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Importance of Rain on human life

Islam 16 Aug 2020

Islam teaches us about the significance of rain. Rain is described in a hadith as one of the keys of the unseen. We read:

Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The keys of the Unseen are five and no one knows them but Allah: no one knows what is in the womb but Allah, no one knows what will happen tomorrow but Allah, no one knows when it will rain but Allah, no one knows where he will die but Allah, and no one knows when the Hour will be established but Allah.” (Sahih Bukhari)

In another hadith we learn that when the Prophet (SAW) saw rain, he would ask Allah for rain that is beneficial. Aisha (RA) reported:

“When the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, saw rain, he would say, ‘O Allah, a beneficial downpour.’” (Sahih Bukhari)

When we reflect on this, it makes us remember that indeed rain can be something that people have waited a long time for to arrive and it can help with water supplies and growing crops, but it can also cause floods.

We also learn about one of Allah’s miracles of rain when the Prophet (SAW) asked Allah for rain. We read:

Anas ibn Malik reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, on Friday while he was delivering a sermon in Medina. The man said, “There is no rain, so please call upon your Lord to bless us with rain.” The Prophet looked at the sky when there were no clouds and he called upon Allah for rain.

Clouds started gathering together and it rained until the valleys of Medina were flowing with water. It continued raining until the following Friday. Then, another man stood up while the Prophet was delivering a sermon and he said, “We are drowning, so please call upon your Lord to withhold it from us.”

The Prophet smiled and he said three times, “O Allah, let it rain around us and not upon us.” The clouds started dispersing over Medina to the right and left, and it rained around Medina and not upon Medina. Allah showed them the miracle of his Prophet and his response to his supplication. (Sahih Bukhari)

We learn that if there was a windy storm, the Prophet (SAW) would ask Allah for the good in it. When the sky began to light up and thunder, the Prophet (SAW) would anxiously walk back and forth, and when it rained, he would evidently be pleased.

We read:

Aisha (RA) reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, if there was a windy storm, he would say, “O Allah, I ask you for its good, the good within it, and the good for which it was sent. I seek refuge in you from its evil, the evil within it, and the evil for which it was sent.”

If the sky began to light up and thunder, the colour of the Prophet’s face would change and he would anxiously come and go, back and forth. If it rained, he would be pleased with it and I could recognize the signs of that on his face.

I asked him about it and the Prophet said, “O Aisha, perhaps it is as Allah said about the people of ‘Ad: When they saw it as a cloud approaching their valleys, they said this is a cloud bringing us rain!” [46:24] (Sahih Muslim)