Exams and Ramadan: How to be the best in both?
Mosques are cleaned, delicious food is prepared at home, and a gentle call of expectation carries through the air. Only with the advent of Ramadan can this happen, which Allah has given us as an annual gift. But some of us have exams during Ramadan time maybe at school or college.
A competitive environment was created during Ramadan. When there is a competition over who has finished the Qur’an, who has offered many Rak’ats of Nafl prayers, etc., at that very moment, one of our brothers or sisters gets into trouble due to giving exam routine in Ramadan. So in this article, we will discuss how to present yourself as the best in both exams and Ramadan.
Exams and Ramadan: Be grateful to Allah for your overall condition
Although it does not seem to you, you should know that you are one of the lucky ones. But how?
The hadith says, “The one who is most tested deserves the highest reward. When Allah loves a people, He tests him in various ways. Blessed is he who takes this test with patience and contentment. And whoever is dissatisfied with it, then he is gaining the wrath of Allah.” (Ibn Majah)
Allah, through His infinite mercy, is constantly giving His servants the opportunity to improve their dignity. Giving exams in the month of Ramadan is definitely a difficult subject. But if you can give these exams with contentment and patience by fasting in Ramadan, then surely Allah will reward you more than others.
Exams and Ramadan: Build self-confidence
“Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity…” (2: 286)
So, Allah has chosen you because you have the ability to test. This is the grace of Allah upon you. Allah has given you the proper qualifications, physical and mental strength, which He has not given to many. So believe in yourself that of course, you can handle both exams and Ramadan.
Also remember the words of Allah where He said, “… Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship …” (2: 185)
So, even if you can’t get busy with more and more Nafl deeds during the holy period of Ramadan because of the exam, there is nothing to be disappointed about. Because those who are doing more Nafl deeds may be getting much more leisure time than you.
More than 1400 years ago, in this month of Ramadan, tough battles like Badr and Tabuk took place. The scorching heat of the sun overheads and in front of the fierce opposition could not deter our ancestral Muslims. So how can we lose our morale in the midst of so much happiness and comfort today? Would it ever be appropriate?
So be confident that you can. This little exam is nothing compared to the difficult situation that the Prophet (SAW) and his Companions faced in Ramadan. Compare yourself with them and build self-confidence.
Exams and Ramadan: Work hard and work wisely
Start revising exam topics quickly! Work hard and work wisely. Giving a quick revision the day before the exam causes stress. And because of this stress exams and other tasks will not be performed properly.
So make a schedule for revision a few days in advance and make yourself a banner of it. When making a routine in Ramadan, keep these things in mind – Suhoor, 5 times prayer, recitation of the Qur’an, rest, revision, Dhikr (remembrance of Allah), giving time to the family, and Taraweeh.
Create a routine by planning when and how to perform these tasks. Avoid things other than the most important ones as much as possible. There may be some changes in the routine on the day of the exam. Consider that too. And when the exam is over, get rid of the worries completely. Because it is not the job of an intelligent person to waste time thinking about what has happened. Thinking about past exams will only increase your stress, and will not bring any benefits.
So try to avoid discussing previous topics after the end of the exam. Because in case of examination, nothing will change that has been written. After the exam, express your satisfaction to Allah by saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ and entrust the result to Allah.
Eat nutritious food in Suhoor and Iftar
It is very important to take nutritious food in Suhoor and Iftar during the exam period. Because there is no opportunity to have breakfast before going to the
examination hall in Ramadan. If you do not take nutritious food in Suhoor and Iftar, you will lose the ability to take mental and physical stress in the examination hall due to not eating for a long time. Just as it will harm the exam, it can also harm the fast.
But one thing to keep in mind. Nutritious food means not eating on a full stomach. Eating too much food will create laziness in you. And this will cause a lot of disruption in both reading and Taraweeh at night. For this reason, eating on a full stomach is also contrary to the Sunnah of our beloved Prophet (SAW). So avoid eating on a full stomach and focus on nutritious foods.