The other day I was telling my eight year old after she finished reciting Quran that this is one of the moments when our duas and prayers are heard. I asked her to make a secret wish directly to Allah. Later she said she would like to share her secret wish with me. I was assuming that she may have asked for material things like toys or Cds. I was pleasently surprised to know that she wished to have “rain” ! She wanted to play in rain. We as adults make calculations about simple things in life and forget the amount of happiness it may give us if we enjoy these blessings of Allah Almighty. Rain brings joy to all but its a neccessity too.
We are running short of underground water in Islamabad and the dams are going dry. The atmosphere is full of dust and half the country if engulfed in smog due to pollution. It has not rained at all this winter. I remember the last rain was in october last year! I think all of us should pray for rain.
Prayer for rain:
According to the sunnah of our Holy Prophet (may Allah shower his peace and blessings on him) muslims should perform Salat ul istasqa (Arabic: صلاة الإستسقاء), a prayer consisting of two rakaah performed during the times of drought to ask Allah for rain.
Two rak’at of namaz is performed during any time except those times in which it is not desirable to pray. In the first rak’ah, the imam recites Sura Al-A’la after Sura Al-Fatihah. And in the second rak’ah, he reads Sura Al-Ghashiyah after Al-Fatihah, and he delivers a khutbah before or after the salah. As soon as he finishes the khutbah, the people present turn their outer garments around, each placing its left side on his right side and its right side on his left, face the qiblah, supplicating Allah and raising their hands while doing so.
Ash-Shaf’i states that it has been related from Salim ibn ‘Abdullah, on the authority of his father that the Prophet would say for ishsqa’: “O Allah, give us a saving rain, productive, plentiful, general, continuous. O Allah, give us rain and do not make us among the despondent. O Allah, (Your) slaves, land, animals, and (Your) creation all are suffering and seek protection. And we do not complain except to You. O Allah, let our crops grow, and let the udders be refilled. Give us from the blessings of the sky and grow for us from the blessings of the earth. O Allah, remove from us the hardship, starvation,and barrenness and remove the affliction from us as no one removes afflictions save Thee. O Allah, we seek Your forgiveness as You are the Forgiving, and send upon us plenteous rains.” Ash-Shaf’i said: “I prefer that the imam would supplicate with that (prayer). ”
Sa’d reported that for ishsqa’, the Prophet would supplicate: “O Allah, let us be covered with thick clouds that have abundant and beneficial rain, frequently making a light rain upon us and sprinkling upon us with lightning. O Allah, You are full of majesty, bounty and Honour.” This is related by Abu ‘Awanah in his Sahih.
‘Amr ibn Shuaib relates from his father, on the authority of his grandfather, that for istisqa’, the Prophet would say: “O Allah, provide water for Your slaves and Your cattle, display Your mercy and give life to Your dead lands.” This is related by Abu Dawud.
It is preferred for the one who is making this supplication to raise his hands with the back of his hands toward the sky. Muslim records from Anas that the Prophet would point with the back of his hands during ishsqa ‘.