Hazrat Shaikh Moulana Muhammad Zakariyya (rahmatullahi ‘alaih) writes:

People express their nobility and dignity by virtue of their family lineage and other worldly things, whereas the Quraan is the greatest source of nobility and pride for the Ummah. Reciting the Quraan, memorising it, teaching it and acting upon it, all are means of conferring great honour upon the Ummah. Why should it not be so? After all it is the word of the Beloved and the message of the Master. Its honour and dignity excels all worldly honours despite how great the worldly honour may seem to be. The achievements of this worldly life, however splendid it may be, will vanish sooner or later while the splendour and honour of the Quraan is eternal. (Fazaail-e-A’amaal [urdu], Fazaail-e-Quraan pg. 28)

Source: Ihyaauddeen.co.za