بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
This Ramadaan we are experiencing a scorching summer here in Britain. Compared to others I know we are light weights when it comes to heat tolerance- I’m sure those of you from the Middle East, Africa and other sunnier climes will smile an amused smile- but for us Brits 30°c really is a heatwave! It’s official- switch on the news and you will see weather warnings on the weather forecast.
The Met Office is predicting this heatwave will be a month long (though they have been known to be wrong at times), which means it would last hand-in-hand with Ramadaan. To have such weather coincide with a British Ramadaan where only a handful of hours out of the daily 24 are fast-free is definitely making things more interesting! If I had been told before Ramadaan this would be the weather we are billed to have, I would have probably got a little nervous. As it is, it isn’t as difficult as it might seem. It is definitely harder than usual- dehydration when I haven’t drunk enough before starting my fast and being distracted from concentrating in prayer during the night are my personal challenges- but overall the heat is not necessarily a bad thing. “How?” non Muslims (and maybe some hot and bothered Muslims!) might ask? Given that the heat is making things harder, we anticipate that the Lord of Mercy will reward us greater- as is His custom.
For myself I have also found another benefit from being prickly under the collar this Ramadaan: When standing in the night, covered from head to toe as is required for Muslim women as part of the requirements of Salaah (prayer), I have found myself suddenly able to focus a lot more than on previous occasions on how dreadful the Day of Reckoning with its unimaginably scorching heat will be. I have been asking myself that if such a slight increase in temperature in Britain can cause me such stress and discomfort today, what will be my state on that day when the sun will be brought close. Alhamdulillah it is a great motivational factor to try to increase good deeds and avoid bad, so that I may be of those who Allah SWT will grant shade on that day.
Here’s a snippet from a great article I read on the Ramadaan heatwave yesterday:
It’s been a scorcher! Having completed the first week of fasting in Ramadan, British Muslims have been enduring searing temperatures they never anticipated. No doubt, in some countries summer temperatures in excess of 30 degrees is regarded as mild or moderate. But here, given that we are a pretty much sun-starved nation, it’s a veritable heat wave! Along with the eighteen or so hours of fasting (or twenty hours, depending on what timetable is being utilised), the heat has made Ramadan quite a challenge this year. Yet amidst the suffocating heat, the heightened thirst and the increased fatigue, there are subtle blessing which come along with the Ramadan heat. Continue reading at thehumblei (click on the blog name to go straight there).
I will end the post with a comment which was posted in response to the above article:
“I think Allah has given the Muslims a test and trial here in the UK to raise our rank in jannah to give us more reward than on a typical wet and cold day.”