Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cloudy with a chance of Lollies

We have a little school holiday project, my children and I. And in the project I am reading about clouds. Very fascinating indeed.

When I was small I love watching the clouds fly in the sky especially on windy day. I would make a mental race among the cloud. But I am never bothered much with the supposedly shape they make. Bunnies ka, ice cream ka. I am just fascinated at the way they are spread and moved about. Glorious!

Apparently people around the world love cloud too. They love it so much that there is even an association called Cloud appreciation society. Check it out at the name i just mentioned with a dot org.

So I thought of sharing with you some of the cloud pictures they have.

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And there are these bubble clouds. Feel like scraping them. They are called mamatus.

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os stripy cloud


Or perhaps wave cloud


or maybe UFO cloud

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and check out these new series of cloud which has no latin name for it yet. Subhanallah!

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OK this is my only cloud picture. Ignore the model. I called it (the cloud not the model) feather cloud. Bulucirrus.


But big dark clouds scare me. It scares me just like a vast black ocean. I feel like they will engulf me forever. Like the clouds below. *Shudders* I am definitely not cut to be one of those storm chasers or tornado spotters.

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Do you know that Prophet Muhammad sallahu alaihi wasalam, whenever he sees dark clouds approaching, he'd be worried. he would enter the house and the go out, then would pace up and down. However if it rained, he would become happy.

When asked is he looking so worried, he would say, "It could be what the people of 'Ad have faced previously. The 'Ad had said, when they saw dense cloud coming towards their valleys, they say, "This is a cloud that will give us rain"". But rather it was a cloud of punishment which was so violent it overthrows them in the air and let them fall on their head. And this wind lasted for seven nights and eight days non stop.

Al Haqqah 69:6-7

And as for ‘Ad, they were destroyed by a furious violent wind! Which Allâh imposed on them for seven nights and eight days in succession, so that you could see men lying overthrown (destroyed), as if they were hollow trunks of date-palms!

Al Qamar 54:19-20

Verily, We sent against them a furious wind of harsh voice on a day of evil omen and continuous calamity. Plucking out men as if they were uprooted stems of date-palms

And thus we can make dua' when we see clouds of rain,

Oh Allah Bring beneficial rain clouds


the dua' when he asked for rain

Oh Allah shower upon us abundant rain, beneficial and not harmful, swiftly and not delayed

Abu Dawud.

Prayer (Kitab Al-Salat): Details of Commencing Prayer

Dawud :: Book 3 : Hadith 1165
Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah:

The people came to the Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) weeping (due to drought). He said (making supplication): O Allah! give us rain which will replenish us, abundant, fertilising and profitable, not injurious, granting it now without delay. He (the narrator) said: Thereupon the sky became overcast.

Invoking Allah for Rain (Istisqaa)

Bukhari :: Book 2 :: Volume 17 :: Hadith 142
Narrated Aisha:

Whenever Allah’s Apostle saw the rain, he used to say, “O Allah! Let it be a strong fruitful rain.”

May we be spared from such calamity. May we be in His straight path.

So which cloud picture you like most?


Anonymous said...

the one with meatballs

Anonymous said...

subhanallah.. never seen such clouds here.

Amazing aye! I want my own awan also lah

Peri PiA said...


up on my forehead said...

if you remembered, I love clouds, for unknown reasons, I just love them, could just stare at them for hours without being bored, which is why I had to scroll up and down tak sudah just to see which I like most but can't make up my mind, I like all but the ones I like more would be those mamatus, stripy and the feather ones that you took!

Lollies said...

screw - habis kalau the one with lollies tak mo ke?

rotidua - ko punya awan is rotinimbus

peri pia - indeed

nonah - hahahhaha. when i went to the site, lagilah kalutnya mencari gambar cloud. these are among my favourites. banyak lagi tapik tak kuasa nak upload. i love the cloud with no name yet tu. it looks like a van gogh painting.

zan said...

bulucirrcus? lol..i like the no name cloud, albeit a bit scary..

butterflutter said...

Subhanallah. Some are so beautiful and some looks so scary.
If I fly sorang2 for work selalu spend time tgk clouds.

Lollies said...

zan - hehehhe. the name is very apt indeed.

kan? i think i would be scared too. like something mysterious hovering above us.

BF - bolehlah buat koleksi awan sekarang. :)

أم الليث said...

gerun ek some of them
oz sometimes doesn't have any clouds at all in the sky. just blue all around

Lollies said...

aliya - i learn also cloud helps reflect some of the sun ray away. so on a hot day with cloud, we would feel cooler. however on a cloudy night, the cloud serves as a blanket that keeps the warm in. so kalau musim sejuk and langit berawan, we would feel warmer.

so on a hot cloudless day we would feel hotter and on a cold cloudless day we would feel warmer. gitulah. (macam fonkusing)

but blue sky cantik in pictures.

Anonymous said...

On her hajj 2 yrs ago, my sis was sitting in the prophet's masjid. The roof was open, she looked up and saw clouds in the shape of the prophets name, masyaAllah.