Reflections: The Rain Prayer

Salat Al-Jumu’a in the streets of Larache, Morocco

It is related in the Muwatta of Iman Malik Ibn Abas that “a man came to the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace and said, ‘Messenger of Allah, our animals are dying and our camels are too weak to travel, so make du’a to Allah.’ The Messenger of Allah, (saws), made du’a, and it rained on us from one Jumu’a to the next.”

The Jumu’a before last the people of Morocco were doing the prayer for rain, all around the country they gathered in the mosques. When I heard that this had taken place there were few words that were able to express what I was feeling because, most likely as a result of where I had been brought up, this was something I had never encountered. In England people may pray for rain (or sunshine) but who or what are they praying to? It may even be more likely that they hope for it, rather than pray for it, believing not in God but in fate, chance, coincidences and science. It says in the Qur’an: “It is He who sends down water from the sky from which We bring forth growth of every kind.” (6:99)

What has really struck me here in Morocco is the way the people think. They do not wish you good luck but instead they say ‘Allah help you’, when you are sick they do not say ‘I hope you get better soon’ but rather they ask Allah to give you health. Everything goes back to Allah and you are constantly reminded of Him. Just the other day I saw a man about 50 ft. up a tree, cropping the leaves without a harness, this wouldn’t happen in England, because the mind-set is that it is the harness that determines your safety. What many of the people here think and know is that Allah is their insurance and their faith is completely with Him. It says in the Qur’an: “Do they not see the birds suspended in mid-air in the sky? Nothing holds them there except Allah.” (16:79)

This has been a great reminder for me that everything comes from Allah so we must turn to Him for everything, whatever it may be, for he is The Granter of Security, The Protector, The Provider and The Generous.

I know that I cannot speak generally about either country as we English, Spanish, German and South African have come to Morocco and to the Madrassa to find what many here are looking to leave behind but Alhamdulillah we are on a path of discovery and I ask Allah that he keep us on this path and call others to it and I ask Him to give us the himma to share what we learn. Amin

Written by Salsabil Morrison

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