Praise be to Allaah.
Memorizing the Qur’aan is an act of worship through which one seeks the Face of Allaah and reward in the Hereafter. Without this intention, he will never have any reward, rather he will be punished for doing this act of worship for someone or something other than Allaah.
The haafiz (the person who has memorized the Qur’aan) should not have any intention of gaining worldly benefits by memorizing the Qur’aan, because his memorization thereof is not a product to be traded with in this world, rather it is an act of worship which is done for the sake of his Lord.
Allaah has given special privileges to the one who memorizes the Qur’aan in a number of ways in this world and in the Hereafter, for example:
1 – He takes precedence over others in leading the prayer.
2 – He is placed in front of others in a common grave, closer to the qiblah, if it is essential to bury him with others.
3 – He takes precedence in leadership if he able to bear that
4 – The status of the one who memorizes Qur’aan will be commensurate with the last aayah he memorized.
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