being a Muslim student

In the name of Allah.

It’s not that I am shy to answer the question or anything, but for me, I think there was no pressing necessity for me to answer the question given by the lecturer. Not that I didn’t know the answer, but I just didn’t think there was a need to be shouting out the answer.

Kate nak jadi Muslim cemerlang, kuat sikit suare jawab tu!

I was stunned by my friend’s reminder last week when we just started class last Wednesday.

I have always known that I am a student but it wasn’t until recent that I realized that I have not been a Muslim student. Not that I don’t fulfil the five pillars of Islam, but there wasn’t even an inch of myself that realized that being a student is not the same as being a Muslim student.

Seeking knowledge is the duty of every Muslim. (Ibn Majah, Hadith 220)

Does it mean that every individual Muslim must also become a religious scholar? Not at all. What is required of an individual is only sufficient knowledge that can enable him/her to carry out their religious obligations.

As a minimum every Muslim must learn the articles of faith and what they really mean. Learning about the laws and teachings of Shariah related to their life is also crucial. Thus it is our duty to learn solat, fasting, zakat and Hajj.

For a student, it is a religious duty to learn Islam’s teaching about the field that we are studying. For example, if one is studying medicine to learn about the halal and haram aspects in performing the tasks of being a medical officer. And so on.

There is also another aspect to  being a Muslim student.

The attitude in which we view learning itself makes us different. If one were to keep to himself/herself throughout the learning process, can that be considered as learning?

Remember that learning is not just about reading books and looking on the net for information. There is a lot more to life that books and staying inside. As I am writing this, realize the relevance of going to school. Meeting new people and the multiple interactions we have with our friends and teachers help us to become better students.

However, going to school doesn’t mean that EVERYONE actually interacts with one another. That is why the attitudes we have towards learning is very important.

Enthusiasm is one thing, but the guts to voice out our opinions and views is also important. Although our personal views are different, it is always good to listen to others’ perspective. This, is also one concept of learning.

Being a Muslim student, what it really means is really practising Islam in our studies. Another easy way of seeing it is–> Islam as our treetrunk life , whilst studying or acquiring knowledge as one of branches.

faham tak?

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