Announcing ‘The Best of Stories’ // 6-Week Quran Journaling Challenge August 15, 2016 – Posted in: Iman Illustrated ™, Quran – Tags: Reflection, Stories, Tadabbur
When I think back to the couple of months since Ramadan – when I was teaching Points to Ponder and Ramadan Reflections – there’s no better feeling than gathering together to study, understand and connect with the Book of Allah. Unfortunately, it’s a feeling we haven’t had as a group since the end of Ramadan. I miss all of you, and seeing your work in the class and our discussions. I miss reading your comments and thoughts on what we’re studying. I miss seeing all the support and sisterhood.
So I’m excited to kick off the first Quran journaling series, it’s called ‘The Best of Stories’ and it’s a six-week study of some of the stories from the Quran. It’s an Iman Illustrated series, so I will be sharing the weekly posts on the Iman Illustrated Facebook group and instagram account.
It starts today, August 15th, 2016, inshallah. So, if you have a friend or family member who you think might be interested, it could be a great chance to invite them to join you.
What is the challenge? How do I participate?
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!
- Join the Facebook group to see the prompt posted weekly (sisters only)
- Follow Iman Illustrated on Instagram and post yours using #imanillustrated
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 firstname.lastname@example.org