Prohibition of Cursing the Wind

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Photo of a gust front. These very high winds immediately precede a severe storm. The winds can be quite strong and have frequently been confused as a tornado.

On the authority of Ubayy Ibn Ka’ab (Radiyallaahu ‘anhu) it is reported that Allah’s Messenger, peace be upon him, said:

“Do not curse the wind; if you see that which displeases you, say: “Oh, Allah ! We ask of You the good of this wind and the good that it is commanded to bring with it; and we seek refuge with You from the evil of this wind and the evil that it is commanded to bring with it.” (Narrated by At-Tirmizi, who graded it authentic)

Because Islam has ordered us to be of good character and good manners, the Messenger of Allah forbade the Muslims from maligning or cursing the wind; this is because the wind is one of Allah’s creations: It does not blow or remain still, or harm or benefit except by Allah’s Command therefore vilifying it amounts to vilifying Him Who sent it. Then Allah’s Messenger informs us that the wind may bear good or ill and that it is incumbent upon the Believer to ask Allah , Most High, for the good and to seek protection with Him from the evil.

Benefits Derived From This Hadith
1. The prohibition of maligning the wind.

2. The virtue of using the above-mentioned supplication when one sees anything disliked brought by the wind.

3. The lawfulness of supplication and its benefit.

Relevance of This Hadith to the Subject of the Chapter

That it proves the forbiddance of maligning the wind.

Kitaab At-Tawheed, Chapter: 55

Prayer said during a wind storm:
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‘O Allaah, I ask You for it’s goodness and I take refuge with You from it’s evil.’

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‘O Allaah, I ask You for it’s goodness, the good within it, and the good it was sent with, and I take refuge with You from it’s evil, the evil within it, and from the evil it was sent with.’

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Satellite image of a wind-driven dust storm on the Arabian Peninsula March 2011

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