Blessing of the Rain
A few days ago, it was raining in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. For us who live in area that rarely got rain, the rain was a moment of joy, mercy and blessings from Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Alhamdulillah. We should be happy when it rains, not to be upset. Some people get annoyed with rain. In fact, rather than upset we better use our time to pray during rain. As it is mentioned in the hadith,
“Prayer is not rejected at 2 times, when the call to prayer resounding (adzan) and when it rains” (Reported by Al-Hakim, 2534, justified by Al-Albani in Sahih Al-Jami ‘, 3078).
In our efforts to pray to Allah Almighty that our prayers are answered, use the best times in which Allah promised His servants to grant their prayers. One of those moments is when it rains.
Allah Subhaanahu wata’ala says,
“And it is He Who sends down the rain after they had despaired and spreads His mercy. And He is the Protector, the Praiseworthy “(Surat ash-Shura: 28).
And your Lord says, “Call upon Me; I will respond to you.” Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible. (Sahih International: Surah Ghafir: 60)
This verse also shows that Allah Merciful to His servants, because they are ordered to pray directly to Allah without an intermediary and it is guaranteed to be granted.
At the time of rain:
اللَّهُمَّ صَيِّبَاً نَافِعَا
Allaahumma Sayyibann Naafi’aa
“O Allaah, (bring) beneficial rain clouds.”
(Bukhari – Fathul-Bari 2/518)
After the rain:
مُطِرْنَا بِفَضْلِ اللهِ وَ رَحْمَتِهِ
Mutirnaa bifadlillaahi wa rahmatihi
“It has rained by the bounty of Allaah and His Mercy”
(Bukhari 1/205, Muslim 1/83)
At the time of thunder:
سُبْحَانَ الَّذِي يُسَبِّحُ الرَّعْدُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَالْمَلَائِكَةٌ مِنْ خِيفَتِهِ
SubHanalladhii yusabbiHur ra’du bi hamdihi wal malaa-ikatu min kheefatihi
“Glory is to Him Whom thunder and angels glorify due to fear of Him.”
[Whenever Abdullaah bin Zubair radhiyaAllaahu anhu would hear thunder, he would abandon all conversation and say this supplication. See al Muwatta 2/992. It was graded authentic by Al-Albani as a statement of Abdullaah bin Zubair only].
Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala says:
“What comes to you of good is from Allah, but what comes to you of evil, [O man}, is from yourself……” (An-Nisaa: 79).
So, thanks to Allah for the rain, smile and pray (supplication) to Allah whatever you want to ask Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala.