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A very concerned reader: The words for today: Hafiz and Fiqi

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Feb 2, 2021 at 09:53

A very concerned reader:

The sad thing is Muslims from India and Pakistan use words that are not often used by Arabic speakers and case in point is the word حافض or Hafiz (he who memorizes) from the root حفض and in this case to memorize the Qur'an and in the meantime without a clue about what the Quranic text says.

More? Obama once introduced one of his assistants who is an Indian Muslim by telling us that he must be a great choice because he is a حافض! I suspect that the gentleman's command of Arabic is zero.

In the Arab world the word فقي or Fiqi is he who memorizes and recites the Qur'an and on the totem pole of hierarchy in Islam, this فقي would be the lowest and is not regarded as a real scholar. He is not unlike a "recording device" and no more. Google YouTube the Egyptian el-Shaikh abd el-Samad who was regarded as the best Fiqi ever.

I suspect that this Obama assistant's claim to be a big time Hafiz is what Hindu converts to Islam brought to their new religion: Islam. Their Hindu Brahman clerics also memorized the Upanishads and transmitted them to later generations through the process of oral recitation. Not unlike what you see in Islamic Madrassas in India and Pakistan and it is to memorize the Quranic text in Arabic without knowing what the text really says.

Absolute hypocrisy

What a waste of time to teach kids in India and Pakistan to memorize an Arabic book, that even most Arabs have no clue what it is really saying, and declare that they are now Hufaz (plural of Hafiz) and telling us that being a Hafiz is a big deal..

This is truly sad


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Corrections: حَافِظ ,فقهي

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