Posted on 06/29/2012 by __socrates

RAHIL. RAIN. Arabic matar مطر
Heb. mator. Mentioned ha the Qur’an as one of God’s special mercies. Surah vii. 56; “He it is who sends forth the winds as heralds before His mercy; until when they left the heavy cloud which We drive to a dead land, and send down thereon water, and bring forth therewith every kind of fruit.”
Prayers for rain are called Salatu-‘l-Istisqa’, and consist of two rakah prayers. Anas says that on one occasion they were caught in the rain, and the Prophet took off his garment until he got wet, and they said, O Prophet, why have you done this?” He replied. “This is fresh rain from our Lord. (Mishkat, book iv. ch. liii.)

Based on Hughes, Dictionary of Islam