A friend once asked me, why are so few people living in such a big country like Finland. I answered that not many are willing to hold out cold winters when it could get about -27°C (should be -16,6°F)…
But I think its not the cold, which makes living here hard. It’s the lack of sunlight…
Here in the northern hemisphere, the sun rises, but so low, that you do not see it, if live on the wrong side of the hill, for example.
Scientific studies have proven, that lack of sunlight affects the brain, it have more difficulties to produce serotonin, like when you have depression or similar.
I believe it right away. For weeks we all have been feeling tired and unmotivated..
So, this one particular day, the sky was all blue, and you know, somewhere was the sun. So we took the kids, drove up to the highest hilltop in our city after duhr prayer (which is short after the sun has passed the highest point for the day), to catch a little bit of sunlight.
This was all we got…
Alhamdulillah, all praise to God! Even it was so little, it helped a lot!
He makes night merge into day and day merge into night, and He has made the Sun and Moon subservient, each one running until a specified time. That is Allah, your Lord. The Kingdom is His. Those you call on besides Him have no power over even the smallest speck.
(Surah Fatir, 13)