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Since this week we have been talking about wind and rain, we will focus the lessons on learning about Prophet Hud and his people on specifically two matters for now.
Can we imagine for a moment suffering drought and famine for sometime. Then at a distant we see dark cloud approaching. We must be in delight for finally rain is coming. And we can feel the wind coming.
But alas, for the people of ‘Ad, the dark cloud coming is indeed the cloud of punishment. Punishment that they have asked to hasten.
In a hadith, it is reported that rasulullah salallahu alaihi wasalm would always ask for dua whenever the wind blow. he would seek refuge with Allah for any evil in it.
Muslim :: Book 4 : Hadith 1962
‘Ata’ b. Rabah reported on the authority of ‘A’isha, the wife of the Apostle of Allah (way peace be upon him), who said: Whenever the wind was stormy, the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him) used to say: O Allah! I ask Thee for what is good in it, and the good which it contains, and the good of that which it was sent for. I seek refuge with Thee from what is evil in it, what evil it contains, and the evil of that what it was sent for; and when there was a thunder and lightning in the sky, his colour underwent a change, and he went out and in, backwards and forwards; and when the rain came, he felt relieved, and I noticed that (the sign of relief) on his face. ‘A’isha asked him (about it) and he said: It may be as the people of ‘Ad said: When they saw a cloud formation coming to their valley they said:” It is a cloud which would give us rain” (Qur’an, xlvi. 24).
And Prophet Muhammad salallahu alaihi wasalam would always look worried whenever he sees dark cloud approcahing for the fear of the same cloud that Prophet ‘Ad’s people had.
Muslim :: Book 4 : Hadith 1963
‘A’isha, the wife of the Apostle of Allah (may peace be upon him), reported: I never saw Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) laugh to such an extent that I could see his uvula-whereas he used to smile only-and when he saw dark clouds or wind, (the signs of fear) were depicted on his face. I said: Messenger of Allah, I find people being happy when they ace the dark cloud in the hope that it would bring rain, but I find that when you see that (the cloud) there is an anxiety on your face. He said: ‘A’isha, I am afraid that there may be a calamity in it, for a people was afflicted with wind, when the people saw the calamity they said:” It is a cloud which would give us rain” (Qur’an. xlvi. 24).
This is a good reminder to make du’a when we feel that rain is coming. May Allah spare us from any calamity.