Every year, a great number of students and individuals learn and memorise the Quran. They develop the ability to interpret and explain the Holy Quran - the only religious or secular text that millions of individuals from all cultures have memorised perfectly.
In Islam, the rewards of memorising the Quran are reaped in the form of divine rewards, but physically, there are many, many health benefits as well.
يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ قَدْ جَاءَتْكُم مَّوْعِظَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّكُمْ وَشِفَاءٌ لِّمَا فِي الصُّدُورِ وَهُدًى وَرَحْمَةٌ لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
O mankind! Surely, there has come to you a (heart penetrating) counsel from your Master, and a cure for all those (diseases) which are (hidden) in the chests. And it is guidance and mercy for those who believe. (Yūnus, 10:57)
We are taught that when you have a problem in life that is affecting your heart - turn to the Quran. Bring the light into yourselves, your homes and your neighbourhood.
Here we have 5 health benefits of memorising the Quran that you might not know of!
1. Helps with relieving anxiety & depression, hypertension and diabetes
Other than the spiritual benefits of memorising the Quran, a number of mental and physical benefits have also been cited - riddance from depression and anxiety, prevention from diseases, training of the brain and so on.
While it is not the cure for mental health illnesses, the daily recitation and memorization of the Quran not only eases the heart and the mind, but also reduces one’s anxiety and stress.
And this is backed up by research as well. According to a study on Mental Health and Stress-coping Strategies among Memorisers of Holy Quran published in 2015, it found that memorisers of the Quran had high mental health and that anxiety and sleep disorders among the memorisers are at a significantly low level.
2. Memorisation has its long-term benefits
This might be quite well-known to many, and yes, memorising can help to increase one’s memory space.
Memorising is like mental gymnastics, the more you memorise, the stronger your muscle memory will get. As you memorise the Quran, you are actually increasing your brain’s capacity to memorise even more. With continuous and regular memorisation, you will be able to strengthen your memory muscle even more.
3. Boosting the memory - helps with those with Alzheimers and Dementia
As mentioned above, memorisation builds muscle memory. Memory training can, in the long-run, help slow down mental deterioration.
As one grows older, they are more prone to progressive mental deterioration illnesses such as Alzheimer or Dementia. Researches from the National Institute on Health and Aging found that practising daily memorisation allows adults and the elderly to delay typical cognitive decline by seven to 14 years, thus potentially preventing memory-losing illnesses.
4. Leaves a positive effect on socio-culture life and academic achievement
As memorising trains your brain and increases your memory capacity, this may help you to become more organised and lower your stress levels.
In fact, lowering your stress levels will improve your memory further and accelerate the positive benefits with a ripple effect.
It’s like a cycle that you’ll want to be in!
5. Trains & Shapes the Brain
Our brain is like a muscle - the more it is exercised, the stronger it becomes. Memorising trains the brain to remember more, even if not actively trying to memorise information.
Additionally, memorising from a young age helps the development of the child and it has a positive effect in the long-run.
According to Dr Haneen Jarrar, a child psychologist at Camali Clinic, memorising a large quantity of text at an early age enhances a child’s working memory and learning skill.
"If a child memorises anything or works their brain in that way, it helps in something called the working memory,” - Dr Jarrar
If you memorise a Quran at a young age, it will be much easier for you at an older age and you are more likely to retain the information and remember what you have memorised.
It’s clear. Other than the religious and spiritual benefits of memorising the Quran, there are many incredible health benefits as well. We have shared just five of the many benefits to health through memorisation, especially memorisation of the Quran.
May Allah s.w.t grant us good health and wellbeing, strength in the physical, mental and spiritual state and widen our chests and hearts for healing, guidance and mercy.