Shaykh Fawzaan mentioned that the ruling for Istisqaa (supplication for rain) is Sunnah Muw’akadah (a Sunnah practiced or established by the Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم) and it can be performed in one of three ways, they are as follows:
- Duaa only
- Performing Salah and then making duaa after the salah
- Making duaa (Istisqaa) in the Khutbah by the Imaam, while the listeners raise their hands following the Imaam.
The Shaykh also mentioned the permissibility of Istisqaa (supplicating or salah for rain) before or after the khutbah as is mentioned in numerous narrations collected by Imaam Bukhaarri, Abu Dawoodd, An Nasaai, Imaam Ahmad, and Ibn Maajah.
Abu Huraira رضي الله عنه mentioned:
“The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم once came and performed two rakahs (two units of prayer) without there being an Adhaan or Iqaamah, then he gave the Khutbah, thereafter he supplicated to Allah by turning his face towards the direction of the Qiblah while raising his hands. He then folded the right and left sides of his cloak together.” (Ahmad, Ibn Maajah)
Source: Class notes from Al Muntaqaa written by Sh.Abdus Salaam Ibn Taymiyah Al Haraanee explained by Sh.Saalih Al Fawzaan.
Class Date: 24th Dhul Hijjah 1435/18th October 2014
Translated and Compiled by Abuabdilmaalik Abdulhaqq Ibn Islaam.