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The Best of Stories

6 weeks of stories from the Quran

The Best of Stories — Stories from the Quran, is a 6-week Quran journaling challenge for journalers of all levels and artistic abilities. Every Monday inshallah, there will be a new post up on this site, the community’s Facebook group, and shared on the Iman Illustrated instagram account.

The post for each week gives you that story’s selected ayat for reading, and a few points for discussion. Whether you would like to get creative with your journaling or keep it formal, is entirely up to you.

All you need to do to participate is read the post and journal!

Why is it called, ‘The Best of Stories’ ?

In the opening ayat of Surat Yusuf, Allah (swt) tells us: “We relate to you, [O Muhammad], the best of stories in what We have revealed to you of this Qur’an although you were, before it, among the unaware.” (12:3)Allah (swt) relates the absolute best stories to us in the Quran. Not just to inform us of some event, or to share a historical account, but to give us the opportunity to learn and benefit from Quranic wisdom. One of the ways we learn best, is through stories. There’s something about stories that tap into our common humanity, help us draw parallels, and understand a situation more deeply.It’s the first time we’ll be covering a series on the stories of the Quran. So, I think it’s fair to say I’m looking forward to this as much, if not more, than you.

When does it start? When does it end?

We start on Monday, August 15th, 2016. It is a six-week study, so the last prompt will be released on Monday, September 19th, 2016.I’ve capped it at six weeks as a sort of trial run, to see how it goes, then we can work on part two or adjust accordingly inshallah.

I have another question!

Great! Feel free to ask in the Facebook group or email me at imanillustrated@gmail.com

WEEK 1

Habeel & Qabeel (Cain & Abel)

This week we will be studying and journaling the story of Habeel & Qabeel (Cain & Abel) from surat Al-Ma’idah. While it may be one of the less  frequently studied stories from the Quran, it has many beneficial lessons and some critical takeaways.

This week’s reading: Surat Al-Ma’idah ayahs (27 – 31)

WEEK 2

Dawud & Sulayman

Alhamdulillah we’re beginning Week 2 of ‘The Best of Stories’- the discussion and creative journaling challenge covering stories from the Quran.

This week we will be studying and journaling the story of the judgement in the court of Dawud and Sulayman (David & Solomon) from surat Al-’Anbiyaa’. As always with the stories of the Quran there’s a lot to learn from this story.  As they are not only father and son but both Kings, leaders and Prophets, so I’m excited to see what lessons we can find in this beautiful glimpse into their lives.

This week’s reading: Surat Al-’Anbiyaa’ ayahs (78-82)

WEEK 3

The People of the Garden

This week we will be studying and journaling the story of the People of the Garden from surat Al-Qalam [#68]. In a story about a band of brothers who inherited their father’s garden after his passing, we look at their plan and how Allah’s plan overcame theirs. This week’s story highlights a few important principles, and has many lessons for us to live by today.

This week’s reading: Surat Al-Qalam ayahs (17-33)


WEEK 4

The People of the Sabbath

This week we will be studying and journaling the story of the People of the Sabbath from surat Al-A’araf [#7]. It’s a story about a coastal town of people who were commanded to obey Allah’s command, and took it lightly, then had to face the consequences of their actions. This week’s story covers a few practical issues, and has many lessons for us to live by today.

This week’s reading: Surat Al-A’araf ayahs (163-166)


  • Read the translation/Listen to the recitation here: https://quran.com/7/163-166
  • Week 4: Reflections on the story of The People of the Sabbath: