Reflection on the Effects of GCSE Results
Yousuf Saleh - 29th August 2014
All Praise is due to Allah (swt) who is the Sustainer of all the Universe. May the
peace and blessings of Allah (swt) be upon Muhammad (saws), his family, his
companions and all those who follow him in righteousness until the day of
resurrection. Amma Bad.
Respected brothers and sisters at home, today‘s Khutba is about ‘Reflection on
the effects of GCSE results’
Recently millions of teenagers received their GCSE results. It is the time of the year
when the worry and uncertainty comes to an end with the opening of an envelope.
Some are very curious and interested to open the envelope and some cannot bear
to open it. The envelope causes falling tears, some were delighted, some
were disappointed, and there was gratitude and ingratitude.
No doubt, all of us have been through this or something similar in our lives. This is
an important reminder, and a mercy from Allah. Why? It is because this entire life is
an exam. The consequence and result of our deeds will be handed over to everyone,
without any doubts.
Allah (swt) and His Prophet (saw) informed us that this life is that of an examination,
from your first breath to your last.
Allah (swt) said in the Quran ch-67 and verses-1-2“ Most Exalted is He who holds all
control in His hands; who has power over all things; who created death and life to
test which of you carry out the best acts. He is the Mighty, the Forgiving.”
In ch-18, ve-8 Allah (swt) said, “Verily We have placed everything on earth with
attractive things so that We may test people to find out which of them do best.”
The exams and tests that we experience during our lives, are minute versions of the
real test we are going through right now, and the emotions we feel when we open
that envelope, area small reminder of the intense joy, delight, relief, regret and
sorrow (may Allah protect us), that people will feel on the Day of Judgment, where
the Final Results will be given.
Allah (swt) said in the Quran ch-69 and verse-19-32
“Anyone who is given his Record in his right hand- will say, ‘Here is my Record, read
I knew I would meet my Reckoning,’------------------------ and so he will have a
in a lofty Garden, -
it’s fruit are near at hand-.
It will be said, ‘Eat and drink with all blessings as a reward for what you have done in
days gone by.’-
But anyone who is given his Record in his left hand he will cry out and will say,
‘oh dear! If only I were not given my record’.
-And knew nothing of my Reckoning.–
How I wish death had been the end of me.
-My wealth has not helped me
and my power has vanished.’
‘Take him, put a collar on him, lead him to burn in the blazing Fire,
and [bind him] in a chain seventy meters long.”
In ch-84 and from verse 6 Allah (swt) said, “You humans, indeed you make great
efforts in your journey towards your Rabb and will soon meet with your efforts’.
whoever is given his record in his right hand, an easy reckoning will be taken from
and he will return happily to his family,-
but whoever is given his record from behind his back will cry out for destruction––
he will burn in the blazing Fire. He used to be happy among his family.
He thought he would never return [to his Lord]–– indeed he will! His Lord was
Respected brothers and sisters at home, these verses do not require much
explanation. We probably all know how it feels when you get a good result; how you
want to share it, show your loved ones. Likewise we probably all know how it feels
to fail an exam or test in this life; how we try to hide it, and even wish we never
But can you imagine failing an exam so badly that you wish you were destroyed?
This is why these tests and exams are a blessing for those who reflect. The whole
concept of examination and testing itself can also be used to draw many important
I remember whenever we used to enter ‘exam season’, normal life used to turn
completely upside-down. The entire daily routine changes, we sleep less, No
socializing. No TV. No going out. We might even forget to eat and drink. What is
most amazing, perhaps is that all of this happens, for something we probably don’t
The lesson that immediately comes to mind when we consider this is that if I can
transform my entire daily routine for something like an exam, which may determine
what job I get or what university I go to, then I can know, I must—also transform my
life for the real exam, which will determine where I remain for eternity.
Therefore a successful person is one who is aware and continually reminding others
of the nature of this life, and the need to work towards the Final Result. Making
small changes in one’s routine, such as performing salah at prescribed times, to be
aware about procrastinations, highlighting the importance of life, avoiding
arrogances, obeying parents and teachers can have a monumental effect on one’s
Respected brothers and sisters at home, when we look to the spirit of exams. The
main objectives of an examination, can be summarized as: one. To drive you to do
better as a student; two. To prove yourself as worthy of being in that institution or
receiving the honor of that qualification; and three. to distinguish between better
and worse students.
And it is no surprise then that Allah says: in ch-29. Ve-1-3
“Alif Lam Mim. Do people think they will be left alone after saying ‘We believe’
without being put to the test? We tested those who went before them: Allah will
certainly mark out which ones are truthful and which are lying.”
Just as we do not expect any student as qualified that he deserves to belong to a
high-ranking university without earning it, we similarly must not expect that the
gates of Paradise will designate our names, just because we say, “we believe”,
without going through some kind of effort to walk the pace. Rather we must strive
and struggle, to manifest our sincerity and submission to Allah, and commitment to
His lofty Cause.
Respected brothers and sisters at home, when asked to pay lip service, each and
every one of us will probably agree that this life is a test, and the most important
test we will ever face. However, actions speak louder than words. The intelligent person has no choice but to try his or her best to strive and struggle to get the
highest mark possible, and to encourage others to do the same. They will not be
satisfied with doing the bare minimum, but rather they will try continually to do
better and better as they travel through this life.
That is the intelligent person, though. As for the heedless person (may Allah protect
us), he is preoccupied with the comparatively unimportant smaller tests and trials,
whilst ignoring the main test of life. As he reduces the quality of his slavery to Allah
when he is revising for exams, instead of increasing it.
Happiness and success lay beneath the struggle and patience. When we lack these
two we can commit sins only.
May Allah (swt) give us the thawfeeq to take every moment of our life as an exam
and to receive our records in our right hand on the day of resurrection.