Mangaluru, May 15: In the wake of growing heatwave and acute water shortage in the region, a group of Muslims offered special prayers in Mangaluru today, seeking rain and prosperity.
A considerable number of women also took part in the Salat-al-Istisqa held at Nehru Maidan, in the heart of the city under the open sky. The arrangements were made by the local unit of South Karnataka Salafi Movement (SKSM).
Muhammad Shaikh Saqib Saleem al Umri, the Khateeb of Kudroli Salafi mosque, led the prayers and delivered sermon highlighting the significance of water.
Many of the devotees were found weeping while offering prayers seeking forgiveness for their sins and pleading for rains.
The Salat-al-Istisqa is a way to humble oneself before the Creator of the universe and seek forgiveness so that the rains descend. “It is a special namaz and Muslim ummah is guided to offer it when there is great scarcity of water and hope of rain dwindles,” said the Khateeb.
Mangaluru City South MLA D Vedavyasa Kamath was present at the prayer venue.
Mangaluru: Muslims pray for rains, seek divine mercy; MLA Kamath attends