Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Top 6 tips to strengthen your memory

Salam warahmatullah.

Alhamdulillah for all His Blessings.
Having a good day, say ALHAMDULILLAH,
Having a bad day, say ALHAMDULILLAH,
will you?

Actually, i run out of ideas of what to write here.. so, i decide to share few tips from Productive Muslim website (i think you all are quite familiar with this website [*_*] ) and hopefully all of you could gain benefits from it, insyaALLAH..


the author : Rushda Abraham is a French Muslim Woman Magazine journalist.


The capacity of memory in the brain to store, process and recall information is truly a wondrous blessing of Allah. We use our memory to gain beneficial knowledge; we also use our memory to recall the mistakes we’ve made in the past and learn from them to become better.Top 6 Tips to Strengthen your Memory
For instance, remembering how we may have spent time during Ramadan unproductively last year may motivate us to utilize time fruitfully this Ramadan.
Many associate aging with memory loss, but it doesn’t have to be that way as demonstrated by +80 grandparents who complete memorization of The Qur’an! The following are some tips to strengthen your memory:

Use it or Lose it

Treat you brain as a muscle – if you want to keep it fit and agile, you have to use it. Reading books, memorizing Qur’an, memorizing beneficial knowledge, and prayer are all the best way for Muslims to exercise their mind. The sense of being closer to Allah (The Exalted) will also protect us from depression which has negative effects on the mind. If you like, you could also try other academic exercises or mental challenges for fun.

Brain Food

A well-balanced diet is beneficial to keep your memory at its best. A recent study conducted in France has found that use of olive oil improves visual memory and verbal fluency. The virtue of the olive is also mentioned in The Qur’an, and Allah (The All-Wise) takes an oath by this special food (95:1). Foods that contain high omega-3 content, such as salmon, are also important for the memory and brain function. Furthermore, your memory needs adequate sugar and vitamins that most of that will naturally be in your diet (if it’s not, try honey, dates, blueberries, and almonds).

Healthy Body for a Healthy Mind

Physical exercises, especially aerobic ones, are beneficial to keep the mind alert and healthy. If you can’t do aerobic exercises, the good news is that a moderate amount of walking on daily basis can keep the mind healthy too. Indeed, walking for most people is pretty easy to maintain as a regular activity (even taking the stairs instead of the elevator exercises your body).


Taking a nap improves memory and mood, promotes physical well-being, and sharpen senses. Napping has many benefits so taking a 15-30 minute before or after Zhuhr should significantly affect your intellectual performance, energy level, and plus – it’s sunnah!

Get an Adequate Amount of Sleep

Recent German research lab finds that sleep helps memory shaping. Sleep is needed to clear the brain’s short-term memory storage and create space for new information. Sleep and nighttime is yet another mercy and blessing from Allah, The Most Generous:
”It is out of His Mercy that He has put for you night and day, that you may rest therein (i.e. during the night) and that you may seek of His Bounty (i.e. during the day), and in order that you may be grateful.” [28: 73]

Ask for it

If you want a good memory, ask Al-Mujib (The Answerer of Prayers). Ask Allah (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) for what you need – beneficial knowledge, understanding, good memory.
Our memory is indeed a true blessing of Allah, and we should be grateful for it. To show our appreciation, let us keep it healthy and use it for beneficial purposes that lead us to get closer to Allah, The Most Merciful.

References :
1. Rauchs, G. et al. 2011. Sleep contributes to the strengthening of some memories over others, depending on hippocampal activity at learning. J. Neuroscience. 31 (7): 2563-2568.
2. “The Memory Cure – How to Protect Your Brain Against Memory Loss & Alzheimer’s Disease” by Majid Fotuhi, M. D., PH. D. McGraw- Hill, 2003.
3. “Keep Your Brain Young” by Guy McKhann, M.D & Marilyn Albert, Ph.D. John Wiley & Sons, Inc, 2002.

note i : really, it's one hundred percent copy paste!
note ii : i like these 2 points ; if you want anything, ask Al-Mujib. Ask HIM for anything that you need. He owns everything, He creates everything, and yet we are still not convinced?! *self-reflecting also* and try to memorize ayatul Quran. It does strengthen your memory and relieves your emotional burdens.

May ALLAH bless our days. May each day we are turning better, more positive in life, deleting more bad attitudes, erasing all negative thoughts about other people and care more about this world. To make the world a better place to live where there is only peace and harmony and i believe the only way we could achieve that when ISLAM is liven again.. =) so, we must strive hard to achieve that 'one dream'.. the same one dreamt by the Palestinians, Syrians, and all muslims in this whole wide world..

we had achieved the glory once and we will, the question is do you or do you not want to be part of it?

Mademoiselle Sophie GEN09 MEMBER

Do things with passion or not at all.

1 comment:

ejahchan said...

brilliant post~
thank u anis..