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Day 25: The Wind

Day 25 – Bite Size Ramadan – 1437 A.H. – Miraath Publications

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The Wind


Translated & Compiled by Abbas Abu Yahya

A sign from the signs of Allaah 

Allaah ﷻ said :

( إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلاَفِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَالْفُلْكِ الَّتِي تَجْرِي فِي الْبَحْرِ بِمَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللّهُ مِنَ السَّمَاء مِن مَّاء فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الأرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَبَثَّ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ دَآبَّةٍ وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ وَالسَّحَابِ الْمُسَخِّرِ بَيْنَ السَّمَاء وَالأَرْضِ لآيَاتٍ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ )

<<Verily! In the creation of the heavens and the earth, and in the alternation of night and day, and the ships which sail through the sea with that which is of use to mankind, and the water (rain) which Allah sends down from the sky and makes the earth alive therewith after its death, and the moving (living) creatures of all kinds that He has scattered therein, and in the veering of winds and clouds which are held between the sky and the earth, are indeed Ayat (proofs, evidences, signs, etc.) for people of understanding.》[al-Baqarah : 164]

Imam As-Sa’adi said regarding the saying of Allaah:

وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ

<<and in the veering of winds>>

‘The Wind can be cold and hot, southerly, northern, eastern, western and between them. sometimes they become clouds, sometimes the winds combine together, sometimes fertilize (fill the clouds with water, as in Soorah Hijr: 22) and sometimes the wind spins around sometimes it disperses and ceases its harm, sometimes it can be mercy and sometimes it is sent with punishment.’

[From Tafseer as-Sa’adi 1/78]

The Wind is not Cursed

1 – From Abu Hurairah that the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said:

الرِّيحُ مِنْ رُوحِ اللَّهِ تَأْتِي بِالرَّحْمَةِ ، وَتَأْتِي بِالْعَذَابِ ، فَلَا تَسُبُّوهَا ، سَلُوا اللَّهَ خَيْرَهَا ، وَاسْتَعِيذُوا بِاللَّهِ مِنْ شَرِّهَا.

‘The Wind is from the mercy of Allaah for His worshippers, sometimes it comes with mercy and sometimes it comes with punishment. So if you see it do not curse it, ask Allaah for the good of it and seek refuge with Allaah from its evil.’

[Collected in Silsilah Saheehah  2756 & kalimah Tayyibah p.135]

2 – From Ubay bin Ka’ab -radiAllaah anhu- said that the Messenger of Allaah – sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- said:

لَا تَسُبُّوا الرِّيحَ فَإِذَا رَأَيْتُمْ مَا تَكْرَهُونَ فَقُولُوا : اللَّهُمَّ إنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ مِنْ خَيْرِ هَذِهِ الرِّيحِ وَخَيْرِ مَا فِيهَا وَخَيْرِ مَا أُمِرَتْ بِهِ ، وَنَعُوذُ بِك مِنْ شَرِّ هَذِهِ الرِّيحِ وَشَرِّ مَا فِيهَا وَشَرِّ مَا أُمِرَتْ بِهِ

‘Do not curse the wind, if you see something that you dislike of the wind then say: ‘O Allaah indeed we ask of You for the good from this wind and the good which is in it and the good with which You have commanded it with. We seek refuge with You from the evil from this wind and the evil which is in it and the evil with which You have commanded it with.’

[Collected by Tirmidhi,  he said it is Hasan Saheeh and Albaani authenticated it in Silsilah Saheehah no.2756]

3 – From Ibn Abbas -RadhiAllaahu anhu- that a man cursed the wind in front of the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – so the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – said:

لاَ تَلْعَنِ الرِّيحَ فَإِنَّهَا مَأْمُورَةٌ، وَإِنَّهُ مَنْ لَعَنَ شَيْئًا لَيْسَ لَهُ بِأَهْلٍ رَجَعَتِ اللَّعْنَةُ عَلَيْهِ

‘Do not curse the wind since indeed it is commanded and indeed if anyone curses something which does not deserve to be cursed then that curse comes back on himself.’

[Collected by Tirmidhi and authenticated by Albaani in Saheehah no.528]

Imam ash-Shafi’aee said:

لا ينبغي شتم الريح فإنها خلق مطيع لله وجند من جنوده يجعلها الله رحمة إذا شاء ونقمة إذا شاء.

‘It is not befitting to curse the wind since it is a creation which obeys Allaah and a soldier from His soldiers, Allaah places it as mercy if He wills and punishment if He wills.’

[Majmoo Sharh al-Muhdab 5/92]

Shaykh Ibn Uthaymeen said:

‘This negation of cursing the wind is a prohibition. This is because cursing the wind is cursing the One who created it and sent it. Rain fall is not ascribed to the winds or to the weather or the atmosphere, rather these matters of control of the wind are ascribed to Allaah Alone.

[Majmoo Fatawa wa Rasail Ibn Uthaymeen 10/276]

What to say if a windy storm occurs 

1 – From Ayesha -radiAllaah anha – said that the Prophet -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – used to say if there was a windy storm:

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

مافيها ، وَشَرِّ ما أُرسِلَت بِهِ »

‘O Allaah indeed we ask of You for the good from this wind and the good which is in it and the good with which You have sent it with. We seek refuge with You from the evil from this wind and the evil which is in it and the evil with which You have sent it with.’

[Collected by Muslim]

2 – From Salmah bin al-Akwa’ that if the wind was intense and violent the Messenger would say:

اللَّهُمَّ لَقَحًا لَا عَقِيمًا

‘O Allaah make this wind bring clouds with rain and not a drought.’

[Collected by Bukhari in al-Adab al-Mufrad, Tabarani, Ibn as-Sunni, al-Hakim and Albaani declared it Hasan in Saheehah no. 2058.]

3 – From Uqbah bin Aamir -RadhiAllaahu anhu- who said:

‘While I was travelling with the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – between al-Jouhfah and al-Abwa[1] when all of a sudden we were completely covered by a wind and extreme darkness.  The Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam – began seeking refuge from it by reciting:

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ الْفَلَقِ

<< Say: I seek refuge with (Allaah) the Lord of the daybreak>>[Falaq]  and

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ

<<Say: I seek refuge with (Allaah) the Lord of mankind>>[Nas] and he said:

‘O Uqbah, seek refuge with these two Soorahs, since no one sought refuge with the like of these two Soorahs.’

Uqbah said: I heard him lead the prayer reciting these two Soorahs.

[Collected by Abu Dawood and declared Saheeh lighayrihi by Albaani in Saheeh Targheeb no. 1485]

[1] (two places on the western side of Saudi Arabia)