Abu Hakeem SP
What is Thunder?
Bismillahi Wal Hamdullillah Was Salaatu Was Salaamu ‘Alaa Rasoolillahi
Imaam At tirmidhi mentions his chain of narration going back to Ibn Abaas – Radhiyallahu ‘Anhumaa who said: ” The Jews came to the Messenger of Allah and they said “Oh Abal Qaassim! Inform us about thunder what is it? He replied:
“An Angel from the angels who is responsible for the clouds, he has with him bolts of fire that he drives the clouds with wherever he wills” so they said: “So what is this noise we hear (i.e. thunder)? He replied: “It is him rebuking them as he drives them, so as to cause them to arrive at the goal he intends (for them)” (in a variant version it mentions that his response was: “It is his voice“) so they responded: “You have spoken the truth!..”
(Collected by Imaamut Tirmidhi in his ‘Sunan’ and declared Saheeh’ in ‘Saheeh Sunanit Tirmidhi (2492))