the term Hafiz / Hafidh in our language refers to a person who has memorized the whole Quran, either in our terminology we say this one is a hafidh, that means this person has memorized the Quran but the word “Hafiza” (root word) actually means to protect to safeguard, what have you safeguarded? many people would say: well, they have safeguarded the Quran in their hearts or they have protected the Quran by learning it, such that you can take the book away but they will be able to recite the words of the Quran.
Allah is telling you something very interesting to let you look at it from a different angle, listen to what he says in Quran: “We have revealed this Quran we will definitely protect it. that’s what Allah says, we will make sure it remains intact.
Now let’s go back to what I was saying moments ago if Allah promises you that he is going to protect the Quran, when you make an effort to memorize it, Allah will look after you, because the Quran is in your heart, so if you want to save yourself from calamities in this world and the next then your best bet also is to memorize the Quran, when you are memorizing the Quran you’re moving you have Allah’s word inside you and you are moving around, there is a special care unit, VIP protection for you, because you know what, you have the Quran in your heart you are not just an ordinary person, this is why Allah says we will look after the Quran if you have made an effort to memorize it you automatically fall into this bliss.
Many people when they read the verse they think oh that means to protect the Quran from any change, yes that’s true, but how? In so many different ways including “Us memorizing it”.
It’s a gift of Allah no book even the one you have written yourself is memorizable by you, Allahu akbar, besides the Quran everyone knows that and this is why Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala tells us I will protect it.
My brothers and sisters aren’t this encouragement enough for us to make an effort to memorize the words of Allah?
Start off somewhere. You know people look and they look at you and they start saying; I’m old now, I’m old, if I was younger then maybe I would’ve memorized it.
My brothers and sisters let me give you some motivation the Sahaba of the Allah and the bulk of them who memorized the Quran were beyond the age of 40, they were all old people, they were not young children, they were not kids in their teenage the majority of them were older than that and they memorized the Quran, but there was dedication they never gave up, they knew you want to do something you will do it, no matter how old you are.
My brothers and sisters, let’s start with one verse a day in sha Allah, one verse a day. May Allah subhanahu wa’ta’ala grant us that, I really hope we can follow that through. It’s not so difficult, in fact, you can start off by memorizing the short surahs, and I promise you something interesting that the hadith of Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, he says: indeed every action or actions shall be judged by their underlying intentions. Every action will be judged by the intention so if I had an intention of completing the whole Quran and I was dedicated and I actually started one verse at a time and I did not finish I died before I completed it, what’s the deed that will be written next to my name? A person who has memorized the whole Quran, why? Because that was my intention, I didn’t manage to finish it, Subhan Allah.
You are walking towards the Masjid suddenly you die, what happened? you will be written as one who has gone to the Masjid because that was your intention that is how Allah judges, that is the gift of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala so this is why my brothers and sisters if you dedicate yourself, you have every day a small portion very small, still for as long as there is consistency you have saved yourself. May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’ala have mercy on us so that we can achieve that.