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20 Exam Tips for Muslim Students

Posted on: March 22, 2010

In The name of Allah,The Most Merciful,The Most gracious

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

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35 Responses to "20 Exam Tips for Muslim Students"

hey john may Allah show u right path


Jazaakh Allah Khairan for these tips. Just wrote a series of exams, and although I didn’t do too bad, I made some mistakes which I believed could have been avoided. This made me very worried and sad, considering that I knew the answers to some of the questions I had gotten wrong and had chosen otherwise mainly due to doubt, ‘exam tension’ and the likes.
Also, I want to overcome the feelings of jealousy and envy I sometimes get when I see some classmates that got marks higher than I did. This is bad considering that I am in Med school which is quite competitive.
I also ask to please make du’a for me to become one of the best female muslim doctors that would help the Muslim ummah as a whole, Ameen.


Jazakallah khayran very useful and beneficial information may allah reward you and reward us all inshallah ameen.


i really enjoyed it for it touches the and from now i will try using this way come hell or high water


please tell me name of surah in quran for exam


assalamualaiskum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu.macha allah. my taleem in mba was all about tips for the exam and this helped so much. jazak allahu khairun


Reblogged this on Islamic Articles.


alhamdulilllah,,may ALLAH bless u too


hey! miss that is too selfish.coz the rasul said you should wish for brother what you wish for yourself.MAY ALLAH HELP US ALL.


assalamualikum………recite this dua during preparation and exam…..Allahhumma la sahla illa ma jaaltahu sahlan wa anta tajaalul hazna iza shia,t sahla.


Jazakallahu hayrah


This is not only useful to muslim students. It’s for every one


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These are the nice contribution may ALLAH reward you abandontly ameen


this is a very good guidence for all muslim please follow this rules in exam


My friends muslium students and all other students always think about allah and ask about allah what do u want any thing small thing big thing ask to allah so whatever may be happen life has to go on


Assalamualaikum, actually i was topper of my class till nineth but from tenth standard onwards i don’t know what happend to me i want to study and want to show the world that muslims are not behind nowalso. wiithout any reserved seat thay can do 8th class mashaallah i scored 92 percent but it is very difficult to me to pass the exam. i ask for the solution to everybody but nobody did give me satisfactory i am in 12 ambition is to become a doctor.PLEASE PRAY FOR ME.


isnshaalah i prays for u and u prays for me


Whenever you g o for exam start with the Bismillaha, you will find the blessing of Allah Almighty during your difficulties. Don’t need to be afraid of anybody whenever you have a difficulty start remembering Allah and dispel tension.


I just wanna know,how to succeed in ‘History’..?
I really hope that someone will help me,please..


why are you tellin us u wont get any sawwab will u? weirdo


Stop playing with Islam.Stop playing the game theories to undermine the verses of Quran. Islam is not a religion.Islam is a deen.Code of conduct.Way of Living.

The exam tips u post in the name of islam has no relation with the siratul mustakim of Islam.Wht u propose is nothing new to us.We know u people are the victim of Global Illuminati Zionist of super elite and their matrix of the monopolistic corporate governance of each corner of the globe. You are taught to adapt the false image of Islam created by them to let you become the best eligible slave to suit their matrix world.

So please, for the shake of your safety to survive from the wrath of Allah stop calling the people in the name of Islam to the path of your utopian superior classy way of living.



heyy john,why get angry?


Don’t talk about what you don’t know u little john


may allah condemn u for you have done great wrong




Alhamdullillah for this guidance. More of this will certainly go a,long way to strengthen the believers.


this artical is realy helpfull thaks so much
also,if u dont know the answer in th exam,tray to say Istegfar alot it well help ya remmbering the answer..


astaghfirullah……. in my country there are a lot of students cheating in the national exam today..


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