Self-help gurus often praise the virtues of keeping a journal as a tool for self-development. It is a way to get in touch with your feelings, a way to track your development as a person and a way to develop a better understanding of the Quran. Here are some other reasons why you should keep a Quran journal:
- Creates reverence for the Quran: It helps to develop awe, respect and admiration for the Quran as the Word of Allah. If you don’t feel a special connection to the Book of Allah then keeping a Quran journal will be very helpful.
- Helps to etch Allah’s words in your heart and mind: In our fast-paced, 21st-century lives, we often suffer from a lack of concentration and squeezing in time to read the Quran is sometimes hard. The times that we do read it, the words don’t seem to sink in. The act of writing the Quran journal will sink the words in the heart.
- The Quranic journal is about you: The Quran is not simply a book to be read and memorised. It is a book to be lived by that means when we understand it, we connect with it, we will experience it. The lessons in it will not be lessons for people from centuries ago, irrelevant to us. Rather, they will be our lessons, regardless of where we live.
- Set aside a specific time to read the Quran: Making a schedule is a good way to connect with the Quran, set aside a few minutes daily. Select a time when you won’t be distracted, early morning (after Fajr) is the best time. It could be late evening or nighttime when others are asleep.
- Ask the big questions: How does this connect to me and my experiences? That is one of the main reasons you are keeping this journal, to discover this. For example, verses about parents may help remind you about your special bond and responsibilities to your own parents (if you have been estranged from them or are having a difficult time with them).
- Note down what you’re feeling and thoughts: You don’t have to write essays. You must be honest, look deep within and answer the questions and record your feelings.
- Check with scholars and build your knowledge: Let your Quranic journal writing experience be a starting point to a deeper understanding of the Quran. In other words, don’t just think that if you’ve written a journal entry about a set of verses or on a topic, after having read the translation, you’ve done your job. Attend lectures by scholars who often tie the meanings of the Quran to everyday life for Muslims.
- Look back regularly: Occasionally, read your entries, it will be a nice trip down memory lane, and reveal your progress.