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The Status of a Hafidh of the Qur’an

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Ramadhan undoubtedly is a very great gift that Allah has presented to His Ummah. If we decide to count the favours that Allah has placed in this blessed month, the ones that are manifest and the ones that are concealed, we would never be able to do so.

 

One of the greatest favours that Allah has presented to us in this month is that we get the opportunity to listen to the Word of Allah that is the Holy Qur’an with its proper Tajweed.

 

During the month of Ramadhan, Taraweeh Salah is offered at night in the Muslim world. In many countries they are offered by the Huffaz of the Qur’an Shareef, who recite the entire Qur’an or even more, during the month of Ramadhan.

 

Masha Allah, these Huffaz commit the entire Qur’an that comprises 114 Surah or 6236 Ayahs to their memories.

 

This process of memorisation is a very complex task. In the past, many experts were fond of describing memory as a sort of a tiny filing cabinet full of individual memory folders in which information is stored away. Others likened memory to a neural supercomputer wedged under the human scalp. But today, experts believe that memory is far more complex and elusive than that – and that it is located not in one particular place in the brain but is instead a brain-wide process.

 

The ‘Word of Allah’ is a miracle and that is why Allah has made it possible that human beings are able to commit it to memory.

 

However, placing appropriately the Qur’an in the memory is a process that requires a lot of concentration, plenty of hard work, innumerous sacrifices like forfeiting sleep, various recreation activities, social gatherings and outings, attachment to the mobiles phones, reading books – the list is endless.

There are chances these huffaz might sometimes make mistakes while reciting the Qur’an. Unfortunately, there are people who are quick to criticise these huffaz when they make a few slips here and there.

 

Do you know who you are criticising? 

 

You are criticising a person who has memorised the Kalaam of Allah, the Timeless Speech of Malikul Mulk. This is the book that is very hard to describe. Even if you use words like ‘Spectacular’, ‘Glorious’, ‘Noble’, ‘Precious’, or any other adjective from the vast vocabulary of the English language, you cannot give even an atom of justice to its Splendour or Majesty.

 

Just imagine

When this Qur’an is printed on a lifeless object like a book which is made of ordinary paper, its status is raised so much that we are instructed to make Wudhu (ablution) before we can touch it. Then what about the status of a human being in whose heart is embedded the entire text of the Qur’an? Would not his worth be elevated? Obviously, his status would become so high that we can never offer him the respect and honour that he fully deserves.

 

There are many virtues that a Haafiz can gain by memorising the Holy Qur’an. One of the most amazing virtue he secures is given in the following hadeeth: “A bearer of the Qur’an, if he regards what is permissible as halaal and what is forbidden as haraam, will intercede for ten of his family members on the Day of Resurrection, all of whom deserved to enter Hell.”

Another of great virtues is evident in this Hadeeth:

“Mu’aadh al-Juhani narrates that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wasallam) said: ‘Whosoever recites the Quran 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.”  

 

We are actually supposed to offer maximum respect and honour to these Huffaz. Instead of doing that, many of us are making them the targets of our criticisms. Some people are just waiting to hear the person standing behind the Imam to give the ‘lukma’ about the correct version when a mistake occurs, so that they can secure the ‘opportunity’  of criticising the Imam.

 

Criticising such a person whose status is elevated so high is obviously a grave mistake. It also tantamounts to committing the sin of backbiting.

 

At times many of these people who commit this sin would not be able to recite even Surah Fatihah with its correct Tajweed.

 

My dear Muslim brothers, you are requested to refrain from such acts.

 

Instead of criticising the Huffaz for their mistakes – be grateful to them for letting you fulfil such a great act of worship.

 

By: M.B.Ahmed

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