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Feeling despondent after failing exams

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Q: I am really struggling at the moment to keep my faith. I was born Muslim. I have had lots of issues in my life. The most recent one being that I am training to be a GP. I am at the end of my training but keep failing the last exam. It’s odd as I have the knowledge and on the mock test score very high. But always fail by a small margin. This time by 4%. My issue is such, I try and be a good Muslim by praying. I even did the dua ya haseebo 11000 for 3 days before the exam. But still failed. One of my friends told me that she thinks I have some form of black magic done to me to stop me from passing and being successful. This may well be true as I was married before, and this ended and at that time I was told that it was as a result of black magic. It’s been over 10 years now and I am married again with 2 children. Happy, but still struggle with even the smallest things in life.

My question is how do I find out if it is true about the black magic and if it is, what do I even do about it. I can see why people may think this, as how can I keep failing an exam I know so well, in a job I do everyday. Please can you advice me, as I feel I am stuck.

I have one last attempt and then I can’t be a GP no more, as they only allow a certain attempts at the exam. This will mean I have wasted all these years of my training, and will have to start over again. Which will be very hard for me with 2 young children. Please advice what I can do.


A: Don’t panic and don’t be despondent. May Allah Ta`ala help you.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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