Channel: Sajid Ahmed Umar
In this talk delivered in West London Sheikh Sajid Umar shares insights from the Sunnah pertaining to the winter.
smilla rahmanir rahim al hamdu Lillahi Rabbil alameen wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah ala alihi wa sahbihi wa seldom at the Sleeman kathira ala within a Marburg probably surgery surgery Wesley Emory Hello Dr. melissani Yakubu Kohli, or praise belongs to Allah subhanho wa Taala alone. We praise Him and we seek his assistance and we seek His guidance and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil of ourselves and the adverse consequences of our deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides, the men can misguide and whomsoever He must guides, the nun can guide and we request praises and blessings upon the final messenger Muhammad Ali Abdullah Saleh Allahu Allahu wa sallam. I bear witness that there's
no one worthy of worship besides one Allah and that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is His Messenger. My dear his brothers and sisters in Islam, Salam ala Alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh May the peace and blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala be upon you all. It's always a pleasure to be admitted to you all.
The topic for today
references the winter and Allah subhanho wa Taala. He creates and he legislates Allah, Allah Allah, Allah, Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says in his book, and looking at the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala we see that Allah subhanho wa Taala has created different things and he raises in Rankin gives a special precedence to certain parts of his creation over other parts. And given that winter is a season from the seasons of the year, so it has an association with time. If we look at different things that Allah subhanho wa Taala has created, and has given a special special a special status because of time, then we realize that Allah subhanho wa Taala has created for example, the
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and he gave a special rank and status to the last 10 nights of Ramadan. And he raised these nights above the rest of all the other nights of the year. And as he created the last 10 nights of Ramadan, he created the Night of Decree and virtue and Power and Light that we know of as Laila to cuddle a night which is better than 1000 nights and Allah subhanho wa Taala decreed that this night would be the greatest night of the year. It has a special status and rank above the rank and status of the last 10 nights of Ramadan. And like this Allah subhanho wa Taala he created the days of the week, and he raised in rank the day of Joomla and gave it a special status and special precedence and
special rank over the rest of the days of the week. He made it the best day upon which the sun rises as Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam teaches us in a hadith narrated by Abu hurayrah Viola one in Sahih Muslim in which the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says of the lumen Allah Allah He shuns young algebra, the best day upon which the sun rises is the day of tomorrow. And like this, Allah has created the months of the year. And he raised the month of Ramadan, above the rest of the months of the year, and he gave this month a special status and rank that no other month enjoys. In fact, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said say you sure shall Ramadan, that the best of all
months is the month of Ramadan and Subhana Allah. Ramadan is just around the corner, we Allah except our last Ramadan and bless us to witness this Ramadan and mean and like this, Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah has created the days of there. And he raised in rank, above all the rest of the days of the year, the first 10 days of the hijab, and he gave these days a special precedence in which the acts of worship done during these days they enjoy a reward greater than the same acts done outside of these days.
And as Allah created the first 10 days of the head, Jen gave these days their rank and precedence. Allah raised in rank above these days one day, and he made this day the best day of the entire year. According to some scholars, this is the day of arafa and according to others, it's the 10th of Dhul hijjah. The day known with regards to Hajj as Yamuna, the day of sacrifice and the day known to the oma at large whether you own hedge or not performing hedge as the day of
the closest opinion and Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best is that the greatest day is indeed
The 10th of the ledger because it is the day of read. And it is because
of the fact that on this day the whole judge they complete several acts of worship associated to the Hajj and also because it is the prize Giving Day in which Allah subhanho wa Taala frees countless people from the Hellfire and Allah subhanho wa Taala knows best. The point is a law raised above the first 10 days of the hedger a day and made it the greatest day of the year and gave it a precedence and rank that no other day enjoys.
Again I remind you, Allah Allahu Allah, it is for Allah to create, and it is for him to legislate law use Maya file for home use alone, no one can question Allah subhanho wa Taala about that which he does, but rather everyone from his creation will be questioned. Allah created these times, and he independently chose to raise in rank certain parts of time over other parts. And like this brothers and sisters in Islam, Allah created the seasons of the year, and from the seasons, is a season known as the winter. And with regards to the season, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, he taught us many realities pertaining to it. From a faith perspective. He taught us the rules within Islamic
jurisprudence that a believer can benefit from during the colder days of the year, especially when it's extremely cold. He reminded us about the importance of ensuring that we wish all our limbs properly during our wuhou fuzu is the key to Salah we shouldn't be negligent or lack diligence with regards to our due because of the cold. He taught us the rulings pertaining to joining the Salah if we have a circumstances situation where the weather is so dangerously cold or harmfully cold, and it would be difficult to gather the oma for
the Salah in congregation at its time. He taught us Allahu alayhi wa sallam the rules pertaining to wiping over one's footwear in the event that it's too cold for them to wash their feet.
He sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, as he taught us jurisprudence rules pertaining to the winter. He also taught us the importance of the winter. And he eloquently described the winter in the Hadeeth of obesity the Audrey robiola one which is found in the Muslim met by saying sallallahu alayhi wa sallam a[???]a or a B
that the winter is the spring of a belief. The winter is the spring of a believer so hon Allah, this is the this is from the amazing blessings that Allah subhanho wa Taala blessed blessed the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam with that he was so eloquent and in a few words, he could teach us many things. He was blessed with the Jomon, early kelim as we know of within the Arabic language, where he spoke a few words was such universal value. sallallahu alayhi wasallam a [???]o review in the winter is the spring of a believer in the narration in Albay happy, there is an addition to the statement in which it is reported that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said cassara nahezu
Fasano. He said that the day is short so the believer fasts it wa
Paul la Lu who for karma, and it's nice is very long. So the believer had a longer time to stand in the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is how the winter becomes the spring of a believer Subhan Allah. And this statement is not strange from the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam came with agenda centric paradigm. Islam provides the globe with an agenda centric paradigm. It comes to connect people to a paradise by inviting them to Islam, and then it teaches them how to develop this Paradise by continuously being in the remembrance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. This is how we develop generalisable Rahim Allah says, He says that when the
slave of Allah lives in the remembrance of Allah, the angels are busy building his paradise. And when he stops remembering Allah, then the angels take a break from building his or her paradise. So it's not strange that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam looks at the winter months
When people are shivering, and they may have negative emotions regarding this particular season, it's not strange that Here comes the Prophet salallahu alayhi wasallam and he shifts their paradigm by describing the winter as a spring, but only for who those who declare Allah subhanho wa Taala as one and those who accept the message and the reality that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the final messenger, it is spring for a believer.
The winter months also brothers and sisters in Islam as taught to us by the prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is a sign from the signs of Allah subhanho wa Taala. It is a reminder to the believer to pursue the path of dukkha. Why? Because for those who fail to erect the barrier between them and the punishment of Allah, then the punishment is severe, for it is in the form of Jana, for the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught us that the fire of gentlemen complained to Allah subhanho wa Taala is stuck at a narrow Illa via the fire of jahannam complained to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it said a caliber of the blah, blah, parts of me are eating other parts of me. That's how
dangerous genom is. That's how violent jahannam is with the parts of janma. There were so violent, that parts of it were eating other parts. This Allah subhanho wa Taala allowed jahannam a form of two releases one release during the summer, and one release during the winter. And the summer release is where we have the hottest most difficult day of the year and the winter release is known as sem hurry. And Allah subhanho wa Taala describes gender as a place with the people in it will not witness or experience shamisen while as them harira they won't experience the severe heat nor the severe cold dizem hurry refers to the coldest most severe is to bite from the cold that you feel it
is a result of the release of the value of Janna.
So here, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam also teaches us how to be reminded by the creation of Allah subhanho wa Taala around us how to be affected by the different seasons that Allah subhanho wa Taala causes us to witness and Indeed Allah subhanho wa Taala says about the blessing of believers in the Holocaust somehow it will walk the laughing lelee one hour till Al Bab. Allah says that in the differences are in the few Hulk is similar to a lot of the in the creation of the heavens and the earth was the left la one hour and in the differences of the night and the day, that sometimes we have longer nights and shorter days. Sometimes we have longer days and shorter nights.
Sometimes we have peaceful nights. And sometimes we have nights filled with water and disturbance. Sometimes we have cold days. And sometimes we have cold nights. Sometimes we have warm days. And sometimes we have warm nights. Allah says in all these differences are Signs for those of objectivity, those of objectivity, those of intellect and objectivity, those who give the truth a chance to guide them, those who give realities around them a chance to guide them. And levena yet kurunegala has the Yemen
war Allah jubi him Karuna you have to somehow it will out. Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah says they are those who remember Allah Subhana who Allah to Allah whilst could.
Well lithonia Quran Allah tm and they remember Allah while standing for Odin while sitting where Allah Jew beam was laying on the sides were difficult. Karuna Hulk is somehow it went out and they ponder over the creations and patterns of the heavens and the earth, the movements of realities across the heavens and the earth. And when they ponder over these realities, it doesn't just guide them to Allah, but the fact that he is one Allah and the only Allah worthy of worship, and this overwhelms them. It overcomes them, as they say and announced robina Mahabharata heard about Lila that Oh our Lord, You haven't created all these realities in falsehood was no purpose was no vision
with no reality was no objective sapan aka Sakina either, but now, Oh our Lord save us from the hellfire. They recognize the price that Allah gives for those who are righteous, those who benefit from the changing advances of the seasons of the and they also recognize the punishment that comes about as a result of them pondering over the changes and movements of the seasons of the year.
Punishment directly as a result of it but the punishment that does exist, which are these seasons and Allah subhanho wa Taala shifting us between the seasons remind us of that Subhana Allah for the believer, every circumstance around him or her is a an opportunity to remember Allah subhanho wa Taala had an opportunity to remember the son of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam an opportunity to revise themselves. It's a reminder to revise yourself to hold yourself to account that what am I doing? In terms of building my paradise and saving myself from the Hellfire? What can I do to improve my relationship with Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah is giving
me every opportunity to help myself every opportunity to save myself. I'm not in control of the summer or the winter, but Allah brings it to me whilst I'm in oblivion. Whilst I'm busy with the norms of life working one shift to two shifts or three shifts trying to manage myself and my family in the 21st century setting whilst living in a Muslim minority. The hustle and bustle of life keeps me preoccupied that I fail to remember that Allah's mercy descends upon you, that without you asking, without you realizing the winter comes, and the winter goes, and the summer comes, and the summer goes. And for a believer, you have an automatic rotational reminder Alhamdulillah from your
Lord, that oh servant of Allah, oh child of Adam, remember who you are. Remember where you came from? Remember where you going? You can't even control when the seasons come and when they don't come, you are in shivering yesterday, today you shivering? Remember that this is the reality of the life of this world. It's nothing but fleeting moments, fleeting passing moments. So had Allah so brothers and sisters in Islam. This is a brief introduction and presentation to the discourse of today related to the winter, a winter conference related to winter being the spring of a belief as families, brothers and sisters in Islam, especially at this time, where people are celebrating
festivities, those who are not from the family of La ilaha illAllah, Muhammad Rasul Allah, as believers, we should use these moments to reflect the people on holiday. So we have a chance now, to dis associate ourselves from the hustle and bustle of life, this chance should give us the opportunity to reflect where we sit down as parents, and we sit down as families and collectively as the family unit. we reflect over our life on Earth, that we the father and the mother and the children collectively ask each other that are we here living our life in a gender centric way? As per the paradigm of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam? Have we taken moments to realize the
benefits that the winter brings us? How many fasts have we done? Surely we can fast? Monday and Thursday, or at least one day or at least Thursday? So hon Allah it's so easy, it's a matter of having, you know,
matter of having breakfast, really? And then early dinner, or a late lunch? Let's be honest, so panela, right, the Fast Start so late, and the fast ends. So early, La ilaha illAllah, what an amazing moment to build gender. have we taken opportunity of this? What about the people who are living in other parts of the world where the days are so long, they don't have the luxury to build gender in a way that we have. Allah has sent us the opportunity, what's our excuse for not grabbing on to it, the nights are so long, Subhana Allah, we have every opportunity to wake up and engage Allah during the last third of the night, even if it's at the end of the last third of the night.
How many of us have have grasped this opportunity have taken this opportunity in other countries fudger is at 2:30am or 3:30am. Very early The night is very short, Asia is they they don't have the opportunity, we have the opportunity and being in this land. We have it for panela for more months of the year, then we don't have it as opposed to other countries that a lot of the times we look at our lives in this country and yes, there's societal vices around us in difficulties that are aiming to pull our children here and there and test our airmen with with every fleeting moment and we ponder over these things But have we sat down and said look, yes, there's always going to be
negatives and difficulties. But let's try and focus also you know, in terms of what is out there, with regards to the positive matters, and no doubt the winter produces for us those positive moments moments to engage a lot during the last hour of the night in which if you do allow will save you from the negative societal issues inshallah, you and your children.
Allah will bring Baraka into your life. So many moments of istikhara special moments. The last night of the night is a moment where Allah subhanho wa Taala is calling out to his alma Helm into a bin for tubo la Hellman, Mr. Rola, is there anyone who wants to repent so I may accept his repentance? Is there anyone who wants forgiveness so I can forgive him? Help me answer in info Thea, is there anyone who is in need of something so I can give him or give her La Ilaha Illa? Allah who is so independent of us, he comes to the first Heaven, to the skies of the dunya. And he's calling out to you and I who are totally dependent on Allah. And what are we doing at that moment? May Allah
subhanho wa Taala, forgive us? So let's use this moment to reflect to sit down as a family and understand Are we really gaining the greatest return on investment, the greatest return on equity, the equity, here is the winter. The investment here is us living in this country at this time, where we have the winter providing us with short days and longer nights. What are we doing as a family? What can we do? Why is it that we haven't taken the opportunities here of the winter that Allah subhanho wa Taala has presented for us, let us list down and understand why we have been so next year, we don't fail again, as we might have failed. Now, what can we do in during this winter to
salvage what has passed? And what can we do as a family to ensure next winter, we salvage the entire winter, right with its complexity and in its entirety? These are wonderful, this is a wonderful action point that we can collectively take home today inshallah, after the program is over, where we genuinely sit down with the family, switch off the mobile phone, switch off from social media, lock the doors, you don't have to answer the door with every knock that that that appears to do unless it's an emergency Of course, and have that dedicated, reflective meeting with your family before work starts before school starts. And then before you know it, the winter is almost coming to an end
and Ramadan is upon us and then you regret Subhana Allah, the blessings that Allah gave you, and then you know, Ramadan will come. And we know what happens brothers and sisters in Islam after Ramadan and the challenges that we have after Ramadan and how to maintain and rejuvenate our Eman after the season of worship and so on and so forth. For the people living in these sort of countries, as Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, a schita or a view of the winter is the spring of a beaver hamdulillah you guys living here have Ramadan? You have the first days of the hedger and you have the entire winter La ilaha illa Allah, this is no doubt a great blessing. And no
doubt the expectation upon you all is to have a Gen bigger than the gender of those who don't have winter months like you have me Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our past and inspire our futures and grant us the understanding and grant us the ability to come together as families and reflect over the blessings of Allah subhanho wa Taala upon us, we all are blessed with the bravery and the strength to walk in the footsteps of the teachings of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he taught his Sahaba and hamdulillah those lessons have taught us they would the best generation and now we have the opportunity to emulate a little bit of that which they used to do so that perhaps we
can also become from the best bottle of water colloquium. Everyone had the island of La knows best everything correct Sadie's from Allah alone and he's perfect. And any mistakes are from myself in shape and I seek Allah's forgiveness. What sort of level I send them all about a kind and abena Mohammed or an early he was a big man