Long ago, I attended a lecture in Jeddah, where the speaker told us that if we were interested in learning about what God says about a certain topic, then we should have special readings of the Quran in which we hunt for whatever we’re seeking further clarity about.
A few weeks ago, I came across a website that made everything ranging from yoga and meditation to NLP techniques and self-confidence affirmations prohibited in Islam. While I don’t take things to that extreme, it did awaken a debate in my head that had been dormant for a while. I was always wondering why there were so many cool inspirational and motivational Bible quotes out there, but there were little to none from the Quran. I knew from my previous readings of the Quran that they existed, but I never saw them compiled together.
So I made a decision: I was going to follow the advice that speaker had given us, and read the Quran specifically looking for motivation and inspiration. Be it a story with inspiration in it, or a straight-up motivational quote, I’m going to try and note them all down, and compile the references to them in a blog post or two here.
I will commence my journey with this today, and in about 3 months’ time, I will update you all with my progress. I will also be posting mini-updates occasionally on Twitter, so be sure to follow me there as well. I will be reading both the Arabic original as well as my favorite English translation: Sahih International.
What are your favorite inspirational verses? Let us know in the comments below!