Honoring the people of the Qur'an

Q: Please let me know whether the following Hadith is authentic or not and who the narrator is: "Whoever respects the people of the Qur'an will be honored by Allah and whoever shows no respect to them Allah will degrade him."

A: This Hadith was not authentically reported from the Prophet (peace be upon him). The following one sufficiently dispenses with it, as the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: An expression of reverence to Allah is to respect the elderly Muslim, the learner of the Qur'an by heart who neither exaggerates nor neglects reciting and applying it, and the just ruler. (Related by Abu Dawud on the authority of Abu Musa) May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.