Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Islam One who has memorized the Koran.
  • n. Islam Used as a title of respect for such a person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a Muslim who has memorized the whole Qur'an

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A title or appellative of a Mohammedan who knows the whole of the Koran by heart.

Etymologies

Arabic ḥāfiẓ, guardian, hafiz, active participle of ḥafiẓa, to guard, memorize; see ḥpṭ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Persian, from Arabic حافظ ḥāfiẓ, present participle of حفظ ḥáfiẓa 'to guard, know by heart'. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those who memorize the Quran -- a task Muslims regard as a noble, virtuous endeavor looked upon highly by God -- receive the title "hafiz."

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  • As a 'hafiz' (someone who has memorised the holy Islamic text) of the Qur'an, he is a respected member of the American Muslim community, Obama said about Hussain, announcing his appointment last week as his envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Countries, a 57-nation grouping.

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  • It took Umar 2 1/2 years at the Institute of Islamic Education in Elgin, Ill., to become a hafiz while also enrolled in typical secular courses in math, science and literature.

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  • November 29th, 2009 at 12: 05 am excellent mohamed abd el hafiz Says:

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  • Under Mina's guidance, Hayat begins memorizing the Koran, hoping to become a "hafiz," or one who can recite the Koran from memory.

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  • Actions are taken on 31 terrorist along with masud azhar and hafiz mohamed and also 65 workplaces of "Jammad-ud-dava" are been sealed off.

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  • So far, strict actions are been taken on lethal terrorists like maulana masud ajhar, leader of lashkar-e-toeba, hafiz mohammed.

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