In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
This hadeeth was mentioned to me today by Ustaadh Abu Tasneem Mushaf Al-Banghaalee – [may Allaah preserve him] – on our way home after work.
Anas Bin Malik [may Allaah be pleased with him] narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) said to Ubay, “Allah has commanded me recite Qur’an to you.” Ubai asked, “Did Allah mention me by name to you?” The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Allah has mentioned your name to me.” So, Ubay started weeping. (The sub-narrator) Qatada added: I have been informed that the Prophet (ﷺ) recited: [لَمۡ يَكُنِ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ مِنۡ أَهۡلِ ٱلۡكِتَـٰبِ – Those who disbelieve from among the people of the Scripture”. [Saheeh Al-Bukhaari. Number 4960]
Some Benefits From This Hadeeth By Al-Allaamah Ubaid Bin Abdillaah Al-Jaabiri [may Allaah preserve him]
[a] Imaam An-Nawawi [may Allaah have mercy upon him] said: “In this is that it is possible that Allaah [The Exalted] would command the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] to read to a man from his Ummah”. [b] It is a desired deed to recite the Qur’aan to a person who is very proficient in its recitation, those who possess knowledge of the Qur’aan and the virtuous people, even if the reciter is more virtuous than the one being recited to. [c] The noble station of Ubay due to the Prophet’s recitation to him and it is not known that anyone amongst the person has a share in this with him. [d] Another affair regarding Ubay’s great status is that Allaah mentioned him to the Prophet and commanded the Prophet to recite to him. [e] There is nothing wrong in crying out of rejoicing and happiness due to some glad tidings a person received. (1)
[Ref 1: An Excerpt from “Imdaad Al-Qaaree Bi-Sharhi Kitaab At-Tafseer Min Saheeh Al-Bukhaaree”. Vol 4. pages 429-432]