I was wondering about something concerning memorizing the Qur’an. A brother told me recently that it was expected in the Prophet’s time that everyone memorize the Qur’an. Is this true?
If so it doesn’t make sense because why then would Hadhrat Abu Bakr and Hadhrat Umar have asked Hadhrat Zaid bin Thabit to collect the Qur’an if they already had it memorized? Should everyone be a Hafiz,1 is that the Sunnah of the Prophet?
Memorizing the Qur’an cannot be termed as a Sunnah of the Prophet neither can it be said that during the Prophet’s time, everyone was expected to memorize the Qur’an.
24th January 1998
- Generally, a person who has memorized the whole Qur’an. [↩]