Posted by: Dawud Israel | August 3, 2008

Make a Motivation Collage


This is something I made a few days ago. It’s really simple to do and real fun too. The whole idea is to jazz up your study space and help motivate you while you study at your desk. So when you are feeling kind of doozy or not up to it, reading one of these quotes is bound to fire you up Insha Allah!

(Click to get a closeup of mine and feel inspired)

It’s simple.

Get a hold of a book or two full of quotations and find the ones you like the most or strike you the hardest.
Get a 11 x 14 inches paper and some pens.
Copy out your favorite quotations.
Add in some pictures that relate to the quotations.

After reading through a few books this process should take you at the most an hour.

(I used quotations and not anything like hadith because that needs to be properly respected.)

Notice how many quotations are drawn from analogies? Subhana Allah, you would end up drawing out the entire world if you used up every quotation out there and I think that says a great deal about how much wisdom there is contained in the creation of Allah. Someone once said, the world around us is a holy scripture all on its own and that is so true!

Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, there are indeed signs for men of understanding.

Those who remember Allah (always, and in prayers) standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and think deeply about the creation of the heavens and the earth, (saying): “Our Lord! You have not created (all) this without purpose, glory to You! (Exalted be You above all that they associate with You as partners). Give us salvation from the torment of the Fire.

Quran (3: 190-191)

Now remember this collage is for YOU and not anyone else. So don’t worry about making mistakes and whatnot because it is all about YOU!

A word of caution on the drawings: it’s a good idea not to draw animate objects, I drew the outline of a horse but didn’t put in any eyes or too many features. I think that’s ok but others are more strict. Also too much artwork may just end up distracting you while you study!

Have fun!

Subhana kallahumma wa bihamdika ash-haduana la illaha illa ant astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayk, Ameen.


  1. That’s amazing.
    I’m going to do that next week inshAllah, when I have time.
    Good work.
    I’d print that out if I could.
    Can I?
    If you don’t mind of course.

  2. i like the top hand corner one near the right depicting the moon/sun and a cloud.
    btw how many legs does that horse have?

  3. The horse has more legs than it needs…I just made it like that to show ‘speed’ lol

    You can print it but it’s somewhat cut off in some areas…you would be better off making your own because I can guarantee you will say, “Oh! I want to include this quote on there!” …and you might not have enough room.

    I think I am going to get it laminated so it doesn’t get torn or dirty in sha Allah.

  4. Oh and the other thing was that I didn’t put who said the quote for every one of them…that takes up too much space and I have the book to look them up. I guess you could mention who said the quote if it makes the words more significant–like hearing–usually those surprising quotes are the ones that really stick with you.

    For this project, I used the book ‘1001 Smartest Things Ever Said’ by Steven D. Price. Also see the quotes in my previous post, Information Pollution. đŸ™‚

  5. Jazaks.

  6. Sometimes, when you might need some new and fresh motivational quotes that will keep your brain moving. I suggest that you pre-laminate the paper, and THEN you use whiteboard marker for motivational quotes.

    Just A Thought

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