Usman (may Allah be pleased with him) relates that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) said: “The best among you is the person who learnt Al-Qur’ān and taught it.”
The Holy Qur’ān is the Book of God revealed to His Messenger Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be to him). It is meant for all human beings and for all times and climes. Naturally its importance in the eyes of believers as well as in those of God and His Messenger is prime most. In Islam the criterion of being good and great is excellence in Taqwa. And this spiritual height cannot be achieved unless one learns the Qur’ān and strives to impart Qur’ān learning to his dependents, neighbours and other fellow beings. There are many other kinds of goodness like charity and providing help for the needy. But nothing can surpass the goodness of learning and teaching the Qur’ān. That is why the Holy Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be to him) has declared those who care for learning and teaching the Qur’ān as the best among the believers.
In another hadith narrated by Ibn Abbas on the authority of Baihaqi, the Blessed Messenger has recognised the merit of committing the Qur’ān to memory and reciting the Qur’ān in Tahajjud prayer when he said, “The most noble persons of my Ummah are those who have committed the Qur’ān to memory or those who observe the Tahajjud (late night prayer).” This is the Book that has been providing guidance in all walks of life for those who believe, and those who reject its teachings stand as losers.