Reflections of a Student

Are you a student in need of some motivation? After reflecting on my own experience as a student, I want to share some thoughts and advice that I hope you can benefit from. Let’s begin…

1) Stay Focused and Don’t Give Up
If you’ve survived school until this moment in time, I just want to say: congratulations! I mean it, from the bottom of my heart. You might be confused. Allow me to explain… It’s tough being a student. It’s hard work. As a student myself, I understand how difficult it can be to stay focused and motivated throughout the entire year. But I want to congratulate you for making the decision to stay in school. You didn’t give up. And you’re still going. That’s a great achievement.

Getting an education is important because the skills you develop, the knowledge you gain and the experiences you learn from will benefit you for the rest if your life. We ought to make good use of our abilities and blessings.

There are times when you just want to give up and escape the stress that comes with being a student. You may have other responsibilities to take care of outside of school. Sometimes the expectations and pressure never seems to go away. But no matter what, these struggles should never bring us down. There’s always something good in every situation. 

When we’re seeking knowledge and getting an education, we’re ultimately making a commitment, or an investment, that will benefit us in the future. When I say ‘us‘, I’m talking about the entire Ummah. This investment you make will not only benefit you, your family or this generation alone. Your efforts will make a difference in the lives of the generations to come.

As long as we stay on track and have the right intention, I truly believe that we will achieve great things in life, In’sha’Allah. We’ve got so much to live for. We have so much to give. We’ve all been blessed in different ways. Every single one of us has the potential to be amazing and do incredible things. You might not believe it right now, but you will realise it one day. If you ever find yourself doubting your potential, don’t give up. Don’t stop searching for yourself. Right now, you’re only just beginning to discover who you are. 

2) If You’re Stuck, Seek Help 

There’s always somewhere we can go if we need help. We can research on the Internet, we can borrow books from the library, we can email teachers and watch educational videos. In the past, studying was more difficult because, with the internet being less accessible, people often had to skim through large textbooks to find the snippets of information they needed. But now, we just need a digital device and a wifi signal to find information about any topic we desire to investigate.

Whenever you feel stressed about school, remember that Allah would not put you through something unless He knew you could handle it. Seek His help first and seek help from teachers, family and friends. Let the important people in your life know what you’re going through so that they can help you or at least listen to you. Don’t keep your worries bottled up. Sometimes we do need advice from people, but at other times, we just need to talk to someone and that might be enough to help us find the solution ourselves. 

3) Education is A Gift

It’s easy for us to take our blessings for granted. But when you start to feel discontent with what you have, remember those who have less than you. Try walking a mile without any shoes. Remember the poor children who share this world with us, who can’t afford an education. They would do anything to be in your place. 

Allah tests some people with hardship, but He also tests others with ease. Reflect on the gifts that Allah has given you. Ask yourself, am I grateful? One day, you’ll realise that you were given such a valuable opportunity to receive an education, even though you didn’t do anything to deserve it. 

3) We Never Get Back Wasted Time

I remember being told by my teachers that we’ll never get back the time we waste. It’s true. Every second that passes by is like a droplet of water. Each droplet of water joins to form a flowing river. This represents the seconds which add to make minutes, hours and days. You can never touch the same water droplet twice. You’ll never be in the same moment ever again. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. And no matter how much you want to stop time, you won’t be able to, just like you can’t stop the flowing of the water in the river. We shouldn’t waste time stressing about the direction of the water’s current. Instead, we should choose to benefit ourselves and others with the water. We have a choice. 

Don’t focus on what you can’t change; train your mind to look for opportunities to learn, experience and grow. 

4) Be Organised and Avoid Procrastination!

Maybe you’re feeling stressed because you’ve been procrastinating for a while- a very long while. You stay up late, scribbling away at your homework or essay the night before it’s due. You were probably given a whole week to do it, but the lightbulb in your head only turned on the night before. If this has happened to you, I won’t judge. It’s happened to me too. 

There will be times when we genuinely forget about a random piece of homework or we really do need to stay up late to finish an essay. But there are other times when we deliberately allow the pressure to build up on ourselves and that’s not good. For the sake of our sanity, we need to stay organised! 

If we’re constantly missing out on sleep, we are obviously going to feel grumpy, irritated and stressed. Allah gave us 24 hours in a day. Use that time wisely. Make sure you balance your time between work and rest. Allocate time everyday to replenish your body, soul and mind..

5) Make Sure to Pray Five Times A Day

We need to nourish our souls by establishing a strong connection with Allah. That connection needs to be unshakeable. It has to be fixed and firm. No matter how busy you get, don’t forget to pray! 

How do you expect Allah to put blessing in your time if you skip Salah? How do you expect to be successful when you neglect the One who controls success? When it’s time to pray, don’t make excuses. Leave whatever you’re doing and respond to the call of Allah.

It’s soooo important that we take Salah seriously. I can’t stress this enough. You could have a PhD and Degrees in whatever subject, but if you died today, none of those qualifications would benefit you at all. The only thing you take to your grave when you die is your deeds. We all know this very well. But it’s not enough to just know. We have to transform our knowledge into actions. Remember that death isn’t exclusively for the old. Young people die all the time too. We don’t know when it will be our turn. So we really need to think about our priorities. What do we want in life? If we want to live a good life, then Allah says in the Quran,

“Whoever does righteousness, whether male or female, while he is a believer – We will surely cause him to live a good life, and We will surely give them their reward [in the Hereafter] according to the best of what they used to do.”

{Surah An-Nahl verse 97}

Allah will surely, without a doubt, grant those believers who do righteous deeds a good life. This Ayah gives me so much hope. Isn’t this what we all want? We think that in order to live a good life, we need lots of money. But here, Allah tells us the secret to having a good life. It’s so simple. Just do good deeds. Pray. Give charity. Help a brother or sister in need. Do the things that please Him and you will be pleased. Allah will give you a good life. And not only a good life in this world, but also in the next. 

I’d like to conclude this final point with a beautiful statement from Ibn Al Qayyim: As long as you are performing prayer, you are knocking at the door of Allah, and whoever is knocking at the door of Allah, Allah will open it for him.

May Allah make it easy for us seek beneficial knowlege. May He purify our intentions and protect us from going astray. And may He grant us a good life in this world and in the hereafter. Ameen.


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