(SACRAMENTO, CA, 1/9/14) — The Sacramento Valley chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SV) announced today that local mosques will offer a prayer for rain tomorrow to help relieve the ongoing drought that is impacting area residents and agriculture.
WHAT: Prayer for Rain During Friday Congregational Worship
WHEN:Â Friday congregational prayers begin at 1 p.m., special prayer for rain at 2 p.m
WHERE: Sacramento-Area Mosques; Masjid Annur Islamic Center,Â 6990 65th St., Sacramento, CA; SALAM Center,Â 4541 College Oak Drive, Sacramento, CA
CONTACT: CAIR-SVÂ Communications Coordinator Maheen Ahmed, (916)Â 605-6099, firstname.lastname@example.org
The prayers, called “Salatul Istisqa” (sal-AT-al-istis-KA), will be offered during this week's Friday congregational services (Jummah). Islam's Prophet Muhammad offered similar prayers during times of drought. People of other faiths are being encouraged to offer prayers for rain according to their own religious traditions
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)
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. 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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CONTACT: CAIR-SVÂ Communications Coordinator Maheen Ahmed, (916)Â 605-6099, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, email@example.com