You know it’s exam season when everybody’s posting pictures of books cracked open, haphazardly strewn across a table with tissues on the side for when the tears slip out (nobody look at my brother because that’ll be too obvious xD) and there’s broadcasts going around about how focussed you should be. I thought I’d add to the mayhem because I want to stress you out a little more. I’m a teacher. It’s how we roll (:P).
Just kidding! Because I’m so nice and sweet and modest, I thought I’d give helping you’ll out a go.
I’m not going to tell you start eating bananas or drinking more water (You’d be better off using that time to cram in a little more). I’m not going to tell you to draw up a time-table or make notes (I survived without either pretty well). I’m not even going to give you a lecture about procrastinating or motivate you to start earlier next time (It wouldn’t make a difference anyways).
What I will do, is remind you of the One who controls the Heavens and the Earth. The Muslim student puts his trust in Allah and he seeks His help at all times.
Nabi (S.A.W) said: “The strong believer is better and is more beloved to Allah than the weak believer, although both are good. Strive to attain that which will benefit you and seek the help of Allah, and do not feel helpless.” (Saheeh Muslim, Hadith no. 2664)
You know when you’re studying. And everything’s going great. But then you come across a section you could swear you’re seeing for the first time. Game Over. Bonus points if it happens to be the night before your examination.
Not quite. There’s at least one concept that you remember. Don’t panic. It’s taking over the world one mark at a time. Sleepless nights lead to a tired brain. And you only have one brain to get you through the exam. It was reported from Anas (R.A) that the Nabi (S.A.W) used to say, “Yaa Hayyu Yaa Qayyoom, Bi Rahmatika Astagheeth (O Ever-Living One, O Everlasting One, by Your mercy I seek help)” when something upset or worried Him (S.A.W).
Reading Surah Yaseen in the early part of the day brings blessings for the rest of the day. Ata ibn Abu Rabah (R.A) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said, “If anyone recites Yaseen at the beginning of the day, his needs will be fulfilled.”(Darimee).
Performs 2 Rakaats Salaah before entering the exam room and ask Allah to make it easy for you. Two rakaats of Salatul Hajaat is a fool-proof means of having your needs fulfilled.
Say “Bismillah” before you start. It brings blessing, and seeking the help of Allah is a means of strength. Dua is an extremely important tool to attain the desired results and more importantly the help of Allah. Nabi (S.A.W) is reported as saying that any Dua which begins with “Bismillah” is not rejected.
Remembering Allah (Dhikr) dispels anxiety and tension. Read “Ya Aleemu” while you’re waiting for the papers to be handed out. There’s nothing interesting in the room. Concentrate!
Don’t ever think you can succeed on the basis of hard work and effort only. You will always need the support of Allah. Alternatively, you cannot succeed without hard work either. And yes, working intensely the night before counts!
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,