There are moments when I crave connection to God through recitation of the Qur’an.

Sometimes these moments are marked with struggle. During prayer when both babies demand my attention. When I read, and read, and read and still can’t memorize a simple verse. Or when I approach a difficult passage and I’m not happy with how the interpreter has rendered his understanding of the text. In these attempts to engage with the Qur’an, I’m discouraged and distant from sacred words that should easily be written upon my soul.

And so I turn to the creative act of writing — and become lost in the smooth lines and flourishes that make the visual Qur’an so beautiful.

A close friend recently commissioned a “calligraphy” from me. It’s something I haven’t done in years — And I’m thankful she reminded me just how much I love engaging with the Qur’an in this way.

For me, there’s something grounding, satisfying and nourishing in the creative act of drawing God’s word.

Have you not considered how God presents an example, making a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches high in the sky?

It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord. And God presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded. (14:24-25)