Last year i failed in one subject.. i was depressed i lost all hopes.. but somehow i controlled myself.. now i offer 5 times prayers.. my exam is next month .. but i am scared because of my last year performance .. i can't concentrate neither i can remember what ever i have learned.. is there any dua for studying and concentration ?? please help me please

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w/salam brother.. i thank u for all the information u provided over here.. thanks for helping me .. may allah bless u with his blessing .. thanks alot :)

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AssalamuAlaikum dear brothers and sisters.

According to the famous website, www.islamqa.com:

There is no report in the Sunnah which suggests what can be said during the exams. The du’aa’s that are widespread among students and are said during revision or when receiving the exam papers or when stumbling over an answer or when handing in the paper, etc., all have no basis in the Sunnah, either in saheeh reports or da’eef reports. Rather they are all fabricated and are falsely attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) (Very very dangerous things to do that we should all remember and not share anything before authenticating).

There is a proven du’aa’ for leaving the house, but it is not as described by the questioner (question found here link text). The phrase is “Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom bi rahmatika astagheeth (O Ever Living, O Sustainer, by Your mercy I seek help).” There are ahaadeeth which indicate that this is to be said at times of hardship and difficulty. All of that includes exams and other difficulties.

There follow the ahaadeeth which have been narrated concerning that:

1 – It was narrated that Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever says – when leaving his house – Bismillaah, tawakkaltu ‘ala Allaah, laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa Billaah (In the name of Allaah, I put my trust in Allaah, there is no power and no strength except with Allaah), it will be said to him: You are taken care of and you are protected, and the Shaytaan will keep away from him.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 5095; al-Tirmidhi, 3426; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh Abi Dawood.

2 – It was also narrated that Anas ibn Maalik (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: If something upset him, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) would say: “Yaa Hayyu yaa Qayyoom bi rahmatika astagheeth (O Ever Living, O Sustainer, by Your mercy I seek help).” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3524; classed as hasan by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 3182.

3 – It was also narrated from Anas (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “O Allaah, nothing is easy but that which You make easy and You can make hardship easy if You will.” Narrated by Ibn Hibbaan, 3/255; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 2886.

4 – It was narrated that Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The prayer of Dhu’l-Noon when he was in the belly of the fish: ‘Laa ilaaha illa Anta, subhaanaka inni kuntu min al-zaalimeen (There is no god but You, glory to You, verily I was one of the wrongdoers).’ A Muslim never calls upon his Lord with these words concerning any matter, but his prayer is answered. (AMAZING HADITH, RIGHT?!) ” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 3505; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in al-Silsilah al-Saheehah, 1644.

Conclusion: It is not permissible to invent du’aa’s and attribute them to Islam. What has been narrated in the ahaadeeth that may be said during times of hardship and difficulty is sufficient.

And Allaah knows best.

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w/salam .. thanku so much for helping me.. please pray for me i am very tensed.. allah bless u

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Salam, This dua is for exams, and it is said that, when recited, Allah will give you the knowledge needed. But you still have to try hard. As for concentration, just don't think about it as an exam, Pretend that there's no-one there, and just chill. Still try your hardest but don't get sweaty and worked up and ready to faint. Recite this just before you're about to start. 'Laa ilaaha illallaahul Azeemul Haleem, Laa ilaaha illallaahu Rabbul Arshil Azeem, Laa ilaaha illallaahu rabbussamaawaati wal-ardi Warabbul Arshil Kareem.' It was in a Hadith - I can't remember which one... Bukhari something something - and nearly no-one knows about it. It's a very special dua. I hope this helps you.

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