Reward for Memorizing the Qur'an
Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid
What is the reward for becoming a Hafiz?
In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful;
All the praise and Thanks are due to Allāh, the Lord of the al-ā’lamīn. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allāh, and that Muhammad, sallallāhu alayhi wa sallam, is His Messenger.
Whoever memorizes Qur’an and acts upon it, Allah will reward him and honour him greatly for that, so that he will rise in status in Paradise to a level commensurate with what he memorized of the Book of Allah.
‘Abdallah ibn ‘Amr narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“It will be said to the companion of the Qur’an: Recite and rise in status, recite as you used to recite in the world, for your status will be at the last verse that you recite.”
[Al-Tirmidzi (2914) and Abu Dawud (1464)]
This hadith was classified as sahih by al-Albani in al-Silsilah al-Sahihah, 5/218, no. 2240, after which he said:
It should be noted that what is meant by the “companion of the Qur’an” is the one who memorizes it by heart, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “The one who knows more Qur’an should lead the people in prayer,” meaning the one who has memorized the most.
The differentiation in status in Paradise will depend on how much was memorized in this world, not how much one will recite on that day as some people imagine. This clearly points to the virtue of the hafiz who has memorized the Qur’an, but that is subject to the condition that he memorizes it for the sake of Allah, not for worldly purposes or financial gain. Otherwise the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Most of the hypocrites of my ummah are among those who have memorized Qur’an.”
Concerning the virtue of the hafiz, who memorizes the Qur’an, ‘Aishah RA narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“The likeness of the one who reads Qur’an and memorizes it is that he is with the righteous honourable scribes. The likeness of the one who reads it and tries hard to memorize it even though it is difficult for him, he will have two rewards.” [Al-Bukhari (4937)]
For the hafiz who has memorized the Qur’an, praying Qiyam Al-Lail would make it much easier.
And the Qur’an will intercede for him on the Day of Resurrection, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Fasting and the Qur’an will intercede for a person on the Day of Resurrection. Fasting will say, ‘O Lord, I deprived him of food and desires during the day, so let me intercede for him.’ The Qur’an will say, ‘O Lord I deprived him of his sleep at night, so let me intercede for him.’ Then they will both intercede for him.”
[Narrated by Ahmad, al-Tabarani and al-Hakim; classified as sahih by al-Albani in Sahih al-Jami’, no. 3882]
It should be noted here that there is a weak (da’if) hadith that is quoted concerning the virtue of memorizing Qur’an. This hadith says, “The bearer of the Qur’an, if he regards what it permits as halal and what it forbids as haram, he will intercede for ten of his family members on the Day of Resurrection, all of whom deserved to enter Hell.” This was narrated by al-Baihaqi in Shu’ab al-Iman (The Branches of Faith) from Jabir; it was classed as da’if by al-Albani in Da’if al-Jami’.
And Allah knows best.
[ Via Islam Q&A]
See: Rules To assist Memorizing the Qur'an