Friday, 15 May 2009

Testing Times... literally!

Source: LSC blog

As we dawn closer towards our exams and we begin to get those butterflies in our stomach, we must realise, that the results we recieve can be amended over time. We should recognise the simple fact that if we fail in these tests we can re-take them as many times as we want in different colleges, institutions and places of education. However we should not be like those people who are so immersed in their exams and tests of the dunya that they forget the one major exam that they will not be able to take again.

Let us not be like those people who spend huge amounts of time with their heads stuck in many revision books but neglect the one book that will intercede for them on The Day of Qiyamah, The Qur'an. These exams we take are extremely important, a Muslim should be the best in everything he does...but they are not everything. One should always try his best and then call upon Allaah. And what if we fail and we have no grades and we feel completely low inside? Then we must remember the hadith of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam in which he says, "Remember Allaah in times of ease and He will remember you in times of distress. What hit you, could not have missed you and what missed you could not have hit you."

And if we do fail, it is most imperative, that we remember another hadith of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam that has been narrated in Ahmad and Mishkaat Sharif. "When a person's sins increase, and his deeds are not such that they can wipe out the sins, then the Almighty Allah puts him in sadness and troubles, through which his sins get wiped out."

Allah is only looking for ways to excuse us so we should not keep that gut feeling and keep repeating "If only I did this.." or "Why did Allah do this to me?" This isn't the character of a Muslim, this is not from the character of the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam and this is not the perception one should morally keep. If we ultimately do think this, it lets Shaytaan enter while we are drowning in sadness for ourselves and opens the doors for him to place doubts and grudges in our hearts against the One who created us.

So my brothers and sisters in Islaam, let us be strong in our Imaan and let us focus on the real exam which could end any time. In this sentence of life let shaytaan be a comma but never let him be the full stop. A beautiful quote comes to mind, "The shortest distance one has to travel in order to find the solution to his problems is the distance between his knees and the floor. He who kneels before Allaah can stand upto anything."

Do dua'a for all your brothers and sisters, for the Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam mentions in Sahih Muslim, "The dua of a Muslim for his brother (in Islam) in his absence is readily accepted, an angel is appointed to his side, whenever he makes a beneficial dua for his brother the appointed angel says "ameen and may you also be blessed with the same."

One final naseehat i wish to give is this that, we should not limit ourselves to knowledge of the dunya. Islam holds oceans of knowledge for people to jump into and grasp. This knowledge is one that will remain with you and benefit you in this world an in the hereafter, so my brothers and sisters, become Hafiz's and Hafiza's and become Alim's and Alimaah's. Use your mind, abilities and attributes wherever necessary and what could be better, than pleasing Allah with what he has given you? One final hadith I wish to mention. A hadith related to us by Abu Dardha radiallahu anhu . in which he narrates: I heard Rasulullah salallahu alayhi wa salam saying: "Whoever travels on a path in search of knowledge, Allah will enable him to travel on a path to paradise. And verily, the angels spread their wings with pleasure for one who seeks knowledge. Indeed the inhabitants of the skies and the earth and the fish in the depths of water, all supplicate forgiveness for the Aalim (Islamic Scholar). Verily, the eminence of an Aalim over a devout worshipper is that of the full moon over the stars. And indeed, the Ulama are the heirs of the prophets. And verily, the prophets did not leave behind as inheritance any Dinar or Dirham (worldly wealth), they leave behind Ilm as inheritance. So, whoever aquired this, received an abdundant portion." (Abu Dawud).


Anonymous said...

That is very true we should remember the final test in front of our lord

Anonymous said...

nice words mA

Anonymous said...

Mashallah good post

Anonymous said...

wer can i get mp3 of that naat <<

Anonymous said...

which 1, jine nabi ke sat? lol that nasheed is too funny.

Anonymous said...

yea jine nabi ke sat? one

Anonymous said... scroll down it's naat 4

Anonymous said...

nahi chalta / nashi

Anonymous said...

loool funny nasheed but tru words

Anonymous said...

MashaAllah, this was a beautiful post. May Allah increase you and increase you inshaAllah.

"The shortest distance one has to travel in order to find the solution to his problems is the distance between his knees and the floor. He who kneels before Allaah can stand upto anything." - I love this. :)