Holy Qur’an is the last and final book from Allah (SWT) and a clear guidance for mankind. Allah (SWT) says: ‘This is the Book - in it is guidance sure, without doubt, to those who are (Muttaqoon) Allah-conscious.’ (Sura Baqarah: 02). Reciting the holy Qur’an is an essential religious duty of a Muslim. It has many spiritual and worldly benefits for the person who recites from the book of Allah (SWT). A Muslim who recites one letter of the holy Qur’an will obtain 10 rewards from Allah (SWT). Abdullah Ibn Masood (Ra.) narrated that the Prophet (Pbuh) said, “Whoever reads one letter of the Book of Allah is credited with one blessing and one blessing is equal to tenfold the like thereof in its reward. I do not say that ALIF LAM MEEM (Fists verse of Sura Baqara) is one letter, but Alif is one letter, Lam is one letter, and Meem is one letter.” (Tirmidhi). It is proved by authentic Hadith that the Qur’an will intercede for its reciters on the Day of Resurrection. Abu Umaamah Baahili (Ra.) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) say: “Read the Qur’aan, for it will come on the Day of Resurrection interceding for its companions (readers).” (Sahih Muslim).
According to Qur’an and Hadith, a Hafiz-ul-Quran (a Muslim who memorises the Qur’an) will also be immensely rewarded and honoured by Allah in the Hereafter. The word Hafiz is an Arabic word. It means ‘memoriser’. Someone who memorises the Quran is known as Hafiz or Hafiz-ul-Qur’an. According to Islamic terminology, a person who knows the whole Qur’an by heart is called Hafiz. Allah (SWT) has given special honour and dignity to the one who memorises the Qur’an in this world and in the Hereafter. Some of the virtues of memorising the holy Qur’an are mentioned below:
2. Allah (SWT) will enter him (a Hafiz) paradise and allow him to intercede for 10 Muslims: A Muslim who recites the Qur’an, memorises it and accepts as Halal (lawful) what Qur’an makes Halal and as Haram (unlawful) what Qur’an makes Haram Allah will enter him paradise and allow him to intercede for such 10 persons of his family upon whom entry into Hell has become incumbent. Ali (Ra) narrated that The Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) said, “Whoever recites the Qur’an, memorises it, regards its Halal (lawful things) as halal and haram (forbidden things) as haram Allah (SWT) will enter him to Paradise and accept his intercession on behalf of 10 such persons who were destined for Hell (Jahannam). (Tirmidhi).
3. Status of the memorier of Qur’an will be commensurate with the last Ayah he memorized: According to a Hadith, a believer who memorised the Qur’an will reach the highest level of paradise. Abdullah Ibn Amr (Ra) narrated that The Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) said, “It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an (the one who memorised the Qur’an), ‘Read, advance in status and recite as you used to do in the world, for your status will be commensurate with the last Ayah (verse) that you recite.” (Tirmidhi). Hafiz will stop at the last verse of the Qur’an because he knows the whole Qur’an by heart. Therefore, upon completing the recitation of the Qur’an, a Hafiz will be in highest abode of paradise.
4. A Hafiz’s parents will also be honored by Allah (SWT) on the day of resurrection: The parents of Hafiz will be given a special honour on the day of resurrection. They will be given a crown on the day of judgment whose brightness will be more intense than the brightness of the sun.
Buraydah (Ra) narrated that The messenger of Allah said: ‘Whoever reads the Qur’an, learns it and acts in accordance with it, on the Day of Resurrection his parents will be given a crown to wear whose light will be like the light of the sun, and his parents will be given garments which far surpass everything to be found in this world. They will say, “Why have we been given this to wear?” It will be said, “Because your child learned the Qur’an.” (Hakim).