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Posted: 12 March 2007 at 1:44am
I am a student at a university and sometimes I find some of the subjects very hard. I try very hard but sometimes I still can not learn or understand it, are there any verses from the Holy Quran or some duas (which the English meanings) that you could kindly suggest which will help me Inshallah?
Studying means: to look at something with precision and meticulousness in order to understand or to gain information about it. Therefore any reading that does not have these specifications is not considered ‘studying’. It is obvious that studying, just like any other action necessitates the preparation of particular requirements in order for one to be able to achieve an ideal and beneficial studying session.
The necessary conditions for beneficial and productive studying:
The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) who is the wisest of creation asked his Lord: O God, take me out of darkness and embrace me dearly with the light of understanding. Lord, open the doors of mercy upon us and spread your treasures of knowledge upon us, by your mercy, O Most Generous one.
Inshallah by reading this dua and requesting understanding and comprehension with any dua, in any language and by observing the conditions mentioned above the quality of your learning and studying will excel.
Studying means: to look over something with precision and attentiveness in order to understand or to gain information about it.
Hence studying is in conjunction with meticulousness and precision and any research or studying which does not have these specifications can not be called ‘studying’. Its is undeniable that in order for one to abandon the island of ignorance and enter the ocean of knowledge, necessary preparations and conditions must first be set up in order for one to be able to achieve ideal and beneficial studying.
In order to reach this blessed goal of studying; here we will mention some of the most important necessary conditions for putting together successful studying or research:
If we are studying or researching professionally we can study at any hour or time and the output of time does not matter, and all of the hours spent studying would be delightful for us since based on all of the various times researched for specifying the best study times and evaluating the output, it has become evident that particular study times have no preference over other times. However it has been proven that studying immediately after sleeping in the beginning of the night can not offer ideally successful results in studying, yet twenty to thirty minutes after waking up is more proficient in offering a desired output in studying and research. Nonetheless if we are not such that we study and research professionally then we should commence to study when we have inclination and enthusiasm and at times when we lack the propensity or zest then that is the time when we should refrain from studying.
Reciting the following supplications have also been recommended:
1. اللهم اخرجنی من ظلمات الوهم و اکرمنی بنور الفهم اللهم افتح علینا ابواب رحمتک و انشر علینا خزائن علومک برحمتک یا ارحم الراحمین. O God, bring me out of the darkness of lack of knowledge and ignorance and hold me dear with the light of understanding. My Lord, open the doors of mercy upon us and spread your treasures of knowledge upon us, by your mercy, O Most Generous one.
2. اللهم إني أعوذ بك أن أضل أو أضل أو أزل أو أزل أو أظلم أو أظلم أو أجهل أو يجهل علي اللهم انفعني بما علمتني و علمني ما ينفعني و زدني علما و الحمد لله على كل حال اللهم إني أعوذ بك من علم لا ينفع و من قلب لا يخشع و من نفس لا تشبع و من دعاء لا يسمع. O God, I seek refuge in you from misleading or being mislead, causing others to slip or slipping, oppressing others or being oppressed, spreading ignorance or being in a state of ignorance. O my God, cause me to benefit from the knowledge you have taught me and guide me with knowledge which will bring me benefit. O my God, Increase my knowledge. True gratitude is only form God, The Most High. O my God, I seek refuge in you from knowledge which is not of use, and a heart which has no humility or inflection in face of truth, and from lusting desires which are never satisfied and supplications which are not answered.
By reciting these prayers and asking for understanding and comprehension in any dua and in any language, granted that the conditions mentioned have also been abided by, ones mind will be better prepared for seeking knowledge and research. However one must take head to the fact that merely reciting these supplications is not enough and if the conditions for proper studying are not first observed then we will never reach our desired goal.
 Method of Studying and Summarizing: Abdul-Rahim Mogahi – Page 23, Lines 1-4
 Creative Learning: F. Shajari, Qalam Iran Publishing Co., Published 1377, Page 125, Lines 15-25
 Creative Learning: F. Shajari, Qalam Iran Publishing Co., Published 1377, Page 119
 Sura Taha – Verse 114; see Hedayat Commentary (Translation of the Commentary, Man Hudal Quran) – Volume 14, Page 327
 Mafatihul Jenan: Sheikh Abbass Qomi – Page 1201, Dua for Studying
 Munitul Murid: Shahid Shani – Page 211
 Tranlslation of Munitul Murid: Sayyid Muhammad Baqir Hujati – Islamic Etiquette in Teaching and Learning, Page 267
 For more information see: Tools and Methods of Research: Muhammad Dashti, Mehr Qom Publishing, 1366; Head Administration for Education while in Armed Forces’ Method of Research, Second Edition, 1360; Creative Learning: F. Shajari, Qalam Iran Publishing Co., Published 1377; Method of Studying and Summarizing: Abdul-Rahim Mogahi
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