AssalamuAlaykum Wa Rahmatullahi wa barakatuh! Welcome to Imperial 🙂
One of the best things about being here is that there are opportunities left, right and centre. And, every opportunity that you’re presented with, is golden. Every second gone is one you’ll never get back, and your time at Imperial is an experience that’s also time-limited. Value each of these things just as you’d value a rare gem.
However… You did just get into one of the best universities in the world, and that does mean there is hard work and effort that needs to be put in. As humans, we’re pretty bad at being able to balance things in proportion (usually, but if you’re a pro – hats off to you!) and it means we may lose our grounding at times. So, three pieces of advice that were given to me which i will now share with you are as follows:
1. Spread goodness to those around you and feel at peace knowing that Allah SWT has got your back! Smiles at Imperial can be rare during deadline/exam season, and the sharing of resources can be limited at times. Be the person who’ll be known as the one whose character is golden, and be selfless in helping others succeed too – your performance here was decreed and written a very long time ago, so no one will steal your spot! Which leads me onto my next point..
2. Always think about how to leave a legacy for those who come after you, and make dua in abundance for them. Believe it or not, you are a minority. Why? Because you’re one of the very few Muslims in the world who: are fortunate to have an education, in university, doing a STEM subject, at one of the best universities internationally. And, if you’re doing a course where the number of Muslims are also a minority, take this opportunity to reap in the rewards and be a torchbearer for people in future years by creating resources for them, or making your resources accessible to them.
3. Keep your private acts of worship consistent, and give yourself goals to measure yourself against. This goes back to the times where we may become overwhelmed with work and forget our purpose.
“Know that the most beloved deed to Allah is that which is performed regularly even if it is small.” (Sahih Bukhari, Muslim)
May Allah put barakah in your time here and allow you to be a beacon of light for others, and grant you succeess in this life and the hereafter!
And, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message or say hi if you spot me.