Ar-Ra’d July 2, 2006Posted by Muhajirah in Islam, Qur'an.
Insha’Allah you are in the best of health and imaan.
Subhan’Allah what a day! Most of the day the sun was out and it was blistering hot. And with the heat, came the usual crap, the kuffar come out wearing next to nothing, people gather in the streets, stereos turned up high.
And now…? Now there is thunder and lighting! Every now and then, I see a flash of light and then the ground almost shakes from the roaring thunder. It reminds me of Iraq. I still remember the images of the crusaders bombing Baghdad and then showing it on tv as though it’s a movie. Guess it makes good tv, seeing a country destroyed… drinks and popcorn in hand. May Allah have mercy on the Muslimeen and destroy the enemies of Islaam.
Nay, thunder repeateth His praises, and so do the angels, with awe: He flingeth the loud-voiced thunder-bolts, and therewith He striketh whomsoever He will..yet these (are the men) who (dare to) dispute about Allah, with the strength of His power (supreme) [13:13]
Imam Ahmad recorded that Salim bin `Abdullah narrated that his father said that the Messenger of Allah used to say upon hearing the thunder and thunderbolts, O Allah! Do not kill us with Your anger, nor destroy us with Your torment, and save us before that.” [This Hadith was recorded by At-Tirmidhi, Al-Bukhari in his book Al-Adab Al-Mufrad, An-Nasa’i in `Amal Al-Yawm wal-Laylah, and Al-Hakim in Al-Mustadrak.]
When `Abdullah bin Az-Zubayr used to hear thunder, he would stop talking and would supplicate, “All praise is to He Whom Ar-Ra`d (thunder) glorifies and praises, and so do the angels because of His awe.” He would then say, “This is a stern warning to the people of earth.” Malik collected this Hadith in Al-Muwatta’, and Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad.
Imam Ahmad recorded that Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,Your Lord, the Exalted and Most High, said, `Had My servants obeyed Me, I would have given them rain by night and the sun by day, and would not have made them hear the sound of the Ra`d (thunder).’)
He sends the thunderbolts, and therewith He strikes whom He wills,
indicates that He sends thunderbolts as punishment upon whom He wills, and this is why thunderbolts increase as time comes to an end.
[Taken from Tafseer Ibn Katheer]