- a title of respect for a Muslim who knows the Koran by heart.
Origin of hafiz
First recorded in 1655–65, hafiz is from the Arabic word ḥāfiz literally, a guard, one who keeps (in memory)
- Shams ud-din Mohammed, c1320–89?, Persian poet.
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Examples from the Web for hafiz
The mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai massacre and head of Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, make no effort to hide.Pakistan’s Impossible Year: Elections, Army Intrigue, and More
December 29, 2012
“The bounty has made Hafiz Saeed a global name,” a member of his entourage told The Daily Beast, wishing not to be named.
“Usually such a bounty is placed on persons who are in hiding, Hafiz Saeed is not,” he said.
I remember crying my eyes out when Hafiz Al-Assad, the father of Bashar, died in 2000.Arab Spring: Revolutionaries Reflect on the One-Year Anniversary
January 25, 2012
The founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group that attacked Mumbai in 2008, Hafiz Saeed, was the host and master of ceremonies.Pakistan's Jihadist Threat: Obama's Terrorism Challenge in 2012
December 22, 2011
Only he despises the verse of Hafiz who is not himself by nature noble.
We add to these fragments of Hafiz a few specimens from other poets.
I must say that I, for one, never wholly believed in the Mysticism of Hafiz.
Hafiz also speaks of the Nightingale's Pehlevi, which did not change with the People's.
And went to sleep to dream of you who gave me Hafiz, my dear and beloved friend.Athalie
Robert W. Chambers
- a title for a person who knows the Koran by heart
from Persian, from Arabic hāfiz, from hafiza to guard
- Shams al-Din Muhammad (ˌshæmz ælˌdɪn məʊˈhæmɪd). ?1326–90, Persian lyric poet, best known for his many short poems about love and wine, often treated as religious symbols