Snow in London.

I don’t usually tend to write much about myself, partly because I believe it is somewhat selfish. Allah has given us time and different abilities so that we may use them productively. After we leave this life, we will be questioned as to our stewardship of the life that he gave us. All of what we have, our bodies, intelligence, free time, abilities, wealth and so forth are not from ourselves but from Allah. Look at your hand, examine the anatomy of the hand, the texture of the skin, how many molecules or atoms constitute this hand. Did you make it?

The answer is no. It was given to us by our creator and it is on loan – as if to speak – and then later we will be questioned as to what we did with it.

Having said that however, yesterday something very nice happened. There was snow in London.

Now in other parts of the world this is a common phenomenon, however in London when I was younger it used to happen every winter but not anymore. Yesterday as I was leaving a tube station in London, I could see there was snow and the streets were white. I immediately took a picture.

Snow in London, 20 December 2009.

I would have taken more pictures with my mobile, but when I tried to the snow hit my phone so I put it in my pocket. However as I walked the street’s back to my mother’s house, I really felt something special. Even for those people who don’t believe in religion, there is at times a tremendous awe of nature when facing the full beauty, majesty and greatness of nature. It can be a truly moving, or maybe even a spiritual experience.

The streets were white. However the whiteness instead of representing hardship and cold was a special type of white. It represented cleanness and beauty. The whole scenery looked like some of the pictures that we see of a white winter in London. In other words it looked picturesque. I also made dhikr (remembrance) of Allah as I walked through the snow. I knew it was He that caused it and I thanked Him for it and for witnessing this beauty of nature.

We know that in Islam, when it rains it is a time of blessing and your du’a (prayers, supplication) has greater power.

Jerusalem

 

Istanbul.

 

London.

– Faatih.

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5 Responses to “Snow in London.”


  1. 1 xeniagreekmuslimah December 22, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Masha Allah. This is such a nice article. You see we all, including myself get caught up in the hardships the snow causes and we forget to appreciate its beauty and Thank Allah swt for giving us the opportunity to witness a beautiful wintry snowy scene in London. But Alhamdulillah.

  2. 2 faatih December 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Some can’t wait to see snow so they can have snowfights. Others hate it because of the difficulties it causes e.g transport problems.

    For me however yesterday the scenes that I saw were almost from those paintings of picturesque towns covered in white.

    It also made me thank of the One who caused the snow and remember (dhikr) him.

  3. 3 Zubair December 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Aslamalakum,

    MashALLAH, the way you brought our attentions to ALLAH’s blessings is admirable. We often recieve rain and snow, but seldom have thought this way. May be, we are so used to of ALLAH’s blessings that we are taking it for granted.

    This is our biggest mistake, more we take blessings for granted, more we will forget ALLAH. Eventually, we will become less and less thankful, and ultimately, instead of relying on ALLAH, for help and blessings, we will be looking forward to science and technology.

    Now where do we stand? Undoubtedly, most of the Muslims are inclined to wealthy people, influential countries, and resources for thier success. That is why our Mosques are empty, our faith is shaky, and so on.

    Coming back to snow, yes it is only ALLAH WHO is the sole power and creator of the whole Universe. We should always be thankful to HIM, for everything. INSHALLAH, we will be.

    Asalamalakum

    Zubair

  4. 4 Khalid Salman December 22, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Assalamualykum

    I really like this article, it show us the positive attitude towards Allah’s blessing

  5. 5 ayman December 23, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Salaam Ma’Sha’Allah what an excellent expression of appreciation of the changing phase, the snow did bring about so many different reactions. My main thought due to location was that so many people were complaining about this that and the other because of the snow – but was there someone to blame, why this the Qadar and we have to journey through as Allah s.w.t. says “from stage to stage” some people actually live like this all year around.
    Appreciate the difference and yes as you said make dua for its a blessing and a an opportunity not to be missed !
    and remember to send blessings on The Unlettered Prophet – the opener of what was previously closed (knowledge of our Creator), the seal of what has come before (the concise revelation of messages from our Creator) AMEEN AMEEN AMEEN !

    Ma’salaam


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