20 Exam Tips 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.

 

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid 

source;http://islamqa.info

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The hadeeth about saying “Allaahumma ajirni min al-naar” seven times


Has it beem authentically narrated that one should say ‘allahumma ajirni min annar’, seven times after fajr and maghrib prayers?.

Praise be to Allaah.

This hadeeth was narrated by Imam Ahmad in al-Musnad, 17362, and by Abu Dawood, 5079. The hadeeth is as follows:

It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When you pray Fajr, then say before speaking to any of the people, ‘Allaahumma ajirni min al-naar (O Allaah, protect me from the Fire)’ seven times. Then if you die on that day, Allaah will grant you protection from the Fire. And when you pray Maghrib, then say before speaking to any of the people, ‘Allaahumma inni as’aluka al-jannah, Allaahumma ajirni min al-naar (O Allaah, I ask You for Paradise, O Allaah, protect me from the Fire)’ seven times. Then if you die that night, Allaah will grant you protection from the Fire.”

Two things may be noted about the hadeeth.

1.     It does not say that this du’aa’ is to be said after ‘Isha’, as mentioned in the question.

2.     The hadeeth is not saheeh in its narration from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). See al-Silsilah al-Da’eefah by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him), 1624.

Based on this, it is not mustahabb to recite this du’aa’ after Fajr and Maghrib prayers.

3.     It was narrated that Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever asks Allaah for Paradise three times, Paradise will say, ‘O Allaah, admit him to Paradise.’ Whoever seeks protection from the Fire three times, Hell will say, ‘O Allaah, protect him from the Fire.’”

Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2572; Ibn Maajah, 4340. This is a saheeh hadeeth; it was classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 6275).

But there is nothing to state that this should be recited in conjunction with any particular prayer, or at any particular time.

It is mustahabb for the believer to ask Allaah for Paradise a great deal, and to seek protection from Hell a great deal, without saying such words in conjunction with any particular prayer, or at any particular time.

And Allaah knows best.

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Hadeeth: “Two rak’ahs with siwaak are better than seventy rak’ahs without siwaak”


What is the meaning of the hadeeth: “Two rak’ahs with siwaak are better than seventy rak’ahs without siwaak”?.

Praise be to Allaah.

Siwaak is Sunnah, and is an act of worship when done at the time of prayer or when doing wudoo’, because the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Siwaak is purifying for the mouth and pleasing to the Lord.” Narrated by al-Nasaa’i with a saheeh isnaad from ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her). And because he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Were it not that it would be too difficult for my ummah, I would have commanded them to use the siwaak at every prayer.” Saheeh – agreed upon. According to another version: “Were it not that it would be too difficult for my ummah, I would have commanded them to use the siwaak at at every wudoo’.” Narrated by Imam al-Nasaa’i with a saheeh isnaad.

With regard to the hadeeth “Two rak’ahs with siwaak are better than seventy rak’ahs without siwaak”, it is a da’eef (weak) hadeeth, and is not saheeh (sound). The saheeh ahaadeeth are sufficient, praise be to Allaah. End quote.

Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz (26/288).

Al-Bayhaqi said concerning it in al-Sunan al-Kubra (1/38): (It is) da’eef and its isnaad is not strong. It was narrated in both marfoo’ and mursal reports. End quote.

Ibn al-Qayyim said in al-Manaar al-Muneef (p. 17): Its isnaad is not strong. End quote.

It was classed as da’eef by al-Nawawi in al-Khalaasah (1/88) and by al-Albaani in Da’eef al-Jaami’ (3519).

And Allaah knows best.

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Garlic Vegetable Soup


Garlic Vegetable Soup


1 cup mixed vegetables (corn kernels, green peas, broccoli, carrots, asparagus), finely chopped
2 tsp garlic, finely chopped
¼ cup onions, finely chopped
2 cups low fat milk
2 tbsp quick cooking rolled oats
1 tsp oil
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp chopped coriander

Heat the oil in a pan, add the onions and garlic and sauté till the onions are translucent.Add the vegetables and sauté for a few minutes.Add the milk, salt and pepper. Allow it to come to a boil and simmer till the vegetables are tender.
Add the oats and simmer for another 5 minutes.Serve hot garnished with the coriander

The Skinny Jeans Workout


Workout class

It’s the region most of us love to hate–our hips, thighs, and backsides. For a lower body you’ll love, you need to do two things: burn fat, and lift and firm your tush. This routine does both. Do these seven moves one after another with no rest in between. Then repeat the circuit so you perform it a total of two times. Do this workout four to six times a week.

Squat Lunge Curl
SQUAT, LUNGE, CURL
Stand with your arms at your sides and squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground (a). Push back up to the starting position. Then take a giant step forward with your left foot and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground (b). Push up onto your left leg and immediately curl your right heel toward your glutes (c). Return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat, stepping forward with your right foot. Continue alternating the sequence for 20 reps.

Tip: For a challenge, add dumbbells

Dumbbell Sumo Squat

DUMBBELL SUMO SQUAT
Grab a heavy dumbbell and hold one end in each hand at arm’s length in front of your pelvis. Set your feet about twice your shoulder width apart, toes turned out slightly (a). Lower your body as far as you can by pushing your hips back and bending your knees (b). Pause, then push yourself back to the starting position. Do 10 to 12 reps.

Tip: Keep your torso as upright as possible with your lower back naturally arched.

Stability Lunge

STABILITY LUNGE
Stand with your arms at your sides and squat until your thighs are parallel to the ground (a). Push back up to the starting position. Then take a giant step forward with your left foot and lower your body until your left thigh is parallel to the ground (b). Push up onto your left leg and immediately curl your right heel toward your glutes (c). Return to start. That’s one rep. Repeat, stepping forward with your right foot. Continue alternating the sequence for 20 reps.

Dumbbell Bent Knee Deadlift

DUMBBELL BENT-KNEE DEADLIFT
Line up a pair of 10- to 15-pound dumbbells horizontally on the floor in front of you. Squat, keeping your chest up, and grab the dumbbells with an overhand grip. Your arms should be straight and your lower back slightly arched, not rounded (a). Contract your glutes and stand up with the dumbbells, straightening your legs, thrusting your hips forward, and pulling your torso back and up (b). Slowly lower the dumbbells to the floor. That’s one rep. Do 10 to 12.

Single Leg, Single Arm Reach

SINGLE-LEG,SINGLE-ARM REACH
Stand and raise your right arm in front of you (a). Bend from your hips and lift your right leg behind you until it’s parallel to the floor (b). Contract your glutes and hamstrings as you return to standing. That’s one rep. Do 10 to 12 reps, then switch sides and repeat.

Elevated Reverse Lunge

ELEVATED REVERSE LUNGE
Stand on a six-inch step or box, hands on your hips (a). Squeeze your left glute, step back with your left leg, and lower until your right knee is bent at least 90 degrees (b). Pause, then push through the right leg to return to start. That’s one rep. Do four to six reps, then
repeat with the other leg.

Cable Pull-Through

CABLE PULL -THROUGH
Stand two feet from a cable machine on the lowest setting (or secure a resistance band to a low sturdy object). With your back to the station, straddle the handle with your feet shoulder-width apart, then squat until your thighs are nearly parallel to the floor. Reach back through your legs and grab the handle with both hands, arms straight (a). Keeping your head up, drive your heels into the floor and straighten your legs to standing, pulling the handle out in front of you and keeping your arms straight (b). Pause, then lower the weight and repeat. Do 10 to 12 reps.

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