Shaykh Ihsaan Ilaahee Zaheer informed me about our Shaykh, Muhammad al-Gondalwi that he would not read the newspapers or magazines – so as not to [inadvertantly] memorise them! That is because if he were to read anything, he was [instantly] able to memorise it.
O son of Aadam, by Allaah, if you were to read the Qur.aan [with understanding] and then believed in [what] it [contains], your sadness [at what comes to pass] in this world will be lengthened, and your fear [of Allaah] in this world will intensify, and your weeping in this world will increase.
[What is the ruling regarding] reading the Qur.aan during the tawaaf and the sa’ee, whilst doing ‘umrah on behalf of my mother?
He would teach the people and have them read the Qur.aan to him. And when they would finish, he would [turn to] occupy himself in prayer.
A man embraced Islaam, and the time for prayer arrived – but he had not [yet] memorised any of the Qur.aan, and needed some time to do so. So is it permissible for him to pray as he is, or is he required to memorise some [verses of the] Qur.aan [first]?