8 Dua to succeed in your exams
Your exams are close? Recite these powerful Dua to help you do well in your exams. Exam days are some of the most stressful days that every student must go through at least once in their life. The more stressed or nervous you are, the more likely you are to forget the answers! Stay relaxed, always have a positive attitude, and above all, trust in what Allah has in store for you.
But remember, if you want to pass your exams, you should not just do Dua, you must also prepare for your exams by studying as hard as possible.
What is a Dua ?
Dua is an Arabic word that literally means to call someone. In the context of Islamic worship, Dua is the term used in the situation where a person seeks something from Allah Almighty. This is why Dua is very important in the lives of Muslims because Dua is like a conversation with Allah Almighty in which we put our needs before Him and ask for His help in solving our problems. Making Dua is not only a submission of our need before Allah Almighty, but it is also a form of worship.
In one of the hadiths, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) described Dua as the essence of worship. The importance of Dua has also been described in a number of verses of the Holy Quran. In Surah al-Baqara verse 186, Allah Almighty says: "When my servants inquire about me, (you tell them) that I am indeed closer to them. I answer the supplicant's call whenever he calls me." This verse means that we should always make Dua for the resolution of each of our problems, whether the problem is big or small. Let us never forget that the biggest possible and imaginable problem is very small to Allah Almighty.
Dua to pass an exam
There are many Dua that will help you to pass your exams. These Dua are taken from verses of the Quran and also from prophetic stories. You can recite these duas before an exam, after an exam or while you are studying to help you better retain and understand the material of the exam.
Dua to increase your knowledge when studying for an exam
There is a very popular verse in the Quran that is extremely powerful when it comes to increasing knowledge. You can recite it while studying for your exam, after every prayer or just whenever you want.
رَّبِّ زِدْنِى عِلْمًۭا
« O my Lord, increase my knowledge ! »
[ Surah Taaha-20: Verse114 ]
Here are also 3 other Dua that will help you better memorize and gain knowledge for your exam:
قَالَ رَبِّ ٱشْرَحْ لِى صَدْرِى وَيَسِّرْ لِىٓ أَمْرِى وَٱحْلُلْ عُقْدَةًۭ مِّن لِّسَانِى يَفْقَهُوا۟ قَوْلِى
« Lord, open my breast and make my mission easier, and untie a knot in my tongue, so that they may understand my words »
[ Surah Taaha- 20: Verse 25-28 ]
سُبْحَٰنَكَ لَا عِلْمَ لَنَآ إِلَّا مَا عَلَّمْتَنَآ ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلْعَلِيمُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ
« Glory to You! We have no knowledge but what You have taught us. Surely, You are the All-Knowing, the Wise. »
[ Sourah Al Baqara-2: Verse 32 ]
اللّهُـمَّ لا سَـهْلَ إِلاّ ما جَعَلـتَهُ سَهـلاً، وَأَنْتَ تَجْـعَلُ الْحَـزَنَ إِذا شِـئْتَ سَهـْلاً
« O Allah, nothing is easy except what You make easy. And if You wish, You make the difficult easy. »
[ Hisnul-Muslim ]
Dua when under stress for an exam
Unfortunately, exams are often synonymous with stress for many students around the world. Stress decreases concentration during an exam so it is very important to calm down in order to eliminate this stress. Here are 2 Dua's to help you relax and regain your composure in order to do well on your exam:
كان النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول : اللهم إني أعوذ بك من الهم والحزن والعجز والكسل والجبن والبخل وضلع الدين وغلبة الرجال
« O Allah! I ask for protection from You against anxiety, sadness, inability, laziness, cowardice, greed, difficulty of debt and domination of men. »
[ Sahih-Bukhari, Hadith: 6369 ]
“Allah, I hope for your mercy, so don't give me up to myself even for a blink of an eye, and settle all my affairs, there is no God but you”
[ Sunan Abu Dawood ]
Dua before or during an exam
فَإِنَّ حَسْبَكَ ٱللَّهُ ۚ هُوَ ٱلَّذِىٓ أَيَّدَكَ بِنَصْرِهِۦ وَبِٱلْمُؤْمِنِينَ
« ...then Allah will be sufficient for thee. It is He Who has sustained thee with His help, and with the help of the believers. »
[Surah Al Anfal-8, Verse: 62]
Dua after an exam
ٱلَّذِينَ إِذَآ أَصَٰبَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌۭ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيْهِ رَٰجِعُونَ
« who say, when a misfortune befalls them, "Surely we are Allah's, and to Him shall we return." »
[Surah Al Baqarah-2, Verse: 156]
If you want to pass your exams, pray regularly! Don't skip prayers and make Dua after every prayer!
Remember, Allah loves you 70 times more than your mother. Start making Dua with a pure heart, keep good intentions, and Allah will definitely listen to you!
In addition to doing Dua, don't hesitate to help people (of all ages) around you. Spend a good time with your parents as their Dua will really help you in your exams (and in your life in general). Feed the poor, give sadaqah no matter how small it is. All these good deeds will help you in your future and beyond.
Also remember to go to bed early and get up early! Don't forget that your brain also needs rest. Doing something in excess also sometimes has negative consequences. Finish your studies early in the evening so you can wake up for Fajr prayer. You can also continue your studies early in the morning.
May Allah help you pass your exams, amin !