Question 20: There is a Hadeeth regarding a teacher and learner of the Qur’aan stating that the Prophet (peace be upon him) saw one of the Sahaabah (Companions of the Prophet) wearing a new garment. He asked him how he got it. The Sahaabee replied that the father of a young boy whom he taught Qur’aan gave it to him. The Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said to him: “Do you want to meet Allaah with a ring of fire around your neck”? He ordered the Sahaabee to give it back and he did. What is the validity of this Hadeeth? Is it permissible for whoever teaches the Qur’aan to accept a gift? And if the giver of the gift is a learner of the Qur’aan, would his intention of giving the gift as a sign of love for the sake of Allaah render his act valid?
Answer: First, It is permissible for a teacher of the Qur’aan to accept a gift from the person he teaches, or anyone else whether the giver’s intentions were to present the gift for the sake of Allaah or just honoring his teacher… read more here.