In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Have We not expanded thee thy breast?- And removed from thee thy burden, The which did gall thy back?- And raised high the esteem (in which) thou (art held)? So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief: Verily, with every difficulty there is relief. Therefore, when thou art free (from thine immediate tak), still labour hard, And to thy Lord turn (all) thy attention.
Its the examination season. Everybody is doing their best so that they can ace what ever exams they are taking. Burning midnight oils, coffee, midnight snacks, etc. are the things that suddenly became needed in the daily list. And the one thing that might become handy when one is in the examination hall is this letter from the Almighty One. Why?
Once, my chemistry lecturer during my foundation year told us (my classmates and I) it really works. When she felt lost, clueless while answering the questions, she would recite this letter and eventually, solutions came into her mind. For that, she strongly encouraged us to mark her words. Besides, when I was a young boy, someone told me to read it to face examination. So, which phrase is the one that really helps, eh? Its the fifth and the sixth verse.
For years I’ve been living with those advices. Until this year, an Ustaz knocked my head and tell me not to only refer to those verses. Look at the last two which carries much more weighs, which is more important.
Therefore, when thou art free (from thine immediate task), still labour hard, And to thy Lord turn (all) thy attention.
Many people tend to forget about this. When the examination is over,
“Thats it for this year. I’m on Hols’!!!!!”
What does it mean? Its not the end of anything at all. Its just the pit stop from experiencing more and more challenges in one’s life. Alright, a day or two might be good. But for 6 months? Doing nothing, sleep, eat and do some random stuffs? That won’t help a bit in one life.
Referring to the verses that is quoted, we are encouraged to work hard for another task after we have done the immediate one. What if there is no other task? WRONG. A human’s life will always be filled with tasks to be done. Say, examination is over, what about your life? Is your life is all about examination? Or is it worth much mroe than that?
Basically, I would say learning is a life long journey. It never ends until the day when die. Examination? Is just a thing, not everything. Think about it, say one got well in his/her exams, whats next? There will be something. Say one failed, is it the end of the world? Heck no! He/she will need to buck up and strive so that their dreams can be achieved. Do we see any ending in this? I hope we agree with the ‘No’ answer.
Of course, for every beginning there will be an end. And the end of our life is our death. End of SPM is the end of the secondary school but is not the end of our life. The end of final year examination in University is the end of our studies in the particular University for that course, not of our life. Hence, don’t lay back and do nothing. Work hard for something else. Read more books, learn how to cook, go get some part time job, learn something which is beneficial for our lives.
Al-Qarani said “Kill your boredom by doing something”