‘Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day’

This is one of the most common sayings whenever there is any significant rainfall. However, as Muslims we know that rain is a blessing.All of life is made from water which should help us in realizing the importance of rain and without rain there would be no life on earth.

Allah (SWT) says: “And We made from water every living thing. Then will they not believe?” (Surat Al-Anbiya, Verse 30).

“Not only is rain for giving life to the land, however it also serves as a main component in agriculture. Allah (SWT) says:” [He] who made for you the earth a bed [spread out] and the sky a ceiling and sent down from the sky, rain and brought forth thereby fruits as provision for you” (Surat Al-Baqarah, Verse 22).

It is recommended to make du’ah at the time of rain. Some of the Scholars consider it from the Sunnah to make du’ah at the time of Rain, and it is one of the times when dua is accepted. The Prophet (SAW) said, “There are two which will not be rejected: du’ah at the time of adhaan and when it is raining.”

One of the du’ah that can be recited: Allaahumma sayyiban naafi’a (O Allah, (bring) beneficial rain clouds).

On the authority of Zaid bin Khalid (RA), he said, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) led the Fajr prayer at Al-Hudaibiyyah after a rainfall during the night.

At the conclusion of prayer, he turned towards the people and said, “Do you know what your Rabb has said?” They replied: “Allah and His Messenger know better.”

Upon this he remarked, “He has said: ‘Some of My slaves have entered the morning as my believers and some as unbelievers. He who said: We have had a rainfall due to the Grace and Mercy of Allah, believes in Me and disbelieves in the stars; and he who said: We have had a rainfall due to the rising of such and such star, disbelieves in Me and affirms his faith in the stars.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)

Therefore it is Allah who is praised and it is He who sends down the rain. It is not sent down because summer has passed and the rainy season is here. Allah may or may not send down the rain at any time of the year, as we know when our brothers and sisters across the world experience droughts. When a rainfall comes, it should be a reason for our iman to increase, and for us to turn to Allah, fearing Him, and thanking Him for what we have been given and the great wisdom and benefits behind it.

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