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Quran Teacher Should Not Seek a Worldly Objective When Teaching Quran


The teacher must not make his intentions [to teach] for the purpose of attaining some worldly objective, such as wealth, leadership, influence, rising above his peers, gaining people’s praise, or drawing their attention to himself. One does not dishonor his teaching of [the Quran ] by hoping to obtain some favor-by way of an [influential] student who recites to him-whether the favor is in the form of property or some service, however small, or even a gift that he would not have received had it not been for [his] student reciting to him.


Allah, Most High says,

Whoever seeks the harvest of the Hereafter, We shall increase his harvest; and whoever seeks the harvest of this world, We shall give him of it here, but in the Hereafter he will have no portion

(Quran, 42:20);

Whoever desires the immediate [gains of this world], We hasten what We will to whomever We will

(Quran, 1 7:18).


Abu Huraira (radiAllahu anhu) stated that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said,

“Whoever learns knowledge by which one [customarily] seeks the pleasure of Allah Most High but learns it in order to obtain one of this world’s riches, he will not find the scent of Paradise on the Day of Judgment.”

[Abu Dawud (3664), Ibn Majah (252), Ahmad (2:338 ), al-Hakim (1:85 ), Ibn Hibban (89).]


Anas, Hudhayfa, and Ka’b ibn Malik (radiAllahu anhum ajmaeen) stated that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam]  said,

“Whoever seeks knowledge so that he can contest fools, vie with the scholars, or attract attention toward himself occupies his seat in the Fire.”

[Tirmidhi (26 5 2, 265 3 ), Ibn Majah ( 247), Darimi (388).]


[Etiquette with the Quran by Imam an-Nawawi, page- 38]


  1. Umm Hurayrah
    September 22, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Assalamualaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu,

    JazakAllahu Khair for this wonderful post. However, I have something to suggest and you may decide whether to consider it or not In’shaa’Allah.

    It is this “Anas, Hudhayfa, and Ka’b ibn Malik (**God** be well pleased with them all) stated that the Messenger of Allah [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said…”

    This may not be something that many would find fault with, but I request you to replace the word “God” with “Allah”. There’s just something about it that doesn’t seem right and since God is a word that can be played around with the reference “Allah” is most appropriate. Alhamdulillah. Allahu Aelam. Just a suggestion. JazakAllahu Khair for reading this.

    If only you knew the magnitude of the effect of saying ‘Jazāk Allāh Khair’ (may Allāh reward you with goodness) then you would have increasingly said it to one another.
    ʿOmar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb, in:
    رواه ابن أبي شيبة ١/٤٣٦

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  2. September 22, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    @Umm Hurayrah:

    wa alaikum us salaam warahamtullahi wa barkatahu

    Wa iyyaki

    I myself don’t use God in place of Allah. May Allah reward you for the correction.


  3. September 23, 2014 at 7:17 am

    if someone takes money for teaching Quran what do you wanna to say about that person?


  4. October 3, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Eid Mubarak, May Allah SWT bless you and your whole family, Ameen


    • October 4, 2014 at 8:16 am

      Eid Mubarak to you too and your family. Aameen and same wish for you


  5. February 24, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Teaching Quran over the internet has become an increasingly popular act especially among those Muslims who are living abroad where Islam is not the state religion or time is of the essence. Even some of those living within Pakistan prefer online Quran teachings to send their children to madrasahs.


  6. Mushk
    April 26, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Definitely Allah knows it better but according to my limited knowledge,the following verse means that they should be given/paid properly.

    [Charity is] for the poor who have been restricted for the CAUSE OF ALLAH , unable to move about in the land. An ignorant [person] would think them self-sufficient because of their restraint, but you will know them by their [characteristic] sign. They do not ask people persistently [or at all]. And whatever you spend of good – indeed, Allah is Knowing of it.(2:273)

    Correct me if I am wrong??


  7. Mushk
    April 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    The post is about their salaries.


  8. April 27, 2015 at 5:59 am

    If they are poor, then they deserve our help. However, he should not make his Quran teaching a business to earn money and to live on it.


  9. October 5, 2017 at 6:19 am

    Praise is to Allah for the awareness, the motivation of this post. May Allah continue to bless you in the use of the pen and in other activities.


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