Memorising Quran is Good For Your Brain
8 Great Reasons Why Memorising the Quran is Good For Your Brain
Repeat the same phrase over and over until I’ve committed it to memory? Ugh!
We’ll admit it: It can be hard to get excited about memorising. Although you may feel quite proud of yourself once you’ve memorised a surah, the act of memorising isn’t up there with more exciting learning experiences like finding out how something works or getting introduced to the work of a brilliant novelist. Memorisation tends to fall short of delivering the rewarding “highs” that entice you to keep ploughing ahead.
Even many educators these days dismiss the value of memorisation, setting it aside in favour of “real” learning. It’s true that simply learning by rote without taking the words to heart is a waste of your mental energy, which is why we at Understand Quran Academy have made it our mission to help you understand the Quran. You should be pursuing real learning, not just mentally recording a bunch of facts long enough to pass a test.
On the other hand . . . memorisation is in fact a very important part of real learning.
We hope that by bringing you some important information we can motivate you to add the habit of memorisation to your Quran studies. Yes, even when we can open our smartphones and read the Quran at any hour of the day or night, there are some major benefits to memorising.
1—Learning something by heart really does mean taking it into your heart, making it a part of you, making the sounds, rhythm, and hopefully the meaning a lasting part of your neurological functioning. And if memorising poetry sweetens your soul and makes you wiser, what spiritual, mental, and emotional blessings can you expect from memorizing passages from The Message?
2—Memorisation is a kind of mental workout. Regularly pushing your mind to memorise passages of text is forcing it to work, thus a good way to keep it in shape. Keeping your mind active helps it function better, both in the short term and long term, even staving off mental decline in your sunset years by improving neural plasticity!
3—You may not always have Internet access. Do you really want to limit your Quran recitations to the times when you have a book, a computer, a smartphone, and a reliable Internet connection?
4—Is there someone out there you need to impress? Being able to recite the Quran by heart without looking it up makes you look smart.
5—Memorizing something makes you an expert. For example, the ability to rattle off Surat Al-Asr gives you a special position of knowledge, i.e. the ability to return to this surat as often as you like wherever you are and to share it with others.
6—When you discover, problem-solve, and use your creativity— three of the most pleasant ways to learn— you still depend on something called “working memory:” your bank of stored information. The more and the better the information you can store in your working memory, the smarter you you’ll be.
7—Even with lightning-fast Internet connections, remembering something is still much faster and easier than looking it up online or even finding a print copy of the Quran and looking up the surah.
8—When you succeed in memorising something you’ll gain the confidence needed for other mental tasks. Learning special techniques for memorising helps you succeed and develops your skill set even further. Some of these techniques can be found here and here.
Praying you’ll benefit,