As salaamu alaykum.
Can becoming a Hafiz be more of a liability than an asset for your "average" Muslim?
I ask this question because this has been something that I have struggled with in my heart and head for some time.
To get an idea of what I mean by this, please consider the following:
Imagine that one is an "average", yet barely practicing, Muslim. By this I mean that the person does a good job, 99% of the time, of avoiding the major sins, they pray 5 times a day, attend Jumah, fast during Ramadhan, pay Zakah, and have made the Hajj, and 99% of the time do not do any "open sinning", e.g. not observing hijab, shaving the beard (if you're a Hanafi), etc. Aside from this, they do little to nothing in terms of Nawaafil (plural form of Nafl) and are not in a good state internally in terms of ridding themselves of things like extreme rage, grudges, lust, etc.
For the type of person described above, would being a Hafiz, be more of a liability than an asset? I ask this since even though they avoid the major sins and do the BARE MINIMUM in terms of Amal (i.e. actions), those actions being the 5 pillars, in order to be called a "practicing" Muslim, the Quran asks for more than this to be done, for example feeding the needy (Sadaqah), taking care of wayfarers and orphans, etc. and especially in terms internal states of the heart.
We know of accounts of Sahabah for whom it took YEARS to memorize the Quran because they wanted to make sure that they put into practice what they had already memorized before memorizing something new and obviously they were already doing much more than merely avoiding the major sins and being vigilant about the 5 pillars. Now is this level of scrupulousness something that is rewarded alone, or something that is required? Or would one be sinful for not doing ALL of that which is asked of us to do, either in terms of religious obligation or recommended option deeds, in the Quran, if one were to be a Hafiz?
If some of my more knowledgeable brothers and sisters could shed light on the above insha'allah, I would greatly appreciate it.