Make dua in the rain
Anas Bin Malik reported, ‘Whilst we were with the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) rain fell upon us. The Messenger than exposed part of his garment so that rain fell on his body. When we asked him why he did so, he replied
‘Because it has just come from the Exalted Lord’.
The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, ‘Two (Dua’s) are not rejected; dua at the time of the call to prayer and the dua at the time of rain’.
Rain if from the heavens and tribulations but also mercy and barakah can be sent down with every drop, a simple sunnah to practice is the making of Dua, whilst standing in the rain.
A man from the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) traveled to Fadaalah ibn Ubayd (May Allah be pleased with him) when he was in Egypt. After a brief conversation, he asked him; ‘Why do i not see any shoes on you?” Fadaalah replied:
”The prophet (pbuh) used to command us to go barefoot sometimes’.
Earthing (also known as grounding) is to walk on the earth barefoot. It can connect people to the earths natural healing energy. Reduces inflammation, pain and stress; improves blood flow, sleep and vitality.
Planet a Tree
We know that the prophet (pbuh) planted trees with his own hands in Madina, we also know that he (pbuh) encouraged us to plant trees.
‘There is none amongst the Muslims who plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird or a person or animal eats from it, but it regarded as a charitable gift for him’.
Through nurturing the soil, we are nurturing our souls and the souls of all those who will benefit.
Reciting Dhikr in Nature
‘Have you not seen that unto Allah glorigies whoever is in the heavens and the earth, and the births with wings outspread (in their flight?). Each one knows its own (mode of) prayer and praise, And Allah is aware of what they do.’ (Surah Nur:41)
Animals, trees and all living things respond to the ayahs of the Quran. Sit by a tree or even a plant pot and read Quran, salawat and Dhikr.
To recite Allah’s name in nature, is to be in a state of remembrance of our fitra, to be in worship of the divine. By stepping in to nature with dhikr in our hearts.
In many of the prophetic duas recited, the prophet (pbuh) would refer to the moon, the winds, the thunder as another believer in Allah, referring to the moon.
‘O allah, bring it over us with blessings and faith, saftey and islam. My lord and your lord is Allah’.
Make Sujood on the Earth
‘Do you not realise that everything in the heavens and earth submits to allah; the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees and the animals? so do many human beings (Surah Al Hajj:18).
Simply touching the earth is powerful way of connection, grounding and bringing awareness of our surroundings.
When was the last time you touched the earth?
By Fatima Akbar
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