Originally Posted by Nabiel
This is a very important issue. The materialistic world has made us think that getting A+ and being at the top of the class means that one is smart, knowledgeable, innovative, curious and a blossoming scholar.
Know that its a lie. A facade of modern world's delusions.
Getting an A+ is not a pre-requisite to get Allah's blessings. Getting an A+ is not a pre-requisite to love Allah. I learnt it the hard way.
During college, my goal was to get that 4.0 gpa at the expense of anything just to succeed in world. Allah showered many blessings. But then I found that "4.0" gpa does not help you much regardless of whatever else you have on your resume. Long story short, aim for ihsan in studies. Ihsan means doing everything with the intention of pleasing Allah to the best of your ability. Then leave the results to Allah. Even if you get C+ after your ihsan, do not despair. Be happy. The world and people around you would pressurize you, taunt you, question you that why do not you get A+ but do not listen to them.
Put in the best of your effort with the intention that whatever you have to do it, it has to the best of your ability following the example of Prophet. Never study to get A+. Study to gain knowledge. If you do that and if you get A+ then allhamdulillah. Even if you do not get A+, still allhamdulillah. At least you made an effort to the best of your ability to gain knowledge and that is what will matter on the day of Judgment.