I got a few queries on my Quran tagging method especially from my Instagram followers. Not really on the contents, but more on the stationeries involved and the tagging processes. I want to share it here as I think it’s not only applicable for Quran tafseer per se, but also applicable for books that you are currently studying and you intent to refer to later.
Here’s the step by step:
- Prepare stationeries – plastic labels and flags, Dymo label maker with plastic transparent labels, scissors, highlighter and Quran tafseer. My tafseer is in A6 size as it’s not too small to read and it’s not too big to carry around. I always tag my Quran in parallel with watching Bayyinah TV or YouTube videos, or in parallel with reading reference books on Quran verses.
- For example, I’m currently watching Quran Weekly series on YouTube by Ustaz Nouman Ali Khan. I find his videos easy to follow for me as a beginner. In this video, he’s referring to surah Ali Imran, verse 92.
- I will open my Quran tafseer to the verse and highlight it. In my experience, the best highlighter to be used is Zebra Mildliner. They come in pastel colors, and they don’t easily bleed.
- Here comes the fun part. I will use Dymo label maker to create the label. In this example, I used the title of the YouTube video as my label – How to Attain Goodness from Allah. Dymo allows you to create labels with two lines, and you have options for the font sizes from extra small, small, medium, large and extra large. My preference is small size font, two liner labels.
- I use Dymo clear plastic label for my Quran tagging. They have a wide range of labels – plastic, paper in different colors and sizes. Make sure you buy the labels that are compatible with your label maker. In my case, I’m using Dymo Letratag, so I need to buy labels that are specifically for this label maker.
- The label will pop out after you press the Print button. The label maker comes with an in-built scissors at the side, so all you need to do is press the scissors button when it has finished printing. Such a clever design (and ergonomic too)!
- Tada! Now just peel off the label (just like stickers) and stick it to your color coded flags. I’m using baby pink flags for all Quran Weekly topics.
- And here’s the finished product. Alternatively, you can use Sharpie and write on the plastic labels, that will work too (but I don’t like my own handwriting).
p/s: Quran tagging is a journey and there’s no right or wrong ways in doing it. Taking the first step of opening your Quran tafseer and reading it is what matters most. I like pretty things, so I find tagging my tafseer properly and tidily keeps me motivated to learn Allah’s words on daily basis.