Collective prayers for rain

2015-11-12 17:12

Across the country, members of the Muslim community offered prayers for rain last weekend to beseech Almighty to relieve the on-going water crisis affecting most parts of South Africa.

Sweltering temperatures and no rain threatens to leave the country in drought. Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has warned that dam levels have dropped throughout the country.

To quote Mokonyane: “Due to prolonged lower-than-normal rainfall since the beginning of the year, drought conditions are being experienced across the country. The rainfall recorded by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) during the month of September till the middle of October 2015 revealed that early spring has not yielded the anticipated rainfall resulting in worsening drought conditions.”

The special prayer for rain, called Salat-ul-Istisqa, is a well-known practice from the tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is a special prayer, performed collectively on an open ground, for seeking rain from Almighty during times of drought.

In Pietermaritzburg, hundreds of Muslims gathered outside the city, on the Table Mountain Road, to pray for rain. Speaking to the faithful, on Saturday the 7th November, Moulana Ahmed Akoo, in his talk urged and appealed to the congregation to engage in self-reflection. He said: “look into your actions and deeds and see what is causing Almighty to become upset with us and withhold the rain.” Moulana Abdur Rasheed Goga who led the prayers for rain pleaded to The Almighty to forgive our sins and short comings and bless us with beneficial rain.

As Muslims we believe when society’s habits and practices becomes evil and moral decay sets in, Almighty withholds the rains. Therefore, Muslim scholars around the country are asking the faithful to repent and pray to Almighty for beneficial rain.

In addition to praying, conducting business in an ethical manner, having good social interactions, helping the less privileged, living a moral and virtuous life, let us all take every possible precautionary measures to preserve this precious resource.

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