By Tayaba Haider

As you may or may not be aware, this week A-Level results were released.
It brought back some emotional memories for me as I experienced this emotional day twice.

Once when I went to DMU and second before I started at Sheffield. Both times I was sent to clearing. Believe it or not I never wanted to come to Sheffield uni at all.

I had originally applied for Leicester or Birmingham (as they were close to home)
I remember ringing up the uni  (my sister made me) asking for any vacancies and I was told they didn’t have any. About half an hour late a lecturer from our department rang me back saying they have a vacancy but for an alternative course & (The one I’m doing now) Despite being a longer path on the career I want to pursue (in sha Allah) I accepted and here I am.

At that time like everyone in such a situation I was so angry and upset and didn’t know what to do..I even considered giving up. I remember my parents saying one thing to me

فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا :
Fa Inna ma’al ‘usri yusra : Verily, with hardship comes ease – Fa Inna ma’al ‘usri yusra : Verily, with hardship comes ease [Quran- 94:6]

At first I never understood the meaning of it. But now I realise that everything happened for a reason, if it wasn’t for all the trouble I had been in I would never have been at the uni or even be on the committee

But moral being that despite all the hard times we experience Allah SWT always has something better in store for us. Despite all the rough times there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

Allah SWT guides us through the hardships. Although it’s easier said than done (at the time of trouble) remain positive for Allah SWT will ease of the tension and turn a bad situation into something u may never have considered and will be in your best interest.

So never give up!
Keep trying…Be persistent

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