Virtue of Memorizing Qur’an and Seeking Knowledge

By our Shaykh, the ‘Allāmah, the Trustworthy Advisor, Abū ‘Abdirrahmān Yahya bin ‘Alī Al-Hajūri – may Allāh preserve him

Amr bin Salamah Al-Jarmī was a young boy who became the imām of his people while he was only 7 years old

“The caravans used to pass by Amr bin Salamah Al-Jarmī, the caravans of combatants and likewise the companions of the Prophet ﷺ while he was a young boy herding, so they used to sit at a well besides their village, ya’nī so that the camels could drink, and they used to read Qurān so he memorized it from them, from their reading while they were reading, at the time of their descending, numerous Sūrahs, while he was a young boy who did not go beyond 7 years old, 6 or 7 years old, so when the delegation of his people came to the Prophet ﷺ and accepted Islām and his father was amongst them, they looked and didn’t find anyone else like him, this young boy had the most Qurān from them; Amr, so they made him their imām during the time of the Prophet ﷺ with his consent, and if he prostrated his awrah used to uncover, a child, a woman passed by and said cover the backside of your imām from us, (so) they bought him an izār and clothed him and he rejoiced at that, a young boy and he became the imām of his people while he was only 7 years old as is in the Sahīh, and the point of benefit is the virtue of knowledge, the virtue of memorizing the Qurān, and the reason for that was listening to the recitation of those that passed by from the companions next to that well, those that want it and read the Qurān and hear from them and memorize from them…”

Transcribed to Arabic and summarized by: Abū Abdillāh Ziyād Al-Malīkī (may Allāh reward him with good – on the 27th, Shawwāl, 1441H)

Translated by: Abu ‘Abdillāh ‘Omar bin Yahya Al-‘Akawi

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