As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


Cursing the Wind is prohibited / Reviling the Rooster

Cursing the Wind is prohibited
Abul-Mundhir Ubaiy bin Ka`b (radhi allahu anhu) narrated, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Do not malign the wind. When you experience something, which displeases you, supplicate,

Translation: 'O Allah, I ask You for itís goodness, the good within it, and the good it was sent with, and i take refuge with You from itís evil, the evil within it, and from the evil it was sent with.í [See, At-Tirmidhee]

Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) saying, 'The wind is a Blessing of Allah. Sometimes, it brings His Mercy and sometimes, it brings His Chastisement. When you experience it, do not revile it but beg of Allah, its good; and seek Allah's Refuge against its evil.'' [Abu Dawood with good Isnad]

Wind is a creation of Allah, it does not blow or remain still, or harm or benefit except by Allah's Command, therefore, maligning it amounts to maligning Him, Who sent it. Allah's Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) informs us that the wind may bear good or ill and that it is incumbent upon the believer to ask Allah, the Most High, for the good and to seek protection with Him from the evil.

'Cursing the wind is by abusing it, (or) reviling it with evil. It is not considered cursing it that it is described as being harsh or with characteristics that contain evilÖ' [Ghayatul-Murid fi-Sharh Kitab at-Tawheed by Shaikh Salih Ibn Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem Aali Shaikh]

Reviling the Rooster is un-desirable
Zaid bin Khalid Al-Juhani (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Do not revile the rooster for it wakes you up for prayer.' [Abu Dawood] The utility of the rooster is not realized much nowadays since Adhan (the call to prayer) is amplified through loudspeakers. However, before the invention of loudspeakers, the voice of the Mu'adhdhin (one who pronounces the Adhan) could only travel short distance. It was the rooster's crow, which used to awaken the Muslims for Tahajjud and Fajr prayers. Thus, we learn from this Hadeeth that whosoever cooperates in virtue, should be respected. One should also induce people to virtue and cooperate with them in good deeds so that one is well rewarded for it by Allah. [See, Riyadh as-Saliheen]

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