Tradition of memorising the Qur’aan goes back to the time of Rasooulullah (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). He himself knew Qur’aan by heart & encouraged others to memorise of it as much as possible.

Many traditions testify to that & those are recorded by authors of the famous collections of ahaadeeth.

Imaam Bukhari recorded in his Saheeh from Ibn ‘Abbaas that Rasoolullah (sallalahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), when he would receive a new revelation through the angel Jibraeel, would move his lips, repeating what the angel was communicating to him, and was doing it out of fear that he might miss something. Such a state of the Prophet’s concern is registered in the Qur’aan, in Surah Qiyaama, where he is ordered not to do that any more, because the One Who is bringing Allah’s messge to the people, have a guarantee from the Most High that all that is revealed to him will be preserved in his chest & his mind, the way it came down : Surah 75, Verse 16-19.

The quoted verses speak about the Prophet’s strong desire to commit to memory literally all that has been revealed to him from the Noble Qur’aan. The 1rst Haafidh of the Qur’aan was, as already mentioned, Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), to whom, according to the quoted verses, has been guaranteed that the verses which were being revealed to him would be preserved in his memory.

~In the next blog post..What the hadeeth says about the 1rst Haafidh of the Qur’aan..inshaa Allah! ~