(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/23/2007) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today called on mosques and other houses of worship across the nation to offer prayers for rain to help put out wildfires currently raging in California.
SEE: California Fires Force Another 50,000 From Homes
CAIR urged American mosques to offer special Islamic prayers, called Salatul Istisqa (sal-AT-al-istis-KA), which the Prophet Muhammad traditionally offered during times of drought.
In Salatul Istisqa, the Prophet would offer supplications such as: “O God, give us rain that will replenish us, abundant, fertilizing and profitable, not injurious. Grant it now without delay…Send down rain upon us and make it a source of strength and satisfaction…O God, give us a saving rain, good and productive, general and heavy, now and not later, beneficial and not harmful.”
The Quran, Islam’s revealed text, states: “O my people! Seek forgiveness of your Lord and turn to Him in repentance. He will send you from the sky abundant rain.” (Quran, 11:52)
“Americans of all faiths need to offer spiritual assistance to the courageous firefighters who are battling these deadly fires,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.
Awad also asked mosques in wildfire areas to offer shelter to fire victims and that financial aid for victims be sent to the American Red Cross.
SEE: American Red Cross Response to Southern California Wildfires
CAIR, America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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