What is the rank of a hafez?

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 06 June 2017| 11 Ramadaan 1438

The best person is he who learns the Qur’aan & teaches it . The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: The best amongst you is the one who learns the Qur’aan and teaches it. (Sahih Al-Bukhari)

Memorising the Quraan is a great virtuous deed. It will intercede for the one who memorises it and will also act as prevention for one to enter Hell-Fire. According to ahadith, it is also narrated that Allah will never put a person in Hell-Fire who has any part of the Qur’aan in his heart.

The Hafiz of the Qur’aan has such a rank in this world that he is one of only two types of people considered worthy of envy.

Under the Chapter of the Blessedness of the Holy Qur’aan’s keeper in Sahih Bukhari is the following hadith: “Abu Huraira(ra) narrated that Rasulullah(saw) said: There is no jealousy but of two men: A man whom Allah has taught the Qur’aan and he recites is during the hours of the night and during the hours of the day, and his neighbour listens to him and says: “I wish I had been given what has been given to so-and-so, in order that I might do what he does; and a man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it on what is just and right, whereupon another man may say: “I wish I had been given what so-and-so has been given, for then I would do what he does” (Sahih Bukhari).

In a riwaayah from Tirmidhi listed in Muntakhab Ahadith is the following detail of the reward for reciting each letter of the Qur’aan: Abdullah ibn Masud narrated that Rasulullah(saw) said: He who reads one letter of the Qur’aan it (becomes) for him a good deed, and a single good deed is rewarded (by Allah) by ten times the like thereof. I am not saying that Alif-Lam-Mim is (just) one word, but that Alif is a (separate) letter (word), Lam is a (separate) letter (word), and Mim is a (separate) letter (word). (Tirmidhi)

Rewards Multiplied
Mufti Ebrahim Desai (db) writes: “For every letter of the Qur’aan he had recited, he earned a minimum of ten rewards. The maximum reward is best known by Allah U. The Qur’aan has 6666 verses. Every verse has many letters. Imagine the number of letters a Hafiz recites. On an average of 3 letters per verse a Hafiz will recite approximately, 20,000 (twenty thousand) letters in the entire Qur’aan. That multiplied by ten rewards per letter is 200,000 (two hundred thousand). In the course of memorising the Qur’aan, a Hafiz makes great sacrifices. He recites one verse many times. If he had recited one verse at least 10 times, the reward of completing the Qur’aan only once will be two million. Imagine how many times thereafter, a Hafiz recites the Qur’aan, how many Taraweehs he performs, the rewards of all that is far beyond our very limited comprehension. Probably, mathematical figures will be exhausted but not the infinite rewards of Allah U for a Hafiz-ul-Qur’aan.”

In addition to the rewards one accrues for the hereafter there are also benefits which are become manifest in the dunya also:“Hadrat Abu Hurairah(ra) says: In the house where the Qur’aan is read, the household members increase, virtues and blessings multiply, angels descend upon the house and Shaytaan quits the home.” (Fazail-e-Quran)

A Crown on the day of Qiyamah
“Mu’aadh al-Juhani narrates that Rasulullah (saw) said, ‘Whosoever recites the Qur’aan and practices upon its injunctions, the reciter’s parents will be given a crown on the day of Qiyaamat. The brightness of that crown will be more intense than the brightness of the sun in your actual house.’

Rasulullah(saw) further said, ‘What do you think will be given to the Hafiz (reciter) of the Qur’aan himself?’” (Mishkaat Vol I.)

Acquiring Jannah
Maulana Ashiq Ilahi(ra) writes that Hadrat Ali(ra)reports that Rasulullah(saw) said:“Anyone who knows the Qur’aan by heart and follows the lawful and the prohibited according to it, he will be sent to Heaven by Allah U.” (Tirmidhi).

He continues: “One who knows the Holy Qur’aan by heart will be allowed to intercede for ten persons with success. But one should mention that the intercessor must be practicing the laws mentioned in the Qur’aan and fulfilling all the demands of the Book of Allah U. (What Happens After Death)

It is narrated from Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Amr(ra) that Rasulullah(saw) said: Allah U will say to a Hafiz (upon his death and on the day of Qiyaamat) ‘Recite the Qur’aan and (upon reciting each Verse) climb (a stage in Jannah) and continue reciting as you used to in the world as your abode in Jannah is upon the last verse you recite.’ (Mishkaat vol.1 pg.186; Me’raaj)

May Allah grant all huffaadh the ability to be practice on the Qur’aan and sunnah and grant them the ability to be an inspiration to others to memorise the word of Allah Ta’ala.

May Allah grant our children the ability to memorise the Qur’aan with ease inshallah.

Source – Islamicity.org