What is the authentication of this narration:
Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said: ‘The Jews came to the Rasulullah (sallallahu ’alayhi wasallam) and asked him what thunder is.’
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) replied: ‘He is an angel among angels. He is responsible for clouds, he has with him swords of fire with which he moves the clouds where Allah wills.’
They said: ‘What is the sound you hear?’
He replied: ‘This is the cry of the cloud. He leads them to where it was ordered.’
Then they said: ‘You speak the truth.’
This is recorded by Imam Tirmidhi and Imam Ahmad (rahimahumallah).
(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 3117 & Musnad Ahmad, vol.1 pg.274)
Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared it as authentic (hasan sahih gharib).
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,
Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar
Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar