Winter for the Believer
“The best season to a believer is the winter, its nights are long for those who wish to pray, and its days are short for those who wish to fast” -Al Hasan Al Basri.
It is reported from Abu Hurayrah – Allah be pleased with him – that he said:
Shall I not point you to comfortable proceeds? People responded, “And what is that o Abu Hurayrah?” He replied, “Fasting in winter.”
It is reported from ‘Umar – Allah be pleased with him – that he said: Winter is booty for the devout worshippers.
It is reported from ‘Ubayd bin ‘Umayr – Allah have mercy on him – that he said:
It used to be said when winter came: O people of the Qur`an, the night has become long so you can pray (more) and the day has become short for you to fast.
Abu Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyaa`.
It is reported from the famous worshipper Rabi’ah – Allah have mercy on her – that she said:
I have never heard the adhan except that I remember the caller who will announce the Day of Resurrection, and I never see the falling snow except that I imagine the flying pages of the records of peoples deeds (on that day), and I never see swarms of locusts except that I think about the Great Gathering on the Last Day.Ibn Al-Jawzi, Sifah Al-Safwah Vol. 2 p433.
SubhanAllah. How different was their mentality compared to ours in that we see a season of hardship where they saw an opportunity for increased ‘ibadah in the night!