May Allah bless all of you Shuyukh.
I am about to start the 3rd year of Engineering this October. I don’t enjoy what I study, and I find it simply useless, especially in light of the coming of Imam Al Mahdi in near future. I study at Oxford, so I am forced to work very hard (takes around 10+ hours of my day) to do well, which has a direct effect on my religious motivation and the time I can spend doing even my basic dhikr. I put the prospect of me taking a gap year in front of my mother and she really wants me to continue with my studies this year, but she would change if I am advised by the shuyukh.
Am I being unreasonable, following my ego? What would you suggest I do?
Even if Resurrection is rising the Prophet (upon him blessings and peace) commanded us to continue planting seeds, so finish what you started and let it bear fruit for yourself, your family and your Community. That is dhikr in itself and part of your worship so don’t worry.
Hajj Gibril Haddad