As I write, thunder rolls behind me and I can hear the rain splashing down! *tries to contain her excitement* - if only, I were in a park right now and I could RUN through it !! (As mum says ''hazaaron khwaishain aisi...")
We Karachites tend to get amazed and excited at rains that last beyond um, an hour! And this one has been on and off since yesterday!!!!!!!!! CooooL! Well, not that cool. *glumly*. Yesterday we had a class of Chip Multiprocessors. On our way to the university, we got stuck in a humungous traffic redirection effort made by a leading political party of Karachi which was celebrating its nth Yaum-e-Tasees (does anybody know what this means?). This meant that we were surrounded by cars waving flags and blaring out ominous sounding songs. Trying not to glower generally, we inched slowly towards the university from an alternate route. So reached there LATE.
Class had started. And I was clueless. As usual... **disgusted with herself**. Should read up stuff before going to class, I know but somehow, it never happens.
Anyway, when we went outside for Maghrib prayers, viola ! Rain! And lots of it! And thunder. And God, the lightening :D. It was marvelous. Btw, lightening reminded me of the Ayah in Surah Baqarah (one benefit of trying to learn a big Surah is that words jump out at you and connect beautifully in an Ayah :) and lovely if you remember the whole of it. And lovelier if you can recall their translations). So the Ayahs I was reminded of was:
19. Or like a rainstorm from the sky, wherein is darkness, thunder, and lightning. They thrust their fingers in their ears to keep out the stunning thunderclap for fear of death. But Allah ever encompasses the disbelievers (i.e. Allah will gather them all together).
20. The lightning almost snatches away their sight, whenever it flashes for them, they walk therein, and when darkness covers them, they stand still. And if Allah willed, He could have taken away their hearing and their sight. Certainly, Allah has power over all things.
An apt description of those (don't believe in God) who wander around in the dark, and during flashes of lightening, can go a few feet forward/find their way, but then the darkness envelops them again and they just wander around aimlessly ... through life.
So we made our way carefully through the water towards the Girls' Common Room, where we prayed Maghrib. Then, came outside and the rain had slowed. Went back to class, and then the lecture became a little understandable. Shukar. Later, when we got off (Sir let us off early - 8.30pm :P).. and happily, we skipped towards the car. The rain began again as we drove off, becoming heavier, and heavier. We took another route (because of the jalsa on our usual route). But!! We got stuck. In a huugee jam. I couldn't get it. Was it the rain? Was everybody in a hurry? Were cars driving slowly? What was the jam about? At first, we enjoyed the weather. But pretty soon, since i had been the fool who had her window opened and nearly drenched in the rain, began to shiver as the wind picked up. Sigh. Later, we got stuck in another jam. Somehow, we reached home. It was 10.30 when we did. And btw, the standard duration b/w my home and university is 30 minutes. **deeeep scowl**. It was a horror.
Anyhow, today started all dark and rainy. And it is still dark and still rainy :):):). Just that we're all stuck at home, can't go out and can't even go for a walk. There is a danger of electricity running through water that's stnading on the roads and being electrocuted :S. So much for enjoying in the rain. Yet, I hear loud fiirecrackers outside. The ''shugal'' is on. 15th Sha'baan is tonight and there will be rounds of sweets (halwas) and people will ask forgiveness from each other and try their best to stay awake tonight. As far as the Saudi Research Council goes:
Question: We see some people specifying the 15th of Sha'baan with particular supplications and reciting the Qur.aan and performing naafilah prayers. So what is the correct position concerning this, and may Allaah reward you with good?
al-Bid'u wal-Muhdathaat wa maa laa Asla lahu - Page 612
Fataawa Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-'Uthaymeen - Volume 1, Page 190
Question: Is standing the night of the 15th of Sha'baan in prayer and fasting during it's day legislated?
And Allah (SWT) Knows Best!
Another good article says:
Misconception # 4: This is the night when our fate, lifespan, and provisions are decreed.
Clarification: Some people think that the “blessed night” (laylatim-mubarakah ) mentioned in Surah ad-Dukhaan (44): 3, refers to the night of 15th Shabaan, when Allah decrees our lifespan, provisions and fate. In fact, they even pray 6 rakahs, 2 for each of these things. However, all that is fabricated and far, far away from the Sunnah. And, in reality, the “blessed night” mentioned in Surah ad-Dukhaan, actually is referring to Laylatul Qadr that comes in Ramadhaan. (Tafseer Ibn Kathir of Surah al-Qadr)
Misconception # 6: This is the night when the souls of departed ones return to their families.
Clarification: Here again, some people misunderstand the ayaat in Surah al-Qadr and think that the ’sending down of the Ruh’ as mentioned in this Surah refers to the souls of dead people returning to see their families, even though it refers to Jibreel (Tafseer Ibn Kathir). And that is why we see women preparing the sweets, the Halwas and other ‘goodies’ for the souls of their loved ones.
Not only is that in itself an erroneous, deviant belief and bid’ah, but to believe that the souls of the dead can return back to the world and meet with their relatives is also totally incorrect and false. The teachings of the Qur’aan and the Sunnah clearly state that the souls of the dead do not return back to the world. Besides, they don’t even eat the Halwas. It is actually you who eats it!
I plan on making chanay kee daal ka halwa .. but any other day besides today :).. IA.
And it is He who sends down rain from the sky, and We produce thereby the growth of all things. We produce from it greenery from which We produce grains arranged in layers. And from the palm trees - of its emerging fruit are clusters hanging low. And [We produce] gardens of grapevines and olives and pomegranates, similar yet varied. Look at [each of] its fruit when it yields and [at] its ripening. Indeed in that are signs for a people who believe.
(Surah Al-Anaam 6:99)