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!