Reminder: It's out of your control

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As the academic year is coming to an end, it's a stressful time for students. It's a time of tears, frustration, anger, sadness, lack of sleep, and a lot of other negativities. We want to do well because we've put in effort and time; everything amounts to a letter grade or a percentage. It seems easy, right? You do good, you get good. If life was fair, that's how it would be. But, life is a test; it wasn't meant to be fair.

Sometimes, we get so caught up that we forget: there are things that are out of our control.

Prophet Ayyub (a.s.) - wealthy and pious - was afflicted with a skin illness that lasted years. He had no more friends left. His wife was getting tired taking care of him. If it was up to any of us, we would never choose to be sick; we all want a long and healthy life. But, Prophet Ayyub's illness was out of his control. He never lost patience and it was through dua that he was healed. 

Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) was faced with the death of his three sons when they were very young. If it was up to any of us, we would never want our loved ones to die. But, the death of his sons was out of Prophet Muhammad's control. He mourned, cried, and grieved, but never said anything questioning or displeasing to Allah. 

Prophet Musa's mother was ordered to send her son away in a basket, floating through the river on his own, so he could be saved from being killed by Pharoah's soldiers. If it was up to any of us, we would never choose to be separated from our family members. Prophet Musa's mother was scared, even after Allah told her: "have no fear and do not grieve" [28:7]. It was only by Allah's Mercy, through the strength that He gave her, that she could get through this tough time. It was out of Allah's control. 

Many of us are giving exams and submitting projects. Don't forget, it's out of your control

Sometimes, you'll put in a lot of effort and time, but you won't get the grade you want. 

Sometimes, you'll see someone who didn't put in a lot of effort and time, but they still get the grade they want. 

It's not the end of the world. Life is a test. When things get tough, what will you do? Will you be patient? Will you make dua? Will your faith get stronger? 

"Every time you are afraid. Every time you are nervous. Every time you have knots in your stomach. Every time your heart hurts, remember, God is with you."

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