The Holy Prophet (saw) has said:


"The people of the Quran (Qaris and those who memorize the Quran) will be in the highest level (in heaven) from among all the people, except for the Prophets and the Messengers.  Thus do not seek to degrade the people of the Quran, nor take away their rights, for surely they have been given a high rank/station from Allah (SWT)."


Thawaabul A'maal, Page 224