Preparation to Examination

Preparation to Examination
Written By: Muhammad Ismail Badauni
Translated By: SAIFULLAH KHALID
Nimra was a Matriculation student and was counted one of the best students at the school. Nimra and books were indispensible. She neither loved mobile games at all times like other children of her age nor had any interest in videos.
She was learning an essay by heart holding a book in her hands.
“Nimra, make me a cup of tea, please”, her mother asked.
“Mom I’m preparing for my upcoming exams. I will make you tea in a while”, Nimra replied walking to and fro.
At last the day for the exams came after two weeks of hard work.
“How well are you prepared, Nimra?” asked her mother.
“The preparation is all very good, Mom. You just pray for me to pass with flying colors”, she answered swinging with her arms around her neck.
“May Allah bless you with success”, her mother kissed her forehead.
The invigilator gave the answer script to Nimra and ordered to write her roll number down.
“Ya Allah! May I pass the exam outstandingly”, Nimra wished from the core of her heart. She wrote down her data and waited for the examination paper anxiously which soon fell into her hands. She started solving it as quickly as possible. She kept watching her wrist-watch every now and then. The allowed time was about to finish and she was left with one whole question to answer.
“Two minutes left, girls. Bind your answer sheets now”, the invigilator announced.
“I still have one question to answer, Ma’am.” Nimra requested.
“But the time has finished, daughter”, the invigilator declared, “You had to complete all the answers within given time.”
“Ma’am, kindly allow me only ten minutes and I will complete my answer. My exam will go well and I will be able to seek admission in a good college.” Nimra pledged.
“I can’t dear! The scripts have to be sent to the board office and it is wrong to allow you more time when every script has been collected from every student.” The invigilator denied a little strictly.
Nimra came home with her face down.
“Why are you sad, dear? What happened?” asked her mother.
“Her study-bibliomaniac face is announcing that her exam hasn’t gone well”, Khalid, Nimra’s broher, laughed. Nimra started weeping.
Mother scolded Khalid and sympathized with Nimra, “Will you please tell me what has happened?”
“The invigilator didn’t let me complete the answer to one question”, she cried.
“Why? Didn’t you know the answer?” mother inquired.
“I knew the answer but she didn’t give me extra time”, she complained.
“Why didn’t the invigilator give allow you time?” mother asked.
“Because the time allowed was of three hours and she took the answer sheet”, Nimra accused.
“it’s OK. You will seek good marks in other exams Allah’s willing. I have prepared your favorite Dahi-Bhally and Chaat.” Mother tried to comfort her but she replied, “I am now off-mood.” She went to her room weeping.
In the evening, when she got normal again and came out, her mother asked, “Tell me! If you do not seek good marks of fail in this exam, what will you do?”
“Please Mom! Do not say that.” Nimra feared.
“I’m not saying, just suppose it happens, then?” mother insisted.
“I will reattempt the exam or repeat if I get failed”, Nimra answered.
“it isn’t your last chance, is it?” mother asked.
“No, Mom!” she answered.
“Suppose if it was your last attempt, what would you do?” mother said.
“in such case, I would work so unquestionably hard and consume every minute of the exam most carefully.” Nimra replied strongly.
Mother agreeingly nodded her head and said, “Good! Now, let me know about the exam every one of us has to take!”
“Every one?” asked Nimra in wonder.
“Yes, every one of us, and when the time finished the invigilator of this examination hall who is the Angel of Death (Israel Alaihissalam) is not going to allow us even a second more.” Mother explained.
“The exam of eternity?” said Nimra, astonished.
“Yes, my dear! See what Allah Subhanuhu Wa Ta’aala says:
وَ جِایْٓءَ یَوْمَىٕذٍۭ بِجَهَنَّمَ ﳔ یَوْمَىٕذٍ یَّتَذَكَّرُ الْاِنْسَانُ وَ اَنّٰى لَهُ الذِّكْرٰىؕ(۲۳) یَقُوْلُ یٰلَیْتَنِیْ قَدَّمْتُ لِحَیَاتِیْۚ(۲۴)
‘And when Hell is brought that day, on that day will man reflect, but where is the time now to think. He will say, Alas if only I had sent some good deeds ahead, during my lifetime.’
(Sura Al Fajr 23 and 24)
There will be the Field of Judgement (Maidaan-e-Hashr) and everyone will be extremely selfish about himself. We have already been told about this exam. Prepare for it and keep sending your good deeds ahead. There are angels upon your shoulders who are preparing your report card. To make your report good, do as many good deeds as you can. The more you do virtues, the more your report card gets flying. Help somebody, stop fighting with siblings, stop telling lies, give up back-biting, never presume wrongly and leave as many bad deeds as humanly possible. If you succeed in doing so, your position will get higher in the hereafter.” Mother told in detail.
“Do we get reward upon giving up sins as well?” Nimra inquired.
“Yes, Of course!” she replied.
“And the sins we have already committed…?” Nimra feared.
“You have to erase them before the time finishes. But your school eraser won’t work there. You have to use the eraser of repentance (Taubah). Nimra my daughter! Learn this verse by heart.
وَ جِایْٓءَ یَوْمَىٕذٍۭ بِجَهَنَّمَ ﳔ یَوْمَىٕذٍ یَّتَذَكَّرُ الْاِنْسَانُ وَ اَنّٰى لَهُ الذِّكْرٰىؕ(۲۳) یَقُوْلُ یٰلَیْتَنِیْ قَدَّمْتُ لِحَیَاتِیْۚ(۲۴)
‘And when Hell is brought that day, on that day will man reflect, but where is the time now to think. He will say, Alas if only I had sent some good deeds ahead, during my lifetime.’
(Sura Al Fajr 23 and 24)
And one more thing! You know the syllabus for this exam, don’t you?”
“What is the syllabus?”
“The syllabus for the exam is the Holy Quran and Sunnah. Read and recite this syllabus daily and practice it regularly. Try to not leave any virtue behind whether small or big. If your marks-sheet contains most virtues, you will succeed in the Last Judgment.” Mother told Nimra lovingly.

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