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Hafiz or Hafez (Arabic: حافظ‎, "one who remembers" lit. "keeper") may mean:

  • Hafiz (Quran), a term used by Muslims for people who have completely memorized the Qur'an
  • Al-Ḥafīẓ, one of the names of God in Islam

People known by the mononym[edit]

People with the given name[edit]


  • Hafez al-Assad (1930–2000), president of Syria 1971–2000
  • Hafez Ibrahim (1871–1932), also referred to as Hafiz or Hafez, Egyptian poet of the early 20th century
  • Hafëz Jusuf Azemi, Balli Kombëtar fighter from the Dobrošte unit. After World War II, forced into exile in the United States
  • Hafez Kasseb, Egyptian footballer
  • Hafez Makhlouf (born 1971), Syrian intelligence officer who was head of the internal branch of the General Security
  • Hafiz Muhammad Saeed (born 1950), Pakistani Islamist militant, co-founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the chief of Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JuD), UN-designated terrorist organisations operating mainly from Pakistan
  • Hafez Al Mirazi, Egyptian journalist
  • Hafez Nazeri, Iranian-Kurdish composer



People with the surname[edit]



Al Hafez / Al Hafiz[edit]

  • Amin al-Hafez (Lebanon) (1926-2009), Lebanese politician, former Prime Minister of Lebanon
  • Amin al-Hafiz (or Amin Hafez; 1921–2009), Syrian politician, General and member of the Ba'ath Party who served as the President of Syria from 27 July 1963 to 23 February 1966


  • Hafez, Iran, a village in East Azerbaijan Province, Iran
  • Tomb of Hafez and its associated memorial hall, the Hāfezieh, two memorial structures erected in the northern edge of Shiraz, Iran, in memory of the celebrated Persian poet Hafez