In Part I of my Post-Ramadhan Project, I have decided to share an activity which I have recently been practising – Qur’an Journaling.
I was doing some research the other day and I came across a considerable number of Christians in the west who have been doing Bible journaling for years now (and they even formed a community of Bible journalers)! So I thought, hey, what if I could get the ball rolling to start a Qur’an journaling community here too? Qur’an journaling is not something new (there are some great Qur’an journaling tips and examples if you would just Google them), but it’s still relatively nascent here in our community.
This idea also stems from a lack of personal connection with the Book which I have been reciting since young. I’ve been to classes to practise and recite the Qur’an till I get it right yet I felt like something was missing. After classes, I’d sometimes chuck it aside and only opened it in the next class. I realized that reflecting and applying these words to my life, doing tadabbur*, was essentially what I was lacking – what’s the point of fluently reciting a text if that is all there is to it? What’s the point of merely scratching ground if we fail to unearth the treasures beneathe? We can be as phonetically and lexically competent as we can but if we fail to immerse in Allah’s words and understand the semantics and pragmatics couched in the language, then we will always be at a loss.
Furthermore, with everything that’s happening in the world right now, I think it only makes perfect sense to go back to the truth, to Allah’s word. Hence, I decided to name my project The Light Journal because the Qur’an is our Light and our guide in times of darkness. I am in no way a scholar or a learned person – I am merely a student who’s struggling to get closer to my Lord. But I believe the Qur’an is not exclusive to a certain people only; it is a gift to all of humanity. And I strive to reap its benefits as long as I live from trusted teachers I can learn from. I believe that if everyone in this world were to reflect on His words and embody it in their actions, the world would be a much better place to live in. Truly, all the world needs now is
The main purpose of this project is so I can build my istiqamah*. It’s one of my post-Ramadhan efforts in growing myself spiritually. I have learnt that one of the biggest signs that our fast in Ramadhan has been accepted is when we continue the good deeds we have started then, beyond Ramadhan itself. We all want to be better Muslims as we age – I don’t think anyone enjoys regressing spiritually because every day that passes us is a day closer to meeting our Lord – so taking Ramadhan as a springboard to be better Muslims than we were before is always a good start. Consistency is always key. As our Prophet ﷺ said,
The most beloved of actions to Allah are those which are done persistently, even if they are little. (Muslim 783)
And I pray that through this project, I can build a stronger personal connection with the Qur’an and ultimately, with Allah.
You can follow @thelightjournal on Instagram for some #reflectionsonrevelation, and perhaps, join me on my Qur’an journaling adventure too! I think it’ll be really cool to share gems from the Qur’an and that way, our motivation to study the Qur’an will always be fueled insyaAllah. I need more Qur’an journaling buddies to talk to and chill with, yknow.
Main references for the translation and the context behind the reflected ayat in the Qur’an as journaled are mainly from bayyinah.tv and qtafsir.com. I lost count the number of people I’ve urged to sign up for bayyinah tv (it’s only 11 USD every month! the content is worth way more than that!) and enthusiastically advocated it to everyone I know but let me just do a shoutout again – go sign up! Trust me you won’t regret.
Before I leave, a belated EID MUBARAK to everyone! Taqabalallahu minna wa minkum. No photos to share (kinda lost it as I age lol that’s a good thing I hope) but the yummy food and beautiful family bonding will always be etched on my mind x
istiqamah* = steadfastness and consistency/ to go straight into the right direction and allowing no deviation
tadabbur* = to ponder, reflect, think
ayat* = verse / proof / miracle