Hazrat Uthma (raa)
narrates that the Prophet (pbuh) said: "The best amongst you is he who
learns the Qur'an and teaches it."
The Qur'an is the basis
of the religion of Islam, and on the preservation and propagation of the
Qur'an depends the very existence of this faith. The virtue of learning and
teaching the Qur'an is self-evident and does not need further elucidation.
There are various degrees of excellence. The highest is to learn the Qur'an
along with its meanings and purport, and the least is to lean its words only.
The hadith mentioned above
is supported also by another saying of the Prophet (pbuh) as reported by
Hazrat Sa'id ibn-i-Salim (raa): "If a person who has acquired the knowledge
of the Holy Qur'an considers another person who has been gifted with something
else to be more fortunate than himself, he has shown disrespect to the blessings
of The Almighty bestowed on him on account of his learning the Qur'an."
It is evident that since the Qur'an, being the Almighty's Word, is superior
to all other discourses as mentioned in some of the ahadith quoted later. Sahl
Tastari (raa) says that they proof of love for The Almighty is the existence
of love for The Almighty's Word in one's heart.