Thursday 17 January 2019

World's Youngest Hafiz-e-Quran

Islam was revealed at a time when most of the people of Arabia were illiterate. Even the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) the last messenger and prophet of Allah was illiterate. So whenever, a revelation was made to him by Allah through His angel Jibraeel (Gabriel), the Prophet of Allah would recite the recently revealed verses to His trusted companions who would remember these by heart. And thus a time came when a large number of companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) had remembered the entire Quran by heart. 

And when the second caliph Umer decided to preserve the Holy Quran in textual form, the hundreds of Huffaz or the memorizes of the Holy Quran were his main source of collecting the bits and pieces besides some written verses on camel skins and cloth.

Although, after compilation of the Holy Quran in the text form, reading of the Holy Quran became easy, the remembering of the Holy Quran has never ceased and today a sizable number of Muslims are the Huffaz, plural of Hafiz (someone who remembers the Holy Quran by heart). The memorizing of the complete Holy Quran which comprises 114 Surahs (chapters), containing 6,236 verses (comprising some 80,000 words or 330,000 individual characters) is indeed a gigantic feat, yet many make an effort to memorize it and are generally successful. It takes something between three to six years to memorize the entire Quran.

It is generally the belief of Muslims that anyone who knows the Quran by heart and follows the lawful and the banned according to the Holy Quran, he will be sent to Heaven by Allah. Those who cannot memorize the whole of the Holy Quran, do make an endeavour to memorize as much as they can, specially the shorter surahs of the 30th Part / Juz of the Holy Quran. Huffaz are highly respected within the Islamic community. They are privileged to use the title "Hafiz" before their names.

While memorizing the Holy Quran by adults is a dream of a majority, there are large number of parents who want their children to be Huffaz even at the very early tender ages. Thus it may not be surprising to see even small children are in forefronts to become Hafiz and memorize the Holy Quran with extreme religious zeal and fervour. In January 2018, Turkey sent 2000 children to perform Umrah on state expense who had the honour of memorizing the Holy Quran.

This post today is also to also to endorse and commend a you boy from Algeria who at this tender age has memorized the Holy Quran and has the honour of being the youngest Hafiz of Quran today. Farah, who is hardly three years of age has his name added to  encyclopedia Guinness Book of Records for memorizing the Holy Quran. Watch the video below of his final test for setting the world record.
This is something very unique among all other faiths where the Holy Scripture is preserved not in text form but into the hearts of the believers as young as Hafiz Abdur Rahman Farah of Algeria. He is now a role model for many Muslim children around the world to follow his suit.

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