Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was from Madinah al-Munawwarah. Despite yearning for the oppurtunity to take part in the battles of Badr & Uhud, he was deemed too young to do so. At the age of of sixteen, he participated in the battle of al-Khandaq.

Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was commited to seeking knowledge and was instructed to learn Hebrew and other languages so that the Muslims would be independent in translating correspondences. Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was also one of the scribes of the Prophet (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and would compile the Qur’an from manuscripts in the Prophet’s (salla Llahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) presence. It was for this reason that he was chosen during the Capliphate of Sayyiduna Abu Bakr (radi Allahu ‘anhu) to compile the Qur’an into one manuscript and later during the Caliphate of Sayyiduna Uthman (radi Allahu ‘anhu) to supervise the copying of that manuscript.

Sayyiduna Zayd Ibn Thabit (radi Allahu ‘anhu) was one of the great scholars of the Ummah and a foremost authority on the Qur’an. From amongst his students was Sayyiduna Abdullah Ibn Abbas (radi ‘Allahu ‘anhum) who followed closely in his footsteps.