Muslims pray for rain

2015-11-18 06:00

THOUSANDS of Muslims around the country gathered on open ground in centres on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to pray for rain to alleviate the current devastating drought.

The Jamiatul Ulama (Council of Muslim Theologians) called for the special prayer, called Salaat- ul- Istisqa­, to be performed as sweltering temperatures threatened to exacerbate the dry conditions.

The council said the drought had reached epic proportions. Secretary-General Moulana Ebrahim Bham said: “We are all aware that the country is suffering amid a huge water crisis.

“Every citizen is supposed to be worried about this. It is also the duty of every citizen, given the acute crisis, to pay attention to water conservation.”

In Pietermaritzburg, hundreds of Muslims gathered on the Table Mountain road on Saturday to perform the prayer, led by Moulana Abdur Rasheed Goga.

With reports of salty water coming out of taps on the South Coast, residents and visitors had to use bottled­ water for drinking, which resulted in a major shortage of bottled water there.

The Ugu District Municipality reported that the level of the Bhobhoyi Dam is at its lowest, causing most areas­ around Port Shepstone to receive reduced supplies. The Port Shepstone Business Forum is distributing water to affected communities in all areas.

- WR.

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