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Hafez Mahfuz is Imam the Khatme Tarabi in a mosque for 50 years

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Hafez Mahfuz is Imam the Khatme Tarabi in a mosque for 50 years | Crossing fifty years in any profession or work is something special. This Mahendrakasna is celebrated in a flamboyant manner. However, Hafez Md. Mahfuzur Rahman of Ektiarpur village of Madhavpur upazila of Habiganj has set a unique precedent of teaching tarabi in the same mosque for half a century. And he is celebrating this Mahendra moment by reciting 10 Khatam Quran in Tahajjud prayer by thanking Allah. Incidentally, this incident happened at the Shahjibazar power generation center mosque in Madhavpur upazila of Habiganj.Hafez Mahfuzur Rahman reminisced and said, 'I became Hafez at the age of 7/8 years. I completed Hifz in just 2 years under Hafez Nuruzzaman at Harshpur Madrasa in Madhavpur Upazila. At that time no one could become Hafez at such a young age as me. 50 years ago Shahjibazar Power Development Board officials came to my madrasa to hire Hafez to teach Khatme Tarabi. Then I also applied there. After hearing my recitation at the competition, everyone nominated me to teach tarabi. Since there were not many Hafez available at that time, when I was only 9 years old, I went to the Power Development Board Mosque to teach Khatme Tarabi. At that time only Khatme Tarabi was performed in some mosques of the district city. As the number of Hafez was not very high, many upazila headquarters were not even finished. Officials of nearby Shahjibazar gas field, rubber garden, forest department and Lal Chand tea garden also rushed to this mosque after hearing that Khatme Tarabi will be taught there in an isolated area. Mosques made of tin did not have room to store the moles of the Muslims. Now there is a concrete building. AC is also available. At the age when I started teaching Khatme Tarabi, due to my young age, it was not possible to fast regularly. In the first year, everyone was impressed by my recitation. After that I did not have to give any interview. Even though I got invitations from many other mosques, those associated with this mosque would not allow me to go anywhere else. Many officers and employees have been transferred. But no one thought of changing me. Rather, I was confirmed for the next year as soon as one year of tarabi ended. Being healthy for 50 years is a special blessing of God. No one said anything about me during this time. Once a musli talked about appointing another hafez instead of me there was a huge reaction. Later that musalli was transferred from here.Hafez Mahfuzur Rahman said, 'For 48 consecutive years, I have offered prayers alone. Still able to pray alone. One of my students has been teaching namaz with me for two years. I have met many people while teaching tarabi for the 50th year in a row. Many big officials have prayed here. What impresses me the most is that I have heard three generations of recitations in this mosque. A Muslim named Tajul Islam used to read tarabi here in the beginning. Later his son Nazrul Islam also studied Tarabi regularly here. Now Nazrul Islam's son Fuad also comes to Tarabi. It is very fortunate to have three generations of devotees. People and worshipers here respect me a lot. So I come here again and again to teach Taraweeh prayers. As long as they tell me, if ALLAH keeps me healthy, I will teach tarabi in this mosque. I have been invited to teach tarabi in many big mosques, but I politely declined all invitations because of my love for this mosque. There is no end of gratitude to Allah for keeping Tarabi intact even in the corona epidemic.Hafez Mahfuzur Rahman is the son of deceased Maqsud Ali Molla of Ektiarpur village of Madhavpur upazila in Habiganj. He has 4 sons and 2 daughters. Everyone is studying. Hafez Mahfuz Ahmed participated in the competition in 1982 and became the best Hafez of Sylhet region. He was also awarded at the national level in 1983. He started his career by teaching in the Madrasa Harshpur from which he graduated. After that he taught at Jamia Diniya Madrasa in Moulvibazar. Later he taught in different madrasas in Dhaka's Manipuri Para, Nikunj and Jatrabari. Currently, he is working as the Head of Heafz Department of Nabigunar Daruchunnah Madrasah, Brakshanbaria.Hafez Mahfuzur Rahman said, "In the month of Ramadan, we don't only teach Khatam Tarabi." For 50 years, I have been completing Tahajjud prayers three more times. This time I have taken the initiative to give 10 khatams in Tahajjud to express gratitude for 50 years. Already 4 Khatam has been completed. By the grace of ALLAH I can recite 30 paras of the Holy Quran accurately in one sitting at any moment without any preparation. Last year before Ramadan, I read 30 paras in one sitting in front of 8 Hafez. No one could give a clue. I am the only Hafeez in Bangladesh who has been able to recite from the first verse to the last verse of the Holy Qur'an Sharif as well as from the last verse to the first verse. I can finish the Holy Qur'an from any direction. After I became a Hafez, I came to teaching and managed to create more than a hundred Hafez. Many Hafez created by my hands are established with reputation in the country and abroad today. I want to spend the rest of my life in the service of the Holy Qur'an.

Crossing fifty years in any profession or work is something special. This Mahendrakasna is celebrated in a flamboyant manner. However, Hafez Md. Mahfuzur Rahman of Ektiarpur village of Madhavpur upazila of Habiganj has set a unique precedent of teaching tarabi in the same mosque for half a century. And he is celebrating this Mahendra moment by reciting 10 Khatam Quran in Tahajjud prayer by thanking Allah. Incidentally, this incident happened at the Shahjibazar power generation center mosque in Madhavpur upazila of Habiganj.
Hafez Mahfuzur Rahman reminisced and said, ‘I became Hafez at the age of 7/8 years. I completed Hifz in just 2 years under Hafez Nuruzzaman at Harshpur Madrasa in Madhavpur Upazila. At that time no one could become Hafez at such a young age as me. 50 years ago Shahjibazar Power Development Board officials came to my madrasa to hire Hafez to teach Khatme Tarabi. Then I also applied there. After hearing my recitation at the competition, everyone nominated me to teach tarabi. Since there were not many Hafez available at that time, when I was only 9 years old, I went to the Power Development Board Mosque to teach Khatme Tarabi. At that time only Khatme Tarabi was performed in some mosques of the district city. As the number of Hafez was not very high, many upazila headquarters were not even finished. Officials of nearby Shahjibazar gas field, rubber garden, forest department and Lal Chand tea garden also rushed to this mosque after hearing that Khatme Tarabi will be taught there in an isolated area. Mosques made of tin did not have room to store the moles of the Muslims. Now there is a concrete building. AC is also available. At the age when I started teaching Khatme Tarabi, due to my young age, it was not possible to fast regularly. In the first year, everyone was impressed by my recitation. After that I did not have to give any interview. Even though I got invitations from many other mosques, those associated with this mosque would not allow me to go anywhere else. Many officers and employees have been transferred. But no one thought of changing me. Rather, I was confirmed for the next year as soon as one year of tarabi ended. Being healthy for 50 years is a special blessing of God. No one said anything about me during this time. Once a musli talked about appointing another hafez instead of me there was a huge reaction. Later that musalli was transferred from here.
Hafez Mahfuzur Rahman said, ‘For 48 consecutive years, I have offered prayers alone. Still able to pray alone. One of my students has been teaching namaz with me for two years. I have met many people while teaching tarabi for the 50th year in a row. Many big officials have prayed here. What impresses me the most is that I have heard three generations of recitations in this mosque. A Muslim named Tajul Islam used to read tarabi here in the beginning. Later his son Nazrul Islam also studied Tarabi regularly here. Now Nazrul Islam’s son Fuad also comes to Tarabi. It is very fortunate to have three generations of devotees. People and worshipers here respect me a lot. So I come here again and again to teach Taraweeh prayers. As long as they tell me, if ALLAH keeps me healthy, I will teach tarabi in this mosque. I have been invited to teach tarabi in many big mosques, but I politely declined all invitations because of my love for this mosque. There is no end of gratitude to Allah for keeping Tarabi intact even in the corona epidemic.
Hafez Mahfuzur Rahman is the son of deceased Maqsud Ali Molla of Ektiarpur village of Madhavpur upazila in Habiganj. He has 4 sons and 2 daughters. Everyone is studying. Hafez Mahfuz Ahmed participated in the competition in 1982 and became the best Hafez of Sylhet region. He was also awarded at the national level in 1983. He started his career by teaching in the Madrasa Harshpur from which he graduated. After that he taught at Jamia Diniya Madrasa in Moulvibazar. Later he taught in different madrasas in Dhaka’s Manipuri Para, Nikunj and Jatrabari. Currently, he is working as the Head of Heafz Department of Nabigunar Daruchunnah Madrasah, Brakshanbaria.
Hafez Mahfuzur Rahman said, “In the month of Ramadan, we don’t only teach Khatam Tarabi.” For 50 years, I have been completing Tahajjud prayers three more times. This time I have taken the initiative to give 10 khatams in Tahajjud to express gratitude for 50 years. Already 4 Khatam has been completed. By the grace of ALLAH I can recite 30 paras of the Holy Quran accurately in one sitting at any moment without any preparation. Last year before Ramadan, I read 30 paras in one sitting in front of 8 Hafez. No one could give a clue. I am the only Hafeez in Bangladesh who has been able to recite from the first verse to the last verse of the Holy Qur’an Sharif as well as from the last verse to the first verse. I can finish the Holy Qur’an from any direction. After I became a Hafez, I came to teaching and managed to create more than a hundred Hafez. Many Hafez created by my hands are established with reputation in the country and abroad today. I want to spend the rest of my life in the service of the Holy Qur’an.

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