.’”


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5ـ أَبُو عَلِيٍّ الأشْعَرِيُّ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ عَبْدِ الله وَحُمَيْدُ بْنُ زِيَادٍ عَنِ الْخَشَّابِ جَمِيعاً عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ يُوسُفَ عَنْ مُعَاذِ بْنِ ثَابِتٍ عَنْ عَمْرِو بْنِ جُمَيْعٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ الله (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وآلِه) إِنَّ أَحَقَّ النَّاسِ بِالتَّخَشُّعِ فِي السِّرِّ وَالْعَلانِيَةِ لَحَامِلُ الْقُرْآنِ وَإِنَّ أَحَقَّ النَّاسِ فِي السِّرِّ وَالْعَلانِيَةِ بِالصَّلاةِ وَالصَّوْمِ لَحَامِلُ الْقُرْآنِ ثُمَّ نَادَى بِأَعْلَى صَوْتِهِ يَا حَامِلَ الْقُرْآنِ تَوَاضَعْ بِهِ يَرْفَعْكَ الله وَلا تَعَزَّزْ بِهِ فَيُذِلَّكَ الله يَا حَامِلَ الْقُرْآنِ تَزَيَّنْ بِهِ لله يُزَيِّنْكَ الله بِهِ وَلا تَزَيَّنْ بِهِ لِلنَّاسِ فَيَشِينَكَ الله بِهِ مَنْ خَتَمَ الْقُرْآنَ فَكَأَنَّمَا أُدْرِجَتِ النُّبُوَّةُ بَيْنَ جَنْبَيْهِ وَلَكِنَّهُ لا يُوحَى إِلَيْهِ وَمَنْ جَمَعَ الْقُرْآنَ فَنَوْلُهُ لا يَجْهَلُ مَعَ مَنْ يَجْهَلُ عَلَيْهِ وَلا يَغْضَبُ فِيمَنْ يَغْضَبُ عَلَيْهِ وَلا يَحِدُّ فِيمَنْ يَحِدُّ وَلَكِنَّهُ يَعْفُو وَيَصْفَحُ وَيَغْفِرُ وَيَحْلُمُ لِتَعْظِيمِ الْقُرْآنِ وَمَنْ أُوتِيَ الْقُرْآنَ فَظَنَّ أَنَّ أَحَداً مِنَ النَّاسِ أُوتِيَ أَفْضَلَ مِمَّا أُوتِيَ فَقَدْ عَظَّمَ مَا حَقَّرَ الله وَحَقَّرَ مَا عَظَّمَ الله.


5. Abu Ali al-Ash’ari has narrated from al-Hassan ibn Ali ibn Yusuf from ibn Thabit from ‘Amr ibn Jami’ from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: “The Messenger of Allah has said, ‘The one expected to be the most humble in private and in public is the carrier of the Holy Quran, the one expected the most to perform prayer and fast in private and in public is the carrier of the Holy Quran. Then he called out loud, “O carrier of the Holy Quran, beautify with the Holy Quran for the sake of Allah, Allah will beautify you with it, do not beautify with it for the sake of people; Allah for this will cause you to be shunned. Whoever completes the Holy Quran, it is as if he has saved prophet-hood between his two sides, only divine revelation does not come to him. Whoever collects the Holy Quran has gained handsomely, thus, he toward one who behaves toward him ignorantly, does behave as such, with one who behaves toward him with anger, he does not do as such, and with one who behaves toward him irritably, he does not do so, however, he pardons, ignores, forgives, bears patiently out of respect for the Holy Quran. If one who has received the Holy Quran thinks that what others have received is better than what he has received, he has given significance to what Allah is has made worthless and has considered as worthless what Allah has given greatness.’”


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6ـ أَبُو عَلِيٍّ الأشْعَرِيُّ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ بْنِ عَلِيِّ بْنِ عَبْدِ الله عَنْ عُبَيْسِ بْنِ هِشَامٍ قَالَ حَدَّثَنَا صَالِحٌ الْقَمَّاطُ عَنْ أَبَانِ بْنِ تَغْلِبَ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ النَّاسُ أَرْبَعَةٌ فَقُلْتُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ وَمَا هُمْ فَقَالَ رَجُلٌ أُوتِيَ الإيمَانَ وَلَمْ يُؤْتَ الْقُرْآنَ وَرَجُلٌ أُوتِيَ الْقُرْآنَ وَلَمْ يُؤْتَ الإيمَانَ وَرَجُلٌ أُوتِيَ الْقُرْآنَ وَأُوتِيَ الإيمَانَ وَرَجُلٌ لَمْ يُؤْتَ الْقُرْآنَ وَلا الإيمَانَ قَالَ قُلْتُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاكَ فَسِّرْ لِي حَالَهُمْ فَقَالَ أَمَّا الَّذِي أُوتِيَ الإيمَانَ وَلَمْ يُؤْتَ الْقُرْآنَ فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ التَّمْرَةِ طَعْمُهَا حُلْوٌ وَلا رِيحَ لَهَا وَأَمَّا الَّذِي أُوتِيَ الْقُرْآنَ وَلَمْ يُؤْتَ الإيمَانَ فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ الآسِ رِيحُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَطَعْمُهَا مُرٌّ وَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِيَ الْقُرْآنَ وَالإيمَانَ فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ الأتْرُجَّةِ رِيحُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَطَعْمُهَا طَيِّبٌ وَأَمَّا الَّذِي لَمْ يُؤْتَ الإيمَانَ وَلا الْقُرْآنَ فَمَثَلُهُ كَمَثَلِ الْحَنْظَلَةِ طَعْمُهَا مُرٌّ وَلا رِيحَ لَهَا.


6. Abu Ali al-Ash’ari has narrated from al-Hassan ibn Ali ibn ‘Abd Allah from ‘Ubays ibn Hisham who has said that Salih ibn al-Qammat has narrated from Aban ibn Taghlib has narrated from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: “People are of four kinds. I (the narrator) then asked, ‘May Allah keep my soul in service for your cause, who are they?’ The Imam said, ‘A man who has received belief but not the Holy Quran, a man who has received the Holy Quran but not belief, a man who has received both belief and the Holy Quran and a man who has received none of then.’ I (the narrator) then said, ‘May Allah keep my soul in service for your cause, explain it to me.’ The Imam said, ‘The one who has received belief but not the Holy Quran is like a fruit that is sweet but has no aroma, the one who has received the Holy Quran but not belief is like pears that has a sweet fragrance but tastes bitter. The one who has received both the Holy Quran and belief is like citrus that tastes sweet and has a sweet fragrance. The one who has received neither the Holy Quran nor belief is like Hanzal (a bitter tasting fruit of a plant that tastes bitter and smells bitter).”’


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7ـ عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ وَعَلِيِّ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ الْقَاسَانِيِّ جَمِيعاً عَنِ الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ دَاوُدَ عَنْ سُفْيَانَ بْنِ عُيَيْنَةَ عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ قَالَ قُلْتُ لِعَلِيِّ بْنِ الْحُسَيْنِ (عَلَيهِما السَّلام) أَيُّ الأعْمَالِ أَفْضَلُ قَالَ الْحَالُّ الْمُرْتَحِلُ قُلْتُ وَمَا الْحَالُّ الْمُرْتَحِلُ قَالَ فَتْحُ الْقُرْآنِ وَخَتْمُهُ كُلَّمَا جَاءَ بِأَوَّلِهِ ارْتَحَلَ فِي آخِرِهِ وَقَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ الله (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وآلِه) مَنْ أَعْطَاهُ الله الْقُرْآنَ فَرَأَى أَنَّ رَجُلاً أُعْطِيَ أَفْضَلَ مِمَّا أُعْطِيَ فَقَدْ صَغَّرَ عَظِيماً وَعَظَّمَ صَغِيراً.


7. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father and Ali ibn Muhammad al-Qasani all have narrated from al-Qasim ibn Muhammad from Sulayman ibn Dawud from Sufyan ibn ‘Uyayna from al-Zuhri who has said the following: “Once I asked Ali ibn al-Husayn (a.s.) ‘What deed is more virtuous?’ He said, ‘Al-Hall al- Murtahal .’ I then asked, ‘What is al-Hall al-MurtahalT The Imam said, ‘It is one who opens the Holy Quran and completes reading, whenever he begins he arrives at the end of the Holy Quran.’ The Imam said that the Messenger of Allah has said, ‘If one who has received the Holy Quran would think that what others have received is better than what he has received, he has considered something very great as insignificant, and something insignificant as very great.’”


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8ـ مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ رُشَيْدٍ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ مُعَاوِيَةَ بْنِ عَمَّارٍ قَالَ قَالَ لِي أَبُو عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) مَنْ قَرَأَ الْقُرْآنَ فَهُوَ غَنِيٌّ وَلا فَقْرَ بَعْدَهُ وَإِلا مَا بِهِ غِنًى.


8. Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Sulayman ibn Rashid from his father from Mu’awiyah ibn ‘Ammar who has said the following: “Abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) once said to me, ‘If anyone reads the Holy Quran, he is wealthy and there is no poverty thereafter, otherwise, he will never be wealthy.’”


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9ـ أَبُو عَلِيٍّ الأشْعَرِيُّ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْجَبَّارِ عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي نَجْرَانَ عَنْ أَبِي جَمِيلَةَ عَنْ جَابِرٍ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ الله (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وآلِه) يَا مَعَاشِرَ قُرَّاءِ الْقُرْآنِ اتَّقُوا الله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فِيمَا حَمَّلَكُمْ مِنْ كِتَابِهِ فَإِنِّي مَسْئُولٌ وَإِنَّكُمْ مَسْئُولُونَ إِنِّي مَسْئُولٌ عَنْ تَبْلِيغِ الرِّسَالَةِ وَأَمَّا أَنْتُمْ فَتُسْأَلُونَ عَمَّا حُمِّلْتُمْ مِنْ كِتَابِ الله وَسُنَّتِي.


9. Abu Ali al-Ash’ari has narrated from Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Jabbar from ibn abu Najran from abu Jamilah from Jabir from abu Ja’far (a.s.) who has said the following: “The Messenger of Allah has said, ‘O community of the readers of the Holy Quran be pious before Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Holy, in the matters of the responsibility that He has placed upon you toward His book. I will be questioned and you will be questioned. I will be questioned about the preaching of the message and you will be questioned about your responsibility toward the book of Allah and my Sunnah (the laws).”’


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10ـ عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ الْقَاسِمِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ سُلَيْمَانَ بْنِ دَاوُدَ الْمِنْقَرِيِّ عَنْ حَفْصٍ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ مُوسَى بْنَ جَعْفَرٍ (عَلَيهِما السَّلام) يَقُولُ لِرَجُلٍ أَ تُحِبُّ الْبَقَاءَ فِي الدُّنْيَا فَقَالَ نَعَمْ فَقَالَ وَلِمَ قَالَ لِقِرَاءَةِ قُلْ هُوَ الله أَحَدٌ فَسَكَتَ عَنْهُ فَقَالَ لَهُ بَعْدَ سَاعَةٍ يَا حَفْصُ مَنْ مَاتَ مِنْ أَوْلِيَائِنَا وَشِيعَتِنَا وَلَمْ يُحْسِنِ الْقُرْآنَ عُلِّمَ فِي قَبْرِهِ لِيَرْفَعَ الله بِهِ مِنْ دَرَجَتِهِ فَإِنَّ دَرَجَاتِ الْجَنَّةِ عَلَى قَدْرِ آيَاتِ الْقُرْآنِ يُقَالُ لَهُ اقْرَأْ وَارْقَ فَيَقْرَأُ ثُمَّ يَرْقَى قَالَ حَفْصٌ فَمَا رَأَيْتُ أَحَداً أَشَدَّ خَوْفاً عَلَى نَفْسِهِ مِنْ مُوسَى بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ (عَلَيهِما السَّلام) وَلا أَرْجَى النَّاسِ مِنْهُ وَكَانَتْ قِرَاءَتُهُ حُزْناً فَإِذَا قَرَأَ فَكَأَنَّهُ يُخَاطِبُ إِنْسَاناً.


10. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from al-Qasim ibn Muhammad from Sulayman ibn Dawud al-Minqari from Hafs who has said the following: “I heard Musa ibn Ja’far (a.s.) asking a man, ‘Do you like to live forever in this world’? The man said, ‘Yes, I do so.’ The Imam asked, ‘Why would you do so?’ The man said, ‘So that I can read Chapter 1 12 of the Holy Quran.’ The Imam (a.s.) remained calm for a while and after an hour said, ‘O Hafs, if any of our Shi’a (followers) do not do good in reading the Holy Quran, in his grave he will receive instruction to read so that Allah will raise him with his proper status; the positions and degrees in paradise are proportionate to the verses of the Holy Quran. One will be told to read and climb. He then reads and climbs up.’ Hafs has said, ‘I never saw anyone more afraid for himself than Musa ibn Ja’far (a.s.) or more hopeful in all people. His reading was full of sadness. When reading the Holy Quran he seemed like addressing (speaking to) a human being.’”


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11ـ عَلِيٌّ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ النَّوْفَلِيِّ عَنِ السَّكُونِيِّ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ الله (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وآلِه) حَمَلَةُ الْقُرْآنِ عُرَفَاءُ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ وَالْمُجْتَهِدُونَ قُوَّادُ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةَ وَالرُّسُلُ سَادَةُ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةَ.


11. Ali has narrated from his father from al-Nawfali from al-Sakuni from abu ‘Abd Allah (a.s.) who has said the following: “The Messenger of Allah has said, ‘The carriers of the Holy Quran will be the most knowledgeable people of paradise, the assiduously working people will be the leaders in paradise and the messengers will be the masters of the people of paradise.’”


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