Bismillah Wal-hamdulillah Wassalaatu Wassalaam ‘alaa rasoolillah
After hearing a Khutbah recently on the fruitfulness of Winter to a believer’s life; it reminded me of when i first came across a khutbah exploring the virtues that Winter brings to the Muslim’s life – A khutbah by Sheikh Khalid Al-Musleh Hafidhahullah. I feel this is extremely pertinent – especially to Muslims living in the west as we enter upon an era with long nights and short days. It is easy to become lazy during these days and become sluggish in our zeal to go the extra mile in pursuit of our religious activities and endeavours. Thus, it becomes imperative that the believer reminds his/herself of the wisdom behind the changes in season and why, in fact, the winter should actually bring a smile to the believers face!
Undoubtedly, the different seasons that we experience is from Allah’s immense and far-reaching wisdom. It keeps us on our toes and the change in season should prompt a vigour of astuteness within us via a series of questions: How can we take advantage of this? What should i do differently? How should i prepare for this?
It is the latter question that the Sahabah had responded to so efficiently! Their actions and statement epitomised their desire to exploit all circumstances to their favour. Is it any wonder then why we marvel at the statement of the great ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab RA when he said regarding the advent of winter: –
Winter is the booty of the obedient ones
This statement is further emphasised upon by Ibn Mas’ood who sad
Welcome Oh Winter, In it descends immense blessings – Its nights are lengthened for Qiyaam (Al-Layl) and its days are shortened for fasts
SubhanAllah! The changes and variations in the course of the year is a sign of the mercy of Allah! It may be the case that we find standing in the depths of the night too difficult for us in other parts of the year – yet, Allah wants so much good for us that he allows us to enter a season in which standing during the night is easy for us! It fills the heart with joy when one realises how much Allah continues to shower his blessings upon us despite, our shortcomings. Ergo, the statement of Allah: –
يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلا يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْر
“Allah intends for you ease and does not intend for you hardship” (Al-Baqarah V.185)
Imam As-Sa’di RHM mentions in his tafseer of this verse:
“Allah wishes to facilitate for you the path to his pleasure in the greatest and easiest of ways. Thus, every commandment of Allah upon his slaves are ordained in a manner that enjoins ease upon them..”
As a result, the benevolence of Allah should be met with thankfulness from the servants and a determined attitude to become from the close allies of Allah. Certainly, the proof of a believers gratitude towards Allah is in his ‘Ibadah. Therefore, Oh Muslim, increase in the worship of Allah and take advantage of the mercy that Allah has bestowed upon you in the form of winter!
May Allah make us amongst the forerunners in this blessed month and the months to come…Aameen