Why are you doing this?

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.

Raise up your hand if you want to score GPA 4.0 flat this sem!

I like to ask my friends.

“How’s uni life going?”

and their reactions are mostly

“Banyak assignments 😦 ”

“Ngaleh”

“Hmmmmmmmmmmm”

Now that I have (kinda) entered university, and despite of only learning Arabic Language every day I can’t help entering my room feeling

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I’m very sure I’m not the only one.

And I’m very sure we all have had this since secondary school years, when we are expected to progressively mature ourselves up, and this distress gradually increases as we enter the next level.

Let me tell you a story.

I was one of the lucky (was I?) students from the first batch on SPN21. I got into the 2-year course and being typical Asians, we were expected to score good grades (read : straight A’s) for our O Levels. I didn’t do well at first, but Alhamdulillah through the encouragements from my family, teachers, friends, and most importantly by the grace of Allah I managed to get through it alive and well. I worked hard, got sick at least once in every term, dropped 4kg of my weight in a month and I thought, it paid off. This was 4-5 years ago.

Everyone wants to succeed. But only some are willing to strive for it.

For those who are willing to do so, ganbatte! May Allah make it easy for you.

In doing so, however, have you ever thought – “Why am I doing this?”

I have, and I wish it crossed my mind 4 years ago.

It’s not wrong at all to work hard for the reward awaiting at the end. However, if we did get the reward, then what’s next? No one will remember our achievements, and when we leave this world, everything that happened will have little significant value to anyone.

Are you willing to work for something, that in the end you will leave?

Or maybe we are working hard to beat that someone up in a more subtle manner like gaining more money, status, promotion, popularity or anything.

Why stress up to impress the people we don’t like?

Whatever the reason is, we have to ask ourselves, “Is it really worth it?”

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I did not regret working hard, but I do regret not working hard for the right reason.

Imagine whatever we do is not with the intention to please Him, to help His Deen, to actually be His servant, and all the sweat and pain are wasted for something temporary, and we don’t carry enough of good deeds to present to Him on the Day of Judgement.

Hence, we must be mindful towards our actions. In every effort we make, we have to make sure that it is not just “I need to be excellent so I can get good job,” but  “I need to be excellent so I can get a good job that can help me support my family and my effort to serve Allah.”

May Allah grant us steadfastness in living this life for Him.

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