Tuesday night, thunder and lightening announced the arrival of Arizonaâ€™s monsoon season. Though the rainfall didnâ€™t reach all parts of the desert, streets in Scottsdale and Flagstaff were soaked.
The National Weather Service said the thunderstorm left some parts of East Flagstaff flooded issuing a temporary flood flash warning. Good news is that no injuries or property damage was reported.
According to weather experts, Arizona monsoon starts approximately in June and lasts through the end of September. This year the monsoon took awhile to kick off, but when it rains in the desert, itâ€™s no less than a celebration, and itâ€™s the perfect time to make dua.
As reported in Islam, there are certain times when supplications have a higher chance of being accepted by ALLAH (Subhana Wa Taâ€™ala) and one of those conditions is at the time of rain. Narrated Sahel Ibn Saâ€™ad (RA): that the Messenger of Allah (Subhana Wa Taâ€™ala) said: â€˜Two will not be rejected, Supplication when the Adhan (call of prayer) is being called, and at the time of the rainâ€™. [Al-Hakim 2: 114, and Abu Dawud #2540, ibn Majah]
This monsoon is the perfect opportunity for Arizona Muslims to take advantage of and seek ALLAHâ€™s pleasure, especially in the second half of Ramadan which is dedicated to forgiveness.