Hadhrat Abu Hurayrah RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu reports, "I followed Alaa bin Hadhrami RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu when Rasulullaah :saws1: dispatched him to Bahrain. I witnessed three incidents with him and I cannot tell which of them was most astonishing. When we stood by the shore on one occasion, he said, 'Recite Bismillaah
and lunge into the ocean.' We recited Bismillaah,
lunged in and crossed the sea without even the hooves of our animals getting wet. On the return journey, we had to pass through an arid plain and had no water with us. When we brought this to his attention, he performed two Rakaahs salaah and then made du'aa. There suddenly appeared a cloud the size of a shield, which rained down so heavily on us that we had enough water to drink and to give to our animals. When he passed away, we buried him in some soft sand, but after travelling a short distance, it occurred to us that wild animals would (be able to easily dig up the grave and) eat up the body. We therefore returned, but did not find his body in the grave." [Narrated by Abu Nu'aym in his Hilya
Hadhrat Anas RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu once said, "I have witnessed three occurrences in this Ummah that would have been unmatched by any other nation had they occurred amongst the Bani Israa'eel ..." The narration then continues to the point where Hadhrat Anas RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu says, "Umar RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu then prepared an army and appointed Alaa bin Hadhrami RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu as its commander. I was also one of the soldiers of this army and when we reached the place where we were to fight, we discovered that the enemy had been forewarned about our arrival. They (fled the area and also) obliterated every sign of water, because of which we and our animals experienced tremendous difficulty.
It was an extremely hot Friday and as soon as the sun had crossed its meridian. Alaa RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu led us in two Rakaahs of salaah. Thereafter, he stretched his arms out to make du'aa (for rain). We could see nothing in the sky but he had hardly lowered his hands when Allaah sent a wind and formed a cloud. The cloud rained so much that even the ponds and valleys were filled with water. We were able to drink water and give our animals to drink as well.
When we caught up with the enemy, they had already crossed the gulf and reached an island. Standing on the shore of the gulf, Alaa RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu said:
يا على يا عظيم يا حليم يا كريم
Thereafter, he instructed us saying, 'Cross over with the name of Allaah!' We then crossed over without even the hooves of our animals getting wet. It was only a short while later that we managed to attack the enemy on the island. We killed many of them, took many prisoners and many slaves as well. We then returned to the shore of the gulf, Alaa RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu said the same words and again we crossed over without even the hooves of our animals getting wet ..." The narration still continues further. [Bayhaqi]
Another narration quotes the du'aa of Hadhrat Alaa RadhiyAllahu 'Anhu in the following words:
يا عليم يا حليم يا على يا عظيم إنا عبيدك وفى سبيلك تقاتل عدوك اسقنا غيثا نشرب منه ونتوضا فاذا تركناه فلا تجعل لاحد فيه نصيبا غيرنا
'O The All Knowing! O Most Forbearing! O The Most Exalted! O The Most High! We are Your servants. We are out in Your path, fighting Your enemy. Shower rains on us so that we may drink from it and make wudhu with it. And when we leave, do not grant anyone else a share from it.'
[Bukhaari in his Taareekh]