Friday, 01 December 2023 | 01:51 PM
The dua for asking for clear skies is a vital dua taught by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) when it rains heavily and can lead to destruction. Due to climate change, we often see flooding during rainy seasons. In such challenging times, seeking Allah's help through dua can do wonders. When faced with difficulties arising through natural events, making dua to Allah is the best course of action for us as Muslims. So, whenever the dark clouds gather, and heavy rains seem threatening, remember to recite dua asking for clear skies.
The dua for asking for clear skies was taught by our Prophet (ﷺ) and has been reported by most authentic Hadith sources, particularly in Sahih Al Bukhari and Sahih Muslim. In Sahih Al Bukhari, there are multiple narrations for this dua. In one Hadith, Sharik bin Abdullah bin Abi Namir ((رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْه)ُ) narrated that he heard Anas bin Malik (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْه)ُ talking about a Friday sermon, where a man came to Prophet (ﷺ), requesting Him (ﷺ) to make dua as the livestock were dying due to lack of water.
The Prophet (ﷺ) raised both of His hands and made dua for rain. Upon the dua of the Prophet (ﷺ), clouds gathered, and it rained for a week. The following Friday, a man requested the Prophet (ﷺ) to make dua to withhold rain as the livestock were dying and roads were cut off. On which Prophet (ﷺ) made dua asking for clear skies. Anas (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْه)ُ reported that the rain stopped, and they came out walking in the sun (Al Bukhari Vol 2, Book 17, Hadith 127).
In another Hadith narrated by Anas bin Malik (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْه)ُ, it is reported that after making this dua, the clouds cleared away from Medina (Al Bukhari, Vol 2, Book 17, Hadith 132). In Sahih Al Muslim, it is narrated that Anas bin Malik ((رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْه)ُ ) reported the same about a person who asked Prophet (ﷺ) to supplicate to Allah for rain. During the next Friday sermon, a man asked the Prophet (ﷺ) to supplicate to Allah to stop the rain, and the Prophet (ﷺ) made a dua, asking for clear skies in Medina (Al Muslim 697a, Book 4, Hadith 1955).
Similar has been reported in Sunan Abi Dawud, narrated by Anas ibn Malik (رَضِيَ ٱللَّٰهُ عَنْه)ُ, that when Prophet (ﷺ) recited dua asking for clear skies, the clouds dispersed around Medina, resembling a crown (Sunan Abi Dawud Book 3, Hadith 14).
Allaahumma hawaalaynaa wa laa 'alaynaa. Allaahumma 'alal-'aakaami wadh-dhiraabi, wa butoonil-'awdiyati, wa manaabitish-shajari.
O Allah, let it pass us and not fall upon us, but upon the hills and mountains, and the center of the valleys, and upon the forested lands.
Dua is a beautiful gift bestowed by Allah for Muslims so they may ask for help in any situation. No matter how complicated the situation may look, a sincere dua has the power to change everything. But, there are few etiquettes for making a dua that can enhance its strength.
Dua strengthens our connection with Allah, showing our trust and faith in our only Creator. When we raise our hands and make dua to Allah, we submit ourselves before Him, seeking His help in times of difficulty. Making dua to Allah also brings peace of mind because we know only He can control the seen and the unseen.
In the case of rain that can cause flooding, which is beyond human control, we always turn to Allah for help and support. Making dua asking for clear skies during heavy rain will send Allah's help to us. The dua will bring positive results for us from the will and blessings of Allah. So, when your dua, asking for clear skies, is answered, always thank Allah for listening to you and blessing you and the people around you with peace, happiness, and blessings.
As mentioned in Sahih Hadith, the Prophet (ﷺ) made a Dua asking for clear skies to stop excessive rain in Medina.
Translation: O Allah, let it pass us and not fall upon us, but upon the hills and mountains, and the center of the valleys, and upon the forested lands.
When it rains excessively, and there is a high chance of flood, make dua for clear skies with complete sincerity. This dua was made by our beloved Prophet (ﷺ) when there was excessive rain in Medina, which was causing harm to the livestock and land.