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Thursday, 11-Jan-2007 17:00 Email | Share | Bookmark

The water level did rise but not high enough to reach K.Bharu
After all those " fun " and " thrill ", now it's cleaning time !
Tambatan D'Raja after the monsoon ( updated : 4 Feb 2007 )

Flags dancing in the 60 ~ 70 kph wind with heavy rainclouds looking from up above.

( Image was taken on 9th Jan 2007 )

Waves beaten Pantai Cahaya Bulan ( PCB ).
There was a stretch of sandy shoreline just beyond these rocks. It was recovering from years of coastal erosion when the year’s seasonal rough sea caught up to it again. The waves constant and continuous scraping of the shallow seabed resulted into water of such quality and the area proximity to the mouth of Kelantan River adds to its muddy / murky appearence ( due to sediments, silt etc ).

( Image was taken on 9th Jan 2007 )

I guess the five straight days ordeal ( since Saturday ) had finally ended.

At the time I got this entry posted,
the stormy weather had ceased and everything had calmed down to exactly like before.
No more wind, no more rain, just clouds filled sky with ocassional blue skies.
Much of the main rivers throughout Kelantan too, had receded to normal level and other than a very few affected areas, it seems that Kota Bharu and much of the state are again, spared !

I dont know what or how to say of this.
I wonder whether this is supposed to be a good thing or the other way around.
Mixed emotions to be exact, since to many Kelantanese, in spite of the fact that hardships often follows, flood is regarded as a normal, natural annual occurrence that is much awaited for and not to have one for the year is beyond amazement.

Well, I missed the chilly wind though.

Judging from past experiences, since it is already mid January,
normally that would mark the end of the season though in very recent past there was one rare exception.

Whatever shall be after this, God knows best and He alone is the best Provider,
thus I hope that every gush of wind and every single drop of water that follows, be blessed, copious and beneficial !

Wallahu a'laam ....





The state of the Prophet (peace be upon him) would change when he saw the storm clouds approached. ``Â’ishah relates: “When he saw the storm clouds build up on the horizon, he would leave off what he was doing, even if he had been in prayer, and say: “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from the evil that it contains.” If Allah took it away, he would praise Allah, and if it rained, he would say: “O Allah! (Make it) a copious, beneficial rain.”
[Musnad Ahmad (6/190), al-Adab al-Mufrid (686), Sunan Abî Dâwûd (5099), Sunan Ibn Mâjah (3889), and Sunan al-Nasâ’î al-Kubrâ (1829)]

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Â’ishah relates that when the Prophet (peace be upon him) noticed the wind pick up or saw a cloud, a change could be seen to come over his face. So she said: “O Messenger of Allah, when the people see the clouds, they feel happy, hoping that they bring rain. Yet, I notice that when you see them, an expression of dislike can be seen on your face.”

He said: “O Â’ishah. I am not secure that it does not come with punishment. A people were punished by wind. When the people saw the punishment coming, they said: ‘This cloud will give us rain!’
[Sahîh al-Bukhârî (4829)]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) was making reference to the following verses of the Qur’ân: “So when they saw it as a cloud appearing in the sky advancing towards their valleys, they said: ‘This cloud will give us rain!’ Nay! it is what you sought to hasten on, a blast of wind in which is a painful punishment, destroying all things by the command of its Lord. And morning found them so that naught could be seen save their dwellings. Thus do We reward the guilty folk.” [Sûrah al-Ahqâf: 24-25]

Quoted From : IslamToday : “A copious, beneficial rain”

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Surah Al Ahqaaf, verse 24 :

فَلَمَّا رَأَوْهُ عَارِضًا مُّسْتَقْبِلَ أَوْدِيَتِهِمْ قَالُوا هَذَا عَارِضٌ مُّمْطِرُنَا بَلْ هُوَ مَا اسْتَعْجَلْتُم بِهِ رِيحٌ فِيهَا عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ

" When they saw punishment as a cloud heading for their valleys, they said: “Here is a cloud that will bring us rain!” (When he heard that Prophet Hud said): “By no means, but it is that (punishment) which you have sought to hasten: a wind bringing a woeful scourge. "

Surah Al Ahqaaf, verse 25 :

تُدَمِّرُ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ بِأَمْرِ رَبِّهَا فَأَصْبَحُوا لَا يُرَى إِلَّا مَسَاكِنُهُمْ كَذَلِكَ نَجْزِي الْقَوْمَ الْمُجْرِمِينَ

“Every thing will it destroy at the bidding of its Lord!” (After the calamity befell them) they were (completely destroyed) so that nothing could be seen except the ruins of their dwellings! Thus we recompense people lost in sin.

UPDATED 13 JAN 2007 :

The southern Malaysian state, Johor was again struck by flood, for the second time in the same season, as reported by the local newspapers today.

Conditions are reported to worsen. Heavy rainfall that was forecasted over the East Coast and Northern states earlier, fell unexpectedly on the southern region instead, causing the second wave of major floodings.

To be hit badly by the second time in one season is probably a very very rare occurance, and might be the worst thing when you are ill-prepared. Even the most flood-prone Kelantan, as far as I am aware, never got hit on major scale, twice in the same time.

My deepest sympathy and condolences to the affected Johoreans and others as well.

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