Praise be to Allah Who sends winds as glad tidings of His Mercy, Who sent down pure water from the firmaments to enliven with it, a dead land and as a drink to many animals and human beings. I testify that there is none worthy to be worshiped except Allah, with Whom there is no associate. Verily Allah is Able to do all things. I testify that Muhammad is Allah’s servant and Messenger, who was sent to all mankind as a warner, as a bringer of glad tidings, calling people in order to guide them to Allah, with His permission, and as an illuminating light.
The example of guidance and knowledge with which Allah’s Messenger was sent is like abundant rain falling on the earth, some of which was fertile soil that absorbed the rain water and brought forth vegetation and grass in abundance. Another portion of it was hard and held the rainwater and Allah benefited the people with it and they utilized it for drinking, watering their animals from it and irrigating the land for cultivation. A portion of it was barren which could neither hold the water nor bring forth vegetation, then that land gave no benefits. The first is the example of the person who comprehends Allah’s religion and gets benefit from the knowledge, which Allah has revealed through the Prophet(Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) and learns and then teaches others. The last example is that of a person who does not care for it and does not take Allah’s guidance revealed through Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), for this reason he resembles the barren land.
May Allah bless Muhammad, his family, his Companions and those who will follow them until the Day OF Resurrection.
O people! Fear Allah, your Lord, and worship Him; He has made the earth paved for you like a mat and the heaven a structure above you. He sent down rain with which He brought forth fruits for your provision. Allah the Almighty says which translates as: “It is He Who sendeth the Winds like heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy: when they have carried the heavy-laden clouds, We drive them to a land that is dead, make rain to descend thereon, and produce every kind of harvest therewith: thus shall We raise up the dead perchance ye may remember. From the land that is clean and good, by the Will of its Cherisher, springs up produce, (rich) after its kind: but from the land that is bad, springs up nothing but that which is niggardly: thus do We explain the Signs by various (symbols) to those who are grateful” (Al-A’raf: 57-58).
O people! Everything in the universe carries an evidence of Allah’s Oneness, perfect Lordship, Omnipotence, Greatness, Wisdom and Mercy, which also indicate that He is Able to do all things and that He creates what He wills and chooses. Nothing can fail Him either in the heavens or on earth, for He is Well Aware of all things and has the Power to do all things. Allah sends gentle winds that carry clouds laden with water that falls on earth and flow in rivers and seas. Allah then makes such clouds to travel and gather its pieces until they accumulates and become as huge as mountains that hide the light of the sun due to their thickness, causing darkness on earth. If Allah wills such accumulated pieces of clouds disperse quickly, rendering weather sunny, as if there were no rainy clouds at all. Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “In the lifetime of Allah’s Apostle (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) the people were afflicted with a (famine) year. While the Prophet was delivering the sermon on the pulpit on a Friday, a Bedouin stood up and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! The livestock are dying and the families (offspring) are hungry: please pray to Allah to bless us with rain.” Allah’s Apostle raised both his hands towards the sky and at that time there was not a trace of cloud in the sky. Then the clouds started gathering like mountains. Before he got down from the pulpit I saw rainwater trickling down his beard. It rained that day, the next day, the third day, the fourth day and till the next Friday, when the same Bedouin or some other person stood up (during the Friday) and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! The houses have collapsed and the livestock are drowned. Please invoke Allah for us.” So Allah’s Apostle raised both his hands and said, “O Allah! Around us and not on us.” Whichever side the Prophet directed his hand, the clouds dispersed from there till a hole (in the clouds) was formed over Madinah. The valley remained flowing (with water) for one month and none came from outside who did not talk about the abundant rain”.
O Muslims! This Sahih Hadith, as well as other observations that we witness of Allah’s Omnipotence formulate the greatest evidence that Allah is All-Powerful and that when He wants anything, He says to it “Be” and it will be.
Allah the Almighty says which translates as: “And Our Command is but a single (Act), like the twinkling of an eye” (Al-Qamar: 50).
This gives clear evidence that clouds are subjected to Allah’s Will and can never go beyond the commands of its Creator. It was related on the authority of the Prophet (Salla Allahu Alaihi Wa Sallam), the truthful and trustworthy, that he said: “While a person was in the wilderness he heard a voice from the cloud (commanding it thus): ‘Irrigate the garden of so and so.’ (After that the clouds slicked aside and poured water on a stony ground. It filled a channel amongst the channels of that land and that person followed that water and he found a person standing in the garden busy in changing the course of water with the help of a hatchet. He said to him: ‘Servant of Allah, what is your name?’ He said: ‘So and so.’ And it was that very name which he had heard from the clouds, and he said to him: ‘Servant of Allah, why do you ask me my name?’ He said: ‘I heard a voice from the clouds of which came this downpour, saying: ‘Water the garden of so and so,’ like your name. What do you do (for the favor) shown to you by Allah in this matter?’ He said: ‘Now as you state so, I took what yield I get from it, and I give one-third as charity out of it and I and my children eat one-third of it and one-third I return to it as investment’”.
O Muslims! The downpour sent down to us by Allah is a grace out of Allah’s Favor and Mercy, which necessitates that we must be thankful to Allah and to utilize such grace as a means to obey Allah, for whoever thanks Allah, will be given graces in abundance and whoever is ungrateful to Allah, will be deprived from His graces. Allah the Almighty says which translates as: “And remember! Your Lord caused to be declared (publicly): “If ye are grateful, I will add more (favors) unto you; but if ye show ingratitude, truly My punishment is terrible indeed” (Ibrahim: 7).
Thus, you should be thankful to Allah, praising Him with your tongues and recounting His favors endowed upon you. Give thanks in return for Allah’s Favors through complying with His commands and eschewing His prohibitions! Give thanks to Allah through returning to Him in repentance with your hearts, having an unshakable belief that such graces are given by Allah, out of His Bounty, Mercy and Benevolence.
O Allah! Enable us to remember You, give thanks to You and worship you in the best manner! O Allah! Make your provision to us a means that we use to obey You! O Allah! Forgive us and all Muslims!