O Haafidh! You are very special!
Nabi (S.A.W) said, “There is always a thing in which people take pride. That which is pride and honour for my Ummah is The Qur’aan.”
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “Amongst mankind, Allah has a household and family.” Sahaabah (R.A.) asked, “Ya Rasulallah! Who are those people?” Shocked, Sahaabah (R.A.) enquired to whom were these special people. Nabi (S.A.W.) replied, “The possessors of The Noble Qur’aan. They are the household and favoured ones of Allah.” (NASAI &IBN MAJAAH)
Different times and places in the world, the enemies of Islam gathered all the scripts of The Noble Qur’aan found in their vicinity and burnt them with intention of removing the existence of The Noble Qur’aan from the surface of this earth. When young children were brought forward and recited the Noble Qur’aan by heart, they realised their efforts were wasted. In the Noble Qur’aan, Allah Ta’aala takes responsibility to protect and preserve the Noble Qur’aan. Allah Ta’aala chose special servants to take this praiseworthy duty and titled them with one of His names ‘Al Haafidh’ (The Protector.) Over 1400 years, we are able to recite the Noble Qur’aan in its authentic pure unaltered form.
O Haafidh! You are very special! You are chosen!
O Haafidh! You are amongst the favoured and special ones of Allah.
O Haafidh! You hold the honour of the Ummah of Nabi (S.A.W) – The Noble Qur’aan.
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “The BEST amongst you is he who learns and teaches the Qur’aan.” (BUKHARI)
O Haafidh! Recognise your status!
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “Envy is only permissible in respect of two persons. One whom Allah blessed with The Qur’aan and he remains engaged in it day and night. And the other is one whom Allah blessed with a lot of wealth and he spends it day and night.” (BUKHARI)
O Haafidh! Not only have you recognised your special position, others also recognise your esteemed status.
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “On the Day of Qiyaamah, it will be said to the Man devoted to the Qur’aan, “Recite and ascend the storeys of Paradise! Recite in the audible manner you had been reading in your worldly life. Your final abode in Paradise will be at your last verse of your recitation.” (TIRMIDHI)
O Haafidh! Great honour and reward is waiting for you in the Hereafter.
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “Whoever recites the Qur’aan and learns it by heart, and accepts what it makes lawful as lawful and what it makes unlawful as forbidden, will be admitted into Paradise by Almighty Allah who will also accept his intercession in respect of ten such persons of his family upon whom the punishment of Hell had been decreed.” (TIRMIDHI)
O Haafidh! You have glad tidings of Paradise!
O Haafidh! You will save ten sinful believers of your family members from the punishment of Jahannam.
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “Allah Ta’aala says, “He who is unable to do my Dhikr and supplicate to Me because of pre-occupation with the Qur’aan, I grant him better than what is given to those who beg of Me.” The excellence of the Qur’aan over all other words is like the Excellence and Dominance of Allah over all Allah’s creations. (TIRMIDHI)
O Haafidh! Allah Ta’aala grants you more blessings than any other person.
O Haafidh! Allah Ta’aala provides for you without asking.
How fortunate are the Parents of a Haafidh!
Anas (R.A.) reports that Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “Whoever teaches the recitation of the Qur’aan to his child, all his sins, whether previous or subsequent, will be forgiven. Whoever makes his child memorize the Qur’aan will be raised on the Day of Judgement in the semblance of a full moon. …” (JAM’UL FAWAAID BY TABRANI)
O Parents of the Practicing Haafidh! You will rise on the plains of resurrection brighter and more distinguished than a full moon.
O Parents of the Practicing Haafidh! All your minor sins are forgiven.
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “Whoever reads the Qur’aan and acts upon all the injunctions contained in it, his parents will be made to wear, on the Day of Judgement, a crown which will be more radiant and brighter than the sun, if the sun were to be within your worldly houses. So what do you think of the reward of the person who himself acts on the injuctions of the Qur’aan? (ABU DAWUD)
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “One who recites the Qur’aan and acts on all the injuctions in it, will be made to wear a crown woven with Noor (Celestial light). His parents will be made to wear garments which will be more valuable than the entire world. They will ask, “O Allah! Why are we honoured with these garments?” “In lieu of the recitation of the Qur’aan by your child”, will be the reply. (MUSTADRAK HAAKIM)
A condition of ‘Practicing’ indicates, together with encouragement to become Haafidh, the parents have to ensure an excellent upbringing (Tarbiyat).
O Parents of the Practicing Haafidh! You will be given a crown brighter than the sun to wear on the Day of Qiyaamah.
O Parents of the Practicing Haafidh! When everyone will be stark naked, you will be given garments more valuable than the entire world to wear.
O Parents of a Haafidh! You are very special!
O Haafidhal Qur’aan! You are chosen and special!
On the Day of Judgement, you will wear the crown of honour. You will wear garments of honour.
Can YOU fathom the status of a Haafidh?
Nabi (S.A.W.) said, “…كلكم راع و كلكم مسؤول عن رعيته”
Each one of you is a guardian, and will be questioned about those under his control and care.
Encouragement to a good deed, entitles the inciter with the same reward. Let us encourage our young future leaders and flag bearers of Islam to depart on this road to true success. Let us try to be a means of honour for our parents.
Seeking knowledge has no age limit. Cradle to grave, we will remains students.
MOULANA AZHAR LAHER