Personalising Relationship With Qur’an Through Reflection

All praise and adoration belong to Allah, the Noble Benefactor, Possessor of infinite Power and Perfection. He blessed us by sending us His beloved servant and messenger, Muhammad (Peace and blessings be upon him) and honoured him with the best of remembrance, the comfort of hearts, the Glorious Qur’an which endures the passing of time and source of mercy for the believers. May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon the noble prophet, Muhammad, his companions, household and believers upholding Qur’an and sunnah until the end of time. Ameen

What is Qur’an Journaling?

The best form of all adhkar is the Qur’an and the goal is to recite with contemplation. Qur’an journaling is a free flow creative thinking process and a beautiful way of expressing your thoughts, feelings and reflections upon the ayahs of Qur’an, in a way that helps you build mental, emotional and spiritual connection with the Qur’an. Qur’an journal is a record detailing ones’ relationship with the Glorious Qur’an, with a view of living with its message and apply it to our contemporary life.

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Why keep a Qur’an journal ?

Allah (Exalted is He), said

﴾ أَفَلَا يَتَدَبَّرُونَ ٱلۡقُرۡءَانَ أَمۡ عَلَىٰ قُلُوبٍ أَقۡفَالُهَآ (٢٤) ﴿

Do they not then think deeply in the Qur’ân, or are their hearts locked up (from understanding it)? [Surah Muhammad:24]

Qur’an is Mercy, Reminder (Dhikr) and entails guidance for believers to live a fulfilled life. Qatadah reported: I said ‘’O mother of the believers, tell me about the character of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him)’’ Aisha said, ‘’Have you not read the Qur’an?’’ I said, ‘’Of course!’’. Aisha said, ‘’Verily, the character of the Prophet of Allah was the Qur’an’’. {Sahih Muslim}.

Hence, it is not enough to recite Qur’an without reflections. It is important to teach, nurture our Nafs (soul) to live with the Qur’an and be positively transformed. “Verily, Allah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves” [al-Ra’d 13:11]

Qur’an journaling:

  • aids the understanding of Qur’an as one is unlikely to write down what one does not understand
  • helps you track your progress on being transformed by the Qur’an.
  • is about your relationship with the Qur’an; thus, your journal detailed your ‘’personalised’’ lessons and actions required to purify your heart with message of Qur’an. It is about Qur’an and you!

Qur’an & Me Journal

Allah (Exalted is He) said in the noble Qur’an
﴿ كِتَـٰبٌ أَنزَلۡنَـٰهُ إِلَيۡكَ مُبَـٰرَكٌ۬ لِّيَدَّبَّرُوٓاْ ءَايَـٰتِهِۦ وَلِيَتَذَكَّرَ أُوْلُواْ ٱلۡأَلۡبَـٰبِ﴾
‘’this is a book (the Qur’an) which we have sent down to you, full of blessings that they may ponder over its verses, and that men of understanding may remember’’ Surah Sad, 38:29.

Qur’an and Me journal offers an easy step for faithful hearts to ponder upon the words of the creator.

The journal adopts Driscoll’s Model of Reflection; “What?” “So, what?” “Now what?” as the guiding framework. Hence, in Qur’an and Me journal;

• ‘’what’’ refers to short description of the ayah recited
• ‘’So, what’’ indicates Reflection process (How it makes one think differently)
• ‘’Now what’’ Action plans on how to purify one’s heart with its lessons


Kids’ Journal

It provide beginners first step to Journaling. It can be used to introduce simple art of daily reflections and journaling to kids.

Tips on Qur’an Journaling

  • Purify your intention to love, learn and build a lifelong relationship with the Glorious Qur’an –Sincerity
  • Read the Qur’an verse in Arabic and English (or your preferred language).
  • Read hadiths, explanation or related articles for deeper understanding. Tafsir (explanation of Qur’an) provides deeper understanding.
  • Pause, reflect, record your reflections and personalise the lessons learnt based on how it connects with your life

Remember: It is your journal, no fancy vocabulary or grammar. Keep it simple!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I shared an online platforms of Qur’an recitation, reflections and journaling with group of lovely sisters called Qur’an and Me Buddies and here are some FAQs:

Do I need special journal?

Qur’an and Me series are structured in an easy way for beginners to get started with journaling. Available in pocket size journal cards as well as desk journal for users’ convenience.

There is also Qur’an and Me online buddies and discussion forum.

What resources do I need?

There are many good translations of the noble Qur’an in English language which can be helpful. I found translations by Dr. Muhammad Muhsin Khan and Sahih international helpful.
There are various tafsir (explanation) of Qur’an available online and in Apps. Tafsir Ibn Kathir Tafsir and Shaykh AbdulRahman As-Sadi are highly recommended. Ayat Qur’an apps also features English tafheem.
And Allah knows best!!!

Links to some of this can be found on our Resource Page

Will reflection be in certain order and how long will it take?

Reflection can be at any time of the day and usually doesn’t take long as we see the signs of Allah all around us!

What is the best time to read and reflect?

﴿وَقُرْءَانَ الْفَجْرِ إِنَّ قُرْءَانَ الْفَجْرِ كَانَ مَشْهُودًا﴾
‘’and recite the Qur’an in the early dawn. Verily, the recitation of the Qur’an in the early dawn is ever witnessed’’ Surah Al-Isra, 17:78
Imam Ahmad recorded from Ibn Mas`ud and Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet said, concerning this Ayah, that i is witnessed by the angels of the night and the angels of the day.) At-Tirmidhi
Most importantly, set aside a specific time that is convenient for you based on your schedule: morning, afternoon or late night. And Allah know best.

How will I choose ayah to be read and ponder on daily?

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Whoever recites a letter from the Book of Allah, he will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets a ten-fold reward. I do not say that Alif-Lam-Mim is one letter, but Alif is a letter, Lam is a letter and Mim is a letter.” [At- Tirmidhi].
However, the amount of Qur’an that one reads varies from one person to another. Imam An-Nawawi, mentioned in Al-Tibyan fi Adab Hamalat al- Qur’an (etiquette with the Qur’an) that ‘’if one finds subtleties and experiences (insights) by way of intricate reflections, then he should limit himself to the amount (of reading) in which he obtains full understanding of what he reads’’.
Hence, the ultimate goal is to read with contemplation and act upon message of Qur’an. Abu Musa narrated that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: “The example of a believer who recites the Qur’an and acts on it, is like a citron which tastes nice and smells nice. The example of a believer who does not recite the Qur’an but acts on it, is like a date which tastes good but has no smell. The example of a hypocrite who recites the Qur’an is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter. The example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Quran is like a colocynth which tastes bitter and has a bad smell.” [Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim]. In summary,
• Make duaa (prayer) to Allah to grant you understanding of the Qur’an and inspire you with its message
• Be conscious of Allah in all circumstances and He will increase you in knowledge of His book
• Read certain portion of Qur’an daily, at a steady pace and set aside few minutes to reflect on the ayahs.
• Always, pause, reflect and ask yourself, ‘’how does this ayah apply to my life’’?
• Note down your thoughts. Keep it simple

• Review your journal at intervals to track your progress, because journaling helps build your character, positively!

• Attend Qur’an halaqah and listen to lectures regularly.

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