As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


Attributing Rain to the Stars is prohibited

Since Allah is the Real Creator and Maker of all things and events, all the blessings, without any exception, should be attributed to Him Alone. If a reference is made to the cause or causes, which occasion an incident or event, it is permissible, but to ascribe them entirely to some factor or factors is the conduct of polytheists and amounts to Shirk and Kufr. Allah's Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Four things are in my Ummah from the affairs of pre-Islamic ignorance that they will not abandon; (i) Pride (boasting) about the family lineages, (ii) defaming the family lineages (of others), (iii) seeking rain by the stars and (iv) wailing (over the dead)' [Saheeh Muslim] People of the period of ignorance used to ascribe the rain, which if occurred at the appearance or setting of some star, to that star and would thus, accept it as the real cause of it. In this Hadeeth, such ascription has been regarded as Kufr and Shirk. [See, Riyadh as-Saliheen]

Zaid bin Khalid (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) led the Fajr prayer at al-Hudaibiyyah after a rainfall during the night. At the conclusion of prayer, he turned towards the people and said, 'Do you know what your Rabb has said?' They replied, 'Allah and His Messenger know better.' Upon this, he remarked, 'He has said, 'Some of My slaves have entered the morning as believers in Me and some as unbelievers. He who said, 'We have had a rainfall due to the Grace and Mercy of Allah, believes in Me and disbelieves in the stars; and he who said, 'We have had a rainfall due to the rising of such and such star (mutirna bi-naw'i kadhaa), disbelieves in Me and affirms his faith in the stars.''' [Agreed upon]

'The necessary completion of Tawheed obligates the slave to attribute all blessings to Allah Alone, and not attribute anything of them to other than Allah, even if that other was a means (of their occurrence) The letter baa (mutirna bi-naw'i kadha wa kadha) in the statement, 'We were given rain bi-naw'i kadhaa (by such and such star)' if it means that the star was a means of causing the rain, then this is minor Shirk. However, if it (the baa) means that the star is the one, who brought the rain in response to the supplication of its worshippers or due to its mercy to mankind, then this is major Shirk with Allah.' [Ghayatul-Murid fi-Sharh Kitab at-Tawheed by Shaikh Ibn Abdul-Aziz ibn Muhammad Ibn Ibraheem Aali Shaikh]

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