Friday, 31 May 2013

20 Exam Tips & Duas for students.

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 whilst following the prescribed means, in accordance with the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him): “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.” (Saheeh Muslim, hadeeth no. 2664)



Among those means are the following:

  • Turning to Allaah by making du’aa’ in any way that is prescribed in Islam, 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.
  • Preparing all required or permitted equipment such as pens, rulers and setsquares, calculators and watches, because being well prepared helps one to answer questions.
  • Reciting the du’aa’ for leaving the house: “Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah, wa laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah. Allaahumma inni a’oodhu 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, for mentioning the name of Allaah is prescribed when beginning any permissible action; this brings blessing, and seeking the help of Allaah is one of the means of strength.
  • Fear Allaah with regard to your classmates, and do not be affected by their anxiety or fear just before the exam, for anxiety is a contagious disease. Instead, make them feel optimistic by saying good words as prescribed in Islam. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was optimistic when he heard the name of Suhayl (which means “easy”) and he said: “Things have been made easy for you.” He used to like to hear the words ‘Yaa Raashid, when he went out for any purpose. So be optimistic that you and your brothers will pass this exam.
  • Remembering Allaah (dhikr) dispels anxiety and tension. If something is too difficult for you, then pray to Allaah to make it easy for you. Whenever Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allaah have mercy on him) found something too difficult to understand, he would say, “O You Who taught Ibraaheem, teach me; O You Who caused Sulaymaan to understand, cause me to understand.” 
  • Choose a good place to sit during the exam, if you can. Keep your back straight, and sit on the chair in a healthy manner.
  • Look over the exam first. Studies advise spending 10% of the exam time in reading the questions carefully, noting the important words and dividing one’s time between the questions.
  • Plan to answer the easy questions first, then the difficult ones. Whilst reading the questions, write notes and ideas which you can use in your answers later.
  • Answer questions according to importance.
  • Start by answering the easy questions which you know. Then move on to the questions which carry high marks, and leave till the end the questions to which you do not know the answers, or which you think will take a long time to produce an answer or which do not carry such high marks.
  • Take your time to answer, for the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Deliberation is from Allaah and haste is from the Shaytaan.” (A hasan hadeeth. Saheeh al-Jaami, 3011).
  • Think carefully about the answer and choose the right answer when answering multiple-choice questions. Deal with them in the following manner. If you are sure that you have chosen the right answer, then beware of waswasah (insinuating whispers from the Shaytaan). If you are not sure, then start by eliminating the wrong or unlikely answers, then choose the correct answer based on what you think is most likely to be correct. If you guessed at a correct answer then do not change it unless you are sure that it is wrong – especially if you will lose marks for a wrong answer. Research indicates that the correct answer is usually that which the student thinks of first. 
  • In written exams, collect your thoughts before you start to answer. Write an outline for your answer with some words which will indicate the ideas which you want to discuss. Then number the ideas in the sequence in which you want to present them.
  • Write the main points of your answer at the beginning of the line, because this is what the examiner is looking for, and he may not see what he is looking for if it is in the middle of the page and he is in a hurry.
  • Devote 10% of the time for reviewing your answers. Take your time in reviewing, especially in mathematical problems and writing numbers. Resist the desire to hand in the exam papers quickly, and do not let the fact that some people are leaving early bother you. They may be among the people who have handed in their papers too early.
  • If you discover after the exam that you answered some questions incorrectly, then take that as a lesson in the importance of being well prepared in the future, and not rushing to answer questions. Accept the will and decree of Allaah and do not fall prey to frustration and despair. Remember the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), “If anything befalls you, do not say, ‘If only I had done such and such.’ Rather say, ‘Qadar Allaah wa maa sha’a kaan (the decree of Allaah and what He wills happened),’ for saying ‘if only’ opens the door for the Shaytaan.” (Saheeh Muslim, and the first part of this hadeeth was mentioned above).
  • Note that cheating is haraam whether it is in foreign language tests or any other tests. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, “Whoever cheats is not one of us.” It is wrongdoing and it is a haraam means of attaining a degree or certificate, etc., that you have no right to. The consensus is that cheating is a kind of cooperation in sin and transgression. So do without that which is haraam, and Allaah will suffice you from His bounty. Reject all offers of haraam things that come to you from others. Whoever gives up a thing for the sake of Allaah, Allaah will compensate him with something better. You have to denounce and resist evil, and tell the authorities about any such thing that you see during the exam, or before or after it. This is not the forbidden kind of slander rather it is denouncing evil which is obligatory.
  • Advise those who buy or sell questions or post them on the Internet etc., or who prepare cheat notes. Tell them to fear Allaah, and tell them of the ruling on what they are doing and on the money they earn from that. Tell them that the time they are spending in preparing these haraam things, if they spent it in studying, or answering previous exams, or helping one another to understand the subject before the exam, that would be better for them than doing these haraam things.
  • Remember what you have prepared for the Hereafter, and the questions of the examination in the grave, and how to be saved on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever is saved from the Fire and admitted to Paradise will indeed have succeeded.   


We ask Allaah to make us succeed in this world and cause us to be among those who are victorious and saved in the Hereafter, for He is the All-Hearing Who answers prayer.



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Du`aa' Before Studying

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 .اللَّهُمَّ انْفَعْنِي بِمَا عَلَّمْـتَنِي وَ عَلِّمْنِي مَا يَنْفَعُنِي
Allâhumma infa‘nî bimâ ‘allamtanî wa ‘allimnî ma yanfa‘unî


.اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ فَهْمَ النَّ بِيِّينَ وَ حِفْظَ الْمُرْسَلِينَ الْمُقَرَّبِينَ
Allâhumma innî as’aluka fahm an-nabiyyîna wa hifdh al-mursalîn al-muqarrabîn.

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 .اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ لِسَانِي عَامِرًا بِذِكْرِكَ وَ قَلْبِي بِخَشْيَتِكَ
Allâhumma ij‘al lisânî ‘âmiram bi-dhikrika wa qalbî bi-khashyatika

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 َ.إِنَّكَ عَلَى مَا تَشَاءُ قَدِيرٌ وَ أَنْتَ حَسْـبُنَا اللَّهُ وَ نِعْمَ الْوَكِيلُ
Innaka ‘alâ mâ tashâ’u qadîr wa anta hasbuna Llâhu wa ni‘m al-wakîl

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            Du`aa' After Studying
 
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اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَوْدِعُكَ مَا قَرَأْتُ وَ مَا حَفِظْتُ فَرُدَّهُ عَلَىَّ عِنْدَ حَاجَتِي إِلَيْهِ
إِنَّكَ عَلَى مَا تَشَاءُ قَدِيرٌ وَ أَنْتَ حَسْبِىَ و نِعْمَ الْوَكِيل
Allâhumma innî astawdi‘uka mâ qara’tu wa mâ hafidhtu. Faruddahu ‘alayya ‘inda hâjati ilayhi.
Innaka ‘alâ mâ tashâ’u qadîr wa anta hasbiya wa ni‘m al-wakîl.



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Du`aa' While Studying Something Difficult

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 . َاللَّهُمَّ لاَ سَهْلَ إِلاَّ مَا جَعَلْتَهُ سَهْلاً وَ أَنْتَ تَجْعَلُ الْحَزَنَ إِذَا شِئْتَ سَهْلاً
Allâhumma lâ sahla illâ mâ ja‘altahu sahlâ wa anta taj‘alu al-hazana idhâ shi’ta sahlâ.



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Du`aa' for Anxiety

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اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَ الْحَزَنِ وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ العَجْزِ وَ الْكَسَلِ
وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَ الْبُخْلِ وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ و قَهْرِ الرجال
Allâhumma innî a‘ûdhu bika min al-hammi wa al-hazan. Wa a‘ûdhu bika min al-‘ajzi wa al-kasal.
Wa a‘ûdhu bika min al-jubni wa al-bukhl. Wa a‘ûdhu bika min ghalabat id-dayni wa qahr ir-rijal.



And I hope these tips are helpful for all of us to achieve our dreams. 

My dad once said, 'Kita kena ingat, segala daya yang kita peroleh, kepandaian dan otak cerdik yang kita ada, semuanya pinjaman Dia. Yang kita mampu lakukan ialah usaha dan doa. Sentiasalah berdoa pada Allah. Bangun 2/3 malam untuk solat Tahajjud, mengadu kepada Dia. Jangan lupa, baca Al-Quran..' Thank you Abah for such a wonderful reminder. I will not forget that, InshaAllah.


Exam tips by Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid, taken from here.
Du`aa's collection is taken from here.



With love,

Monday, 27 May 2013

Sweet sorrow.

Assalamualaykum! 

Hello everyone, sounds like a happy-girl-cheering-herself-up I am right now. Hee.. Nahh, I am trying to stay positive as possible as I can. Pretty hard time I'm encountering now, pretty hard to explain, but aye, life goes on. 

Uncertain. That feeling. That feeling is haunting me for quite some time these days. The feeling of hoping your dream come true, yet it is very 50:50, uncertain. Fear, yes I am. I am afraid of losing something that I've been longing for long, long time. I am afraid if I am destined to lose the battle..

I've done everything I could, but the only decider is Allah the Almighty.

Abah once advised me, "Sholat, wake up in the last third of the night to perform Tahajjud. Pray and make Dua'a for whatever you want because Allah never fails to fulfill His promise." 

Thank you Abah. I will never forget that. InshaAllah.



وَإِذَا سَأَلَكَ عِبَادِي عَنِّي فَإِنِّي قَرِيبٌ أُجِيبُ دَعْوَةَ الدَّاعِ إِذَا دَعَانِ فَلْيَسْتَجِيبُوا لِي وَلْيُؤْمِنُوا بِي لَعَلَّهُمْ يَرْشُدُونَ

And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. {Al-Baqarah: 186}


'Believe in Him, believe in yourself, believe in humanity, and believe in the unique path that Allah has chosen for you.' That is what I always tell myself. Alhamdulillah for another day.


With love,

Thursday, 16 May 2013

New family member.

Assalamualaykum..

Welcoming newborn baby in the family, Airis!


Cepat balik, Airis! Your aunties semua tak sabar nak gomol! Heeeee


the aunty,

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Gloomy.

Assalamualaykum..

I've checked my IELTS result this morning. As what I've expected, I've failed to pass the requirement again this time. Same like the previous one, close enough to pass, unfortunately not this time. Not yet, I guess. Sad, very sad, only Allah knows, and how much I feel like want to give up. I don't know what else I should do.

But when I think about how much effort I've put in, how much money I've spent, and how many obstacles I've been through, I know I can't simply give up. Not yet. I've come to realize that the path, any path, will have challenges, tests and trials. There will be hardships and there will be storms. But there is always rainbow after the rain falls. 

Perhaps this is another test from Him for me to work harder. Perhaps this is His way to remind me to keep praying, Sabr, and Tawadhu'u. Keep believing because to Allah, nothing is impossible. Allahu.

So, I've registered for the third time, and.. yea, I'm praying for the best. Please pray for me, my lovely readers. Thank you in advance. I love you! :)


وَٱصْبِرْ لِحُكْمِ رَبِّكَ فَإِنَّكَ بِأَعْيُنِنَا ۖ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ حِينَ تَقُومُ

"And be patient for the decision of your Lord, for indeed you are in Our eyes. " (52:48)


Bertenanglah wahai hati.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

First experience as GE voter.

Assalamualaykum..

13th General Election. I've never thought I would be so excited over political issues. I guess I am matured enough to decide what is the best for the country, and for the PEOPLE. 

My first experience as a new voter; the anonymous flashmobs held throughout the country, 'Hon tanda setuju' by anak-anak muda, the moment when people passed by and honked endlessly, then I knew there are actually plenty of people out there want to change. I was so thrilled myself honking when I saw these people stood along the roadside and proudly flew the flags. Priceless.

So the day before election, my family and I went back to Terengganu to cast vote in Kemaman (this is the third time already).  Traffic jammed for more than one hour along Karak Highway didn't stop us to feel the excitement, especially when we saw the PR flags, 'Ini Kalilah' slogan at most of the cars. Gambar UAI pun ada. LOL

We've stayed at Holiday Villa, Cherating for 2 days, and the most excited person was Alya!

Makan goreng pisang paling sedap di alam semesta di tepi kolam. Yummmm!
Siap disuruh mandi bunga lagi hahhh
We've passed by Chukai to have dinner, and there were a lot of people along the roadside, and one of the interesting thing to watch..
 
THIS! Siap menyala2 lagi time malam. Adoyaii macam-macam.

The D-day. We went to the beach to enjoy the scenery before check out. 


So after lunch, we went straight to cast our vote, and tadaaa!
I have done my part as Malaysian!

When I was walking on my way to cast a vote, a pakcik who was passing by after voted, he looked at me and smiled. "Assalamualaykum.. Ini Kalilah." I smiled and proudly replied, "Waalaikumussalam. Ini Kalilah."

My hands were trembling and my head went blank for a while when I see the names, and which parties to vote. With Bismillahirrahmanirrahim, I cast my vote, and carefully put it in the ballot boxes. What an experience!

After enjoyed keropok lekor and air kelapa near the beach, we went back to KL to wait for the result.

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PASCA GE13

Very obviously, Malaysians seek the truth. In seeing this as a crucial factor, obviously, Malaysians want to be consciously informed and responsible citizens. Aren't the actions of the mainstream media a disgrace to honourable, responsible and accountable journalism?

In fact, it's no more a question of win or lose. Neither is it a racial question. Malaysians have most definitely shown they have risen to a more mature level through GE13. Malaysians through GE13 have come out winners in coming out courageously to speak through their votes and they have spoken loud and clear.

The process of GE13 was a total outrage against the integrity and the dignity of the human person. Responsibility, accountability and a sincere love for the nation is the only way for the truth to be told courageously.

- taken from Malaysiakini.com

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I myself, as much as I feel sad that this election was lost in such a painful way,  I am hoping that this is going to be a wake-up call to all politicians and Malaysians to create a better, tomorrow. Never, never, forget this: They may have formed the government but we are still the people. Malaysia is still bloody us, not Barisan, not Pakatan. Us.


الظلم قد يطول ولكنه ﻻ يدوم، والحق قد يضعف ولكنه ينتصر

Kegelapan, adakalanya berpanjangan. Namun ia tidak akan berterusan selamanya. Kebenaran adakalanya lemah. Namun ia menang sepanjang masa. 


P.s. In the darkest night, a blueprint for sunrise. This article is a must read.

P.s.p.s. My respect goes to Chinese people who wore green shirt and flew the PAS flag I saw couple of times, at different locations. This is Malaysia, and we are Malaysian.

 Say NO to RACISM.

With love,

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Bake and Order.

Assalamualaykum! 

So, last night, Petot gave me a call, asked me a favour. To bake her cupcakes for her farewell party tomorrow. So it was quite a last minute request but yea.. tolong kawan la kann. Suddenly another call received, from Filla this time. She requested cupcakes to bring it back for her husband in Kedah. Auww. Fine. Another request that I couldn't say no to. In fact I've just remembered I have an appointment with dentist this morning, so I've rescheduled it next week. Korang punya pasal kann. Finee.

So these are the results of my Red Velvet cupcakes.

Tadaaaaaa.

 Requested by Petot. Kinda comot though, sorry. Blame my anak-anak buah. Hehee

 Lonely Heart is now ready to eat! LONELY HEART?? Freudian comment LOL

Anyway, to order Red Velvet cupcakes, you can find my email here.

16 pieces for RM 50
25 pieces for RM 70
32 pieces for RM 85
(delivery is excluded. Extra charge for delivery service depends on location :)


With love,