Recently, students from both the Islamic schools and government schools went through the exam period. Dar al-Mustafa, which I attend, hosts both systems.
It also hosts students who live in the school, but study at the government school or university nearby. These guys are quite impressive.
Besides their studies, they make it a point to attend some classes in the madrasah. Some of which are conducted for the likes of them, some circles they join out of their own initiative.
On top of that, they also try to keep their time with the madrasah timings. Their schoolmates likely wake up for dawn prayer and then sleep till it’s time for school. These guys, stay up all the way, often seen somewhere in the madrasah making use of this morning time slot.
Like this boy in the photo.
Later in the evenings when their schoolmates are hanging out, they’re attending classes. I’ve seen some go to a mosque nearby when it’s break time at my madrasah.
Also, a number of these boys are from different parts of the country where the war got intense. So they’ve left home to seek knowledge here in Tareem.
Some people get tested in life. Some put themselves to the test, so that their nearness to Him may increase in rank.
In essence all of us are tested daily with how best we use our time in this life. Imam Hassan al-Basri once made a passing remark about something he saw while walking. He sought repentance for a year for that time he wasted making that remark.
Ramadhan is coming. May this test be easy and successful for all of us.