Saying "Subhanallah" during storm
Fatwa No: 85852

  • Fatwa Date:18-5-2003 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 17, 1424
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Question

What is the ruling on saying Subhanallah when thundering or lightning?

Answer

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds; and may His blessings and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his Family and Companions. Saying Subhana Allah when seeing the lightning or hearing the thunder is a supererogatory act. Abu Dawood reported in his book of 'Maraseel' from Ubaidullah Ibn Abi J'afar that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: "If you hear the thunder say 'Subhana Allah' but do not say 'Allahu Akbar'" . Ibn Jarir also reported from Abu Hurairah (Radiya Allahu Anhu) that he said: "The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) used to say when hearing the thunder: "سبحان من يسبح الرعد بحمده" (Glorified is He Whom the thunder glorifies and praises)" . It is also reported that Caliph Ali Ibn Abu Talib "used to say when hearing the thunder: سبحان من سبّحت" بحمده" (Glorified is He Whom the thunder glorifies and praises)" . This was also reported from Abdullah Ibn Zbair and others. al-Tirmizi , Ahmad and al-Bukhari in his book 'Adab al-Mufrad' reported that "The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) used to say when hearing the thunder or the thunderbolt: "O Allah do not kill us with Your Anger and do not destroy us with Your Punishment and give us Your Peace before that all" . Allah knows best.

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