Getting to Know Allah

Gardener and Rainmaker

An illiterate's fascination with books and the written word is evident in much of what Allah reveals in His Koran. Another, is a primitive desert dweller's fascination with water, precipitation in particular, and how it makes gardens grow and oases bloom.

6:99 And it is He who sends down water from the sky. With it We bring forth all kinds of vegetation. From it We bring forth greenery, and clustered grains; and from the date-palm shoots come clusters of dates within reach. And [We bring forth] gardens of grapes, olives and pomegranates alike and unlike. Behold their fruits, when they bear fruit and their ripening, surely there are signs in that for a people who believe.


6:141 It is He who created gardens, trellised and untrellised (sic); palms and crops of diverse produce; and olives and pomegranates, both like and unlike. Eat of their fruits when they bear fruit, and pay their due on the day of harvesting them. And do not be prodigal; [for] He does not like the prodigals.


7:57 It is He Who sends forth the winds bearing good news of His Mercy; so that when they bear heavy clouds, We drive them towards some dead land upon which We send down water. With it We bring forth every variety of fruit. Thus We bring out the dead, so that you may take heed.

7:58 Good land produces vegetation by the Will of its Lord; but that which has gone bad will not produce vegetation except with difficulty. Thus We make plain the revelations to a people who give thanks.


14:32 [It is Allah] Who created the heavens and the earth and sends down water from the sky, bringing forth fruits for sustenance. He has made the ships subservient to you so as to sail in the sea at His Behest and He has subjected to you the rivers.


16:65 It is Allah who sends down water from the sky reviving thereby the earth after its death. Surely, there is in that a sign to a people who listen.


24:42 To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth and unto Allah is the ultimate return.

24:43 Have you not seen that Allah drives the cloud, then brings them together, then piles them into a heap, from which you see rain coming. He brings mountains of hail from the sky, with which He smites whomever He pleases and diverts it from whomever He pleases. The gleam of its lightning almost blinds the eyes.


30:48 It is Allah Who sends forth the winds, which stir up the clouds. Then He spreads them out in the sky, as He pleases, and causes them to breakup into pieces; and you see the rain issuing from their midst. Then, when He allows the rain to reach whomever He wishes of His servants, behold, they rejoice.

30:49 Whereas they were, before that, despondent.

30:50 Behold, then, the marks of Allah’s Mercy, how He revives the earth after it was dead. He, indeed, is the One Who revives the dead and He has power over everything.


35:9 It is Allah Who looses (sic) the wind, so as to stir up clouds; then We drive them towards a dead land, reviving the earth therewith after it was dead. Such is the Resurrection!


35:27 Have you not seen how Allah sends water down from the sky, and then We bring forth thereby fruits of diverse hues. And of the mountains there are lanes, white and red, of diverse hues, and some pitch dark.

35:28 And of people, beast and cattle, some are of diverse hues also. Indeed, of His servants, only the learned fear Allah. Allah is All-Mighty, All-Forgiving.


36:33 A sign unto them is the dead land, that We revived and brought out of it grain, from which they eat.

36:34 And We caused to grow in it gardens of palms and vines, and caused springs to gush forth therewith.

36:35 That they might eat from its fruit, although their hands brought it not out. Will they not, then, give thanks?


39:21 Have you not seen that Allah has sent down water from heaven[12], then treaded it as springs in the ground. Then He brings out vegetation of various hues through it. Then it withers, and you see it looking yellow; then He turns it into scraps. In that, there surely is a Reminder to people of understanding.

39:22 Now, what of one whose breast Allah has dilated unto Islam, so that he basks in light from his Lord? Woe betide then the hard-hearted, upon Allah’s mention. Those are in manifest error.


42:28 It is He Who sends the rain down, after they have despaired, and spreads out His Mercy. He is the Protector, the Praiseworthy.


50:7 And the earth We have spread out and set in it immovable mountains; and We cause to grow in it every delightful variety;

50:8 As a guidance and reminder to every penitent servant.

50:9 And We brought down from heaven blessed water and caused thereby gardens to grow and harvest grain;

50:10 And tall palm trees with clusters well-knit,

50:11 As provision for the servants; and We have revived thereby a dead town. Thus will the Resurrection be.


56:68 Or have you seen the water that you drink?

56:69 Have you brought it down from the clouds or did We send it down?

56:70 Had We wished, We would have made it bitter; if only you would give thanks.


78:14 And brought down from the rain-clouds abundant water?

78:15 To bring forth thereby grain and vegetation?

78:16 And luxurious gardens?


80:24 Let man consider his nourishment.

80:25 We have poured the water abundantly;

80:26 Then, We split the earth wide open;

80:27 Then caused the grain to grow therein, 80:28 Together with vines and green vegetation;

80:29 And olives and palm trees;

80:30 And gardens with dense trees,

80:31 And fruits and grass,

80:32 For your enjoyment and that of your cattle.



87 Al-A`la

In the Name of Allah,

the Compassionate, the Merciful

87:1 Glorify the name of your Lord, the Most High;

87:2 Who created and fashioned well;

87:3 And Who fore-ordained and guided rightly;

87:4 And Who brought out the pasture;

87:5 Then turned it into greenish-black straw.

You will find another cluster of revelations about precipitation making things grow that both humans and cattle can eat in Chapter Allah Loves His Cattle.


[12] When Allah mentions “water from heaven” He means it literally (see The Islamic Hereafter: "Paradise,"