Dec 26, 2012

Ibaadah & Winter



By Farheen Naaz

Bismillah

As the winter season approaches, many of us may find ourselves suffering from the winter blues. It becomes difficult for many of us to wake up in mornings, and there is always that feeling of lethargy and wanting to go back to sleep.

On the other hand, early Muslims would welcome winter with a lot of enthusiasm due to all the rewards that they could gain from it. Winter can only be a blessing to the believers, as the time we spend during it can become very valuable. It has a lot of benefits and the most obvious one is fasting. Fasting becomes easier in winters as the days are shorter and nights longer. With nights being longer comes another benefit, and that is of being able to pray at night, while still getting some rest.

I know how difficult it is to motivate ourselves to perform deeds like fasting and praying at night during the winter season, especially after all the good talk about it. And it is true that as Muslims we go through eeman highs and lows. But what better way to gain good deeds than by simply bearing a few hardships of the winter season?

It gives us a chance to get closer to Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala), and a chance to reflect on the seasonal changes and the power Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has over the entire world. If none of these do it for us, then the reminder of the extreme cold of the hellfire is sure to make a believer want to seek refuge from it. Seeking refuge by making dua is another form of ibaadah which will increase the good deeds of a believer.

In order for us to succeed in our ibadah, we need to efface that feeling of lethargy. A few tips which will help do that are the following:

1. Stop believing that you are lazy

Stop calling yourself lazy! Tell yourself that you are not lazy and also BELIEVE in it. By doing so, we set a bar for ourselves which we need to live up to.



2. Plan and organize

There is nothing more appealing than planning and organizing things. Plan what to do and within what time frame to do it. Make check lists. Use sticky notes. Set reminders on your phone. Make posters to hang around the house. All of these things should be used to remind you that you are fit and fine, and it should motivate you to keep thanking Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and seeking forgiveness.

3. Exercise

One of the best ways to beat lethargy and laziness is to activate your body. This can easily be done through exercise. Most people stop exercising in winter due to the cold mornings. This is not a good excuse and is not a reason to stop exercising! As believers, we need to take care of our body. This does not mean that we overdo it and stress ourselves out either. It just means we need to be moderate in how much and how often we exercise.

4. Pay attention to the times you feel energy within you

Another way to perform ibaadah perfectly is to check the times when you are most energized, and use that time to perform acts of ibaadah. We need to put this sugar rush into good use.


5. Brain storm and De-Clutter

Get rid of all the clutter around you, both literally and mentally. A cluttered space is sure to set you back and make you feel lazy. Clean up and stir up the thoughts in your head which will tell you what you are best at.

6. Get some sunlight

Vitamin D is essential for us. Sunlight is beneficial due to the fact that it helps us stay energized and keeps us in the mood to do things. Spend some time in the sunlight without having negative thoughts and see the difference it can make. :D It will at least give a signal to your brain, “Hey, it is morning now, we need to start working!”

7. Stop the enmity with your alarm

Do we not all hate hearing our alarms go off, and love that snooze button?! Grumble all you want, but it is that alarm that will help you wake up for fajr. Keep it very far away from your sleeping area, and loud enough so that it can be heard. Continuously hearing that annoying alarm will make you want to get up and shut it off. By the time you get to the alarm, you are half way up!

These are just a few tips to help us overcome the laziness that we may feel during the winter season. They are here to give us an idea of how we can use the winter time to increase and improve our ibadah. I hope you find benefit in them.


Please leave a comment in the comments section below if you have any more tips and tricks that can help all of us.

3 comments:

MashaAllah, u totally nailed it. I know d days r shorter and nights longer, but I never saw it as more oppourtunity for worship with extra time to snooze before fajr. Jazakumullah khayr, this post has helped me put things in perspective.

So needed this!
Jazakillaah kHayr

JazakAllah khari for reading :)

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