Hafiz means guardian or protector
The word Khuda Hafiz means ‘May God protect you’, it is used in the same context as ‘Good Bye’ in English.
Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī Hafez is the name of a renowned persian poet known by his pen name Hāfez also written as Hafiz (1325/26–1389/90). His collected works are regarded as a pinnacle of Persian Literature and are to be found in the homes of most people in Iran and Afghanistan, who learn his poems by heart and use them as proverbs and sayings to this day. His life and poems have been the subject of much analysis, commentary and interpretation, influencing post-fourteenth century Persian writing more than any other author.
Today, he is the most popular poet in Iran. Libraries in many other nations other than Iran such as Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia contain his Diwan.
Twenty years after his death, a tomb (the Hafezieh) was erected to honor Hafez in the Musalla Gardens in Shiraz. The current Mausoleum was designed by Andre Godard, French archeologist and architect, in the late 1930s. Inside, Hafez’s alabaster tombstone bears two of his poems inscribed upon it.