Young American Muslims Memorize the Quran

November 24, 2001

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On November 24, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported that "at Al-Rahmah School in Woodlawn, [Maryland] the boys are beginning to memorize the Quran. Their teacher, Muhammad Zahid, is a hafiz, Arabic for 'guardian' and a term designating the respect bestowed on those who can recite the Quran by heart." During the month of Ramadan, the Islamic Society of Baltimore offers a live webcast each day at 8 p.m. at, featuring Zahid's recitation of the Quran. "Not surprisingly, most hafiz live in Islamic countries, although their number is growing in the United States along with the Muslim population. One of the first hafiz in the United States lived in Maryland...Job Ben Solomon was a slave on a tobacco plantation in Kent County in the 18th century who had memorized the Quran by age 15 in his home in West Africa."