CAIR: Florida Muslims Asked to Pray for Rain
In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
CAIR ACTION ALERT #511
FLORIDA MUSLIMS ASKED TO PRAY FOR RAIN
CAIR-FL urges people of all faiths to join statewide spiritual effort
(MIAMI, FL, 5/11/07)­ The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-FL) is calling on mosques and Islamic centers across the state to offer prayers for rain in draught-stricken areas during today’s Jummah services.
WHAT: A Prayer Service for Rain by Florida Mosques
WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2007
WHERE: Mosques Throughout Florida
CONTACT: CAIR-South Florida Executive Director Altaf Ali, 954-272-0490, 954-298-8214; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, CAIR-Tampa Executive Director Ahmed Bedier, 813-731-9506, E-Mail: email@example.com
CAIR-FL is also calling on people of other faiths to offer prayers for rain according to their own religious traditions. Florida Governor Charlie Crist has encouraged all Floridians to pray for rain.
The Islamic civil rights group initiated its call for prayers in response to the governor’s request and to provide a spiritual dimension to the Florida water crisis.
The special prayer for rain, called Salatul Istisqa (sal-AT-al-istis-KA), was performed by the Prophet Muhammad and is traditionally offered during times of drought.
In Salatul Istisqa, the Prophet would offer supplications such as: “O God, give us a saving rain. . .O God, (Your) servants, land, animals, and (Your) creation are all suffering and seek protection. . .O God, remove from us the hardship, starvation and barrenness, and remove the affliction from us, as no one removes afflictions save Thee.”
Due to record-low rainfall, the South Florida Water Management District has enacted mandatory Phase II Water Restrictions, which require residents and businesses to limit outdoor water use. In addition to water shortage, the Miami Herald reported “more than 230 fires blackened nearly 100,000 acres in 52 of the drought-baked state’s 67 counties.”
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