It is related from Abū ‘Abdu’l-Raḥmān al-Sulamī on the authority of ‘Uthmān b. ‘Affān that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The best of you are those who learn the Qur’ān and teach it to others.” Abū ‘Abdu’l-Raḥmān said, “This statement is what made me sit in this place of mine.”
[Bukhārī 4639, 4640, Abū Dāwūd 1240, al-Tirmidhī 2832, 2833, al-Dārimī 3204, Ibn Mājah 207, 208, Aḥmad 382, 389, 469]
To begin with, the proclamation comes from the mouth of the very man, the Messenger, whose primary mission it was to deliver this Book to the world and show them how to live it. His entire life was tirelessly devoted to this Qur’ānic mission and inspiring others to do the same. Continue reading
When the late Sayyid Abul-A‘la Maudūdī first visited the US in the mid-1970s for the purposes of medical treatment, his supporters intended to keep his secret low-key and out of the public eye in order to facilitate an environment conducive to rest and treatment. Upon his arrival in NY, a local brother was instructed to host a special guest for the night before heading to Syracuse for treatment. The host, totally unaware of the guest’s identity, later commented to his friends that he was struck by this person’s modesty and two unique things had stood out.
First, the guest had asked for a copy of the New York Times and demonstrated a deep awareness of political affairs in his conversations, even more so than the host who was from New York! The host did not expect this from a Maulana (traditional religious scholar). Secondly, he insisted on carrying his own bags and refused all the customary perks usually enjoyed by guests, especially those who were religious leaders. It was only later that the host was informed that the guest was none other than Maulana Maududi, but his visit and manners had left an indelible mark.
[Narrated by me, Abu Zayd, from my father who spent quite some time with Maududi in those days]