20 Exam Tips for Students
Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
Praise be to Allaah and peace and blessings be upon the Messenger and upon his family and Companions. The Muslim student puts his trust in Allaah when facing the tests of this world, and he seeks His help while following the prescribed means, in accordance with the words of the Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam: “The strong believer is better and is more beloved to Allaah than the weak believer, although both are good. Strive to attain that which will benefit you and seek the help of Allaah, and do not feel helpless.” (Reported by Muslim, 2664) Among those means are the following:
- Turning to Allaah by making Du’aa in any way that is prescribed in Islaam, such as saying: “Rabbiy ishrah li sadri wa yassir li amri (O my Lord, expand my chest and make things easy for me).” - Getting used to sleeping early and going to exams on time. - Organizing all the required or permitted equipment such as pens, rulers and setsquares, calculators and watches, because being well prepared helps one answer the questions well. - Reciting the Du’aa for leaving the house: “Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah. Allaahumma inni a’oothu bika an adilla aw udalla, aw azilla aw uzalla, aw azlima aw uzlama, aw ajhala aw yujhala ‘alayya (In the name of Allaah, I put my trust in Allaah, and there is no strength and no power except with Allaah. O Allaah, I seek refuge with You lest I should stray or be led astray, lest I slip (commit a sin unintentionally) or be tripped, lest I oppress or be oppressed, lest I behave foolishly or be treated foolishly).” Do not forget to seek your parents’ approval, for their Du’aa for you will be answered.
- Mention the name of Allaah before you start, as mentioning the name of Allaah is prescribed when beginning any permissible action; this brings blessings and seeking the help of Allaah is one of the means of strength. - Fear Allaah with...
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