Sahel Ibn Sa’ad (R.A) narrates that Nabi (S.A.W) said: “Two will not be rejected; supplication at the time when the Azaan is being called out, and supplication during the time of rain”. [Al-Hakim 2: 114, and Abu Dawud #2540, ibn Majah]
There are different stages of rebellious behaviour. Some steal cars, but I barely manage to drive one with permission. Some sneak out at night, but nobody’s going anywhere with the burglar-guards my dad had fitted on. And some play in the rain, when their then-seven-year old younger brother isn’t around to scold them about the possibility of getting sick. I don’t need no leather jacket to prove I’m a rebel.
Nothing can spoil a walk in a drizzle. Except my brother of course, and teachers that have quite developed lungs, who march you indoors with all the seriousness of a Sergeant. I lacked a comeback at that time, and it’s now five-odd years later but meh; just try me now, teach.
“And it is He who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His mercy, and We send down pure water from the sky.” (Surah Al-Furqaan, 48)
We often forget that rain is more than little droplets of water; it’s little droplets of Mercy being showered upon us by Allah.
“And We have sent down rain from the sky in measured amounts and settled it in the earth. And indeed, We are able to take it away.” (Al-mu’minun 23:18)
A while ago, South Africa experienced one of its driest spells in a long time. Conversely, Alhamdulillah, we’ve been witnesses to torrents of rain these past few days. Allah gives, and He takes back.[Don’t forget to read the dua at the time of rain (image attached)]
I didn’t do geography, so how exactly rain occurred is a vague memory from grade: 6 (I think). Clouds are crying, blah blah. Hah, no, I actually do remember evaporating water and heavy clouds making it rain. I do not, however, remember learning the water cycle process stated in the Quran; and I went to an Islamic School. Every stage in the formation of rain was known to Muslims centuries before scientists ‘discovered’ it.
The best, and truest knowledge learnt is from the Quran and Hadith, hence, I decided to add in the workings of rain, as explained in Surah Room. This is going to get deep (THAT PUN 💪:P) but I like research and honestly tried to summarise it as much as possible.
Stage #1: “It is Allah Who sends the winds…”
Air bubbles are formed as the foaming of the oceans continuously burst and eject water particles towards the sky. These particles, rich in salt, are carried away by winds and rise upward in the atmosphere. They function as water drops and form cloud drops.
Stage #2: “… Which stir up clouds which He spreads about the sky however He will. He forms them into dark clumps…”
Clouds are formed from water vapour. Due to the minuteness of the water droplets, the clouds are suspended in the air and spread across the sky. The heavier the clouds, the darker they become.
Stage #3: “… And you see the rain come out pouring from the middle of them.”
The water particles that surround salt crystals and dust particles thicken and form raindrops. Drops that are heavier than the air leave the cloud and falls to the ground as rain.
Class is dismissed. *insert loud, annoying, rude, welcome buzzer*
Remember, you take one step towards Allah, Allah takes ten steps towards you.
May Allah protect us all and grant us the ability to overcome our Nafs.
Love and Duas,