Students of Knowledge not Memorising the Quraan–Why?

by The Albaani Blog


Translated by Ahmed Abu Turaab

Questioner: One of the other things I noted about this good, alhamdulillaah, [Islamic] awakening, and this interest in knowledge is that [unfortunately] the proportion [of people] turning towards memorising the Book of Allaah and also lessons [where] tafseer is [studied] is very low.

Al-Albaani: [Something] very rare [indeed].

Questioner: If not non-existent, what do you think?

Al-Albaani: This is what I have [previously] mentioned in some gatherings.  O brothers, I want to see one of you who has memorised the Quraan. Such that when I, for example, need an aayah and am not able to recall it then I can get help from some of you.

Those who memorise the Quraan are not found except for the very few. And the cause centres entirely around the fact that seeking knowledge today is not done sincerely for the Face of Allaah. This is a calamity.

Questioner: Part of that too are lessons in tafseer, now in Riyadh we have [only] a very limited number of lessons in tafseer.

Al-Albaani: Sorry?

Questioner: I was saying that …

Al-Albaani: Nowadays it is [as though it is] the turn of the study of the science of hadith and that’s it.

Questioner: Yes.

Al-Albaani: And the reason is very clear: it is the lack of sincerity in seeking knowledge for Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic.

Al-Hudaa wan-Noor, 599.