Sufyaan at-Thauri, was asked which was prefered; jihad or reading the Quran…

Sufyaan at-Thauri, was asked which was prefered; jihad or reading the Quran. He replied that reading the Quran is preferred and as part of his evidence, he quoted the hadith:

“The best of you is he who learns the Quran and teaches it to others.”


*The statement of Sufyaan can be found in Fathul Bari.

Abdul Ghani the author of; Haqeeqah al-walaa wa al-Baraa fi mutaqad ahl al-sunnah wa al-jammah, said in support of sufyaan’s view:

“There is nothing strange in Sufyaan al-Thauri (May Allah have mercy on him) giving preference to reciting the Quran over jihad. This is because jihad can be attended to by many, many people. The qualities and prerequisites for jihad are found in many among the Muslim nation. However, those who excel in reciting the Quran, being knowledgeable of its laws and being able to teach it to the Muslims are few in number. Therefore, their remaining behind and spending their time in teaching the Muslims the Book of Allah is better in their case than their going out for jihad, especially if the jihad is one which is a communal obligation and there people attending to it. In that case, the learning of the Quran and teaching it to the Muslims is in itself a type of jihad.”

The above was extracted from: “How to approach and understand the Quran.” By Jamaal al-Din M. Zarabozo

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