The Long Dark Nights
Channel: Tim Humble
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Before we begin the hot pipe, we can just ask everyone to make sure that their mobile phone is switched off.
If everyone just has a look at their mobile phone, just to make sure that it's definitely switched off,
which is awesome, okay.
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with the praise of Allah.
We praise Him we seek His help and we ask His forgiveness.
Whether Allah guides there is no one that can misguide him.
And whoever Allah misguides there is
No one that can guide him.
And I bear witness that there is no god that deserves to be worshipped except Allah alone and with no partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is the slave of Allah and His messenger. We ask Allah to exalt his mentioned and grant him peace, and to his family and his companions and all those who follow them until the last day. Or you who believe have Taqwa of Allah as he deserves for you to have Taqwa of him and do not die except as Muslims. All mankind have Taqwa of your law to create a Jew from a single soul and created from it, its mates and from them both sent forth many men and women. And I've Taqwa of Allah, the One whose name you asked by And fear
Allah with regard to your relatives. Allah is always watching over you, or you who believe have Taqwa of Allah and speak a word that is true, he will correct your deeds and forgive your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed achieved a great success, to continue the best features of the book of Allah. And the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam. And the worst of things in this religion are the newly invented beliefs and practices and all newly invented beliefs and practices or innovation and all innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the fire.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
Allah subhanho wa Taala swore by time and its value.
Allah azza wa jal, he said well as in Santa Fe, Huso, il Alladhina amanu AMILO Solly heart, what our soul been happy with our soul be sovereign.
mankind is in a state of loss.
From the benefits of this idea is that if you don't take advantage of your time, that you will lose out and that every single time that Allah has created for us on this earth, there is a chance to take advantage of it. And there is an opportunity to take advantage of in the time that Allah has given you
and that this time should be filled with email. And it should be filled with righteous actions. And it should be filled with calling others to Allah and with being patient.
Allah subhanho wa Taala has divided the months of the year into 12 months in a data shoehorn in the Allah he's now Asha Asha Hara and fee kita Billa yo mahalo kasama wa T while out. Allah has made the year into 12 months since the day that he created the heavens and the earth.
Minha Obi Wan Hurrem four of them are sacred.
And Allah subhanahu wata, Allah has decreed the seasons and from the seasons that Allah azza wa jal has decreed is winter.
And every time that winter comes, I give a chutzpah to remind our brothers and our sisters in Islam of the blessing of winter,
and the fact that the early generations from the Sahaba of the Allahu Anhu and those who follow them in good, they used to love the winter more than any other time, and they used to prefer it over all of the other times of the year.
All of the other seasons of the year.
There are many acts of worship that become easier in winter.
And I'm going to focus upon three in this hotpot in sha Allah. The first of the acts of worship that they come easy in winter is clear Malay
praying at nights
in the summer, if you want to pray at night, you need to wake up at two o'clock in the morning, or you need to wake up at one in the morning or 130 in the morning to be able to pray the night prayer
in the winter. Now that the time is moving, you can wake up at six o'clock in the morning and still pray. I'm Elaine. As the time is moving further and further onwards. You can wake up at 530 in the morning and still be able to predict the AMA lane.
We remember my brothers that the time for Kiama lane is from the end of Asia until the Adana federal.
And now the time for Fajr. Adan is going further and further and further away. He's getting later and later.
So this is the perfect time to start the night prayer. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam he told us that
after the obligatory prayers is clear Malaya to pray the night prayer.
So now we have this opportunity. And one of the things if you look through the statements of the early generations that you see is they saw winter as an opportunity.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam described in some of the Hadith as Al Rani Emmanuel Derrida
that it is the Grima it is like a blessing or a booty that you grew you gained. From this time when the winter comes when the weather is cold.
So for a person and this is an advice to myself, and to all of you set your alarm a little bit early,
or keep your alarm where it is, but don't make it later and later. And make a habit of getting up before ledger, even if it is only 10 minutes before the Adana federal, or even if it's only 20 minutes before the Adana ledger.
If you do this now, even at 530 in the morning, you can still pray two rakaat. And as the time gets later and later, so you'll be able to pray more and more and you're still getting up at the same time every day, you're not changing the time that you wake up every day.
This time, just before Fajr is one of the times that has the most Baraka in it the most blessings in it out of all of
the times of the of the day and the night.
Out of all of the times of the day and the night. It is the time when Allah subhanho wa Taala descends
to the lowest heaven.
And Allah subhanho wa Taala asks, is there someone who is making dua to me so I can answer their dua? Is there someone who is asking my forgiveness so that I can forgive them? Is there someone asking me for something so I can give it to them. It is a time when your drive is answered. And you now have an opportunity to get this time without any difficulty upon yourself. Right now you wake up for failure, let's just say you set your alarm every day at 530
Just keep your alarm where it is. You don't need to change it as the time for federal gets later. So the time 4pm will get longer and then you can stick to that habit, even if it is only to like arts or even if it is only a small amount or even if it is only that you wake up and ask Allah's forgiveness or even if it is only that you read something from the Quran. But you take advantage of this time.
This time before the Adana federal
and from the things that we can take advantage of in the months of winter
is we can take advantage of the short days for fasting.
the when I first became Muslim Ramadan was in the winter,
and the fast we will break our fast at 340 or 350 in the afternoon. This is a big blessing. So now Ramadan is not our opportunity at this moment. But the voluntary fasts are there for you. Still, until now you can do the fasting on the Monday and the Thursday, you can do the fasting of aim will be the 13th and 14th and 15th of the Islamic month. You can even do the fasting of doubt that you fasted day and you miss a day. It's very easy in these days. Many of us we only think about fasting in Ramadan. But right now we have an opportunity to fast and it's easy to fast. And there are two things that make it easy. Number one, if Tor is very early, as we know now maharrey became near to
4pm. Here in Gates it
is very easy to fast. The second reason why it's easy to fast is that the weather is cold. So you don't feel hot, you don't feel thirsty. You drink at 530 in the morning, and by four o'clock in the afternoon you break your fast, it's a short fast, it's an easy fast, and the weather is cold so it's easy for you to keep it
and you can build up some voluntary fasts and some habits and these habits if you build them up in the winter, they will last you into the spring and from the spring into the summer. And as we know we have brothers who do their voluntary fasts in the middle of the summer.
But this comes from habit so you have an opportunity in these long cords
nights and the short cold days you have an opportunity to increase in your voluntary fasting and your voluntary prayer are delighted Mr. roat Robbie Allah who ran when the winter would come, he would say more hadn't be schita Welcome to the winter
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In this school, whether that you are able to fast and we mentioned also about being able to pray, there is a third act of worship that I want to tell you about in the winter. And that is particular to where we live.
Where we live here. The prayer times are very, very short together. For example, the hall here we are doing at 1230 and answer a two o'clock.
Margaret comes afterwards very quickly. Now we are nearly four o'clock.
Aisha is coming at around six o'clock.
One of the acts of worship that you can do is waiting for one prayer after the other.
In the summer, it's very difficult to sit and wait for the next prayer. Because when you sit down there is maybe four hours until the next prayer.
Now there are many opportunities for example right now after Juma today we will pray US or in sha Allah two o'clock
when we finished the July it's probably quarter past one or 10 past one. For those of you who are not working, it's so easy for you to sit for 45 minutes
and by that time as a rule start, what is the ruling that if you are sitting in the Salah, you are praying, you are sitting waiting for the prayer you are praying.
The one who is waiting for the Salah is like the one who is praying. If I asked you to pray for one hour, many of you will say I cannot do it. My legs hurt. It's too long. I can't pray one hour but you can sit in the masjid waiting for the next Salah and get the same reward as the person who is praying.
You can revise your Quran
you can sit and remember Allah you can take a beneficial book
The books that are beside the masjid and just sit if you can't make it between the harasser try between mother and Aisha
if you can't make it, but at that time try between us, her and Margaret,
to wait between from one prayer to the next prayer.
And I would encourage all of you particularly, to remember that there is a time on yo mo Juma that when a person makes to add their dua will not be rejected.
And the scholars differ about this time, but one of the strongest opinions is that it is between us and Margaret.
It is between us her and Margaret.
And some of them said just before Margaret, so Allah He I do not know anything better that you can do between us and Margaret, than to stand and make dua in the masjid.
Inshallah, you will catch the time when you do it is accepted. It's easy, because the time is very, very short. Maybe you have only an hour and a half or something between the two prayers or an hour and 14 minutes.
And you can get the reward of waiting from one prayer to the next. And you can get the reward of a dua that is always answered.
What I wanted to share with you in this hotpot today, my brothers and sisters is not only the blessing of this month, or the blessing of these seasons, the blessing of winter and the blessing of the long nights and the cold days.
But I wanted to share with you the fact that you take advantage of your time
you don't let your time go.
You take advantage of the time that you have.
There can be somebody who comes to the US and they're making dua until mothership and Allah subhanaw taala my answer everything they wanted in this dunya
and there will be some people who would rather go and sit with their friends and drink tea and talk about something which maybe is earning them sin in the sight of Allah. So you have to decide which person you want to be.
You have to decide which person you want to be and you have to take advantage of your time otherwise you will lose out.
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