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Hafiz or Hafez (Arabic: حافظ), literally meaning 'guardian', is a term used by Muslims for people who have completely memorized the Qur'an. Arabic (; , less formally, ) is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ... For computer memory, see computer storage. ... The Quran (Arabic , literally the recitation; also called or The Noble Quran; also transliterated Quran, Koran, and less commonly Alcoran) is the holy book of Islam. ...


The prophet Muhammad lived in the 7th century CE, in Arabia. In those times, many people were not literate. The Arabs preserved their histories, genealogies, and poetry by memory alone. When Muhammad proclaimed the verses later collected as the Qur'an, his followers naturally preserved the precious words by memorizing them.


Early accounts say that the literate Muslims also wrote down such verses as they heard. However, the Arabic writing of the time was a scripta defectiva, an incomplete script, that did not include vowel markings or other diacritics needed to distinguish between words. Hence if there was any question as to the pronunciation of a verse, the memorized verses were a better source than the written ones. The hafiz were also highly appreciated as reciters, whose beautifully intoned words were accessible even to the illiterate crowd. Memorization required no expensive raw materials (in an age when there was no paper, only vellum). Memorization was also considered more secure -- a manuscript could easily be destroyed, but if the Qur'an were memorized by many huffaz (plural), it would never be lost. This article or section contains information that has not been verified and thus might not be reliable. ... Vellum (from the Latin for wool or pelt) is a sort of parchment, a material for the pages of a book or codex, usually made from calf skin. ...


Even after the Caliph Uthman ibn Affan collected and organized the Qur'an circa 650-656 CE, oral recitation of the Qur'an was still honored and encouraged. There are numerous traditions of oral recitation. Most huffaz know only one version, but true experts can recite in several traditions. Leave this page if youre under 18!! - Page contains huge lies and hardly has any facts > it will surely misguide you! Uthman ibn Affan (Arabic: عثمان بن عفان) (c. ...


Huffaz are highly respected within the Islamic community. They are privileged to use the title "Hafiz" before their names. They win this title by passing one or more tests. In one test, they are asked to continue the recitation of a passage taken randomly from the Qur'an. As they do not know which passage will be chosen, they must know the whole text in order to be sure of passing. In another test, a would-be hafiz might be asked to recite verses containing a specific word or phrase.


Most huffaz have studied as children in special Islamic schools or madrasahs, being instructed in tajweed (rules of recitation) and vocalisation as well as committing the Qur'an to memory. To give some idea as to the nature of this undertaking: The Qur'an is divided into 114 Surahs (chapters), containing approximately 6,200 verses (comprising some 80,000 words or 330,000 individual characters). Madrassa in the Gambia The word madrassa in the Arabic language (and other languages of the Islamic nations such as Persian, Turkish, Indonesian etc. ... Quran reading is the reading (tartil, tajwid, or taghbir) aloud, reciting, chanting, or singing of portions of the Quran. ... See also: Sura (disambiguation). ...


During the holy month of Ramadan, special daily prayers called Tarawih are read in the mosques every evening. Tarawih prayers often include Qur'an recitation. One juz' (1/30th of the Qur'an) is recited by a hafiz on each of the thirty days of Ramadan. If the audience is at all large, several huffaz will be present. Any hafiz who stumbles is sure to be corrected! Ramadan or Ramadhan (Arabic: رمضان) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the holiest month in Islam. ... Tarawih (تراويح) is an Arabic phrase referring to extra prayers given at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan. ... Yeni Camii (the New Mosque), one of the landmarks of İstanbul A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the Islamic faith. ...


A number of scholars point to hadiths that state that a hafiz will be rewarded on Qiyamah (Judgement Day), as will his or her parents, and will be granted the ability to intercede on behalf of ten family members. Hadith (Arabic: , Arabic pl. ... Yaum al-Qiyâmah (يوم القيامة; literally: Day of the Resurrection (Quran 71. ...

"He who learns the Qur’an and practices upon it, his parents will be made to wear a crown on the day of Qiyamah, the brilliance of which will excel that of the sun if the same were within your worldly houses. Hence, what do you think about the person who himself acts upon it?" (Abu Dawood).


"Whoever reads the Qur’an and memorises it, while he regards what it makes lawful as lawful and its unlawful as forbidden (i.e. he practices according to it), Allah Ta’ala will admit him into Jannah and will accept his intercession on behalf of ten such persons of his family who were doomed to the fire of Jahannum" (Tirmidhi)

hafiz is also a synonym for the gayest person i know


External links

  • Qur'an and Hafiz Number on islam101.com

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Hafiz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (646 words)
Hafiz or Hafez (Arabic: حافظ), literally meaning 'guardian', is a term used by Muslims for people who have completely memorized the Qur'an.
The hafiz were also highly appreciated as reciters, whose beautifully intoned words were accessible even to the illiterate crowd.
A number of scholars point to hadiths that state that a hafiz will be rewarded on Qiyamah (Judgement Day), as will his or her parents, and will be granted the ability to intercede on behalf of ten family members.
Hafez - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1099 words)
His work was written in what is now a dialect presenting archaic acceptations of some words, and teasing out the original meaning needs some care and scholarship in order to assign to each word a literal or symbolic meaning.
Indeed, Hafiz often uses images, metaphores and allusions that imply the reader must have a very good cultural base.
Although Landinsky does read Persian, critics such as Murat Nemet-Nejat, a prominent poet, essayist and translator of modern Turkish poetry, have asserted that his "translations" are largely inventions of Landinsky himself and as such are misrepresented.
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