I almost forgot today was Friday because of how hectic this week has been but Alhamdulilah I remembered that I hadn’t posted yet while I was travelling.
My Friday Gratitude this week is the weather.
My uncle recently visited us from Nigeria and I’m always excited whenever any family member or friend visits from Naija (as we say) because there is abundance of stories to hear! And I love hearing stories. Anyway while we were travelling with him, we got unto the subject of how hot it currently is in the Northern part of Nigeria where my uncle resides. The story was that he was dropping his son at an event in a nearby state and they had to stay overnight in a hotel. It was so hot that it was impossible to sleep. In the morning he wanted to have a cold shower and turned the tap on only to find that the water was hot. He went to the hotel managers and said to them,
‘I turned the cold water tap on but hot water came out. I need cold water instead.’
To which they replied, ‘That is the cold water’ and started laughing.
The heat was so intense overnight that early in the morning the water in the tank used to supply the hotel was boiling hot! So of course he had to make do with what he had. Subhan’Allah as he was telling the story the thought immediately came to my mind that we are so lucky to have the weather that we complain about in London. Typical conversation starter in the UK revolves around us complaining about the weather failing to realise how blessed we are to have rain, and calm and cool weather most of the time. It is also a reminder to be grateful for the conditions that we have while fasting in Ramadan. Yes the hours are long but imagine fasting in intense heat? People in countries like Pakistan have to fast in temperatures ranging between 35°C – 44 °C so we have no reason to complain.
Another point of reflection was thinking about the disproportionate effect of global warming on developing countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nigeria. While as Muslims we understand that Allah SWT is in control and in charge of all affairs including the climate, we’re in this state partly because of the greed and insensitivity of human beings and nations. Rather than being conscious of the impact that our actions have on other human beings, we live as if we own the earth. Our collective actions is contributing to increased CO2 and air pollutants in the atmosphere. Over the past 50 years, the average global temperature has increased at the fastest rate in recorded history. And experts see the trend is accelerating.
So the lesson for this week: Is to be grateful for the conditions that Allah SWT has blessed us with and remember to make dua for the rest of the Ummah.
‘And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favor]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ – Qur’an 14:7
I would love to hear about what you’re grateful for this week so please do share in the comment section.