Our group focuses on the neuroscience of rhythmic brain in relation to the Holy Quran and well-known melodic recitation as revealed by the Prophet (PBUH). 

The aim is to elucidate and explore the underlying neural correlates of the affective effects known to be associated with the melodic rhythmic recitation of the Holy Quran by the believers.



Principal Investigator:

Associate Professor Dr. Muzaimi Mustapha (Dept. of Neuroscience, USM)


Dr. Mohammed Faruque Reza (Dept. of Neuroscience, USM)

Ustaz Mohammad Amiri Ab Ghani (Dept. of Quran and Hadith, Sultan Ismail Petra International College)

Dr. Aini Ismafairus Abd Hamid (Dept. of Neuroscience, USM)

Assoc. Professor Dr. Nidal Kamel (CISIR, UTP)

Graduate students:

Nur Syairah Ab Rani (Research Mode: PhD)

To study the emanation of frontalmental theta waves during receptive auditory Quranic listening

Muhammad Hakimi Mohd Rashid (Research Mode: PhD)

To explore the effective connectivity of the brain when listening to various Quranic recitation

Mohd Waqiyuddin Abdullah (INP-Doctoral)

To correlate the gamma waves produce during receptive Quranic listening to the musical and rhythmic part of the recitation waves

Mohammed Abdalla Kannan (INP- Doctoral)

To study the connection and correlation between Quranic rhythm to the production of the theta waves

Mas Syazwanee Shab (INP-Doctoral)

To investigate the rhythmic and language part of the Quranic recitation in non-native and native Arabic speakers using fMRI

Nurfaizatul Aisyah Ab Aziz (Research Mode: PhD)

To explore the functional connectivity of the brain when listening to the Quranic recitation using fMRI 


  1. Ab Rani, N. S., Mustapha, M., Reza, F. & Ab, M. A. (2015). Brainwave Theta Signal Responses during Receptive Auditory Quranic and Non-Quranic Stimulation: A Pilot Study. Proceedings of Universiti Sains Malaysia, pp 262-269.