This post is dedicated to all my fellow students; below are a couple of duas you can make when you’re going through difficult times.
Exams are stressful but remember that you will soon taste the fruits of your hard work. As long as you have put effort into studying and revising, you don’t need to worry. Success is a combination of your effort and Allah’s blessings. If you don’t think you’re prepared enough for the exam, there’s still a chance you can pass so try your absolute best. Learn from your mistakes and in the future, remember to start your revision earlier.
Advice: Try to pray Qiyam Al-layl (the night prayer) and make lots dua. Put your trust in Allah. Allah loves those who put their trust in Him.
Remember to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep the night before and eating well on the day of your exam. Water makes up about 60% of your body, so it’s important that you keep hydrated. And if you’re fasting, always wake up for Suhoor. Your morning meal will help you stay focused (and less agitated) during the day.
Stay calm during the exam. If your mind blanks out, take a few deep breaths, refresh your brain and then continue to write.
Then once the exam is over, know that you did your best. Everything is in the Hands of Allah. Whatever happens, it happens for the best, and this is always the case for the believer so never lose hope.
Duas from the Quran:
رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِنْ لِسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي
1. Rabb-ishrah li sadri, wa yassir li ‘amri, Wah-lul ‘uqdatam-min-li-saani, Yaf-qahuu qawlii.
O my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, contentment, and boldness); Ease my task for me; And remove the impediment from my speech, so they may understand what I say.
[Surah Ta-Ha verses 25-28]
The du’a above was made by Musa (AS) when he was approaching the court of Fir’awn (Pharaoh) to invite him to Islam.
رَبِّ إِنِّي لِمَا أَنزَلْتَ إِلَيَّ مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَقِيرٌ
2. Rabbi ‘inni limaa ‘anzalta ‘ilayya min khairin-faqeer.
O my Lord! I am indeed needy of whatever good You may send to me
[Surah Qassas verse 24]
The above du’a was made whilst Musa (AS) was traveling to the desert of Madyan, with no place of shelter. He made this du’a while resting under the shade of a tree.
رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ
3. Rabbana atina fid-dunya hasanatan wa fil ‘akhirati hasanatan waqina ‘adhaban-nar.
Our Lord! Grant us good in this world and good in the hereafter, and save us from the chastisement of the fire.
[Surah Al-Baqarah verse 201]
Duas from the Sunnah:
1. The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever says – when leaving his house –
“Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah, laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah.”
“In the name of Allaah, I put my trust in Allaah, there is no power and no strength except with Allaah.”,
it will be said to him: You are taken care of and you are protected, and the Shaytaan will keep away from him.” (Abu Dawood)
2. If something upset him, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would say:
“Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom bi rahmatika astagheeth”
“O Ever Living, O Sustainer, by Your mercy I seek help.” (Tirmidhi)
3. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would say:
“Allaahumma la sahla ila ma ja’altahu sahla, wa anta tajalul hazna itha shi’ta sahla.”
“O Allaah, nothing is easy but that which You make easy and You can make hardship easy if You will.” (Ibn Hibbaan)
4. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The prayer of Dhu’l-Noon when he was in the belly of the fish:
“Laa ilaaha illa Anta, subhaanaka inni kuntu min al-zaalimeen.”
“There is no god but You, glory to You, verily I was one of the wrongdoers.’
A Muslim never calls upon his Lord with these words concerning any matter, but his prayer is answered.” (Al-Tirmidhi)
5. Allahumma inni as’aluka ‘ilman naafi’an, wa rizqan tayyiban, wa ‘amalan mutaqabbalan.
O Allah! I ask You for knowledge that is of benefit, a good provision and deeds that will be accepted. (Ibn Majah and others)