Exam Hall (Diya Muhammad دیا محمد )

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Exam Hall

 (Author: Diya Muhammad)



Exam season is around the corner and most of the students would be busy with their final revision. Some of you might already be experiencing those restless butterflies in your stomach as you imagine yourself sitting in an exam hall. Today I’m sharing my first-ever article based on the ‘Exam Hall’ scenario.

 Almost all of us have experienced student life and we have been through many tests/exams. We are told by our teachers throughout the academic year that if you want to succeed in your exams, you need to work hard. This success is often linked to getting admission in a reputable university, achieving a good degree and eventually a high profile job for a happy life ever after!

Regardless of our eventual fate, we all give our best based on this phenomenon of ‘fear of failure’ or ‘hope of success’. Even a low grade student would try his/her best to cross that 50% passing boundary.

Let’s see this ‘Exam Hall’ scenario from Islamic perspective. We have been told in the Glorious Quran by Allah that this world is nothing but a test:

“O my people, this worldly life is only [temporary] enjoyment, and indeed, the Hereafter – that is the home of [permanent] settlement. Whoever does an evil deed will not be recompensed except by the like thereof; but whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – those will enter Paradise, being given provision therein without account” [Al-Quran, 40:39-40].

In other words what you sow in this world so shall you reap in the hereafter.Allah says you need to work hard by observing righteousness and abstaining from evil in order to achieve success i.e. Allah’s pleasure & Jannah/Paradise. We all aspire to earn Allah’s pleasure and be amongst his righteous believers in highest ranks of Jannat-ul-Firdaus but we often tend to neglect the purpose of our creation as Allah says:

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.” [A-Quran, 51:56]

At another place, Allah says:

“Blessed is He in whose hand is dominion, and He is over all things competent. [He] who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed-and He is the Exalted in Might, the Forgiving.” [Al-Quran, 67:1-2].

It’s quite explicit from these verses that the sole purpose of our creation is to worship Allah alone; this life is nothing but a test and that we need to give our best in order to pass this test.

Now let’s compare our efforts for a worldly exam & the exam for hereafter. Could you recall the last time when you sacrificed your sleep, cut down those extra social/recreational activities and became workaholic for that particular worldly exam? Probably we would all be going through many such flash backs. If we could do that for a temporary success which doesn’t even guarantee a secure future, why does it seem so impossible to do the same for eternal success which indeed guarantees a secure future? Why is it that a hard-working student is seen as a star while a person who strives to please Allah by obeying his commands to the best of his/her abilities is tagged as an extremist?

Now many people would argue that Allah is the Most-Forgiving Most-Merciful, He doesn’t burden any soul beyond its capabilities and He doesn’t expect us to be perfect etc etc etc… Some would even claim that it’s more than enough to be a believer and Insha’Allah all believers will enter paradise. But guess what Allah says in Quran:

Do the people think that they will be left to say, ‘We believe’ and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. Or do those who do evil deeds think they can outrun Us? Evil is what they judge.” [Al-Quran, 29:2-4].

And remember whatever good you do in this world, you do for your own benefit and inshaAllah you’ll be rewarded accordingly as Allah says:

“Whoever should hope for the meeting with Allah – indeed, the term decreed by Allah is coming. And He is the Hearing, the Knowing. And whoever strives only strives for [the benefit of] himself. Indeed, Allah is free from need of the worlds. And those who believe and do righteous deeds – We will surely remove from them their misdeeds and will surely reward them according to the best of what they used to do.” [Al-Quran, 29:5-7]

Our intelligence is indeed one of the countless blessings from Allah & the best way to be thankful for His blessings is to make a wise use of them. So please be wise & use your intellect to not only prosper in this world but also in the hereafter. May Allah make it easy for us to strive in His path & include us amongst His beloved ones in Jannah, Ameen!

PS: This is not to scare you off or make you lose hope in Allah’s unparallel and infinite Mercy and Forgiveness. It’s merely a small effort based on Allah’s command:

 And remind, for indeed, the reminder benefits the believers.” [Al-Quran, 51:55].

If you found this little reminder helpful, please share it among your circle. Insha’Allah you’ll earn infinite rewards even if a single person heeds and strives for the hereafter based on your shared post.

JazakAllah Kahyran!


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2 Responses to Exam Hall (Diya Muhammad دیا محمد )

  1. Masha Allah, what and amazing article! Please spread this to as many people as possible! May Allah reward you for sharing the valuable knowledge.

  2. Diya Muhammad says:

    JazakAllah Khayran for your valuable feedback.

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