|Name of Verse:||Verse of Hifz|
|Place of Revelation:||Mecca|
|about:||Integrity of the Qur'an|
Verse of Hifz (lit: verse of protection) is the verse nine of Qur'an 15 which points to the protection of the Qur'an by God and its inalterability. Therefore, it has become famous as the "verse of Hifz". Exegetes have interpreted protection and its method by God in different ways.
Text and Translation
﴾إِنَّا نَحْنُ نَزَّلْنَا الذِّكْرَ وَإِنَّا لَهُ لَحَافِظُونَ ﴿٩
Indeed We have sent down the Reminder, and indeed We will preserve it.
|— Quran 15:9|
Verse nine of Qur'an 15 is known as the "verse of Hifz". Shi'a and Sunni exegetes believe that this verse is one of the most important proofs for inalterability of the Qur'an and the word "dhikr" refers to the Qur'an. According to the Qur'an, God has protected the Qur'an; and exegetes believe that as the reason why this verse has become famous as the "verse of Hifz". According to some exegetes including Allama Tabataba'i and al-Zamakhshari, protecting the Qur'an by God is for all times and will continue until the Day of Judgment.
Al-Tabrisi believes that it is deduced from this verse that the Qur'an is contingent; because, what is revealed cannot be other than contingent.
Meaning of "Hifz"
Exegetes have explained the meaning of protection of the Qur'an by God in different ways:
1- Some have considered "hifz" as the protection against addition of words and phrases to the Qur'an and also protection against defect and omission of any phrase from the Qur'an.
2- According to a group of exegetes, "hifz" of the Qur'an means its protection from mortality and destruction.
3- Some others considered the meaning of protection here as protection of the Qur'an against misleading logics.
4- Some others emphasized that the reference of the pronoun in "la-hu" in the verse is the Prophet (s) and believe that the meaning of "hifz" is protection of the Prophet (s). Allama Tabataba'i and Makarim Shirazi opposed this view and believe that the content of verses before the verse of Hifz disagree with this view.
- The material for this article is mainly taken from آیه حفظ in Farsi WikiShia.