Impacts of Quran Memorization on Psychological and Health Well-Being

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Ismarulyusda Ishak, Santibuana Abd. Rahman, Farah Wahida Ibrahim, Norfathin Mohd. Khair, Nor Malia Abd. Warif, Dzalani Harun, Ahmad Rohi Ghazali, Faisal Ariffin, Normah Che Din, Sabri Mohamad, Khairul Anwar Mastor, Muhammad Hafiz Mohd. Haneefa, Samhani Is


Objective: To investigate the effects of Quran memorization on psychological and health well-being, particularly on intelligence quotient (IQ), quality of life (QOL) and hormone levels in students of selected secondary schools in Selangor, Malaysia.

Materials and Methods:A cross-sectional study was conducted on 159 Quran memorizers from five schools in Selangor. 36-item from Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) and Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence Second Edition (WASI-II) for assessment of the QOL and IQ were completed. Verbal Comprehension Index (VCI), Perceptual Reasoning Index (PRI) and Full-Scale IQ (FSIQ) were scored. Serum serotonin and cortisol levels were also determined.

Results: The results showed that mean score for FSIQ was 104.00±14.58 and there were significant differences (p<0.05) of physical component of QOL, serotonin level, VCI and PRI as well as FSIQ scores according to the level of Quran memorization. A moderate correlation was also found between the level of Quran memorization and VCI (r= 0.356, p<0.05).

Conclusion: In conclusion, this study suggests that practice of Quran memorization positively affects IQ, QOL and the serotonin level. The implication of this study shows that people who memorize Quran present with a better physical health status.

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