CHAPTER: EXCELLENCE OF ONE WHO ACTS UPON (THE TEACHINGS OF THE) QUR'AN AND ONE WHO TEACHES IT
Salim narrated on the authority of his father (Ibn 'Umar) that the Prophet of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: Envy is not justified but in case of two persons only: one who, having been given (knowledge of) the Qur'an by Allaah, recites it during the night and day (and also acts upon it) and a man who, having been given wealth by God, spends it during the night and the day (for the welfare of others. seeking the pleasure of the Lord).
Salim son of Abdullah b. 'Umar is reported to have said on the authority of his father that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) observed: Envy is not justified but in case of two persons only: one who, having been given (knowledge of) the Qur'an by Allaah, recites it during the night and during the day (and acts upon it), and the person who, having been given wealth by God, gives it in charity during the night and the day.
'Abdullah b. Mas'ud reported Allaah's Messenger (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) as saying: There should be no envy but only in case of two persons: one having been endowed with wealth and power to spend it in the cause of Truth, and (the other) who has been endowed with wisdom and he decides cases with the help of it and teaches it (to others).
'Amir b. Wathila reported that Nafi' b. 'Abd al-Harith met 'Umar at 'Usfan and 'Umar had employed him as collector in Mecca. He (Hadrat 'Umar) said to him (Nafi'): Whom have you appointed as collector over the people of the valley? He said: Ibn Abza. He said: Who is Ibn Abza? He said: He is one of our freed slaves. He (Hadrat 'Umar) said: So you have appointed a freed slave over them. He said: He is well versed In the Book of Allaah. the Exalted and Great, and he is well versed In the commandments and injunctions (of the Shari'ah). 'Umar said: So the Prophet (sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam) said: By this Book, Allaah would exalt some peoples and degrade others.
This hadith has been narrated by Zuhri through another chain of transmitters.