[Furtherance of One Does Not Simply Easily Acquire A Crown]
Ibn Al-Jazai (RA) said: “The transmission of Quraan by relying upon memorization and not upon script in the mus-haf and in books is from the most noble of characteristics given to this Ummah by Allah.”
I ran out of stuff to Google the other day, so I thought I’d look into our small town. Apparently, we have a population of ±35 000. That’s a good number, because experience dictates that the towns with ˃20 000 citizens always get weird stuff happening to them. *puffed-out chest* Our strength lies not only in our general total alone, but also in the quantity and quality of huffaz amongst said populace (I’m just putting that out there in case unsavory characters are researching small towns). Because, Alhamdulillah, we have a lot of huffaz.
I was trying to get somewhere with my mediocre witticism (This is truthfully more the kind of humor my family expects from me xD). Making the decision to attend hifz classes isn’t something trivial. Making the decision to send your child for hifz isn’t trivial. Keep in mind that you or your child is essentially preparing to become a Companion of the Kalaam of Allah.
Let’s start of simple. Nabi (S.A.W) said “Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten. I am not saying that “Alif-Laam-Meem” is a letter, rather I am saying that “Alif” is a letter, “Laam” is a letter and “Meem” is a letter.”
Fact: my younger brother (11) is becoming a hafiz. It is mandatory for them to take a page of sabaq, and three quarters dhor every day. Leave aside the issue of him taking his work first by us. Allahu Akbar! I’m an average mathematician, so I’m not even going to attempt to calculate the minimum reward they’re bound to get.
On top of that, the Hadith says, “The bearer of the Quraan, if he regards what it permits as halaal and what it forbids as haraam, will intercede for ten of his family members on the Day of Resurrection, all of whom deserved to enter Hell.”
You don’t want to get on the bad side of a hafiz. Trust me.
The status of a hafiz might be undeniably lofty, but so are the responsibilities that come with being a Protector of the Quraan.
Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (R.A) said “The one who memorizes the Quraan must be known by the nights when people are sleeping. By his days when people are eating. By his sadness when people are rejoicing. By his weeping when people are laughing. By his silence when people are indulged in vain talk. And by his humility when people are boasting.”
Yes! Hafiz and no beard don’t go together. Hafiz and going to nightclubs don’t go together. Hafiz and dating don’t go together. It’s like apples and oranges. Green for Jannah, orange for Jahannum. Get it? Because green is Nabi (S.A.W)’s favourite colour and a fire is red, which is close to orange… No? Okay.
Allah accepts the Quraan from His special friends. Here’s a cliché statement: It’s never too late. My mum’s uncle started hifz at the age of ±50. When he passed away 4 years later, he had already completed 26 para’s. His Quraan will be completed by the Malaa’ikah. What more can we ask for?
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,