It is part of respecting Allah..

 

Very interesting hadeeth:

قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم إن من إجلال الله إكرام ذي الشيبة المسلم وحامل القرآن غير الغالي فيه والجافي عنه وإكرام ذي السلطان المقسط

The prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم said (in translation)

‘إن من إجلال الله إكرام ذي الشيبة المسلم وحامل القرآن غير الغالي فيه والجافي عنه وإكرام ذي السلطان المقسط.

Indeed showing respect towards an ageing Muslim, and towards one who carries the Qur’an [in his heart], while neither being overly strict in it nor being disobedient towards it and towards a just ruler are all a part of revering God.

Abu Dawud

A very interesting explanation of the hadeeth here in Arabic:

http://library.islamweb.net/newlibrary/display_book.php?flag=1&bk_no=55&ID=8374

Perhaps someone can translate the key points or maybe I will give it a go if I get the chance إن شاء الله

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