What do you do when it rains? Look for an umbrella? Complain? Seek cover? Remind the kids of the old nursery rhyme, “It’s raining, it’s pouring….”?
It’s time to learn about the rewards of supplicating in the rain! Here are three sunan to revive:
1. Ask for benefits. It is narrated on the authority of Aisha that when the Messenger of Allah saw rain he would say: “Allahumma sayyiban naafi’a” – O Allah (make it) a beneficial rain cloud. [Al Bukhari, 1032]
2 Turn complaints into dua. Never complain again when it rains; instead, supplicate!
As it said in the hadeeth of Sahl ibn Sa’d that is attributed to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): There are two which will not be rejected: du’aa’ at the time of the call (to prayer) and when it is raining. [Narrated by Abu Dawood and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’ 3078]
The next time it rains, make as many dua’ as possible for yourself, your family, and the ummah, as this is a time in which your supplications will not be rejected, inshaa’Allah!
Don’t forget to involve children in making dua when it rains as part of their tarbiyyah(eduction). If we can teach them nursery rhymes, we sure can instill in them the beauty of iman, and teach them the duaa for rain.
3. Expose a part of your body to the rain! It is a sunnah to stand in the rain and expose a portion of your body so the rain can fall on it.
From the hadith of Anas, he said: It rained upon us as we were with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) unveiled his garment (from a part of his body) until the rain fell on him. We said: Messenger of Allah, why did you do this? He said: Because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord. [Muslim]
And the hadith, “When the rain came down from the heavens he (The Prophet May peace be upon him) used to remove his garment from his back until the rain fell on it (his back).” [Haakim in Al-Mustadrak]
Imam an Nawawi explained that the rainfall is a mercy which Allah has just created, therefore use it as a blessing.
The next time it rains, be happy that Allah is sending down His blessing, on you! Expose yourself to the rain by unveiling any portion of your body no matter how small. But don’t expose your ‘awrah! Engage in duaa, and remember Allah sends down His blessings in the rain.
Note: Avoid standing in the rain if it may cause harm or sickness to you, as we are not allowed to harm ourselves.
Let us have a more positive attitude to this immense blessing of Allah and thank Him for it.