New semester, new spirit


Bismillahirrahmanirrahim. The new semester has begun, bringing along the extreme cold weather of winter. Lying under the comforter all day is an alluring thought compared to getting up and about into the cold streets of Russia.

It will be of no surprise if some of us feel a little under spirited to start the routine of being a medical student again, attending lectures and classes, making notes, wishing the winter holidays had not ended quite yet.

Our spirit, our faith, it is not static you see. Remember the sine graph you used to draw when you were in school?


It curves upward and downward, like our spirit. Sometimes, we feel so alive and energetic, ready to do work and handle anything and other times, a person or a situation can make us feel down.

Like sinking into the ocean.  Drowning.

And at times like that, it’s important that we find our inner strength deep inside our soul and remind ourselves that everything, every joy and trials, they come from Allah. To comfort one self and stop moping. To get back on track so that our graph would not go too low and cross that barrier that separate us from faith to Allah and secure our spirit, raise it and get back on track.

This track you’re living in, it’s a race.

"For each [religious following] is a direction toward which it faces. So race to [all that is] good. Wherever you may be, Allah will bring you forth [for judgement] all together. Indeed, Allah is over all things competent."  (2:148)

Race to all that is good
And in a race, what counts is your speed. You must be quick and sprint against the wind.

Race to do good
Race to ask for forgiveness from the Almighty
Race to Him, as fast as you might

"And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous" (3:133)

It is your own race against yourself. Even if you feel as though you are taking small, baby steps, don’t lose faith because if you take one step towards Allah, he will take two towards you. If you come to him walking, He will come to you running.

Remember him when in ease, and he will remember you in hardship

In hadith 19, in a version other than Al-Tarmidhi it reads:
"..Be mindful of Allah, you will find Him before you. Get to know Allah in prosperity and He will know you in adversity. Know that what has passed you by was not going to befall you; and that what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and ease with hardship."

So with the start of the semester that reminds us that more exams are coming up and the weather that makes us feel the need to dress like Eskimos, let’s hope that it is also bringing along a new spirit boost insyaAllah.

To be better, humble slaves, carrying out its duties: to commit to Him and be khalifah of this world.

Meeting new lecturers, learning new subjects, trampling through the snow, waking up every morning, say Alhamdulillah for this new day and show the world that your spirited self is making its way through to show that it’s alive and kicking.

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