There are ten steps we can take to ensure to balance spirituality and school.
Every individual gets out of a situation what they put into that certain situation. If you make an intention to do something for the sake of Allah (swt), you get closer to Allah (swt). If you do something for the sake of something other than Allah, you will get that other something. In order to avoid this, we must renew the intentions we hold in our heart. Our goals here at the University, should be to ultimately serve the Prophet (pbuh) and Allah (swt). We also can fall into to the trap of starting out with good intentions, but gradually, they can begin to change — this is another reason why it’s important to renew our intentions. Furthermore, if someone is doing a good deed that you cannot afford to do, but you intend to do it, you receive the same type of reward as the person able to carry out that deed.
The second thing we should do is know our goals. What do you hope to get out of a situation? Ultimately, our Goal is God, so tie your actions to something good.
Thirdly, the world view that we hold has to be obvious. In the Quran Allah declares that “I have not create jinnkind or mankind other than to know me.”
Therefore, be a steward of Allah (swt), and do what Allah (swt) wants of us in this world.
You can tell that this view is missing because even modern architects are missing the beauty of Allah’s (swt) creations. Even way back when, when the buildings were combined with divine decorations, they were much more beautiful.
Fourthly, know yourself. If you know yourself, you know Allah. When you know your shortcomings, you know His power. His perfections are alluded to through your limitations.
When you know Him you can the become best of creations or become the worst and disregard him. We have the ability to become better than Angels because they don’t have a choice other than to obey, but we do.
Also, many people think that body, mind and soul are separable, but they aren’t. Even drinking toxic water affects your mind and soul. When you physically pray or look at something forbidden, it affects your spirit, and your soul is the subtle entity that comes to know Allah.
Number five. You learn. Every single one of us has aggressiveness, appetite and intellect. These guide our decisions.
The decisions we make fall into five categories:
Sixthly, be with righteous people, and be with the truthful. If people are honest and sincere it will radiate from them, and you can learn from it.
Seven, You must make sure to love the righteous and pious.
Love the people who do good.
Eighth, you must know your environment or you’ll be taken by it.
We put ourselves in dangerous situations and expect to not get burned. Make sure that you are aware of what you’re going into because you’ll be better able to handle the situation.
Nine and ten, be deliberate in what you’re trying to accomplish.
Make sure to leave little amounts of time each day to either read or learn about Islam. A little bit over a long period of time is more effective than a lot of information at one time.