Memorise Quran or Understand Quran
Etymology of word Hifz
The Quran (lit. "reading" or "reciting") is distinguished from the reported sayings and actions (Sunnah) historically attributed to Muhammad, which instead are maintained in a separate collection of literature commonly termed "Ahadeeth" (lit. "news;" "report;" or "narration").
There are different meanings for the keeper of the Quran which analyze the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of the individual holding the Quran, in particular, the keeper of the Quran is worthy of competent and thoughtful recitation of all the verses of the Holy Quran. The Hafiz also should grasp the sense and meaning of each verse without pointing to the text or seeking others to help.
What is important- Memorization or Understanding Quran?
There are so many people around us who would say that memorization Quran is of great reward and it is foremost important thing. The other group of people would say that only memorization can make us mindless unless and until we have no sense about the ideas, advices, stories, and lessons Quran carries. Now here the question arises that who we should believe in?
What is the right answer?
There is no right or wrong and we cannot just simply believe on what people say rather we should use our own sense by looking into Quranic verses and hadiths that what they imply regarding this issue.
What Allah says in Quran?
Allah says in Quran in Surah Yunus, verse 57:
“O mankind, there has to come to you instruction from your Lord and healing for what is in the breasts and guidance and mercy for the believers”. [10: 57]
This verse shows clearly to us the vital roles served by the Quran. In addition for Muslims to comprehend all the instructions chosen by God in the Quran, it is very necessary for Muslims not only to study and memorize the Holy Book, but to also understand each and every word listed in it and to put every word into action in their everyday lives.
Why Muslims are more inclined towards memorizing and not understanding the Quran?
Understanding the Holy Book would bring little trouble to the Muslim, as the Holy Book is revealed in its original Arabic language, as it had been revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) more than 1,400 years ago.
Therefore because the Quran is revealed in Arabic language and so we have made a practice to recite Quran in Arabic and we admit our children in Madrasas and they also develop this habit of reciting Quran in Arabic. Meanwhile, they don’t put attention in understanding the Quran.
They are able to read the Holy Scripture in its original Arabic language, many still struggle to really understand the true meaning of it due to the complexity of the Arabic language and the divinity of the holy book.
As such, many Muslims put their priority towards the reading and memorization aspect of the holy book without really understand its true meaning or even practices it.
Why people have different understandings on different issues?
Because we don’t really understand Quran through proper ways and we hear solutions of different problems from the people around us. Every person guides another with his own understanding this is why there are various viewpoints on single issue.
What is the solution?
The solution to this problem is to stick on the teachings of Quran and to understand the meaning behind Arabic language first then memorize those teaching to further guide other people by quoting proper verses. This is how we all would get a single path to walk on.