Sunday, May 20, 2012

Finally: Exam weeks 11/12

Alhamdulillah, praise to Allah for we manage to go through another semester, Insya Allah with gaining new knowledge and polishing the old knowledge.

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We may already read too many exams tips. Although it may be the case, lets us revisit and revise the tips and hopefully it could help us in preparation for our final exams. I would like to bring one hadith that we can relate it to our current situation (exam) and may this hadith brought us together and strengthen our iman, leading us to our Almighty Lord, Allah s.w.t. Hadith 19, from 40 hadith of Imam Nawawi

On the authority of Abdullah bin Abbas, who said : One day I was behind the prophet and he said to me: "Young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice] : Be mindful of Allah, and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, ask of Allah; if you seek help, seek help of Allah. Know that if the Nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, it would benefit you only with something that Allah had already prescribed for you, and that if they gather together to harm you with anything, they would harm you only with something Allah had already prescribed for you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried."
-Narrated by  Imam Tarmizi, who said this hadith  is true and fine hadith 

In a version other than Imam Tarmizi, its read:

"..Be mindful of Allah, you will find Him before you. Get to know Allah in prosperity and He will know you in adversity. Know that what has passed you by was not going to befall you; and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship."

Above all the tips that we have read in preparing for exams from various resources, we must not forgot that the most important point is to not lose hope and always ask for HIS help and protection. Pray and pray and pray. In surah Ali-Imran, 3 verse 160 Allah said:

"If Allah should aid you, no one can overcome you; but if He should forsake you, who is there that can aid you after Him? And upon Allah let the believers rely"

We may feel the subject is difficult to understand during our revision, and sometimes are lazy enough to study due to internal and external forces. We may be distracted by problems that occurs during this semesters and any family matters. That is why, we should turn back to our Almighty Lord, Allah s.w.t.

Allah could aid us as HE wishes. Allah also could forsake us. Leave us helplessly facing this hardship. When encountered with tricky and complex subjects, we ask for HIS guidance. Pray that HE make things easier for us to understand. Being distracted, pray that HE will made us focus on the matters.

Bear in mind that, although our Almighty Lord, Allah, s.w.t. said that HE will aid us, as we ask for HIS help, Allah also mention in Surah Ar-Ra'd, verse 11:

"For each (person), there are angels in succession, before and behind him. They guard him by the Command of Allah. Verily! Allah will not change the good condition of a people as long as they do not change their state of goodness themselves (by committing sins and by being ungrateful and disobedient to Allah). But when Allah wills a people's punishment, there can be no turning back of it, and they will find besides Him no protector."

We need to do the revision. We need to overcome the feeling of being lazy. We need to try harder to be more focus in the matters on hand (exam). Organize our priority. So that we could see the future more clearly. So that, we could focus on the important matters first, according to our priority. Insya Allah.

And lastly, after all the difficulties and struggles, we tawakkaltu 'alallah. We have tried our best and HE knew our efforts. Whatever the results, it is the best for us. Be it fail or success, that is what we deserved to get. And for every failure, there is a wisdom behind it. Find the wisdom and brace it, Insya Allah, it will increase our iman,  rather than mopping around regretting the result.

Credit: Mr. Google
To conclude, below is the list that we could follow in preparing for exams:

1- Pray/Du'a
2- Focus
3- Revisions
4- Pray/Du'a
5- Pray/Du'a
6- Pray/Du'a
7- Tawakkaltu 'alallah 

-From President of EMSS

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