The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain

The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain 

An unusual sound penetrated my train of thought as I sat studying at my desk. I looked up pensively from my book and a few moments passed before I realised that what I was hearing was the sound of pouring rain. A sound so common back in my hometown,Cape Town, was now so foreign to me in the desert city of Madinah.

I rushed out onto the balcony to admire the rainfall. As I stood, witnessing Allah’s answer to the prayers of the community, a strange sight caught my eye down below. A man, instead of running for cover, walked calmly to and into his building. He reappeared shortly carrying a chair. Still in a state of composure, he placed thechair out in the pouring rain and just sat down! He appeared to be enjoying the sensation of the raindrops falling on his skin. I was intrigued.

Back home, many people become grumpy at the first sign of rain or run frantically from it when it catches them unawares. I just kept staring. I then made an intention to find out more about what I had witnessed and soon discovered that spending time in the rain was a practice of the Prophet (peace be upon him) and His Companions (may Allah honour them), based on these findings:

It is Sunnah (A practice of the Prophet (pbuh)) to stand in the rain and to expose a portion of your body to it.

Its narrated by Imaam Muslim in his authentic compilation from the hadith of Anas, He said: It rained upon us as we were with the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him). The Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) unveiled his garment (from a part of his body) until the rain fell on him. We said: Messenger of Allah, why did you do this? He said: Because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord.

And Haakim in his book Al-Mustadrak narrates this hadith with the following words: “When the rain came down from the heavens He (The Prophet May peace be upon him) used to remove his garment from his back until the rain fell on it (his back).”

The scholars have taken proof from this hadith that it is Sunnah (recommended) to expose your body and clothing to the falling rain. Out of happiness that Allah is sending down his blessing and moreover rejoicing that its falling down on us.

And the meaning of the phrase: “Because it (the rainfall) has just come from the Exalted Lord.” is mentioned in the explanation of Sahih Muslim of Imaam Nawawiy by saying: That the rainfall is a mercy which Allah has just created, therefore use it as a blessing.

Imaam Ashafi’ee mentions in his book Al-Umm: It is narrated by Ibn Abbaas (RA): That the rain fell from the heavens so he told his servant to bring out his mattress and saddle so that the rain may fall on it. Abu Jawzaa’ then asked Ibn Abbas: Why are you doing that, may Allah have mercy on you? He (Ibn Abbas) then said: Do you not read the book of Allah: “And we have sent down from the heavens water that is blessed” [Surah 50, Verse 9], Therefore I would like the blessing to fall (incur) on it.

Scholars of jurisprudence have mention the following regarding standing in the rain:

1. The Sunnah of exposing oneself to the rain can be obtained by unveiling any portion of one’s body no matter how small the portion may be like one’s head or arms.

2. One should not expose one’s Awrah.

3. Avoid standing in the rain if it may cause harm or sickness to oneself.

4. It is recommended by some scholars to take Wudu (ablution) and Ghusl (wash) from the rainfall. And they based their deduction on the following Hadith: It is narrated from the Prophet (may peace be upon him) that when stream used to flow he (Prophet) would say: “Leave with us to that which Allah has made pure so that we may purify ourselves from it and praise Allah most exalted.”

Imaam Albayhaqee states that this is a narration from Umar (may Allah honour him) and not from the Prophet (may peace be upon him).

Imaam Nawawiy also mentions in Al-Majmoo’ that: “Its recommended that when the gorge flows (with rain water) to perform wudu (ablution) and ghusl (washing) from it. And if he or she is not able to do both then at least to perform wudu (ablution) from it.

And Allah knows best

Compiled by Sh. Khalid Abduroaf

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About Khalid Abduroaf
Sh. Khalid Abduroaf was born in Cape Town, South Africa. He is an Imaam, lecturer, and educator at the Highlands Waqaf Trust (Masjidur-Raoof and Madrasatur-Raoof) and a member of the HWT Shariah Research Board, based in Highlands Estate, Cape Town. He is also a Sworn Translator of the High Court RSA and a Marriage Officer of the Department of Home Affairs RSA. Sh. Khalid Abduroaf obtained his initial Islamic studies by sitting in the classes of his father Sh. Abduroaf Abduroaf, who is a graduate from the Islamic University of Madinah. After completing his High School career, he furthered his Studies in the field of Arabic at the Imaam Suyuti Institute, where he memorised and studied the Arabic text ‘Ajrumiyah’. He thereafter travelled to Madinah, Saudi Arabia, where he completed a Diploma in Arabic Studies and an LLB Degree in Shariah Law along with a Post Graduated Certificate in Education at the Islamic University of Madinah.

28 Responses to The Forgotten Sunnah – Standing in the Rain

  1. I just love this post, Mashallah.:)

  2. miftaudeen adebayo says:

    Salam alayikum this a lovely remmebrce may Allah increase we all in iman amin

  3. Naveed Ahsan says:

    I came to knw tis nw…..JazakaALLAH Kair. …

  4. khadija yousef says:

    Once i found out from my aunt, that standing in the rain is a sunnah, i have tried never to miss that sunnah whenever it rained.

  5. auniaudadi says:

    MashaAllah.. but, im so sad.. because the rain here is dirty.. and acidic.. if my skin come contact with this rain, my skin will become itchy.. not pure rain anymore..😥

  6. saleem from miami says:

    Jazakallah khair for posting this. I had learned that rain is a mercy from Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala – but had not been taught the above narrations.

  7. المحبه أمل says:

    يارب أرزقنا بحمدك ومغفرتك

  8. is it.. i would love to enjoy rain.:)

  9. When you say Sunnah, you mean sunnah of ibadah ? or sunnah of culture ?

  10. Noor says:

    Could you kindly post the reference to the hadith from Anas (r.a.l)

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  12. Aliyah Allie says:

    Jazakallah Khair. What a lovely thing to learn. You’ll be pleased to know that it is currently storming in the Cape making it quite convenient to attempt this.

  13. Igsaan Abrahams says:

    We grew up as children with the phrase of “Rahmah” whenever it rained. Ya Salaam

  14. Mohammed says:

    please can you give the reference.

  15. Safina says:

    Subhanallah. I love rain and had enjoyed wetting in the rain and so did my children. But I never knew it was a Sunnah….now that I know will do more often with my children!!

  16. Makola says:

    Reblogged this on Makola and commented:
    Anas said, “Rain fell on us while we were with the Prophet ﷺ. He ﷺ then removed part of his garment so that the rain could fall on him.” When we asked him why he did that, he ﷺ responded, “Because it has just arrived from its Lord.”
    (Adab Mufrad)

  17. Reblogged this on Wanderlust and commented:
    After months of dry spell in Sg, it finally rained. Bless.

  18. alanasofea says:

    Reblogged this on Alana Sofea and commented:

  19. Reblogged this on Myblog's Blog and commented:
    For the pleasure of reading and knowledge. Have a good read dear readers…

  20. As Salaamu Alaikum
    Can you post references for the hadith you have quoted ?

  21. Savera says:

    Reblogged this on Towards Enlightment and commented:
    Subhana Llah

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  25. Akilsayyed says:

    “And we have sent down from the heavens water that is blessed” [Surah 50, Verse 9], Therefore I would like the blessing to fall (incur) on it.

  26. Revive A Sunnah says:

    Reblogged this on Revive A Sunnah.

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