All praise to Allah for His ni’mah upon us, He is the one and only worth all praise to be forwarded to. Without His blessings we would not be able to be here where we are. WithoutHis Mercy, we will be astrayed by the fitna offered by this world, which is like a pit stop before we reach the final destination, the final abode.
Its examination period right now, for both Uni of Sydney and Uni of NSW students. (and many others elsewhere) Bittaufik wannajah! May Allah be with us during this stressful period, during this challenging yet engaging time. One thing that a Muslim Student must be aware of is that Allah told us to do our best, leave the rest to Him as Allah is the Most Just, the All-Knower. He will bestow upon us what is best for us.
“Fighting is prescribed for you and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But Allah knoweth and ye know not.”
Doing your best
Being a Muslim Student is not simply acting as if we are students of an institution. What I would like to address here is that we have to behave as one, not as the non-Muslims. Why? What’s the fuss of being like them or being as we should be? One, might ask.
“A student is just a student. And a role of a student is to strive their best, get the best results possible,” One, might said.
There is one big difference between a Muslim Student and common student. Which is…
A common student have this way of thinking as such: I’ve done it, I’ve did my best, DEFINITELY I’m going to ace this course. Whereas a Muslim Student, supposedly, thinks this way: Allah asked me to do my best and I did. the best results come from Him, whatever I get, no worries should surface as that is the best for me.
“Go ye forth, (whether equipped) lightly or heavily, and strive and struggle, with your goods and your persons in the Cause of Allah. That is best for you if ye (but knew)”
Taking this aayat from the Quran and thinking about it in the context of life as a Muslim Student clarifies my point that all that we need to do is to do our best and leave out the rest to Him. In the state of easiness, we have no difficulties in understanding the subject matter being taught while in the state of hardship, we are coughing up here and there when we were studying a subject matter which is tearing our heart apart. What needs to be done is just to go through, strive your best (jihaad) in the Cause of Allah ‘Azzawajal. Have faith that He will bestow his blessings, His help in the way that He knows best, upon us, the way that we can’t even comprehend sometimes.
A Great Loss
What a loss to a Muslim Student when upon realizing they are actually unique and special, yet, they do not appreciate it. What a great loss when they were too worried about the examination, about the tests, assignment, they tend to neglect the things that should be done which with it, Allah’s blessing will be rewarded. Things such as performing congregational Salaah on time (at the masjid, for Subuh and Isya’), reading Quran, reciting supplication as we used to do during the laminar time, visiting friends to catch up with things as we used to do before the busy time, play some sports with mates as we used to do every evening in the summer days, many other things which with these things we are able to get some help and support, physically and emotionally, mentally and spiritually, in facing the stressful period. What a loss.
Not only the loss of warmth in human relationship, even with the Creator of the Universe.
Efforts was fed as if the efforts is the determinant of the end result, efforts outweighed the qada and qadar of ar-Rabb, efforts is everything, such in the state ‘Its either do or die’.
What a loss…
“Nay seek (Allah’s) help with patient and perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who are humble”
“…Allah is with those who steadfastly persevere.”
Yes my brothers and sisters in Islam, seek help only from Allah, in the moment of easiness and hardship. Seek help by performing salaah and increase the recitation of Quran, as well as supplication for Allah. Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will be mindful of you. Be aware of what is forbidden from you, and Allah will protect and guide you. At the same time, do our best to get more and more understanding in the subject matter being studied. And while doing this, be patient.
Yes, my brothers and sisters in Islam, be patient. As for every hardship, definitely moment of ease will come. As what have been promised by Him, who no others would be able to compete in fulfilling their own promises, which is…
“So, verily, with every difficulty, there is relief. Verily with every difficulty there is relief.”
More over, once we are done, what we should do next is…
“Therefore, when thou art free (from thine immediate task), still labour hard. And to thy Lord turn (all) thy attention.”
InsyaAllah, we will be successful as Muslim Student, in this world, as well as in the hereafter.
Provided! That we follow the way of A Muslim Student.