Meaning of ‘The clouds acts as strainers for rain’

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What is the explanation of Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma)’s Tafsir where he states that the clouds act as strainers for rain?



I will quote the full narration below which will clarify the meaning too:

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) once asked Tubay’ Al Himyari, the step son of Ka’b Al Ahbar, did you hear Ka’b say anything regarding the clouds? Tubay’ said, I heard him say the following:

“Indeed the clouds act as sieves/strainers for the rain, were it not for the clouds when water falls from the sky, the rain would have destroyed everything that it falls upon [probably due to the force]”

(Tafsir Ibn Abi Hatim, Surah: Al Baqarah, verse: 164)


The above seems to be a Historical (Israely) Narration and should be quoted as the statement of Ka’b Al Ahbar.


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Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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