Channel: Ali Albarghouthi
What place does winter have in Muslim life? What does winter season offer us in terms of insights, opportunities, and benefits? This talk explains how our attitudes about winter can be re-shaped when we understand its true role in our lives and suggests some practical activities to help us come to this realization.
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We are in the winter season.
And this season, typically for many people brings with it many challenges, difficulties.
There is the coal that doesn't suit a lot of people.
There's obviously snow that complicates people's movements.
And also on top of that some people do experience what they call a seasonal depression. Because of the absence of the Sun and the many hours that they have to spend inside indoors, they experience the winter blues as they call them.
But despite the difficulties that we might experience in winter, we want to look at the advantages that winter brings us.
Especially for those of us who are keen on being close to their Creator and remembering Allah subhanho wa Taala and every season and every step that they take. So we hope inshallah, that we will discover, rediscover and remember what is a blessing, what are the blessings that Allah subhanaw taala brings to us in this winter and how we can take advantage of them so that hopefully we can brighten our days and introduce in them warmth that can combat the cold and brightness that can come back
the gloominess of winter.
So to begin,
we will say that winter
is one of the signs of a loss of Hannah, what are the many signs that Allah sends to us. And it is essential in the Quran as you will read and fried continuously in it. Allah subhana wa Taala reminds us to look at his signs and learn from them and remember them and to be educated by them. Allah says accordingly, romidepsin Mati will automatically layer to a neuron common diamino. Allah says commanding, say, observe what is in the heavens and on this earth. And indeed, signs and warnings are of no benefit to those who have no email. So command to Allah subhana wa tada for us to look around and see what is in the heavens, what is in the sky, what happens there, what is on this
earth, what happens on it, and to learn from all of that, but there is a condition for that to happen, we must have a man that is, if you are a person who has a man, you have to look at these things, and you have to learn from them.
And even when these signs are frequent,
you have to pay we have to pay attention to them. But a lot of humans don't do that. A lot says, Well guy you mean it somehow you will have them Runa la ha ha ha ha how many signs?
How many signs are there in the heavens and on earth? And they pass by but they ignore them?
And what is this who this person who does that? It is typically the non believer,
And for the believers, even if the sign is frequent, repetitive happens frequently. We have to pay attention to it. Actually, that's more of a reason for us to learn from it a lot when he's speaking, talking to the Meccans.
After he described the destruction of the people of Luke law, he tells them why in the community rune Allah He must obey lelee as Allah.
He says you pass by them the sight of their destruction. You pass by it morning and at night. versus when they traveled, they passed by it when they're traveling, heading to a sham, coming back, they also got passed by she says,
Do you not think? Meaning Do you not think that this thing that is happening or had happened to them could happen to you? If you anger Allah and reject his message, here is a sign that Allah subhanaw taala is asking them to notice.
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indeed, in the creation of the heavens and the earth. And the alternation of day and night day followed by night night followed by day the alternation of day and night are signs to people who have intelligence minds who think
and there is a hadith and incident connected to this ayah
after the death of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam
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be. This is I shall let me worship Allah subhanho wa Taala
for this night.
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Bahasa masala Fela Musa yet, Elijah, so the Prophet sallallahu Sallam started praying,
and he continued to cry until he wet his lap.
He had trouble and then he continued to cry until he wet his beard
says he continued to cry until he was dead floor beneath them.
And then when Bella for the law on who came you know, who is allowed to tell him about the law he found him crying. So he said Dr. Rasulullah, he limited
them I mean, then become a doctor says messenger of Allah, why are you crying and allowed to have forgiven you your sins the past and the future sins? All of them are forgiven. Why are you crying? So he replied, sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. kuno abdon shakoora Shall I not be a thankful slave of Allah subhana wa tada Naka
zerah Daniella Stora Waylon Lim and Cora coffee. Tonight, a sutra or an ayah was revealed to me was the one who reads it and does not contemplate and think about it in a systematic way.
So the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam say, Woe to the person who reads it, but it's not contemplated, and so are the rest of the signs that Allah subhana wa Taala sends to us and winter we can think of it as a sign from Allah subhanho wa Taala. What does it bring to us? What does it teach us? One of the things that it teaches us is the power and majesty and the mercy of Allah subhanho wa Taala that he has control over everything. He wants it to be hot, and it's hot, he wants it to be cold, and it's cold, he brings life to the plants and they're alive. He play brings life to humanity and they live, he brings death to them, and they die. And no one has power, no matter no matter how
much we are advanced, or are we going to advance. No one has power to match the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And that is demonstrated clearly.
And even if humanity and some of us humans today, I think because of what we have invented what we have discovered that we can come close to the power of Allah subhanho wa Taala really resembling that conversation that took place between Ibrahim alayhis, salam, and Ruth and Nimrod, because Ibrahim tells a number of Vienna D what you mean by bloed is the one who creates gives life and gives death. So number two, Nimrod says I can do the same. I know he won't meet I can bring life and I can bring death. And maybe a lot of humans today think that they are self sufficient.
intelligent enough that they figured out everything about this slide or soon they're going to do so that they rejected a loss of hana.org he denied his existence. So in Brian's reply, we discover our weakness.
In Alaya DB Sham seminal michelotti bed, 30 Pm in America, Allah subhanho wa Taala brings the sun from the east, so bring it from the west.
So here he discovered his weakness and here we discover our weakness. And in winter we see the weakness of humanity and the power of Allah subhana wa Taala and also his mercy
we discover in winter
and it reminds us of death reminds us of resurrection
reminds us of that hereafter.
Allah subhanho wa Taala says
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how Allah subhana wa tada brings creation and then sort of starts creation and he then he brings it back. Indeed, this is very easy for Allah. How do we see it? We haven't seen humans actually being created and then dying and then resurrected. What we see is the plant life around us. We see it being born, we see in reaching maturity, and then we see it dying and then resurrected again being brought back to life and we see that every year.
And in that Allah Subhana Allah Allah Muhammad as Allah says, Allah subhana wa tada through that proves to you that he can resurrect the dead. Julie proves it to you physically proves it to you. So this is a great sign.
Also the temporality of this life, the transience of this life, what are the blue metal and hayati dunia coma in Anza homina sama.
you want the example of this slide Allah gives it it gives you a physical example that we see frequently, given the example of this life like water that comes down from the sky. And it mixes with a plantation with a plant life on this earth, meaning that it grows. Then it dries up it withers, it breaks into pieces, and the wind blows it over. That is the example of this life, what can allow
Allah subhanho wa Taala has full ability over everything. So if you want to see the temporality of this life, that it actually is going to end, just look at the tree next to your whole mess, look, look at the field, how it has weathered how life has been taken away from it, that is an example of that transients of this life that is going to end that is exactly what is going to happen for it. And if you want to see an example for resurrection, keep absorbing that tree or that field. Because as life comes back to it, this is the way that a loss of habitat is gonna bring life back to this earth and will bring life back to you.
So if we have a man, we cannot have hard hearts. We cannot have callous hearts.
is showing us all of the signs around a knot. We're not learning from them, our hearts are not being moved by them. They have to
winter brings us
many benefits with them.
And we want to understand why some of the setup said she tell what a beautiful woman
some of the server commented on winter and they said winter is the springtime of the believer. Why is that so?
Well first of all, winter presents you an opportunities and fast because the days are short
and no other than the messenger sallallahu Allah you it was sent him suddenly authentic hadith
alleghany metal Derrida of some fish Cheetah the easy reward is fasting in winter.
The easy reward is fasting in winter because you don't have to do a lot You don't have to struggle. That's why the aneema they have the booty, the spoils of war right. But it is very easy. So for you if you want to actually collect and gather rewards from Allah subhana wa Tada This is an opportunity for you whether you are making up for your fast whether you want to fast three days of the month, Mondays or Thursdays or one day, after another. Whatever it is, here's an opportunity an easy opportunity for you to gain votes from Allah subhana wa tada and fast.
Also, some of the setup commented that it is an opportune time for tm for praying during the night because the nights are very long.
So different than summer, where the nights are very short, you hardly have enough time to pray or retort on and sleep and do all of this at night here. You have plenty of time for you. Once you pray, you have plenty of time to sleep, but also pray to Allah subhanho wa Taala pray to and also read your portion of the Quran.
And one of the companions of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
He said I'm not going to miss anything or much about dystonia, except fasting during hard days. And during long nights of winter.
That is what he is going to miss.
That's why they used to welcome it. That this is an opportunity to gain rewards from Allah subhanho wa Taala.
It reminds us of hellfire.
And that might seem odd a little bit that winter reminds us of hellfire. But there's a hadith from the messengers of Allah Allah do send them that will explain how winter reminds us of hellfire.
The Prophet tells us about a conversation that happened in the hidden world. Nothing that we can sense or know about. If he did not tell us about
it now we are stuck at a narrow, narrow era. Baba Baba. Hellfire spoke to Allah subhanaw taala this hadith is in Muslim smoke to Allah subhanaw taala complaint to allow Allah my parts are eating each other. So intensely they are eating each other. Kala Fabien Allahu Allah have been a saint so Allah gave it permission to breathe twice in a year. Now episode is 51 episode fishy that one breath in the summer and one breath in winter. I shouldn't do that you don't I mean, why should you do it?
This is the most intense heat that you find in summer and the most intense cold that you find in winter.
Now we may not know that hell has a part of it. That's that is frozen. Not all of it is actually fire one part of it is extremely cold.
And because of that Allah subhanaw taala allowed Hellfire to breathe twice. So he said some of mahana you are you send them when you encounter that intense the most intense heat of summer. That is a result a connection with Hellfire it is breathing. And when you encounter that intense cold, the most intense cold of winter. That is the result of Hellfire it's also breathing and releasing some of it's called.
Now, note here that the messenger sallallahu alayhi. Salaam did not say that that breath or those two breaths are the cause of the seasons. He didn't say that they are the cause of the seasons. He says that they are connected to the most intense heat and the most intense cold. How so Allah Subhana Allah knows best because for everything you might have natural causes, but also hidden causes. Allah and His Prophet don't have to tell us about the natural causes we can discover them ourselves, the change of seasons, how close and far you are from the sun, how the Earth moves, we can find out figure that out for ourselves, but the hidden reasons we have no access to them, unless
allow his messenger tell us and here they are told us that
There's a hidden reason beyond our perception beyond our experimentations and discoveries of why this happens. So when you encounter that most intense, cold in winter and it might be coming, remember that this is connected to our breath from Hellfire and that immediately should make you feel closer to Allah subhana wa
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if you encounter difficulty in performing some acts of worship during winter,
know that Allah subhana wa Taala will reward you according to the hardship that you encounter.
And we understand that from the general principles in Sharia we can also understand it for particular Heidi were the messengers a lot earlier it was send them says, Look, I'm Anna Maria from ob, ob de Raja
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Shall I not tell you about what erases sins and elevates you in levels
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despite difficulty and hardship,
and increasing your footsteps or frequent footsteps into the masjid towards the masjid and waiting for the Salah after the Salah that is similar or equivalent to being stationed for battle awaiting jihad. This is a report.
So Isabel will do Alan McCarrick completing the will do even though it might be cold sometimes, or whatever other difficulty you might have. Because of it, Allah subhana wa tada erases sins will take away your sins and elevate you in levels for something that is this simple. Even if it's something for instance of the difficulty is coming to the masjid and you encounter difficulty in coming to the masjid because it's cold because you have to put players on because you have to drive etc, etc.
Know that Allah subhana wa tada will reward you according to your hardship that you are encountering. So that is an opportunity rather than an obstacle in winter. Winter is presenting you with an opportunity
which also presents you an opportunity for the
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Well, the messenger Salalah Hollywood smmc how we can flip it the messenger sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said I think I needed to do I
to things are not going to be rejected do while at the time of the event. And when it's raining.
If you want to make dua to Allah subhanaw taala if you want it to be accepted, the messenger is telling you, these two things are not going to be rejected. These two times are blessed when the event is being called. And when it is snowing, or when it is raining. That's what the Hadith says. Now snow and hail are like rain. So when it is actually snowing rather than complaining about it, raise your hands and ask Allah subhana wa Taala for what you want. And you might discover that you start liking the time when it's no it's just because it's an opportunity for you to make dua to Allah Subhana Allah that you might discover that you like the call just because of the reward that
is bringing you from Allah Subhana Allah that
also some of us might get sick during winter.
And that also brings us it's a blessing in disguise that also brings us an opportunity. It's hard but it's also brings us
closer to Allah subhanho wa Taala once the messengers are almost named pakala Maliki mousseline What is with your Muslim?
Hello he says fever, a lot not blasted not put barakah in it.
So he says Do not insult fever
will be acquired any Adam can use the Hebrew key to higher capital Howdy, can I use the evil kyrou Hubba sahadi Do not insult fever or mousseline. He tells her because it removes the sins of the child of Adam as the furnace will need the contaminants of iron. When you put iron into the furnace
And it melts these contaminants away and leaves it pure. This is what fever does to you, if Allah decides that you're going to be sort of tested with that this is what it does to you, because it removes all of your sins. So though we hate to be sick, and we hate to suffer from fever, if it actually happens, we know that Allah Subhana, Allah has sent it for purification.
So again, it's a blessing. And it's an opportunity.
The last thing I want to talk about
because definitely, as we said, in the beginning of the football, this season is hard for a lot of people, they don't have a lot of money, they don't have a lot of clothes, they don't have a lot of food, etc, etc. Whether they are in your community, or when you witness and a lot of the refugees in the world today are Muslims, and they're suffering through winter. So when people are actually in need,
this is what is most valuable.
When it reaches people who are desperate for it, this is when it is most valuable. So it is an opportunity for us if we have something for us to look around us to begin with our families to begin with our neighbors. Something as simple as shoveling the snow, if you know that you have a neighbor,
who cannot do it, do it for them, whether they are Muslim or not doing it does not matter. Do it on their behalf, do that favor that route from Allah subhanho wa Taala that will bring you closer to them, it will bring them closer to Islam by the will of Allah and even if not Allah subhanho wa Taala will reward you for it. If you need other people who need right neighbors, right? Could be elderly and they need groceries, they need something they cannot move around.
That's an opportunity for you to earn rewards from Allah subhanaw taala. And it's very easy.
If there is money that you can get locally, or overseas to sort of ameliorate the effects, or the hardship of winter on people on Muslims in particular or, or on humans in general. They take that opportunity.
So when you look at all of this,
and the whole package, and what Allah subhanho wa Taala has sent our way, you know that what Allah subhana wa Taala sends Our way is the best. It just depends on the attitude that we have developed towards it and how we deal with it. So if we encounter winter,
you know, with fasting, it's days, whatever we can, praying the nights, whatever we can give in charity, whatever we can, praying to Allah subhanaw taala making to hire whenever it snows, remembering that whenever we encounter hardship, rather than complaining about it, that there is really intense, a lot of reward in it. When we encounter winter that way, it truly can become Ruby on woman,
the springtime of the believer.
But if we encounter it in other ways, it will be incredibly negative and we will suffer through it and then we will not learn anything, or be rewarded for it. So it's not that the opportunity is there, the choice is ours, let's make the right choice by the will of Allah subhanho wa Taala and must ask him that he would bless this winter for us and every winter and to enable us to see the signs of Allah around us and to learn from them and to benefit from them to teach them and to take advantage of them. So let's take advantage of winter as a sign and do what we can in it so that when it passes and we meet Allah subhana wa Taala and we read in our book of deeds, we say that this
winter was a winter that was for our last panel with that.
So as Allah subhana wa tada the most forgiving the most First of all, to bless this winter for us, Allah make us of those who take advantage of this winter and all of the seasons, all our makers of those who contemplate and benefit from your signs, or lawmakers of those who contemplate your signs and benefit from them. While I make us of those who contemplate your signs and benefit from them. Well let me ask you that you forgive all of our sins that ones that we know about and the ones that we do not know about while we asked you that you soften our hearts and renew our Eman while law soften our hearts and increase our Eman. Allah soften our hearts and increase our email while we ask
that you give Muslims victory and will law protect them from every harm. While we ask you that you protect our families and all the Muslims from every harm along the Indian as a local higher akula
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