Yes you can do it!

Q: Salam Imam,
First and for most, may Allah help us in this life and make us better human beings. I’m currently a college student whose trying to get into a doctorate school. But, i’m feeling a little discouraged at the moment due to poor acedimc grades. I dont know what the future holds, but i really would like to get into the doctorate school and make something out of myself inshallah. I continously tell myself to not give up, and i’ve already came this far, but these types of scores are seriously taking a tole in my life because i am dispointing my self and family and stressing myself out. My question is, is there a dua, or something i can tell myself to continue pushing myself inshallah? I can’t live with myself if i just gave up now, i will continue trying my best inshallah, but i’m afraid that continous stress will eventually turn into depression.

Time: Monday December 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

A: وعليكم السلام ورحمة الله وبركاته

To get the best, give your studies the best try at all times. Shaytan likes to assist in discouraging good people like you. Do not let shaytan disrupt you from your goals.  Pursue your goals with noble intentions. Do only what you can manage doing. Do not over burden yourself. We all have limits, we must know our limits. Graduate students sometimes forget this simple set of information.

Likewise, your stress is not due to you having a lack of intelligence, it is because you possibly over working yourself coupled with unwanted fears confronting you as it relates to your future. Learn to study, learn to relax. InshallAllah, if you get the balance between deen and dunya, your grades and comprehension of the material would also improve. Shaytan likes desperation and haste, Allah (SWT) loves a person to be consistent in all the good they do. Allah (SWT) loves gradual development.

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Allah Certainly Knows Best.

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