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Exam Day: Duaa to Perfect Your Memory and Increase Your Knowledge

Exam Day: Duaa to Perfect Your Memory and Increase Your Knowledge

It’s that time of year again. People all around the world have their noses crammed in books, notes, and power points, studying for upcoming exams. Whether you are a college student prepping for the GRE or final exams, or a high schooler getting ready for that big SAT, you are probably nervous just thinking about those exams. Don’t fret – here’s a compilation of a few duas that you would probably like to have in your pocket, and on your tongue, before test day.

Seeking knowledge:

These ayah’s from Surah Taha (Verses 25-28) were the supplication of Prophet Musa (peace be upon him), who had a problem with fluency in speech. In order to get the compassion of Allah (swt), he would recite this dua in times of distress. Out of all duas for students, this supplication can serve many purposes, as it can be used for standardized tests, and to help improve your speech both orally and in writing.  Recite this duaa before delivering lectures, a big interview or any time you might need it:

رَبِّ اشْرَحْ لِي صَدْرِي وَيَسِّرْ لِي أَمْرِي وَاحْلُلْ عُقْدَةً مِّن لِّسَانِي يَفْقَهُوا قَوْلِي

Rabbishrah lee sadree Wayassir lee amree Wahlul ‘uqdatan min lisanee Yafqahoo qawlee

“O my Sustainer! Open up my heart and make my task easy for me, and loosen the knot from my tongue so that they might fully understand my speech.”

Before Studying:

َللَّهُمَّ اَكْرِمْنْيْ بِنُوْرِ الْفَهْمِ وَ خَرَّجَنِيْ مِنْ ظُلُمَاتِ الْوَهْمِ وَ افْتَحْ عَلَيْنَا اَبْوَابَ عِلْمَكَ، وَ انْشُرْ

عَلَيْنَا خُزَّانَ مَعْرِفَتِكَ يَا اَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ،

اَللَّهُمَّ وَفِّقْنِيْ فِىْ الْمُطَالَعَةِ بِحَلِّ جَمِيْعِ مُشْكِلاَتِ الْمَسَآئِلِ مِنَ الْكُتُبِ بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا اَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ

Allaahumma akrimnee binooril fahmi wa kharrajanee min z’ulumaatil wahmi waftah’ a’lainaa abwaaba i’lmak. Wan shur a’lainaa khuzzaanu ma’rifatika yaa arh’amar raah’imeen. Allaahumma waffiqnee fil mut’aala’ti bih’ablee jamee-i’ mushkilaatil masaa-ili minal kutubi birah’matika yaa arh’amar raah’imeen.

“Oh Allah, honor me by the light of understanding and take me out from the darkness of doubt and open upon us the doors of your knowledge and open upon us the treasure of your recognition, oh the best of the Merciful ones. Oh Allah, and give me Tawfeeq to study and solving all the difficult problems through books. By your mercy, oh the best of the merciful ones.”

After Studying:

اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْتَوْدِعُكَ مَا قَرأتُ وَمَا حَفَظْتُ، فَرُضُهُ عَليّ عِنْدَ حَاجَتِي إِلَيهِ، إِنّكَ عَلى مَا تَشَاءُ قَدِيرُ وَأَنْتَ حَسْبِي وَنِعْمَ الوَكِيل

Allahumma inni astaodeeka ma qara’tu wama hafaz-tu. Farudduhu ‘allaya inda hajati elahi. Innaka ‘ala ma-tasha’-u qadeer wa anta hasbeeya wa na’mal wakeel

“Oh Allah! I entrust you with what I have read and I have studied. Oh Allah! Bring it back to me when I am in need of it. Oh Allah! You do whatever you wish, you are my availer and protector and the best of aid.”

For Maintaining Concentration:

صَلّىَ اللهُ عَلى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّد. اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْألُكَ يَا مُذَكِرَ الخَيْرِ وَفَاعِلَهُ وَالآمِرَ بِهِ ذَكِرّنِي مَا اَنّسَانِهِ الشّيطَان

Salla-l-laahu alaa Muhammad wa aal-e Muhammad. Allahumma inni as’aluka yaa mudhakkira-l khayr wa faa’ilahu wa-l-aamimira bihi dhakir-ni maa ansaani-hi-shaytan.

“Blessings of Allah be upon Muhammad and his progeny. O Allah, I ask you, the one who mentions goodness and actualizes it and commands it, remind me of that which the shaytan makes me forget.”

To Remember Forgotten Things:

The following dua’a was taught by our Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) to Imam Ali to be recited after every obligatory Salaat in order to develop a flawless memory. Who doesn’t want a flawless memory? Make it a habit or at least increase recitation of this dua before test day:

سُبْحانَ مَنْ لا يَعْتَدي عَلى أهْلِ مَمْلَكَتِهِ سُبْحانَ مَنْ لا يَأخُذُ اَهْلَ الاَْرْضِ بأَلْوانِ الْعَذابِ سُبْحانَ الرَّؤوُفِ الرَّحيمِ اَللّـهُمَّاْجَعلْ لي في قَلْبى نُوراً وَبَصَراً وَفَهْماً وَعِلْماً اِنَّكَ عَلى كُلِّ شَي قَديرٌ .

“Glory be to Him who does not treat the citizens of His Kingdom unjustly and harshly, Glory be to Him who does not let torment and pain come suddenly upon mankind, Glory be to the Compassionate, the Merciful. O Allah fill my heart and mind with true enlightenment, discerning intelligence, quick understanding and knowledge, Verily you are able to do all things.”

When Studying Something Difficult:

اللَّهُمَّ لاَ سَهْلاً إِلّاَ مَا جَعَلّتَهٌ سَهْلاً وَأَنّتَ تَجّعَلَ الحَزَنَ إِذَا شِئتَ سَهْلاً

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Allahumma la sahla illama ja-‘altahu sahla anta taj ‘alu al hazana eza ma shi’ta sahal

“Oh Allah! Nothing is easy except what You have made easy. If You wish, You can make the difficult easy.”

To Suppress Anxiety and Fear:

You may often experience frustration, fear, and anxiety in exams, which may adversely affect your performance. Recite this dua, reported by Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Prophet (pbuh) used to say when something upset him.

للَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْهَمِّ وَ الْحَزَنِ

وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ العَجْزِ وَ الْكَسَلِ

وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنَ الْجُبْنِ وَ الْبُخْلِ

وَ أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ غَلَبَةِ الدَّيْنِ و قَهْرِ الرجال

Allahumma inni a’oodhoo bika minal-hammi walhuzni, wal-‘ajzi wal-kasali wal-bukhli wal-jubni, wa dal’id-dayni wa ghalabatir- rajaal

“O Allah! I seek refuge in You from anxiety and sorrow, weakness and laziness, miserliness and cowardice, the burden of debts and from being oppressed by men.”

Don’t rely solely on these supplications to get you through the SAT, GRE or final exams. With a combination of hard work, patience, dedication, and Allah’s mercy upon you, there’s no way you won’t ace whatever upcoming text you

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  • Could you please post the Transliteration for Dua to remember forgotten things from arabic to english. Jazakallah.

  • Please correct the pronunciation of arbi words , because most of the brother/ sister does not read arbi properly so they preferred english .if we read differently it change the all the meaning , so I request to you please correct it. Jazakallah.

  • Kindly edit the dua to suppress anxiety and fear, for those who can not read the Arabic. there is a little mistake in the transliteration, it doesn’t correlate with the Arabic

  • Please edit dua. Some of them is wrong. For an example:”When Studying Something Difficult” edit here “eza ma shi’ta sahal” .There is no meem.

  • Assalamu ‘alaikum,

    I notice that for the dua to remember forgotten things, the dua has been provided in Arabic but not in English as well (although the meaning has been provided). Could someone kindly provide the dua in English as I struggle to read Arabic sometimes? 🙁

    Jazak’Allah Khair

    • Subhan man la yaatady aala ahl mamlakatih, subhan man la ya’khozo ahla alard bialwaan ila’zab, subhan alra’oof alrahim. Allahom ijal li fi qalbi nooran wa basyran, wa fahman wa ilmaan, inak alaa kol shain qadir

      سُبْحانَ مَنْ لا يَعْتَدي عَلى أهْلِ مَمْلَكَتِهِ سُبْحانَ مَنْ لا يَأخُذُ اَهْلَ الاَْرْضِ بأَلْوانِ الْعَذابِ سُبْحانَ الرَّؤوُفِ الرَّحيمِ اَللّـهُمَّاْجَعلْ لي في قَلْبى نُوراً وَبَصَراً وَفَهْماً وَعِلْماً اِنَّكَ عَلى كُلِّ شَي قَديرٌ

  • Bismihi ta’Ala – As’salaam alaykum

    I do not know every much about anything but as I read the FIRST DU’A above; the Arabic text and the Roman/Latin alphabet transliteration do NOT coincide.

    َللَّهُمَّ اَكْرِمْنْيْ بِنُوْرِ
    الْفَهْمِ وَ خَرَّجَنِيْ مِنْ ظُلُمَاتِ الْوَهْمِ وَ افْتَحْ عَلَيْنَا
    اَبْوَابَ عِلْمَكَ، وَ انْشُرْ

    عَلَيْنَا خُزَّانَ مَعْرِفَتِكَ يَا اَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ،

    اَللَّهُمَّ وَفِّقْنِيْ فِىْ
    الْمُطَالَعَةِ بِحَلِّ جَمِيْعِ مُشْكِلاَتِ الْمَسَآئِلِ مِنَ الْكُتُبِ
    بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا اَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ

    Allaahumma akrimnee binooril fahmi wa kharrajanee min z’ulumaatil wahmi waftah’ a’lainaa abwaaba
    i’lmak. Wan shur a’lainaa khuzzaanu ma’rifatika yaa arh’amar raah’imeen. Allaahumma waffiqnee fil mut’aala’ti bih’ablee jamee-i’ mushkilaatil masaa-ili minal kutubi birah’matika yaa arh’amar raah’imeen.

    For example, the word خُزَّانَ or its translation appears to be wrong or inappropriate, and that the word كنز and/or one or other of it’s derivatives was intended, But w’Allahu aalam.

    Similarly, the word بِحَلِّ does not comport with its purported transliteration: bih’ablee.

    I have taken the liberty of preparing a screen image of the possible errors that I see and, I would be more than willing to send it as an attachment to any email address of your choosing. [My email address is ibnturab11@gmail.com]

    In the third du’a [for concentration],

    – the word وَالآمِرَ does not coincide, or comport with its purported transliteration, WA-L-AAMIMIRA;
    – the harakaat (vowelling) of the word اَنّسَانِهِ, appears to be incorrect. based on the transliteration for that word, ANSAANI-HI, the shadda/tashdeed on the letter NOON appears to be inappropriate, but Allahu aalam.

    In the du’a to “Remember Forgotten Things”, the vowelling on the word الرَّؤوُفِ ,اْجَعلْ, and كُلِّ شَي قَديرٌ also seem to be inappropriate. But once again, Allahu aalam.

    Also there appears to be some discordance in Arabic text and Roman/Latin transliteration of the word HAZN/HUZN/ الحزن of the words.

    If it is in fact I who am in error, I humbly ask for your forgiveness.

    اَللّٰهُمَ إنَّمَا أَنَا بشَرٌ،فَأَيُّمَا
    مُؤْمِنٍ اٰذَيْتُهُ فَاجْعَلْهَا لَهُ
    صَلٰوةً وَّزَكٰوةً وَّقُربَةً تُقَرِّبُهُ بِهَا إِلِيْكَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ
    Lord, I am only human, whichever believer I have hurt (or annoyed);
    change that for him into mercy, purification and a means of closeness to
    You on the Day of Judgment.

  • Bismihi ta’Ala – As’salaam alaykum

    I do not know every much about anything but as I read the FIRST DU’A above; the Arabic text and the Roman/Latin alphabet transliteration do NOT coincide.

    َللَّهُمَّ اَكْرِمْنْيْ بِنُوْرِ
    الْفَهْمِ وَ خَرَّجَنِيْ مِنْ ظُلُمَاتِ الْوَهْمِ وَ افْتَحْ عَلَيْنَا
    اَبْوَابَ عِلْمَكَ، وَ انْشُرْ

    عَلَيْنَا خُزَّانَ مَعْرِفَتِكَ يَا اَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ،

    اَللَّهُمَّ وَفِّقْنِيْ فِىْ
    الْمُطَالَعَةِ بِحَلِّ جَمِيْعِ مُشْكِلاَتِ الْمَسَآئِلِ مِنَ الْكُتُبِ
    بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا اَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِيْنَ

    Allaahumma akrimnee binooril fahmi wa kharrajanee min z’ulumaatil wahmi waftah’ a’lainaa abwaaba
    i’lmak. Wan shur a’lainaa khuzzaanu ma’rifatika yaa arh’amar raah’imeen. Allaahumma waffiqnee fil mut’aala’ti bih’ablee jamee-i’ mushkilaatil masaa-ili minal kutubi birah’matika yaa arh’amar raah’imeen.

    For example, the word خُزَّانَ or its translation appears to be wrong or inappropriate, and that the word كنز and/or one or other of it’s derivatives was intended, But w’Allahu aalam.

    Similarly, the word بِحَلِّ does not comport with its purported transliteration: bih’ablee.

    I have taken the liberty of preparing a screen image of the possible errors that I see and, I would be more than willing to send it as an attachment to any email address of your choosing. [My email address is ibnturab11@gmail.com]

    In the third du’a [for concentration],

    – the word وَالآمِرَ does not coincide, or comport with its purported transliteration, WA-L-AAMIMIRA;
    – the harakaat (vowelling) of the word اَنّسَانِهِ, appears to be incorrect. based on the transliteration for that word, ANSAANI-HI, the shadda/tashdeed on the letter NOON appears to be inappropriate, but Allahu aalam.

    In the du’a to “Remember Forgotten Things”, the vowelling on the word الرَّؤوُفِ ,اْجَعلْ, and كُلِّ شَي قَديرٌ also seem to be inappropriate. But once again, Allahu aalam.

    Also there appears to be some discordance in Arabic text and Roman/Latin transliteration of the word HAZN/HUZN/ الحزن of the words.

    If it is in fact I who am in error, I humbly ask for your forgiveness.

    اَللّٰهُمَ إنَّمَا أَنَا بشَرٌ،فَأَيُّمَا
    مُؤْمِنٍ اٰذَيْتُهُ فَاجْعَلْهَا لَهُ
    صَلٰوةً وَّزَكٰوةً وَّقُربَةً تُقَرِّبُهُ بِهَا إِلِيْكَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ
    Lord, I am only human, whichever believer I have hurt (or annoyed);
    change that for him into mercy, purification and a means of closeness to
    You on the Day of Judgment.

  • As-salam-al-yekum, Hi I am not doubting you but can you provide reference of hadith or quran for above dua relating to “forgotten things which prophet muhammad(PBUH) told imam ali” so that i can check it through it original soruces because Quran says always cross check information before passing to someone else (surah 17/36) So i am trying too little bit cautious as there many websites which are misleading our muslim ummah by publishing islamic content and not giving references of quran or hadith.

  • Thank you for such beautiful duaas.
    Please correct the English-Arabic under the heading: “To Suppress Anxiety and Fear”.
    Also rephrase the ending line of the text.

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