Advice for Ilm Seekers – Student Burnout – PT 01

Ismail Kamdar

Channel: Ismail Kamdar

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This is the first series of videos dealing with advice to people seeking Islamic Knowledge. This is first series, we tackle the issue of student burnout and how to deal with it.

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Salam alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh elektrobit alameen wa Salatu was Salam. ala Kareem. This video is the first in a series of short videos aimed at students of knowledge, with some advice on how to deal with student burnout. And I made these videos as a response to questions that I get quite often from my students at Islamic online university and other Institute's, which is how do we deal with burnout. For those of you who don't know what this burnout is, when you first start studying Islam in your first year, you tend to go into a lot of enthusiasm, a lot of zeal, and a lot of passion. And so you just study and you study and you get to so much, and you have so high

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aspirations, and think you can do it, and you're just pushing yourself. And what's happening is, as the months are going by,

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you find that the zeal is going down, and the enthusiasm is going down. And by the second or third year of Islamic Studies, many students go to this point in their lives, where they feel like giving up if you like, that's it, I can't study Islam anymore. I'm not good enough. You know, let's leave this for somebody else. And the problem with this is that this is really the chap of shape, or she don't want us to give up establish standards. But there are many ways to deal with it. Because around the world, every year, there are people who are completing their Islamic Studies, despite what to give up at some point or another. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to split this over

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four short videos, I'm going to explain a few tips to help you deal with this kind of burnout. And these tips are coming from my experience and the experience of my friends and contemporaries people I know who wanted to give up at some point or another, but they did not do so because they had something or the other motivating me to go forward. So for this first video, I'm going to talk from my own experience. My own point in my studies, we are wanting to give up, I began studying Islam full time at the age of 13. And by the age of 15, or 16, I was ready to pack it up and go back into secular studies and just give up installments that I really had actually could for a day or two

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hours, like that's it, it's over. I'm leaving at the end of the week, and they were coming back. And that almost happened. But as you can see, it never happened Alhamdulillah it's been a good 12 years since that day, and 100, I'm still studying Islam, teaching Islam still involved in Islamic Studies. So what happened? Well, we'll talk about one thing in this video that kept me going through that period. And that was I had a goal, I had a long term goal that I was working towards. And the only way to achieve that goal was to complete my Islamic Studies. You see, this is where many people make a mistake. There are many people out there who when they start studying Islam, they're not clear on

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why they are studying Islam. They may be studying just to get a degree, they may be studying because they didn't have anything else to study, you may be studying because they want to be called Shaykh or Madonna, the Messiah kind of title, they may be studying because the parents wanted him to study Islam. And the people were studying for many of these weak reasons. And at the end of the day, the either ended up giving up, or completing their studies and doing nothing with it. But those people I know, who went on to complete their studies, and to start making a difference in the world, with those people who went in and started studying with a code with a reason with a vision with some long

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term plans that they were working towards. For example, if you want to open up an Islamic Institute or school in a country or city, which doesn't have one. So that's a really amazing goal to have. But to achieve that goal, you are going to have to complete a degree in Islamic Studies first, or maybe you want to solve some contemplative issues. Well, you won't be able to do that without a degree in Islamic Studies. Or maybe you want to contribute to the global revival of Islam, right. And you know that having a degree in Islamic studies will help you to do this in a much broader and big away. So what happens when you have these goals is that no matter how weak you are feeling, rather how much

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you feel like giving up you are not going to give up because you have something greater than you that you're working towards. It's not just completing your degree, but it's about something bigger that you want to do for the sake of Allah. So this is the first thing that I want to mention for dealing with burnout is to have high goals have high aspirations have a long term vision and make your degrees in it.

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see any step towards achieving that goal? Make your degree a necessary step towards completing your vision. If you do this, then inshallah when you feel like giving up you won't give up because you know that there's something bigger that you're working towards and you're not going to give up on that goal. So this is the first of my advice on how to do a buyout. I have a lot more coming up inshallah, in the next few videos coming up in the upcoming days.

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Would that be closed off for this? Remember, have high goals have a strong vision Jazakallah Salaam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh