Qur’an Journaling: Give it a Try!

Hello all! Hope you are doing well and enjoying the fall-timey weather (or spring-timey if you are south of the equator?)!

Today I want to share a little something that I have been doing for the past couple of months, and I hope you will try it out too!

For the record: I originally got this idea from a photo I saw in a bullet journaling Facebook group from Mariam Poppins, and I have modified it over the past few months to fit my own needs.

What is the “it” I am talking about? Qur’an journaling!

As I am sure many of you don’t know, I am a huge organisation, planning, and to-do list fan. I like to have my days, my work, my duties and chores, my blog posts, etc. planned out to a T. Since I have been a student in some capacity for the past 19 years of my life, I have usually used an academic planner to plans my days, weeks, and months. But since I am not a student anymore (:O), that format doesn’t really work for me.

Enter bullet journaling—it is an organisation and planning system where you bascially just use one notebook and keep everything important in there: addresses, notes, recipes, and yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily spreads to track your plans and to-dos.

One thing I have been trying to do with my bullet journal is use it to help me be a better Muslim and connect more in my daily life with my religion. For example: during Ramadan I had a spread for my Ramadan goals, and a couple of different trackers to track the progress I was making on the surahs I wanted to memorize. I have also tried a worship tracker, where I fill in the square next to each thing I accomplished that day (i.e. praying each prayer on time, extra prayers, fasting, tasbeeh and supplications after the prayers, etc.).

One thing that I have really been loving, however, is Qur’an journaling.

I do it every other day (it takes a lot of pages!), usually first thing when I wake up. I find that it is a really beautiful way to start my day, and it puts me in a good mood and an Islamically-motivated mindset all day long.

Plus, I am always learning something new about the Holy Book; words that I didn’t understand before, meanings that I did not realise were there, and the reasons and situations behind the revelation.

Since I have started Qur’an journaling, I have really began to feel the Qur’an penetrating my heart, more that I ever have in just reading it or memorising chapters and verses. I am beginning to really understand each verse that I journal, and because of that understanding I have a new love for it and it is able to have a real impact in my life.

So how do I do it?

I have an app on my phone that a friend recommended to me (Muslim Pro) mainly for keeping track of prayer times in whatever city/country I may happen to be in. But it also has a “verse of the day” function, which is what I use to choose which verse I am going to journal. I just look at which verse is selected for the day I am doing it, and use that one!

I begin by writing the name of the chapter and number of the verse. Under that I write out the English translation of the verse, and then under that I write the Arabic (which is great practice for my awful Arabic handwriting!).

Then I skip a line and write in the tafsir/explanation for that particular verse. You can use whichever source you have on hand, or you like best for this part!

After I finish writing out all the tafsir, I skip another line and begin my “reflections” section. This is where I write whatever the verse made me feel, think about, or maybe other hadiths or verses that it reminds me of. Really any connections the verse is making for me. Sometimes I even write a little goal at the end, like being more grateful to God, or remembering something special about the verse.

And that is it!

Like I said, I do it every other day, but you can do it on whatever time-frame suits you best—every day, once a week, twice a month, whatever you have time for!

Do any of you do something similar? If not, give it a try and let me know what you think of it! Just grab any notebook (or even a word doc) and pick any verse that speaks to you, look up the tafsir of it, and then write out your reflections. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Peace!

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10 thoughts on “Qur’an Journaling: Give it a Try!

    1. ashleybounoura

      Glad I could help with some inspiration 🙂 I have been loving the bullet journal system and finding this from Marian Poppins’ site has made it that much better for me! I hope you will find Qur’an journaling as rewarding as I have!

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  1. This is brilliant! I love bullet journalling and as I’m about to start a new one for new calendar year, I was planning to incorporate more Islam into it. So far I’ve only been tracking my prayers etc., but was thinking about verses from the Quran too – off to check out that app now! 😉

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    1. ashleybounoura

      Yeah, the daily verses from that app are pretty random, but it is the only one I know about so that’s what I use 🙂 sometimes I also just open up my mushaf and begin reading and whenever I find a verse that speaks to me I use that one…that is a good way to go to 🙂 glad I could give you a bit of inspiration for the new bullet journal!!

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  2. As-Salaamu A’alaykum,
    Such a great idea that I am going to try and implement. Like you, I like to ponder, create and add a personal touch and I think this would really help me to implement the beautiful words of Allah into my life in sha Allah…

    Do you have a recommendation of Tasfir to read online? I recently moved and still have all of my books in my mama’s house alongwith Tasfir that I had. I would really appreciate your help. May Allah reward you for this amazing idea and bless your life for sharing.

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    1. ashleybounoura

      Wa alaikum salaam, and ameen to your dua 🙂
      Yes while here in Algeria I have been using qtafsir.com it is a project started by Yusuf Estes and the tafsir is taken directly out of Ibn Kathir. You can go straight to a surah and ayah too, which is super helpful 😊

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