CHAPTER: EXCELLENCE OF LISTENING TO THE QURAN AND ASKING ONE WHO HAS MEMORISED IT AND TO RECITE IT FROM HIS MEMORY AND SHEDDING TEARS WHILE LISTENING TO THE RECITATION, AND DELIBERATING OVER IT
'Abdullah (b. Mas'ud) reported: The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) asked me to recite the Qur'an. He said: Messenger of Allaah, (how) should I recite to you whereas it has been sent down to you? He (the Prophet) said: I desire to hear it from someone else. So I recited Surat al-Nisa' till I reached the verse: How then shall it be when We shall bring from every people a witness and bring you against them as a witness?" (verse 41). I lifted my head or a person touched me in my side, and so I lifted my head and saw his tears falling (from the Prophet's eyes).
This hadith has been narratted by A'mash with the same chain of transmitters but with this addition:" The Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) was on the pulpit when he asked me to recite to him."
Ibrahim reported that the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) asked 'Abdullah b. Mas'ud to recite to him (the Qur'an). He said: Should I recite it to you while it has been sent down or revealed to you? He (the Prophet) said: I love to hear it from someone else. So he ('Abdullah b. Mas'ud) recited to him (from the beginning of Surat al Nisa' up to the verse:" How shall then it be when We bring from every people a witness and bring you as a witness against them?" He (the Prophet) wept (on listening to it). It is narrated on the authority of Ibn Mas'ud through another chain of transmitters that the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) also said that he had been a witness to his people as long as (said he): I lived among them or I had been among them.
'Abdullah (b. Mas'ud) reported: I was in Hims when some of the people asked me to recite the Qur'an to them. So I recited Surah Yusuf to them. One of the persons among the people said: By Allaah, this is not how it has been sent down. I said: Woe upon you! By Allaah, I recited it to the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) and he said to me: You have (recited) it well. I was talking with him (the man who objected to my recitation) that I sensed the smell of wine from him. So I said to him. Do you drink wine and belie the Book (of Allaah)? You would not depart till I would whip you. So I lashed him according to the prescribed punishment (for the offence of drinking wine).
This hadith has been narrated by A'mash with the same chain of transmitters but with an exception that it is not mentioned in it:" He said to me: You recited (the Qur'an) well."