It's technically winter in the town you live in, usually they freeze like an ice pop. first it rained then it snowed then everything becomes white then you'll be listening to the thawing machine in the breaking dawn. mutually in the hemisphere you’re living in, it gets cold these days even more so in the house. rainy days and below-zero temperature always begged you for some good food and to stay inside and curl up in your duvet. Susahnya nak bangun pergi kelas! Typical winter regime, isn’t it?

Everything seems so cold. The temperature, the Russians, upcoming winter exams and the rush for the late-to-class walk every morning seems surreal. Why is everyone not talking to each other anymore? Where is the warm smile in everyone’s faces? Why is everyone becoming cold-blooded each day and only thinking about themselves? Shouting and throwing tantrums whenever they want, where did all the love in this city go?

While I was browsing through Facebook, I saw this sentence and was glued to it:

"Salah satu ciri untuk menjadi Penyayang: tidak mengantuk dan tidak tidur. Betapa ramai yang marah-marah dan tidak berkasih sayang kerana dirinya sudah letih, mengantuk atau tertidur."

Does it mean you have to sacrifice your sleeping time to take care of your loved ones? Or does it have an implied meaning?

Refer to Ayatul Kursi : "In the name of Allah the Most Merciful, and Compassionate Allah. There is no God but He, the Living, the Everlasting, Slumber seizes Him not, neither sleep"

An individual who is showered with Allah's love will have the strength to fight sleepiness. The closer you are to Allah, the more love you will get from him. Al-Quran has stated that Allah has created the night to rest, and the rest is achieved by sleeping, but the amount of time spent is different for each individual. Seven to eight hours may not be enough if the life is only focused to oneself.

Avid readers, hardworkers, and emotionally strong people like a loving mother only need a few hours to sleep. Rasulullah s.a.w. and sahabah always woke up late at night, for their love towards other people and Allah especially.

In short, the more stable you are emotionally and mentally, the more loving you are, the less sleep you need. And then there is this insurmountable insomnia problem. When people, especially Muslims, are indoctrinated by the joy of night life, cultivated by Western mind, it's hard for them to get up early in the morning to do their Fajr prayer. They couldn't make use of the day by starting early in the morning, and has shifted their activities to late night.

So let us get back to basic. Sleep and wake up early. Since we are having a longer duration of night time than the day, why not start using the peaceful, tranquil time to meet and talk with your Allah?
Talk to your Lord, for anything is from Him.

Tak berubah qada’ tanpa doa. Jangan pernah berhenti berdoa.Doa itu otak ibadah. Kerana yang Allah beri hanya hidayah.

Nobody knows where they might end up. Nobody knows. Untungkan kalau mati tengah-tengah solat tahajjud menangisi dosa-dosa sendiri? Back to square one. Going to bed early. Enough hours of sleeping time,waking up early at the right side of the bed (kiblah-directed sleeping posture), having a romantic time with your Lord, and continue studying while waiting for the Fajr prayer and getting ready for classes. Isn’t this a series of bringing positive vibes to your day and to your surrounding as well?

Start your day with a smile and pour some warm loves in this cold city. We all need that.

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." Howard Thurman

May Allah bless us



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