Lately, I get asked a lot about my Quran journaling habit. So here are my answers to some of the questions or issues raised;
1. How do you pick what ayah to reflect upon?
Honestly, most of the time I try to pick from my daily Qur’an recitation. Other times, it is pretty random; something I saw on Instagram, or any of the social media platforms or from a book I am reading. If nothing inspires me, I open up my copy of Daily wisdom: selections from the Holy Quran and take the ayah after the one I bookmarked (the one bookmarked was the last one I reflected on). My first choice though is from my daily recitation. I feel it gives my study a bit of structure (or might just be OCD🤔).
2. Do you write the ayah out in Arabic or in English?
I do both when I can. For longer ayahs, I fear to make mistakes in writing and so I write them out in the language I am most comfortable with…English. Why I would recommend the inclusion of the ayah and/or its details into your journal is so it can be picked up anytime and read and would be whole. No need looking for a copy of the Quran and its translation. Also, you can leave your journal for your kids and grandkids and it would still make sense and hopefully a difference (What a beautiful legacy that would be InshaAllah).
Imagine many years from now someone picking up this notebook and seeing and feeling what you are seeing and feeling and making changes to their life, the same path you walked or intended to but did not have the time. SubhanAllah! 😇
3. I do not have coloured pens so mine doesn’t look pretty.
The main aim of the journal is not to look pretty or picture worthy. It is to remind you to reflect and connect with the words of your Rabb. To ensure you derive lessons from the Quran and better yourself so you ultimately gain closeness to your Rabb.I am a very visual learning Masha Allah! I love to see colours in my notebooks so that’s how I study.
4. How often do you do reflect?
I try to do it daily. It’s a work in progress. I would recommend you do it daily…even if it is just an ayah.
If you have any questions that are not answered, please ask them and inshaAllah I would answer if I can or refer you to someone who can.
Anyone that has tips that could be of help to anyone please drop them.in the comments. I would also love to know what you think about this piece.
May Allah help us attain nearness to him. May we not be among those who abandon the Qur’an. Ameen.
Until next time,