SHAFAQNA – A 10-year-old boy has become the youngest person in Bosnia-Herzegovina to memorize the holy Qur’an by heart, offering a role model for young Muslims worldwide.
Abdulrahman Tabakovic, who hails from a town just a few miles outside the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, officially became the country’s youngest Hafiz after clearing an official exam held recently by the local Islamic commission.
According to the father Hamzaliya Tabakovic, his son began reading the holy book just three years ago and as soon as he realized that the 10-year-old had a talent for memorizing the scripture, he got the child enrolled at a local Qur’an course.
“My son Abdulrahman memorized the first page of the Qur’an within just three days of the course,” the proud father said.
“It takes sacrifices to become a Hafiz. I had a hard time memorizing some parts of the Qur’an and for that I made sacrifices over some things such as spending less time with my friends,” the child said.
Tabakovic, who is still a fifth-grade elementary school student, said that he wished to pursue Islamic studies further in the future.
Hafiz is a coveted title among Muslims, which is used for someone who has completely memorized the Qur’an. The tradition of learning the Qur’an by heart dates back to the early days of Islam when it was a way of preserving the true essence and complete message of the religion and its holiest book. Even in this digital age, where storing large amounts of data on memory chips is easy, millions of Muslims around the world continue to learn the Qur’an by heart and have kept the tradition of becoming a Hafiz alive.