Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim

It’s becoming almost unbearable this summer. In my city, it reached 40 degrees Celsius – 3 degrees above normal human body temperature. But because of the humidity, it feels even hotter than it is. We’re probably feeling the heat getting down on us almost all over the world. Here are a few points to ponder on while going through this uncomfortable time.

  1. I have an air conditioner (or a fan), how about those who don’t?

How about those poor souls who live without any means of alleviating their pain? There are people who don’t even have water to drink, let alone to take a bath. There are people who don’t have a roof above their heads. I at least can take out something cold to drink right from my refrigerator. I can get an ice-cream any time I want. Let us be thankful for the favours Allah has bestowed on us, and let our hardships melt our hearts enough to look after those who are suffering worse. The Prophet (saws) said, Look at those who are beneath you and do not look at those who are above you, for it is more suitable that you should not consider as less the blessing of Allah. [ibn Majah]

Think about Ar Rahman. Think about the cool days when you are so comfortable that you don’t even realize it. And what a blessing when it rains! You really feel the mercy of Allah which He sends down to us. We get so easily accustomed to things. Sometimes it takes some suffering to make us realize the value of the blessings that we have.

وَآتَاكُم مِّن كُلِّ مَا سَأَلْتُمُوهُ ۚ وَإِن تَعُدُّوا نِعْمَتَ اللَّهِ لَا تُحْصُوهَا ۗ إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَظَلُومٌ كَفَّارٌ

And He gave you from all you asked of Him. And if you should count the favor of Allah , you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful. [14:34]

  1. If the world were a bit closer to the sun, this would probably have been our ‘winter’

Just imagine if we were just a bit closer, we would look less like the earth and more like Venus, a ball of fire.

Allah created this earth with so much precision in order to make it fit for our living. Allah is Al Khaliq , the best of creators. He designed this comfortable world for us and provided means to further enhance our luxuries. He could just have given us one kind of food to eat, but instead He gave us so many delicious flavours, and different colours, fruits gift-wrapped in beautiful peals. This earth used to be a beautiful comfortable place even without modern technologies. It is we who made it into this overused ball of mess that it is now.

وَمَا أَصَابَكُم مِّن مُّصِيبَةٍ فَبِمَا كَسَبَتْ أَيْدِيكُمْ وَيَعْفُو عَن كَثِيرٍ

And whatever strikes you of disaster – it is for what your hands have earned; but He pardons much. [42:30]

  1. If this is unbearable heat, how about the Hellfire?

The Prophet said, ‘Your (ordinary) fire is one of 70 parts of the (Hell) Fire.’ Someone asked, ‘O Allah’s Apostle This (ordinary) fire would have been sufficient (to torture the unbelievers),” Allah’s Apostle said, “The (Hell) Fire has 69 parts more than the ordinary (worldly) fire, each part is as hot as this (worldly) fire.’ [Sahih Bukhari]

The extreme heat of summer is just a breeze from the fire of Hell. Imagine what the Hellfire will be like.

‘When it is intensely hot, then wait until it cools down before you pray, for intense heat is from the breeze of Hell.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

  1. Think of the sins being forgiven and the rewards you’re getting for your discomfort.

The Prophet (saws) said, A believer does not receive (the trouble) of running a thorn or more than that but Allah elevates him in rank or effaces his sins because of that. [Sahih Muslim]

Remind yourself that your discomfort won’t last forever in sha Allah. It will soon be winter and we’ll be complaining about how cold it is while drinking a delicious espresso. And more than that, remember how the discomfort of this life can earn you eternal bliss in Paradise.

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Tabassum Mosleh

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