Prophetic Teachings during Strong Winds

21 November 2019
Prophetic Teachings during Strong Winds

A Severe Weather Warning for Damaging Winds has been issued for today, Thursday 21 November 2019 for Victoria by the Bureau of Meteorology. Strong winds can lead to extreme weather conditions. Below are some Prophetic teachings related to occasions of strong winds:

We do not curse the wind.

The Prophet (SAW) said: "Do not curse the winds, because they only blow as they are commanded to. When someone curses something not worthy of being cursed, the curse comes back to the one who issued it." (Tirmidhī).

Imam Shāfiʿī says: "It is not appropriate to curse winds, as they are an obedient creation of Allah, and one of his armies. He is the one who makes them a source of mercy or punishment if He wills."

Recite any or all of the following during extreme winds:

a) Read Sura Falaq and Surah Nās

ʿUqba b. ʿĀmir narrates that once I was traveling with the Prophet (SAW), and we were suddenly hit by strong gusts of wind, and dark clouds enveloped us. The Prophet (SAW) began reciting sura al-Falaq and sura al-Nās, and said, ‘O ʿUqba, read them for protection, no one can take protection with anything like them [because they are the most effective protection]. (Abū Dāwūd)

b) Read the following duʿā:

اللَّهُمَّ إِني أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَهَا ، وَخَيْرِ مَا فِيهَا ، وخَيْرِ ما أُرسِلَتْ بِهِ ، وَأَعُوذُ بك مِنْ شَرِّهِا ، وَشَرِّ ما فيها ، وَشَرِّ ما أُرسِلَتْ بِهِ

O Allah, I ask you for its benefits, the good within it, and the good it brings. I seek Your Protection from its harm, the harm within it, and the harm it may bring.

Narrated by Muslim from ʿĀʾisha (raḍiyAllāhu ʿanhā), who says that the Prophet (SAW) would recite this words whenever strong winds would blow.

c) Another duʿāʾ:

اللَّهُمَّ إني أَسْأَلُكَ خَيرَهَا، وَأَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ شَرِّهَا

O Allah, I ask you for its good, and seek Your Protection from its harm. (Ibn Mājah)

d) Another duʿāʾ

اللّهُمَّ لَقِحًا لَا عَقِيمًا

O Allah, make it a rain that brings rain and growth, not a barren one (Ibn Ḥibbān from Salam b. al-Akwaʿ)

Reflection

Āʾisha (raḍiyAllāhu ʿanhā) narrates that when the Prophet (SAW) saw a sudden accumulation of clouds, expressions of concern would be visible in his blessed face.

She asked, ‘O Messenger of Allah, people normally get happy when they see clouds expecting rain from them, but I see a look of displeasure on your face.’ He said, ‘O Āʾisha, what guarantee do I have that there is no punishment hidden [in these winds and clouds]? Previous peoples [such as the People of ʿĀd] have been destroyed by winds. Some saw [clouds bringing] punishment, but said, ‘This is a cloud bringing rain!’”

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