I love the rains, I always have. I think it’s the coolness it brings with it after a terribly hot day or night. It’s also the soft tapping sound it makes on my roof, almost like a lullaby. Although it may ruin my plans for the day, I still rejoice over it. It doesn’t rain very often in my country. But when it does, it makes my day, or night. But rainfall has many effects apart from my personal joy. After the rain, the air feels damp, and you’d see these little insects come out; earth worms, butterflies, snails, termites…. that’s what happens where I come from. I know it is sometimes quite annoying to be caught up during a storm. I imagine the frustration when you are all dressed up, ready to go out and it starts raining. But you know what, there’s good news. Rain is a blessing from God. Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him), he loved the rain too. The hadith narrates that he (pbuh) would go under the rain and get wet. He would say: “It just recently came from the Lord (SWT)”. God also speaks about the rain, and reminds us of its significance. In chapter 16: 10-11, its said: “It is He who sends down rain from the sky; from it is drink and from it (grows) vegetation on which you send your cattle to pasture. He causes to grow for you thereby the crops, olives, palm trees, grapevines, and from all the fruits. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who give thought.”
Aha! So it’s actually a sign from Allah to the believers, and a blessing. It is also a test of faith. When it rains, who do we return thanks and praises to? Our Lord, or someone else? The Prophet (pbuh) said that Allah 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.” [Saheeh Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim] So we give thanks to Allah, the bringer of rains.
But that’s not all. Rainfall is a reminder that we will all be raised after we die, and Allah can do all things. The Quran says in chapter 43:11- “And He who sends down (from time to time) water from the sky in due measure, and We raise to life therewith a land that is dead. Even so will you be raised (from the dead).”
Here are some du’as from the Sunnah that we should say when it rains:
• DUA FOR WHEN THE WIND BLOWS
Allaahumma ‘innee ‘as’aluka kthayrahaa, wa khayra maa feehaa, wa khayra maa ‘ursilat bihi wa a’oothu bika min sharrihaa, wa sharri maa feehaa, wa sharri maa ‘ursilat bihi. [O Allaah, I ask You for the good of it, for the good of what it contains, and for the good of what is sent with it. I seek refuge in You from the evil of it, from the evil of what it contains, and from the evil that is sent with it.] Al Bukhari
• DUA WHEN IT THUNDERS
Subhaanal-lathee yusabbihur-ra’du bihamdihi walmalaa’ikatu min kheefatihi. [Glory is to Him Whom thunder and angels glorify due to fear of Him] Malik Muwatta
• DUA WHEN IT RAINS
Allaahumma sayyiban naafi’an- [O Allaah, (bring) beneficial rain clouds].
• DUA AFTER IT RAINS
Mutirnaa bifadhlillaahi wa rahmatihi- [It has rained by the bounty of Allaah and His mercy]. Al Bukhari
So Alhamdulillah. We now know the importance of rain. What will you do the next time it rains?