Praying for rain
Beware; the earth which bears you and the sky which overshadows you are
obedient to their Sustainer (Allah). They have not been bestowing their
blessings on you for any feeling of pity on you or inclination towards
you, nor for any good which they expect from you, but they were
commanded to bestow benefits on you and they are obeying, and were asked
to maintain your good and so they are maintaining it.
Certainly, Allah tries his creatures in respect of their evil deeds by
decreasing fruits, holding back blessings and closing the treasures of
good, so that he who wishes to repent may repent, he who wishes to turn
away (from evils) may turn away, he who wishes to recall (forgotten
good) may recall, and he who wishes to abstain (from evil) may abstain.
Allah, the Glorified, has made the seeking of (His) forgiveness a means
for the pouring down of livelihood and mercy on the people as Allah has
... Seek ye the forgiveness of your Lord! Verily, He is the
Most-forgiving, He will send (down) upon you the cloud raining in
torrents, and help you with wealth and sons (children) . . .
Allah may shower mercy on him who took up repentance, gave up sins and
hastened (in performing good acts before) his death.
O' my Allah! we have come out to Thee from under the curtains and
coverings (of houses) when the beasts and children are crying, seeking
Thy Mercy, hoping for the generosity of Thy bounty an fearing Thy
chastisement and retribution. O' my Allah! give us to drink from Thy
rain and do not disappoint us, nor kill us by years (of drought) nor
punish us for what the foolish among us have committed, O' the Most
Merciful of all.
O' my Allah! we have come out to Thee to complain to Thee who is
(already) not hidden from Thee, when the seven troubles have forced us,
droughty famines have driven us, distressing wants have made us helpless
and troublesome mischiefs have incessantly befallen us. O' my Allah! we
beseech Thee not to send us back disappointed nor to return us with
down-cast eyes, nor to address us (harshly) for our sins, nor deal with
us according to our deeds.
O' my Allah! do pour on us Thy mercy, Thy blessing, Thy sustenance and
Thy pity, and make us enjoy a drink which benefits us, quenches our
thirst, produces green herbage with which all that was lost gets a
growing and all that had withered comes to life again. It should bring
about the benefit of freshness and plentifulness of ripe fruits. With it
plains may be watered, rivers may begin flowing, plants may pick up
foliage and prices may come down. Surely, Thou art powerful over
whatever Thou willest.