My question is that what is the need and significance of Hifz-e-Quran these days. These days, the Quran has been saved in its best form; it has been saved on computers, CDs, hard disks and papers. There is no chance of any amendment/ forgery/ changes in the Quran now. Is there a need to do Hifz-e-Quran by heart? I believe that learning of the Quran by heart was only for a limited time (when there was shear need to save the Quran for future generations). Second part of my question is that what is the use of learning the Holy Quran by heart by 10-12 year old kids who are not adults (and are not able to decide what is good or bad for them)? Parents send such kids to madrassas without considering whether these kids are able to take this responsibility and whether they will be able to honour this responsibility all their lives. I have observed that many Huffaz forget the Quran when they enter the tough practical life. So what is the need and significance of putting this huge responsibility and burden on the shoulders of immature kids? Please note that I am also such a Hafiz who feels ashamed to confess that I have also forgotten the Quran and I feel extremely bad for that... What should I do?
Even after the invention of these sources, memorization still remains the primary tool for preservation and transmission of the Qur'an since every cd, hard disk, codex etc needs the stamp of a hafiz to certify if the Qur'an has been correctly recorded in these mediums.
I understand it would be better if we restricted to giving the most plausible view on the question without discussing parallel opinions in this regard.
One of my peers told me that faith does not require proof or logic. So, if we agree that a particular law is ordained by Allah and/or ordained by Muhammad (sws) is the last word, the question again arises whether all the laws enforced by the Sharī‘ah are universal and everlasting, or for the Prophet's contemporary world. I am not an expert in the Sharī‘ah nor a studious follower of the tenets of Islam, I know for certain that even during Prophet's time, the laws were slowly and progressively evolved and so many changes were made by the Rightly Guided Caliphs (rāshidūn). Do you think that our practices need revision according to the changing times and needs; and should we try to segregate permanent, universal and ephemeral, local? Is any discussion on this line is on the anvil.
Example: Our Prophet had several wives but the law restricts to four. Either the law was temporary under a given circumstances or not applicable to all.
We understand that it would not be accurate to say that the faith does not fit in reason. Islam accords to the nature. Its teachings are well established by human reason and understanding. However, the divine laws pertaining to matters where humans could not come to a decisive position are based on the Almighty's profound wisdom, and we may not be able to grasp the underlying wisdom of such laws. Take for example the matter…
I live in Australia and I keep a dog. Some Muslims brothers said that it is not allowable to keep the dog in one’s home because the mercy of God does not descend into that house. They quote the ḥadīth to support their claim. Please tell me is it true and can we keep a dog at home. Pleases note that the dog stays only at the backyard of the house.
Your friends are right in saying that there are Prophetic traditions which tell us that the angels do not enter the house in which there is a dog. However, there are equally authentic aḥādīth which tell us that dogs can be kept. Consider the following narrative.
عن عدي بن حاتم قال قلت يا رسول الله صلي الله عليه و سلم إني أرسل الكلاب المعلمة فيمسكن علي وأذكر اسم الله عليه فقال إذا…