5. Finals affords you the opportunity to work on two important qualities:
1. Trusting in Allah2. Hard work in this dunyaBoth go together and it is important to put forth an effort that will merit great results and, at
the same time, for you to trust in Allah. Many of us say, “I want to leave my affairs to Allah”
but by the middle of the day we start trying to take things back. Finals gives us theopportunity to apply, what I call, the Abu Hurairah [may Allah have mercy upon him] modelbecause he relied upon Allah and he worked very hard to get his share of hadith from the
Prophet [may Allah‟s prayers and peace be upon him].
Tip: Put your trust in Allah by working hard in the first place.
6. Remember that there is a greater final awaiting you
Many of us will spend five to six hours taking our tests. However, there is a Day that awaitsus where we might, may Allah have mercy upon us, stand for thousands of years! Thus, thisfinal [the meeting with Allah], is, indeed, the true final.As we fear standing in front of our teachers and the test itself, let us remember the standing infront of Allah! This is a Day where the young will become old, women will drop their loadsand parents will disown their children. Ya Allah, what awaits us and what is in front of us.That day, the Last day is the true Final. Thus, think. Think hard about it. Are you ready?Would you pass the fir
st question “How was your prayers?” What makes this final more
difficult is it is a take home exam. Not only do we have a few days to prepare, but Allah hasgiven us a a few years [if we are lucky] to prepare for it and He, out of His mercy, has givenus the answers.
“The first thing the slave will be asked about is his/her prayers. If they are sound, everythingelse will be sound. If they are corrupted, then everything else is corrupted.”
That hadith gives us the first question that awaits us. Thus, dear brother and dear sister I
address you with my love and concern for you, “How is your salah?” “How is your relationship with Allah?” The Prophet was asked, “When will be the Hour?” His response,“What did you prepare for it?” Thus, dear brother and dear sist
er, let us ask ourselves now,
“What have we prepared for it?” “What have we prepared for it?” What have we prepared for it?”
And that is the final lesson and, indeed, the most important.Tip: Prepare for the greatest final, the Day of Judgment.